Home security is an important element of our lives and a priority for many families. Today there are several ways to keep your home safe and secure, numerous people have traditional security alarm systems installed in their residences, security shutters are also becoming a common form of security and many people are beginning to install “do-it-yourself” IoT technological smart security systems.
Having a subscription based security system installed can sometimes be overwhelming, because they require professional installation and compromising your schedule according to the technicians schedule can become daunting. Subscription based security companies such as ADT, Honeywell, Frontpoint will monitor your residence around the clock all year round. But, those can become quite expensive, depending the type of coverage you signed up for and sometimes may involve a commitment contract.
With the advancement of technology, renters and owners are beginning to explore do-it-yourself home security kits. It really depends on your needs; some kits may include a set of CCTV cameras, whereas some might be more complex that include professional monitoring and installation. The fact of the matter is The Internet of Things has made it very convenient and simple for individuals to install smart security systems in homes. For example, window and door security shutters can now be integrated into smart home systems. This means security shutters can defer intruders while also blocking out harsh weather – to provide security and save money on air conditioning.
How to help decide which method best works for your home? Well, as renters and homeowners figure out your needs by asking yourself some questions. Questions such as; how much you are willing to spend, what kind of coverage do you need (break-ins, fire emergency responses), how often are you away from your home, do you require just basic service such as video monitoring, how big is your residence. By answering these questions, it will help you decide which security method works best for your home.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has made home security very accessible, affordable and efficient. What is The Internet of Things? It refers to the connection of multiple devices such as computers, smartphones, smart watches, thermostats, and cameras to the Internet that allow devices to receive and send data. A lamp simply having the ability to be turned on by using a smart handheld device can be considered an IoT device.
So how does the Internet of Things work with a smart home security system? A smart home security system links to your residential Wi-Fi connection, which enables you to regulate and monitor your security devices via an application on your smartphone. Simple smart home security kits usually include the essentials, such as sensors on a few windows and entry points, a basic motion detector and the main security control hub system, which communicates with your devices through the wireless internet network. This is as simple as it gets, it is up to you how intricate you want your smart security system to be to prevent any intrusion. You can add more sensors on multiple doors, windows, and garages to get a full coverage on your residence and build a customized smart security system which includes PIN code keypads for entry, sensor garage door openers, surveillance video cameras in the rear and front, motion detection lights, smoke/gas detectors, water leakage detector – it can be literally customized to your needs. Lets say for example, you go on a holiday, you can have full control of your home via your smartphone device. If there is smoke detected from a fire in your home, you can create setting that unlocks your door and garage, or have the surveillance camera record if there is any motion detected from the sensors. Thanks to the IoT and cloud storage, you can now access the surveillance footage right from your handheld smartphone. If there is an intrusion, depending on how expensive your system is, the control hub will send you a notification on your smartphone and immediately trigger and notify the professional monitoring service.
One of the most popular IoT device associated with home security is a video doorbell. The device can deliver a live stream to your smartphone when a visitor rings the doorbell, or if the sensor detects motion around it. So you better hope your neighbour’s cat doesn’t take a stroll around your front porch frequently. The doorbell also allows you to watch recorded footage to view later. This also allows you to communicate with the visitor via your smartphone. This technology makes it extremely convenient to communicate with courier delivery agents, when you are not home.
The Internet of Things continues to develop everyday; this technology has taken home security to a new level. Not only it keeps intruders away, but also it gives the homeowner and renter full access and control of the home. Many new smart security systems are now equipped with encrypted hubs that protect them from being hacked. This system is not only restricted to residences, commercial offices can also be installed with this technology.
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