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Protect Your Home With Modern Technology
You’ve spent hours, days and months planning for your custom home. You’ve selected the perfect design with cabinets, wood floors and home decor, and settled in to your humble abode.
Now, it is time to give some thought to how you can protect your investment. The Internet of Things (“IoT”) has created new technologies to help make your home more safe and secure, by giving you more control over your home at the touch of button.
Here are three of the most common ways that people are using IoT technology today.
One of the obvious ways to make it seem like you are at home when you aren’t is to not have a dark house all the time. The old way to make this happen was by using holiday light timers around the house. But this still has the disadvantage of being a static timer when you are away.
With custom apps, you could program your lights to do different things on different days. One bedroom light staying on longer or shorter on different days gives a more realistic illusion that people are still living there and moving while you are away. The Philips Hue smart lights includes a feature that allows it to change color and intensity depending on the movie or music in which you are watching or listening. This sort of pattern making could be used to simulate a TV being watched, which gives another layer of protection to your home.
All these features are made possible by the open programing systems light bulb manufacturers are releasing, letting them integrate with nearly every smart-home system, as well as apps and sensors to give a truly unique experience.
Cameras & Security Systems
The obvious advantage of having security cameras on when you are away is that, if anything does happen to your home, you are able to record what took place, making it easier to catch the criminal and have your belongings returned.
The picture of a burglar breaking into a home during the middle of the night is not a realistic one. Most burglaries and break-ins take place during the work day when most occupants aren’t home. It’s easy for someone to seem like they are a door-to-door salesman or a workman doing jobs around your house during the middle of the day. Most will ring the doorbell to see if someone is home. Inevitably, if someone answers the door, the burglars will try to find an easier target.
This is where systems like the Ring Video Doorbell comes in extremely handy. This system replaces your existing doorbell with a camera and Wi-Fi-enabled speakers. This way, when someone rings the doorbell, you’re able to see and answer from the intercom. And even if visitors don’t ring the doorbell, the motion sensors will still capture whomever arrives at your door.
While the Ring Video Doorbell will cover the front door, a security camera system should extend to other areas of your property to protect your home. Modern security cameras are much more advanced than the old CCTVs you see at your local gas station.
With high-definition recording available, and with storage options so cheap that you can have virtually unlimited recordings, it’s silly not to have one. Not only can you record anything, but you can record at any time. Modern camera sensors have good quality low-light capabilities, and when combined with infrared lights mounted on the camera, they can capture clear pictures, even in the darkest of environments.
Locks & Accessibility
You can use the IoT to upgrade your deadbolt lock. Products like August Smart Lock allow you to replace your standard deadbolt on any door with a smartphone enabled SmartLock.
You can easily, and remotely lock and unlock your door, allow access even when you are not home for a preset period of time, and keep track of who is coming in and out. This can be a great addition to your home especially if you have children leaving and coming home from school, dog walkers, trades or deliveries while you are away.
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