Home Automation and Smart Technology

home automation and smart technology

Home Automation and Smart Technology

There are now a whole host of ways in which you can monitor and control your home from your smartphone, including wireless cameras, smart locks and motion sensors. Many security devices can be bought on their own or as part of a smart security system or hub that enables you to connect up a number of different devices including smart cameras, smoke alarms, sensors, burglar alarms and locks to work in tandem.

A smart home security system is effectively a burglar alarm 

A super smart burglar alarm with motion sensors and sometimes a wireless camera in one, both with the ability to connect to your smartphone or tablet. This means that you can watch footage from your connected wireless security cameras and be alerted if a motion sensor detects an intruder, even when you're miles away. Choose from a range of different sensors - room, door, window and outdoor - and both indoor and outdoor cameras, depending on which hub you choose. You can then add on multiple cameras and sensors to suit your home.

What else can smart home systems do? 

Some systems can connect with smart plugs, which allow you to switch different devices around your home on and off, like a lamp. Others allow you to monitor your energy use or connect to a smart thermostat so you can adjust the heating in your home. Some systems also come with, or connect to, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and air purifiers (see more details below) and we've also seen gas leak detectors and water leak sensors. 

Smart home hubs vs burglar alarms

In many ways, smart home security systems do the same as a conventional burglar alarm - they alert you if you have an intruder and let you monitor your home. But the added benefit of a smart home hub is the ability to be receive alerts, even if you're miles away from home. If you have a standard alarm system without smart integration, you'll have to rely on a neighbour to check your house or call the police if your alarm goes off. Either that or you'll need to subscribe to a monitoring package (see below), which would mean a monthly financial commitment. Also, with a conventional wired camera, you'd only be able to look at the footage when at home using the computer. Because of that, cameras that don't connect to your phone are only really useful if something has happened and you want to look back to investigate the issue or get proof. Whereas a smart security camera allows you to see instantly what is going on if there is a disturbance.

You may find the burden/temptation of having constant access to your home's security camera isn't worth it though. Have a think about whether being able to see your home at any time of day, wherever you are - even on holiday - will really give you peace of mind. It could be a blessing or a curse. 

Burglar alarm monitoring contracts 

A monitoring package could offer the same reassurance as a smart security system, but these come at a monthly cost. With our standard burglar alarms you can get three different types of monitoring contract: a speech dialler, a key holder contact or a police contact. With a speech dialler, the burglar alarm will itself call or text designated numbers to inform them of an issue, similar to how a smart alarm would. Key holder or police contracts mean a receiving centre will be notified if your alarm goes off and your appointed key holder or the police, depending on which type you go for, will be informed.  

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