Ooma, one of the biggest names in VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone service, is expanding into the DIY home security market. Ooma Telo owners will soon be able to install motion, door/window, and/or flood sensors in their homes, and add a new tier of service that provides home security monitoring.

“The Ooma Telo is essentially a Linux computer that attaches to your network,” Ooma product manager Thad White said. “But it’s also a secure device that we can update with new features and services. People want to secure their homes, prevent intrusions, and stay safe. But customers told us that professionally monitored systems from ADT and the like are too expensive. We looked at our platform and realized we could build an economical home monitoring service that delivers the same level of security or better.”

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