When people think of ‘Smart Home’ technology, also known as Home Automation, they often think the focus is on modern conveniences. An image of the Jetsons probably comes to mind. While convenience is certainly an important element, security and safety are actually at the core of most ‘smart home’ systems hitting the market today.
Setting up smart home devices will change the way you interact with your home and give you a much clearer picture of what’s happening while you’re not there. In this article, we’ll discuss in more detail how smart home technology is becoming a key element of a home’s overall security and protection.
Why Is Security at the Core of the Modern ‘Smart Home’?
Security control panels can be used as the hub of smart home technology, because control panels already have a secure connection to the outside world. This allows devices to safely make a connection with your smartphone. The control panel acts as the ‘brain’ of a smart home.
Why Security Features in a ‘Smart’ Home Device?
Aside from the technological capabilities of the control panel, there has been a major push across the industry to develop ‘smart’ products that serve several purposes. Fortunately, security and safety features have often fall into that category. Smart Home tech is all relatively new technology, so the more features a device can offer, the more appealing it becomes to end users.
In addition, the security system itself can become a smart home device. When setting up a home automation system, one of the core devices you’ll want to be able to control is your security system.
Why Are Security Companies Selling ‘Smart’ Home Features?
From smart refrigerators to smart trashcans, there are a slew of smart home products hitting the market right now. Not all of these products are relevant to your family’s safety, With the exception of remote temperature control, most security companies focus on providing smart home features that provide some level of security to the home.
3 Smart Home Features that Can Make a Home More Secure
1. Smart Alerts
A security system by itself is a huge burglary deterrent, but it doesn’t do a lot of good if no one arms the system or the doors are left unlocked. Smart home alerts can be set up to send a text message reminder when a home is left vulnerable. Other alerts can be set up to tell you when people arrive, leave, and can even be coupled with a short video snippet taken from available video equipment.
2. Smart Video
Being able to pull up live streaming video, at any time, is one of most noteworthy benefits of smart home technology. A monitoring station doesn’t necessary have a set of eyes in your home. If an alarm is triggered, smart cameras allow you to get a better idea of what’s going on in your home and potentially encourage a more appropriate response from emergency responders.
3. Smart Locks
While it’s convenient to be able to remotely let in a trusted maintenance worker or someone that you want in your house, maintaining a much tighter control over who has access to your locks is the security benefit of this upgrade. You never have to leave out a hid-a-key or wonder if someone is going to make a copy of your house key without permission.
Smart Home Tech Fills a Necessary Role in a Home’s Overall Security & Safety
Home Automation devices help users mitigate more vulnerabilities than a security on its own. With a click of a smartphone, users can remotely lock the doors, arm the security system, turn lights on and off, view live video feeds, or even close the garage door, whether they’re halfway down the street or halfway around the world.
Contact Butler Durrell Security if you’d like to learn more about smart home technology or how that technology can be effectively used to improve a home’s security.