Smart technology is appearing in more and more areas of our lives. We get our entertainment from smart TVs, we communicate using smart phones, and we run our homes with smart digital assistants. The latest area to benefit from the smart revolution is home security, with a whole raft of options available to allow you to secure and monitor your home remotely.
Security starts at the perimeter of your property. Many people have security lights that trigger using infra-red detectors, but the latest smart systems link a camera to a floodlight so that you start recording as soon as the light is activated. Footage can be sent to your smartphone so that you can see what is happening wherever you are. Features can be controlled remotely via a mobile app so that you can, for example, record using infra-red without triggering the light, or sound an alarm to scare away intruders.
Cameras can be used outside the property too, and again the latest smart home security systems in the UK can link to your smartphone or be controlled by your digital assistant. This means you can monitor what’s going on even when you are not at home.
Of course, while you want to keep your property secure, you also want to provide easy access for your family and for deliveries or tradesmen. Smart technology can help here too, with gates, garage doors and even locks that can be controlled remotely. This means you can, for example, allow a courier to place a parcel in a garage or porch and then secure it again afterwards.
In the past alarm systems could be a bit of a pain, leading to false alerts, requiring you to remember an access code and so on. The latest smart home security systems in the UK provide an alarm that can be linked to your smartphone.
This means that you can check your home is secure wherever you are. You can deactivate the system remotely for a cleaner or workman or turn it off from outside before you enter the property.
You also have the option to link to other security systems, integrating security lights and cameras so that you can look after all of your security systems from one place. If you don’t want to watch things yourself, you also have the option to link your system to a remote monitoring service so you have peace of mind that someone is watching your property 24 hours a day.
With so many options available, securing your home with smart systems can seem a bit overwhelming. The best way to approach it is to think about what your property needs to make it secure, and then look for systems that can meet those requirements. There are systems available to suit many different budgets and types of property, and most have the flexibility to allow you to expand them later should you want to add on extra functions.