When you think of home security, what do you think of? Something advanced, complicated and expensive? Maybe a few years ago that would’ve been true but in this digital world that we live in today, it can be quite simple and a lot less expensive.
Introducing wireless home security, better known as do-it-yourself. Don’t think it’ll work for you? Well, it’s time to prove you wrong.
The wireless home security market has exploded over the past few years. Everybody is aware of all the dangers lurking around at any given moment. Therefore, people are more cognizant of keeping themselves, families and home safe.
According to CNET, a wireless home security system consists of battery-powered sensors that you place around your home to monitor common entryways such as doors, windows and even outside your home. When motion or some strange activity is detected, you receive an alert.
Neighborhood Watch 2.0
If you thought wireless home security was just for a single home, friend, you are wrong. They can be used on a larger scale.
Remember the days of neighborhood watches? The days when you would gather in a neighbor’s home to discuss a game plan to deal with security in your area? Push that out of your mind and welcome the newest security kid on the block.
According to TechHive, the Neighborhood Watch Program is about to step it up with a network of wireless IP security cameras. The objective is to reduce the number of false alerts to authorities, reduce overall crime rates and improve response times to emergencies.
How will this be accomplished? The program will incorporate wireless, battery-operated cameras to monitor chosen neighborhoods. It’s part of an initiative launched by the National Sheriff’s Conference.
Cameras are strategically placed around the neighborhood, connected by a small hub that is plugged into an Internet router. Just like the home versions, once motion is detected the cameras start rolling and a short clip is sent to a selected smartphone.
The owner of the smartphone has a few options to choose from: Dispatch, Disarm or Dismiss. The dispatch option will allow the police to respond, disarm turns off the camera and cancels alerts and dismiss leaves the system on but archives the video.
Pitfalls of Wireless Home Security
CNET describes the scenario of jamming. No, not playing your music and rocking out but reducing the effectiveness of one signal by a stronger signal.
A wireless signal is sent on a specific frequency, but a stronger signal can come through on a stronger frequency, thus overriding it. Since the frequencies of security systems are listed, a would-be thief could obtain this information simply by Googling.
As scary as this sounds, it’s not that huge of a concern unless the burglar knows exactly what kind of system you have installed. For example, if you have a sign in your yard declaring your particular system, then that information could be used.
Before you fret too much, just know that most burglars aren’t this sophisticated and intelligent. These types of burglaries are pretty uncommon.
We’ve gone over the awesome, the downfalls and the so-so, so now you should have a firm grasp on the world of wireless home security. The power to secure your home is firmly in your hands. Choose wisely.