Presence Pro App Turns Your Old Smartphone Into A Security System

Do you have old phones collecting dust somewhere in your house? Be honest. I certainly do, shoved into my desk and tucked into dresser drawers. Sure, e-waste recycling is easier than ever, and depending on the age of the phone, you might even get some money for it. But still they sit.

What if there were a way to use those old smartphones to manage your smart home? Presence Pro is an app now gathering funding on IndieGoGo. The app allows users to recycle old smart devices to be used as a remote camera, reducing e-waste and increasing energy savings and home security in one simple piece of software.

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Image via People Power

The Presence App already exists for iOS. Simply download Presence to your old iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Connect it over WiFi and plug in power. The current version uses your old mobile device to sends short motion detection clips directly to your current smartphone when something happens, and gives you face-to-face audio and video so you can talk back to your pets or house-sitters while you’re away.

Now, People Power, the company that created the app, wants to take the technology a step further. Presence 2.0 (free) and Presence Pro (subscription) would allow users to record longer, more frequent, and higher quality video clips when motion, audio, or touch is detected back. It will also back up all videos in the cloud and protect it with bank-level security. Presence Pro will also include web browser support so you can view multiple cameras simultaneously from a laptop.

If successfully funded, the next gen Presence App would expand to support the Android operating system as well as offering new functionality that would give users the ability turn their current smartphone into a remote thermostat and control for appliances attached to smart plugs.

Become an early adopter by contributing to the Presence Pro crowdfunding campaign!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

1 Comment

  • Reply July 31, 2013


    I work for a security system installation company and it’s

    nice to know that there are new ways to save old gadgets and make them still

    useful. Having one control that can be used for all your needs does not

    only make like simpler and more convenient but it may also extend the life of

    some appliances, save energy, and make your home safer and more secure.

    While it’s true that we can now use our old phones as a security system by

    simply downloading an application, it is till best to have experts who have

    better understanding on what security system should be installed in a home or


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