Nest introduces family accounts and Home Away Assist
Nest’s family accounts lets up to 10 people in the same household connect to the Nest app with their own credentials, rather than having to share login details. This means a whole family can control the Nest Thermostat, get notifications from Nest Protect, see what’s happening at home with Nest Cam, and get their own copy of the monthly Home Report.
Home/Away Assist uses algorithms, existing activity sensor data and the location data from the multiple phones assigned to a Family Account to detect whether someone is home or away.
Other smart home products use geofencing, based on a single phone’s location, to guess if someone is home or not. According to Nest,
Geofencing isn’t very precise, so a product might think you’re home when you’re really a couple blocks away. Plus, we forget our phones. They break or get stolen. Their batteries die. And what if a roommate, guest or babysitter is still at home? Geofencing alone can get it wrong – turn the lights off when someone’s home. Or run the heat when no one is.
“We’ve wanted to do Home/Away Assist for a long time now,” Michele Turner, head of product marketing, apps and services at Nest, said in a statement.
“But more importantly, we wanted to do it right, by combining sensor data, algorithms, and multiple phones. We think we’ve nailed it.”
Users can start using Home/Away Assist and Family Accounts by downloading the latest update of the Nest app.