When it comes to getting their homes automated, most people pay particular attention to their home’s security. And in order to make your home as safe as you want, there are many factors and decisions you need to make. The most important being to find a Smart home security system with components that work seamlessly in an environment, which you can control.
But before you get started, ask yourself what you need to make your home secure? For example, do you want Smart locks and doorbells, or just smart smoke detectors? Are you looking for DIY devices or professional Smart security services? Once you are able to figure out what you want, the next step would be for you to find the best Smart home security for your lifestyle and family.
How much are you willing to spend?
Before starting with Smart security installations, you must first ascertain the amount you are willing to spend on the project. Having a budget to work with provides structure to the entire project, while at the same time helps you keep your priorities straight. Smart home security offers a wide array of products, such as cameras, locks, video doorbells, and more. You must, therefore, identify your needs and pick devices accordingly. While selecting devices, always ensure that you keep the expense in mind, with respect to your budget.
Should you DIY or choose a professional?
When it comes to Smart home security, there are two basic paths to choose from. You can either go for a complete system integration, or individual plug-in DIY solutions. The basic differences between these two approaches are, the cost and the scale. While individual upgrades offer flexibility and dynamism, full system installations are more versatile and reliable, however, much more permanent. One clear advantage of individual devices is that they allow you to automate at your own pace, keeping in mind the cost.
Basic Smart security devices
Cameras: Security is built largely on the concept of surveillance and the foresight it affords. Thus a good way to begin your Smart security project would be with a Smart camera/s. These devices allow you to view their feed on your smartphones/tablets so that you can always keep track of what is happening inside/outside your house.
Locks/deadbolts: Do you sometimes forget to lock your door/s? Of course, you have, and you probably will continue to forget occasionally. While some may suggest memory exercises, we say: ‘get a set of Smart locks instead!’. Smart locks are Bluetooth/WiFi-enabled and can be used remotely using a smartphone. That way, if you ever find yourself in the aforementioned predicament, all you need to do is whip out your phone and do the needful.
Doorbells: Seeing who’s at the door can sometimes be the most tedious ordeal in the world, especially when you’ve just settled in for a little relaxation. Home automation understands your predicament and presents a suitable solution, a WiFi/Bluetooth-enabled smart video doorbell that connects to your phone/tablet.
Smoke Alarms: Your home life can be completely disrupted by situations such as fires, gas leaks, etc. Smart alarms that are able to detect smoke, and harmful gases such as carbon monoxide; provide a highly effective solution that may help reduce the impact of such unfortunate events. These devices constantly monitor the air in that part of the house where they have been installed, thereby keeping you and your loved ones protected via your smartphone/tablet.
If you decide to go with individual devices, you must ensure that interoperability does not become an issue. This is primarily because different security devices may have different connectivity standards/settings, and will hence require different connectivity protocols. When choosing your Smart security loadout, make sure that your devices are largely compatible with the same connectivity protocol. These protocols range from WiFi, mobile network and Bluetooth, up to dedicated protocol networks such as ZigBee and Z Wave.
As discussed above, these systems are completely integrated (physically) with your home architecture. Professional systems usually require setup to be done by an expert technician, following which you will have to subscribe to one of the service plans (mostly monthly) provided by the company. Fully integrated home security systems offer high versatility, as the entire setup can be remotely monitored and operated from a single control panel.
Since these systems work on a subscription basis, you will have the convenience of complete professional insight as well as oversight. These systems also come with a variety of other features such as environmental sensors, that work in cohesion with your home automation. Many professional systems today even offer compatibility with devices such as the Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo range. However, you must bear in mind that such systems usually have a significant up-front cost, and once fitted, will be very expensive to remove/alter.
For more inspiration when it comes to smartly securing your home, visit our ‘Smart Security and Safety’ section.