Home Automation for Safety and Security
So let’s talk about home automation for safety and security. A home automation system can be set up for better monitoring, smart access and control of different home security devices like CCTV. Advances in technology have enabled remote monitoring and control over the internet. Integration of different devices enables better efficiency.
An example of home automation at work; A motion sensor picks up a presence at the front door. The lights come on automatically, and the CCTV swivels to focus on the intruder. An SMS alert is automatically sent to your phone. You can then log in to see what is happening and act accordingly, for example, by issuing a lockdown command. What tasks can be automated?
An Internet Protocol (IP) CCTV camera enables viewing what the camera is looking t in real time. These cameras have become more powerful while coming down in prices. These features include 2-way audio, motion sensors, night vision, waterproof and wireless connectivity.
Smart locks offer more functionality than standard locks. These locks can send an SMS alert when a certain number of attempts are made. Using the smartphone app, they can also be locked and unlocked.
These locks can also be set to lock after a specific time period. This eliminates risks from forgetfulness. These locks also come with an audio alarm that can be triggered remotely.
Most home automation security systems have inbuilt ant burglary capability. Audio alarms are still popular deterrent tools but the modern at burglary systems offer more deterrence. An intrusion attempt can be remotely monitored with the burglar being warned off over the CCTV audio. The system can be set up to send an alarm to the authorities automatically on sensing an intrusion attempt.
Smoke and fire alarms are also part of automated home security. These sensors can send automatic alerts to emergency services when there is a threat of fire. This enables quicker response even when there is no one at home.
Smart lighting is also used in home automation systems for greater energy efficiency. This involves lighting up areas only when a presence is detected. These lights can be turned on and off remotely. The lights can also be programmed to come on at specific hours. It is also possible to set the ambiance of light in different areas of the home from one point using a smartphone app.