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It looks pretty similar to the Ninja Block ninjablocks.com and Smart Things platforms (both of which have expansion boards for Arduino / Pi).
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Given you put Arduino like options on the table you should checkout the Open Source Ninja Block ( http://ninjablocks.com/products/ninja-blocks-kit ).
The Ninja Block (with it's free cloud service) lets you create rules that use it's sensors to send you alerts (via SMS/Email/Social Network etc).
For example "if motion is detected, send an SMS". Included in the kit is a Motion Sensor and door/window contact sensor.
You can get more sensors off the Ninja Blocks website. The Ninja Blocks community seems to also be growing strong: http://forums.ninjablocks.com/
If you want to tinker more, inside the Ninja Block is an Arduino compatible uC and an embedded Linux computer running Ubuntu.