So you’re ready to upgrade to a Smart Home! Well, no smart home is complete without a video feed that can be pulled up right from a smartphone. Smart video lets you check in on pets, kids, and see what’s happening in your home while you’re away. This feature is a great addition to any home security system.
It is well documented that video surveillance systems help deter burglars, and smart video will make your security system far more versatile. In this article we’ll discuss two of the best smart video systems on the market today.
Is Residential Video Surveillance Really Necessary?
If you live in a dangerous area of St. Louis and worry an alarm system isn’t enough, it may be worth adding video. If someone does break into your home, cameras help make sure that there is a recorded video of the burglars and the crime.
Smart video lets you see the crime in real-time and warn police that an actual burglary is in progress, as opposed to a potential false alarm. Police could potentially react to the situation differently if they know suspects are robbing the home.
‘Smart’ Video vs. Regular Video Surveillance
Traditional video surveillance systems record footage to be used later, after a crime has taken place. This footage is utilized by police to identify and hopefully prosecute criminals. To the average homeowner, traditional video security is used primarily as a crime detergent. And, according to leading burglary-related studies, video surveillance does an outstanding job deterring burglars.
Smart Video takes surveillance to the next level. The video feed is connected to the home’s central control panel, giving homeowners the ability to check in on that video through an internet connection or their smartphone. In five seconds, you can see exactly what’s happening in your home.
Smart Home Video Equipment
Two companies stand out from the competition in regards to making the best smart home video surveillance equipment for residential homes: Alarm.com and Honeywell. Honeywell has been in the security industry for over 100 years. Alarm.com is a relatively new addition to the market, but their innovative products and smartphone app is state-of-the-art.
Honeywell Smart Home Video
With one of the most trusted names in the security industry, Honeywell continues to stay at the forefront of technological innovation and security features. This company has developed some of the best residential video equipment on the market.
From keeping an eye on a baby’s crib to being able to see who’s knocking at the front door, Honeywell cameras are versatile enough to be used in a wide variety of purposes and serve many different roles throughout a residential home.
Alarm.com Smart Home Video
There is an array of indoor and outdoor cameras and recording equipment offered by Alarm.com, and they even have a camera with night vision! As an Alarm.com dealer, our security firm is authorized to sell and install Alarm.com equipment in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and surrounding towns.
Here’s a quick video that shows how useful smart home video cameras can be:
Picking the Right Video Equipment for Your Home
Cost and quality are most people’s first concerns when it comes to picking home surveillance equipment. Regardless of the type of equipment you get, cameras, and lots of signs warning about the video surveillance, can do a great deal to help deter burglars.
Contact Butler Durrell Security to learn more about adding smart cameras to a residential security system.