Technology is, quite frankly, a beautiful industry. It has shaped the way we live, and it’s helping us in ways previously unthought of. A lot of things in our everyday lives are much easier, which significantly impacts our quality of life.
Technology also has a significant impact on the home security industry. It helps us feel safer and it gives us quite a lot of peace of mind. So, how is technology reshaping home security? Well, there are a couple of ways, so let’s take a look at them.
Remote monitoring is now a real possibility
A few years ago and while sure, you could’ve had a great home security system, seeing what it’s seeing was only possible by reviewing the footage afterward. And if something happened while you weren’t at home, you had no chance of knowing about it until you got home.
Today, thanks to technology, things are different. Most of the good home security systems like Vivint Security come with a way to connect them to the internet via your home network.
Since they’re online, absolutely nothing stops you from logging on to an app on your smartphone or work computer and seeing what they see. Whether you want to look at it in real-time, or you want to see what happened 15 minutes earlier, that’s perfectly possible.
Home automation makes things easier and safer
Home automation just wasn’t around until recently, but recent technological improvements have not only made it possible but easily attainable for the regular homeowner.
What do we mean by home automation? We mean having your home do things even when you’re not around, things that can not only help you but can also be great for security.
Let’s say you’ve got porch lights and motion sensors on your driveway and the path in front of your house.
If a potential burglar is casing your place, considering whether to attempt a burglary or not, whenever they get near the driveway or path, the sensors will turn on the lights.
You’ll also get a notification on your smartphone that tells you to check the cameras. Not only will the burglar be terrified by the lights and instantly run away, but you’ll know when it happened and you’ll see it – all thanks to home automation.
Sensors with emergency assistance can save your home
Most of the fire alarms throughout the home are made to do one simple thing – spray the fire in order to put it out and prevent it from burning down your home.
However, in some situations, the fire just can’t be put out with a fire alarm, and it requires more serious attention. You need the fire department.
If you’re at home, that’s simple enough. But what if you and your spouse are both at work, and your home is left unattended?
There’s nobody to call the fire department – except if you’ve got a modern, advanced fire alarm. Then the alarm will do that for you. It’ll also tell you that something is happening.
Chances are, by the time you get home, the fire department will have already put out the fire, saving your home.
Smart locks and video doorbells tell you who’s at your door, at any time
A conventional doorbell and lock work great in terms of security. However, in order for you to see who’s at your door, and decide whether or not you should let them in, a conventional combination requires that you’re at home.
A video doorbell and smart lock, which are some of the latest technological advancements in the home security world, can help with this.
You’ve got someone at the door, but you’re at work? It might be a burglar checking to see if the home is empty. You will get a notification on your phone, so you can see through the video doorbell.
Just use the built-in speaker to ask who they are and what they need – if it’s a burglar that’s enough to spook them. Oh, and with a smart lock, you don’t have to worry about that burglar finding the key you’ve been keeping under your garden rock – there is no need for one.
App-based security is more convenient than ever
What’s common about all the modern security devices you’ll find at our home is the fact that you can control them all from the comfort of your smartphone.
CCTV systems, motion sensors, lights, doorbells, and locks, just about all of them have an app that you can access from anywhere.
While this does have its impact in terms of security, the main benefit is that it gives you peace of mind.
You know that you can see what’s happening in your home at any point in time, and if something does happen when you’re not looking, you will know. Nothing beats that.