The Future of Home Security Includes Everyone
Imagine a future in which you can always keep a watchful eye on your home 24/7. You might actually be sitting in a conference room on the other side of the world, but you’ll still know exactly what’s going on in your home.
The type of technology that can provide you with this kind of peace of mind has been available for some time now, but it’s always been a little cost prohibitive. The challenge has been coming up with technologies that are affordable to most people – ones that allow us to all live secure in the knowledge that our property is protected from unwanted intruders.
In the last couple of years the rapid growth in popularity of smart home technology has made it possible to get the best security and make the best of your home. With an ever increasing number of manufacturers entering the market prices have been driven down. We’re at the point now that the average consumer can afford smart home security products. Unlike older technology, many of these new security measures don’t require the use of a security company that you have to pay an annual subscription to. You are your own personal monitoring service. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly we’re talking about.
Full Access Control
In the past home security could easily cost you thousands of dollars each year and you had to rely on a security company to fully protect you as we’ve already mentioned. That’s no longer the case. Today you can do it all yourself at a fraction of the cost. To protect your front door for example you can purchase two easy to install products from one company to get the job done. I’m talking about the August Smart Lock and August Video Doorbell. With these two technologies you can fully protect the front of your home and you’re in full control of tracking potential intrusions and contacting the authorities.
The video camera doorbell performs three main functions: it’s a doorbell, it’s a video camera, and it’s a two way intercom system. The minute someone rings the bell you’re notified through an app and you can see and communicate with the visitor through the app. Many burglars will press your doorbell to see if anyone’s home – the minute you answer they’ll find an excuse to quickly move on to an easier target.
Now let’s say on the other hand that the person at your door isn’t a burglar, but a delivery person bringing you an important package you’ve been waiting for. This is where the smart lock and video doorbell work well together. You can identify and speak with the delivery person and let them in with your smart lock to drop off the package. Your home remains secure and you get the package you’ve been waiting for in a timely manner. Best of all you can easily install this technology for a few hundred dollars. A robust home security system is no longer the exclusive domain of the wealthiest members of society and that’s a good thing.
Securing the Rest of Your Home
The technologies we’ve talked about so far are major advancements in home security, but they won’t help you protect the back of your home. There are other technologies you can adopt that are just as subtle and as effective in protecting the rear entrance to your home. A great choice is the Maximus Smart Home Security system. This powerful device looks like a classic outdoor fixture, but is actually a full on security system for your back entrance. It includes video, a two-way intercom, a motion sensor alarm, and notifications sent right to your smart phone. Typically you can find one for less than $200.
The Downside of Having Smart Devices in Your Home
There is a security downside of having all these new smart home devices in your home. While they will create a near insurmountable protection against physical entrances into the home, they actually open the opportunity for companies, the government, hackers and other online criminals to penetrate your home and steal important personal information (credit card information, social security etc). We recommend that purchasers also install a hardware home network firewall in their home. This will ensure that regardless of the individual and varying levels of quality security protocols of the device, your home will still have a protective shield against these nefarious individuals.
A Better More Secure Future is Just around the Corner
The bottom line is that the future of home security really does include everyone. These home security technologies are coming down in price all the time and they’re much more readily available than ever before. It’s a comforting thought knowing the home of the future will be more secure than ever before.
A guest post by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog which analyzes the impact the smart home technology revolution has on the household.