Modern technology allows us to communicate with each other freely across the globe, so why not take that premise and use it to communicate with your home?
Smart Home Systems combine connectivity with automation allowing you to control an array functions in your home remotely, using a smartphone, Pad/Tablet, laptop or other similar Personal Computers.
In a nutshell, your system is connected to the internet via your router and data is sent to a secure sever hosted by your security alarm provider.
You communicate with your smart home alarm via this server & vise versa which in effect makes it a “self-monitored system”. As such, you could possible avoid the cost of meeting the subscription fees for professional monitoring.
There are a number of security functions that you can control remotely, some are main systems, others will be sub-systems.
Arm & Disarm the system
This can be useful if you have left the house & can’t remember if you have set the alarm when you left home or for cancelling false alarms. Some functions allow for programming the system to arm or disarm itself at a set time.
Set alarm zones
You could put a section of your home “out of bounds” whilst you are out. Perhaps you don’t want your child minder or children in your bedroom, study or private space.
Apart from being alerted to an unauthorized entry, smart alarms can also alert you to carbon dioxide/monoxide, smoke, fire, flood or even internal doors being opened inside the house.
Other useful alerts can be programmed, such as temperature drops or rises (turn on your heating or cooling remotely). Persons arriving or leaving – you could also set an alert to be sent if someone does not arrive as expected, in other words if there is inactivity.
Basic PIR (passive infra-red) detectors capture movement, but if you have the latest motion detection models that give video feeds or send photo’s you can actually see what’s going on – even hear or speak via an audio link.
Video evidence is very useful if a crime is committed or property damage is done by someone.
Not to be cynical, but bad behavior such as petty theft, property damage or even assault by home help, cleaners, child minders or trades-persons is not unheard of. Having video in the home could not only be used in evidence, it could also help deter somebody from causing this type of problem.
Detectors can be installed “pet-safe” so that they don’t get triggered by animals of less than a certain size.
You can turn your lights on & off remotely or set them to be switched on if an alert is triggered. During the short winter days or late at night, this feature does away with having to enter a dark house and fumble around for the switches – you can turn them on whilst you are on the way home!
Setting a timer sequence for lighting can also make it look like someone is in the property when you are out, or on holiday. A property that seems to occupied by people moving around inside is obviously less of a target for burglars than one that looks dark with nobody at home.