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How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

By Emily Long, SafeWise.com

In recent years, smart home technology has radically transformed the home security landscape, with numerous changes and developments over the years. To understand the impact of smart home on the security space, it helps to take a closer look at what security systems looked like before and after the onset of smart home tech.

Security without smart home tech

Some of the first modern home security systems relied on sensors linked to batteries or hardwired electric connections. The relatively recent addition of security cameras brought more peace of mind, but footage wasn’t always recorded and couldn’t easily be viewed remotely.

With these early systems, there was also no way to know what was happening at home unless you were physically present. Security systems without smart tech don’t have remote access or control features, which greatly limits your ability to monitor your house when you’re not there.

Security with smart home tech

The biggest change post-smart tech is that home security systems are now wireless, which means no wires for criminals to cut in the middle of the night. And smart video surveillance can be seen via live stream, sent right to the homeowner via app notification, or stored to the Cloud for viewing later.

Best of all, you don’t have to be nearby to check what’s happening at home. Whether you’re across town or on vacation, you can access your smart home security system remotely using a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.

Why smart home tech makes your home more secure

A few of the many pros of smart home technology are:

Remote access. Smart home tech puts the power to view and monitor your home’s security into the palm of your hand.

Remote control. Along with remote access, you can turn alarms on and off, light up the backyard, or even let an authorized person into your house right from your smartphone.

Customized security. Smart home tech delivers more types of security systems than ever before. You can opt for an all-in-one system or select individual components (like a smart doorbell) that offer focused security where you need it most.

A few smart security options to consider

There are lots of ways to implement smart home technology to keep your home secure. A few include:

· Smart alarms and sirensalert homeowners to potential emergencies in the home with audible alerts or alerts that go straight to a smartphone.

· A 4-in-1 security camera like the Piper nv serves as a traditional security camera but also acts as a smart home hub as well as a motion and temperature/humidity sensor .

· Smart locks let homeowners secure their doors, with the ability to remote lock/unlock and set unique codes that keep intruders at bay.

In general, smart home tech has made home security more convenient and customizable than ever before. It’s also made security more accessible for non-traditional living environments like apartments and rental properties. To get the most out of smart technology, do your research, understand the risks, and select devices that best serve your home security needs.

Emily Long is a home safety and automation expert for SafeWise. She loves to geek out on new tech gadgets. When she isn’t writing about smart home tech, she can be found teaching yoga, road tripping, or hiking in the mountains.


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