As smart devices become more prevalent, it’s no surprise to find homeowners that have chosen to upgrade to smart thermostats or replace some of their lights with smart LED bulbs. While gadgets like these and virtual assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are great ways to make the home a bit smarter, these are not the only ways.
There are a variety of sensors and smart devices that can make your daily life more convenient, including several smart security devices that can help keep you and your home safe and protected.
Smart Home Security
Conventionally, there were two ways that you could enhance your home security. You could purchase and install static things such as deadbolts or reinforced door jams that that made it harder for someone to enter the home, or you might install an externally monitored security system that you typically paid a monthly or yearly fee for. With the rise in smart home devices, however, there is now a third choice.
A handful of security-focused smart devices are available that not just work together to enhance the overall security of your home, but also send alerts about suspicious activity around your house. While some smart home safety apparatus are still connected to external tracking, many of them give you pretty solid security without the necessity for ongoing subscription fees.
Cameras and Motion Detection
One of the more popular solutions for smart home security comes in the form of smart cameras and other smart paths that you can install around the home. These cameras typically provide HD-quality video, and many feature tracking to follow potential invaders as they proceed, so you can get a clearer perspective of what’s going on in your house.
To save electricity, these can be used with motion sensors which allow the cameras to turn on just when someone or something is moving. Many of the motion sensors are advanced enough that you won’t have to worry about pets or things blowing in the wind setting them off, either. Once the camera is recording, you are going to get an alert so that you can see the movie in real time and take action as needed.
Motion sensors aren’t the only smart sensors that can enhance your home security. Smart locks, door sensors, and window sensors can tell you whether your doors and windows are locked, unlocked, open, or closed. In many cases you can also activate the locks to lock a door that you might have forgotten when leaving the house.
If a window or door be forced open or broken, the sensors can alert you, and also send a note to other security elements that you have in your home, such as cameras or an alarm panel.
Another popular home security add-on is the smart doorbell. These doorbells typically contain a camera, alerting you when someone approaches your door, and also feature intercoms so that you can talk to visitors without having to actually open the door to greet them.
Video clips are typically saved for easy access, and because of the eyes-front perspective of the doorbell they can be great tools for identifying package thieves and other people who shouldn’t be approaching your porch.
Total Security Systems
While you can purchase a number of individual elements to build your own home security setup, smart safety methods are an alternative as well.
Not only do these systems provide you with multiple smart devices that communicate the benefits we’ve already discussed, but they also tie them together using a central alarm panel that typically provides monitoring and the ability to call the police if necessary.