Onvis, the Shenzen based company that has released just one HomeKit product to date looks to be gearing up for its next product, the CS1. Spotted in an FCC filing today, the Onvis Security Alarm Contact Sensor, or CS1, is exactly what its name suggests, a sensor that attaches to a door or window to report on whether or not it is open or closed. However, along with several pictures depicting the upcoming sensor, the filing also includes the user manual which has provided us with several key details, making this sensor one to watch.
While the CS1 takes on a somewhat familiar contact sensor form factor, the sensor has a large circular portion on the face of the main portion, which is for its included speaker. That’s right, this contact sensor has a built-in speaker that plays an alarm tone when the sensor opens. The tiny speaker is capable of outputting up to 120 decibels, which when positioned directly on a door or window, should be enough to scare away would be intruders. According to the user manual, this is accomplished through the Home App, with the sensor appearing as a alarm system, allowing arming and disarming. This makes the CS1 the first device incorporating this type of setup, and is one that makes it an instant buy for those looking to roll their own “security system” using just HomeKit.
The CS1 also packs in some other valuable sensors inside of its compact frame, including temperature and humidity monitoring, which can also be seen and used in automations in the Home App. For connectivity, like the Onvis SMS1 Smart Motion Sensor, the CS1 utilizes Bluetooth 5 for connectivity potentially offering increased response time and reliability over solutions already on the market. The sensor runs on 2 AAA batteries, and the user manual states that they can last up to 1.5 years.
Needless to say, we are pretty excited about the Onvis CS1, and we hope that it makes its “official” debut soon. In the case of the company’s first product, the SMS1, the device just happened to show up on Amazon, without any previous mentions, so we assume that this will be the case again, so we will keep our eyes on it over the coming weeks. What do you think of the Onvis CS1? Is the built-in “siren” enough for you to set up your own “security system”? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, @HomeKit_Hero.