Home Security Technology is Facing a Major Game Changer

Your home is supposed to be a place that you associate with safety and relaxation. It should be the one place you can go to unwind, to process information, and to feel completely at ease. So the idea of a home invasion is one of the most horrifying prospects the average person can face — but almost everyone is vulnerable to the possibility. Millions of home burglaries still happen every single year.

All home security systems work on the same basic principle of securing entry points, like doors and windows, as well as interior space containing valuables like art, computers, guns, and coin collections. Regardless of the size of your home, or the number of doors and windows or interior rooms a homeowner decides to protect, the only real difference is in the number of security components deployed throughout the home and monitored by the control panel.

Home security systems work on the simple concept of securing entry points into a home with sensors that communicate with a control panel or command center installed in a convenient location somewhere in the home. The sensors are typically placed in doors that lead to and from a house as well as easily accessible windows, particularly any that open, especially those at ground level. Open spaces inside of homes can be secured with motion sensors.

Fortunately in our modernized era, technology now exists to both protect your home from a potential invasion, and to facilitate justice and recovery in the aftermath of a burglary.

Smart technology to protect your home

With the advent of smart home technology has come increased peace of mind for those at home. Smart home technology enables homeowners and renters alike to connect their home security measures with intelligent apps and internet-based solutions to keep your home safe.

The devices remain pretty much the same but now alarms, locks, sensors and cameras are connected by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, can be monitored and controlled remotely by apps and any data like audio or video can be stored in the cloud to be viewed later. And now with the internet of things, they can all be controlled from an automated hub like Amazon Echo, Google Home or Hive.

Smart locks

An alternative to the traditional lock-and-key mechanism that homeowners have long relief upon, smart locks are impervious to being picked as a result of their encrypted technology. There are a variety of smart locks on the market, some of which still require a key, but some of which are only accessible via a designated code.

Smart locks also connect to an app to let you know if your door has been tampered with, if anyone has attempted to unlock your door with an unapproved key or code, and to let you know anytime anyone enters or exits via your front door.

A smart lock is an electronic and mechanical locking device that opens wirelessly with an authorized users’ authentication. … On top of regulating access, many smart locks log access, providing the means to monitor use of a given secured door. Smart locks are sure to become every homeowner’s favorite. They offer the same level of security as typical mechanical door locks, but provide a range of alternatives to the mechanical key, and a host of other features. Digital locks are changing our lifestyle, leading us to a new digital era of keyless locking!

Once the preserve of the very wealthy, smart locks are becoming more and more commonplace as they become more affordable. Indeed, you can instruct delivery drivers to leave parcels at your door while you are in work through the face-time function on the app. They come with HD and night vision and recording also.

Some video-doorbells connect to a smart lock which allows you to remotely open the lock so a child or workman can enter your house while you are not at home.

Smart locks not connected to a video doorbell use a variety of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that connect with your phone to lock and unlock, but you can also choose from a wide range of touch screen and fingerprint locks also.

Doorbells with video feeds

A particularly terrifying prospect is the idea of a home invasion that begins with a knock at the door — or, in this day and age, a ring of the doorbell. An aggressive assailant may ring the bell to put the homeowner off guard, and then physically force entrance when you open the door.

But there are now video doorbells that connect to your phone, laptop or tablet so you can get a good look as to who’s come knocking before you open your door.