Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Turn old iPhones into useful home security devices with Presence

iPhone Home Security System Indiegogo

A new project on Indiegogo aims to improve home security by turning old iPhones and Android devices into security cameras and adding extra home sensors that can monitor certain activities.

DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message

Presence Security, available for preorder starting at $179 on Indiegogo, comes with a variety of wireless sensors that can be managed directly from a mobile app, including two entry sensors, a motion sensor, a gateway sensor and a window sticker sensor. The number of sensors can be further increased by selecting a more expensive package that can include water, touch and temperature sensors, and extra sensors should be added to Presence systems in the future.

The mobile app lets the user monitor these sensors, including checking video streams from older smartphones turned into cameras, and can be used to set up rules and alerts based on information received from the sensors. No monthly fees are required to make Presence work after purchasing a starter package.

The project needs to raise $20,000 in the next month to become a real product. A video and a press release further explain how Presence works below.

People Power Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Presence Security, a Modern Mobile Security Solution to Safeguard Your Home and Lifestyle

Combining Entry, Motion, Water, Temperature, Humidity and Touch Sensors With Customizable Alerts, Presence Security Delivers Complete Home Protection With No Monthly Fee Required

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – May 27, 2015) – People Power, creators of Presence, the award-winning mobile app that transforms unused smartphones and tablets into free Internet security cameras, launches its Indiegogo fundraising campaign for Presence Security.

Presence Security combines industry-leading security technology with Presence’s powerful software app to not only protect your home from intruders, but also monitor everyday situations, such as checking on kids, pets, appliances and more.

“We believe that everyone should be able to control their homes and check on their family’s safety from anywhere, so we optimized Presence Security for smartphone users,” said David Moss, President and CTO of People Power. “Through this crowdfunding campaign, we are finally able to realize the leap from smart homes to smart communities by allowing users to share alerts directly from their home to their trusted circle of friends, neighbors and family while they’re away. This truly is the future of home security.”

Using smart sensors and motion detectors, Presence Security monitors doors and windows, movements and vibrations, and provides temperature updates and water detection in the event of a leak or flood. Your old smartphone will also act as a siren when an intruder is detected. Through real-time alerts, you’re notified when something is happening in your house, no matter where you are.

A rules engine also allows users to customize and coordinate actions and share alerts with friends and family in their trusted circle. Presence Security supports unlimited sensors, cameras, alerts, rules, friends and sharing to deliver the best user experience available in modern mobile security solutions.

Funders to Presence Security’s Indiegogo campaign have various contribution levels and perks to choose from, including, but not limited to:

$29 contribution: Receive a Presence Security Yard Sign
$179 contribution: Early Bird Presence Security Entry Pack Special – Receive a Presence Security Entry Pack, including 2x Presence Entry Sensors, Presence PIR Motion Sensor, Presence Gateway and Large Presence Sticker
$249 contribution: Early Bird Presence Security Pack Special – Receive 3x Presence Entry Sensors, Presence PIR Motion Sensor, Presence Water Sensor, Presence Temperature Sensor, Presence Touch Sensor, Presence Gateway, 2x Small Presence Window Stickers and Large Presence Security Window Sticker
$399 contribution: Early Bird Premium Presence Security Pack Special – Receive 6x Presence Entry Sensors, 3x Presence PIR Motion Sensors, 2x Presence Water Sensors, Presence Temperature Sensor, Presence Humidity Sensor, Presence Gateway, 2x Small Presence Window Stickers and Large Presence Window Sticker

Presence Security is available on Android and iOS with no monthly subscription fee required. To contribute to the Indiegogo campaign and learn more about Presence Security, please visit

About People Power
Founded in 2009, People Power is an award-winning software company with a proud legacy in mobility and green technology. People Power Company offers the Internet of Things FabrUX software, which enables manufacturers and service providers to quickly launch products and services using ready-made cloud and mobile software stacks. People Power’s intuitive consumer app, Presence, not only transforms spare smartphones into wireless video cameras for added security, but also expands to control modern smart homes and connect smart communities. For more information, visit

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.