Technology in the last few decades has swept across the landscape of our lives making unprecedented changes to how we live. In the residential security system market, technology has led to the development of new hardware and software to help keep our homes safe. Seeing that every 13 seconds a home is broken into across the nation, these new security techniques couldn’t come at a better time.
However, for you to reap the benefits of technology’s role in your home security you need to learn how to apply each innovation. Here are some examples of security innovations available to help you protect your home.
1. The Rise of Video Streams
Traditional residential security system setups used to feature surveillance cameras which drove the cost of the entire unit up significantly. The reason for the steep costs associated with these security systems (aside from the camera itself) was the data storage problem. If you had a surveillance camera, you needed a compatible system to store the footage. On top of that, the footage you got from a unit was of low quality.
As the internet proliferated and network signals grew stronger, it became easier to simply run the live video footage over the internet. Nowadays, it is commonplace to get a residential security system that lets you watch real time video footage over an internet connection whether you are within the premises or away. Remote monitoring has opened up a score of new applications for using your home security system, which bring unique value.
2. Automated Door Locks
Automated door locks are the preserve of the smart home wave and they offer new ways to protect your home. A smart lock is designed to connect to the rest of your home automation system giving you a smoother and more secure experience. When you arrive, a smart lock has the ability to detect your presence. By using Bluetooth made into the keyfob (or on your smartphone) it can automatically unlock and let you in.
Since your lock connects to the other units in your smart home setup, the lock can trigger necessary units to take appropriate action. For example, you can set it up such that once your smart unlock opens, it can notify the thermostat to set the appropriate temperature.
Not only can these automated locks help prevent burglars but they also ensure that you receive all your package deliveries. When you get that online delivery at your doorstep, a smart lock can use Quick Response Code (QR) technology to let the delivery person slide your package in. Since the delivery person is aware that your security camera system has them on record, they will not be incentivized to steal anything Instead, they will ensure safe delivery of your package and promptly leave your home.
Sensor technology has come a long way from the early unwieldy applications to today’s nifty and sometimes pocket-sized ones. Motion sensors of all shapes and sizes now exist for the various entry and exit points in your home. You can install one to always know if someone is trying to gain unauthorized access to your residence no matter which side of the globe you’re on.
Gas explosions are slowly becoming a thing of the past due to sensors that can detect a gas leak however slight and immediately alert you to it. Similarly, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide monitors are also useful in safeguarding your health. These sensors will alert you the instant any of these poisonous gases are present in your indoor air.
For you to get the best use out of the sensors you use in your house, you should set them up to deliver instant push, text or email notifications.
Update Your Residential Security System
The rate of home break-ins is alarmingly high and you need to take measures to protect yourself and your family. Technology has changed the way you can use a residential security system and once you can tap into these new techniques you will better protect your property. Understand each innovation and determine how to best deploy it in your residence.