Our homes are our greatest assets, housing within them our valuables such as family, pets, and personal belongings. The security of our homes is of utmost importance for the preservation of our property and the ones we love. Today, many new products exist in home security that enable home owners to choose from a wide range of innovative technological tools to keep their property and families safe.
Workplaces, homes, and even vehicles are all finding better security with the new “smart” and “connected” devices that increase security and improve convenience. Offering people tools to strategically increase their safety while improving their ability to connect with the system, these devices offer numerous personalized options.
The Internet is used to connect these security devices to each other, and to other items that perform various functions, through the use of apps that control them. Bluetooth, WiFi, the Internet, and a home network are all means by which these devices may be connected.
Home automation systems often begin with lighting and thermostats, but can be expanded to include additional connected devices. Some common devices that can be part of the home’s network are entertainment systems, appliances, and personal assistant devices.
Also included in the network can be the home’s security system. The inclusion of security cameras, motion detectors, video doorbells, and smart locks, has become a popular line of defense in home security. Having these tools networked into one system that is controlled by a single control panel allows a homeowner the ability to control the security devices from anywhere, not just from home base.
Additionally, lighting can be an important part of a home’s defense system as it can be programmed through the home’s automation system to be remotely turned on or off, providing lighted exterior walkways and interior rooms to the homeowner returning home.
The use of light can again be a tactical tool in the security of a home by programming rooms to be lit up even when the home owner is away, giving the appearance of someone remaining in the home.
In the same sense that automated lighting can thwart potential burglars, motion sensors and security cameras can be accessed remotely and monitored in real-time by the homeowners, giving instant feedback on the wellbeing of the property.
People who choose to combine the security system with a home automation technology, can know what is happening in their home at all times. Because having a home security system is the number one deterrence of would be burglars, it makes sense to use a system that has the technology of a home automation system with added security features.