Nerd Alert: Smart Home Security Enlightens the Industry

Written by | Updated August 1, 2014

Imagine a home security system that lets you keep an eye on your pet at home while you’re away on vacation or a business trip. Imagine no more. The future is now when it comes to smart home security.

It can seem like everything is getting smarter these days and that includes your home. From smart thermostats to smart light bulbs, many household objects and electronics are now connected to the Internet so you can control them from your mobile devices from anywhere in the world.

What does smart home security mean?

When a device is “smart,” that means that it can connect to the Internet to transmit data, which is then transferred to your smartphone or other mobile device. Smart home security then means that different parts of your home security, like door locks, cameras, thermostat or the alarm system itself, can be monitored and controlled via your smartphone. This adds convenience and assurance that you can always be aware of what’s going on at your home and take care of issues right away, even when you are not there.

Smart Home Security Features

There are a lot of great features that you can enjoy when you upgrade to home automation.

Text Alerts: If something happens in your home, such as a sudden increase in temperature or smoke, which could indicate a fire, or someone is trying to break down your door or window, you can set up your system to automatically send you an email or SMS message. Some smart home security providers even offer you the option of how to respond to an emergency, whether notifying the authorities, calling a neighbor, or triggering an alarm, or all of the above.

Running the System Remotely: Because you can access your smart home security system from your smartphone, some providers give you the capability to arm/disarm your system remotely, so you can let the housekeeper or visiting relatives in while you’re stuck in the boardroom. Some systems even let you lock/unlock the door, which is great if you worry about the kids losing a house key.

Live Video Feeds: The assurance and security you get by always being able to check in on your home is priceless. Not only can you monitor for safety concerns such as break-ins and fires, but you can also keep an eye on your pet or someone else at your home, such as an elderly relative or a child in his or her room.

Smart home security is the wave of the future in the home security industry. More products are being developed and released each year. If you want to take the next step in home security, consider looking into how smart home security can improve your life.

Written by Carolyn Heneghan

Carolyn is a nutrition and environmental crusader who loves using and exploring technology almost as much as she enjoys writing about it. Learn more

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