Hive Hub 360 listens out for trouble at home

Security cameras can’t pick up everything, so Hive has launched the Hub 360 to listen out for problems in your home, notifying you via the app.

Looking a little like a smart speaker, the Hub 360 is available in the same colours as the Hive View camera: black and copper, and white and champagne gold. The Hub 360 can listen out for specific sounds, including a dog barking, glass breaking, carbon monoxide/smoke alarms.

Alerts are sent directly to the app, including a recording of the sound, so you can check for yourself what’s going on at home.

Sound detection is nothing new, and several security cameras are already capable of this. The Hub 360 looks set to trump these devices, by recognising specific sounds and only warning you when there’s something going on. This should cut down on false positives, where you’re constantly bombarded with notifications whenever there’s a sound.

The new Hub supports Actions, automatically working with other Hive products based on events. So, you could trigger your lights to come on when the Hub 360 hears glass breaking. The full list of actions hasn’t been released yet, but we’d like to see an option to turn off heating if the smoke or carbon monoxide alarm detection goes off.

The Hub 360 has its own memory, so if your internet connection goes down, your existing Hive devices and Actions will continue to work as normal.

The Hive Hub 360 can replace the existing Hub, with all devices, such as Active Heating 2, connecting to it. For existing Hub owners, the Hub 360 setup requires all existing devices, actions and schedules to be transferred, a process that we’re told should take up to an hour. New customers just connect the Hub 360 and follow the normal setup routine.

The Hub 360 is available now and costs £99. We’ll have a full review once samples are available.

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