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Some of the latest options in home security systems

Published: Feb 28, 2015 at 10:40 UTC
Some of the latest options in home security systems

Home security systems exist for catching criminals and providing peace of mind in the event of a break in, vandalism, or other form of mischief those responsible can be identified and apprehended. Having a home security system allows you to put a face to a crime.

Home security systems are becoming smarter with some of the latest options, which include;

  • Personal emergency response devices
  • Mobility
  • IP video technology
  • Hybrid solutions, which are available for some of the legacy systems out there.

 

Personal emergency response devices

One of the home security industry leaders, ADT, has announced release of its new emergency response device.  This device was developed by MobileHelp and is a wearable mobile device easy to operate with a single button for emergency responder notification.

What does this have to do with home security?

Products like this allow companies like ADT to branch off into other ways to help people feel secure. This device provides the peace of mind in knowing that emergency response is only a button click away whether you have a medical condition or are the victim of a break in.

This trend is expected to exceed $26 billion in the next two years which represents a growth rate of over 61% over the current market.

Personal devices for health

These personal response devices have been around for several years but have grown more sophisticated since their inception.  Instead of a device you have to wear around your neck you can now get some you can wear on your wrist, on your belt, or in your pocket.  Most of these devices are set to alert an emergency response contact center.

Personal devices for security

These devices are not just for those with health conditions but are also useful as portable security devices.  If you are in your garage, basement, attic, or even in your front living room you and your home are still at risk for home invasions.  It only takes a quick moment to press the emergency button on this device and help will be on its way.

 

Smart home security devices

In a world where over 13 million homes are burglarized every year and advances in smartphones and mobile devices, it only makes sense that companies like ADT have integrated their home security systems with mobile technology.

ADT Pulse allows you to monitor fire, carbon monoxide, and emergency response systems from your smartphone or computer while you are away.

You can arm and disarm Pulse virtually anywhere but it doesn’t stop at just security.  You can automate your home through its connection with your

  • Heating
  • AC unit
  • Lights
  • home entertainment system
  • You can also remotely lock and unlock your doors.

Interactive services

Through smartphones consumers are able to arm and disarm their security systems, interact, control, and view the premises wherever they have reception.  This type of connectivity brings peace of mind in knowing you can interact, connect, control, and monitor your home through your home security system.  With smart home devices you can remotely turn your lights on in the evening and check your perimeter for any suspicious activity.

Reduction in false alarms

Hardware sensors have evolved to become more sensitive to a true incident with verification techniques that help minimize false alarms.  This is done through visual verification notifications sent to a monitoring center to verify activity through video clips sent by the system.  You don’t want the police sent to your house for a false alarm or if your neighbor accidently triggers it by bringing your trash can in from the curb for you while you’re away.

 

Broadband video monitoring

One of the most common uses of IP video is used for conference calls, web meetings, etc. however; many companies are now offering IP video monitoring for home security.  If you already have high speed Internet at home it is easy to find companies that offer these systems.

Burglars typically snip phone lines to disable alarms, however; if you connect your home security system to your internet router and monitor it from your mobile device the alarm can be triggered at the first sign of a break-in.

Monitor from your phone

You can monitor your home security system on your phone and having this type of mobility means you have remote access to images and videos at your home while you are away.  Through the security system’s mobile app you can control the alarm, lights, climate, and more.

 

New life for old systems

While many are switching to IP based video systems there are options for satisfactory analog CCTV systems.  An average analog camera has a life expectancy of eight years however a DVR may fail sometime before then.
This provides the opportunity to keep an old analog system and improve it by replacing the DVR with a coax to Ethernet converter saving you money from having to buy a replacement DVR.  These converter devices can have single or multiple ports and usually cost around $80.  The use of IP technology is available to bridge the gap until a complete automated or remote system is purchased.

Hybrid systems

So, going forward you might want to consider these great options for your home security to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables.

  • Personal emergency response devices
  • Smartphone apps
  • Smart home security systems with broadband video monitoring
  • Hybrid systems
 
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