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Arlo’s new security tags can disable your security system with a doorbell tap

Arlo’s new security tags can disable your security system with a doorbell tap


There’s no price or exact launch date, but the new NFC tag promises to disarm Arlo’s Home Security System with just a touch when coming home.

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Arlo’s Essential wired video doorbell installed on a front door.
We currently have no ideas what the Security Tag looks like, but it’ll be compatible with Arlo’s new video doorbell (pictured).
Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

Arlo is adding a new gadget to its smart home security lineup that should make it easier to disarm its Arlo Home Security system without digging through the company’s companion app or using its keypad once you’re in the house. The press release for Arlo’s new Essential product series — which includes a new video doorbell, outdoor camera, indoor camera, and XL security camera — mentions an “Arlo Security Tag” that can be held against the new doorbell itself to swiftly disarm the company’s security system when the little fob launches in “Q4 2023.”

When asked for comment about the product, Arlo spokesperson Tim Johnston said that the Arlo Security Tag will be Arlo’s “first NFC Touchless Disarm device,” and that further details would be released closer to the tag’s launch date later this year. Pricing was not provided and the information we have is slim, but the tag appears to be akin to a contactless keyfob like the now-discontinued Google Nest Secure tags

Having quick access to the Arlo Security Tag should help avoid accidentally blasting any of the sirens that feature on the company’s new Essentials lineup — provided it hasn’t fallen into the hands of a thief.

Correction September 20th, 4:30PM ET: Arlo clarified after we first published this story that the Security Tag will be the company’s first “NFC Touchless Disarm device,” not the industry’s. Arlo also provided a new spokesperson name to attribute its information to.