Getting Smart With Your Security

Getting Smart With Your Security

The following contribution is from another author.

With the right smart devices, it seems like there’s no end to the improvements that you can make to your home life. A lot of them might seem like little more than quality of life changes, making it a little more efficient to control all the different parts of the home. Some of them might go even further, however, protecting your valuables and maybe even keeping you from harm. Here, we’re looking at how the smart home provides security, and which investments you might want to consider.

Sensing the danger

One of the most common installations when it comes to any kind of home security is that of the burglar alarm. This works by setting off an alarm when someone without the right access attempts to breach the home. Sensors pick up their movements and, in response, an alarm sounds off and the system may be hooked up to notify the manufacturers of the alarm or the police. Smart home security setups work much the same, but they also alert you wireless wherever you are. With conventional devices, you have to hope that you’re close enough to call the police when you hear the alarm or hope a neighbor does it for you.

Keeping an eye out 

Burglar alarms often work with small cameras set up wherever the sensors might be, but if you want to make sure you have a look over the whole interior and exterior of the home, it might be worth going further. A more comprehensive smart security camera installation can come with enough high-quality cameras to offer a full HD 1080p video. What’s more, since it’s built smart, you can watch the video anywhere live or through the provided Cloud storage. As such, even if you’re on vacation, you can check in on the home now and then. Combined with a burglar alarm, it can allow you to respond to any threats as quickly as possible.

Getting on lockdown

One of the biggest security threats to your home is as simple as leaving a door or a window unlocked, giving a would-be intruder the ability to come in and out of your home at their own discretion. By investing in some smart locks for your home, you can make sure that this isn’t the case. Even when you’re away from the home and without a key, you can check that all of the doors are locked and, if not, secure them with the tap of a button a touchscreen. Of course, it’s worth investing in sturdy doors and keys that have anti-tamper locks to make sure that the home is truly and thoroughly protected from intrusion.

The smart home can undeniably do a lot to keep you, your family, and your possessions secure. However, that doesn’t mean we should come to rely on them 100% of the time. They still need to be used with vigilance, by someone who knows to keep an eye out for the risks. When used well, however, they are an undeniable advantage.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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