The Canary Home Security System


INNOVATOR PROFILE: The Canary Home Security System


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Founders or Inventors

Canary was cofounded by CEO Adam Sager, CTO Chris Rill, and Design Director Jon Troutman in New York City.

Their background

Adam Sager: Former Israel

Defense Forces, security advisor to CEOs and Fortune 100 companies, founder of nation’s largest security non profit organization. Chris Rill: Built embedded systems and electronics for the US military, startup technical co-founder, FIRST robotics mentor. Jon Troutman: User Experience & Product Designer, former product design lead at General Assembly, former art director at brand strategy agency.

Concept & Innovation

Canary is a single device that contains an HD video camera and multiple sensors that track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity to help keep you, your family and your home safe.

Controlled entirely from your iPhone or Android device, Canary alerts you when it senses anything out of the ordinary — from sudden temperature changes that can indicate a fire, to the sound and movement that could mean an intrusion. Instantly receive, view and act on the alerts wherever you are. Over time, Canary learns your home’s rhythms to send you smarter alerts.

Canary packs all of the technology necessary to keep your environment safe within one beautifully designed device, and learns your household’s habits and behaviors to constantly provide better security, at a price point available to anyone.

Containing an HD camera, audio, temperature and other life-safety sensors, Canary connects directly to your mobile device and alerts you or your designated loved

ones when anything is out of the ordinary. Canary empowers individuals – whether they rent or own their homes – to take control of their own security.


Canary came out of personal experiences. Both Chris and Adam had looked for security solutions such as this: simple, intelligent, and designed for their homes.

The first thing they did was think through what security in the home really is, and what it boils down to. It isn’t about placing sensors everywhere, nor is it about alarms that alert call centers. Rather, security is about two things: receiving the right information from your home about what is going on at any particular time, and knowing who to communicate with should there be a problem. With Canary, they are innovating in both ways, and have built a smart home security device for anyone.

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