Home Automation for Security


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According to the 2015 State of the Smart Home Report, security is the main reason people want to automate their homes. Because what’s a better motivation to be one of smart home’s early adopters than knowing that you and your family are protected with high tech devices?

Home automation simply is having access to your devices wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection. It is a part of a flourishing trend called Internet of Things (IoT), where every device has an IP address that can connect to the internet.

In the article Home Security System 101, Blackfort ran a list of devices in a DIY home security system. Here, we’ll add more devices to that list, and explain how it works in a home automation setting.

  1. Electronic locks. If you’re a fan of television dramas, you’ll be quite familiar with this device by now. Electronic locks are a good investment in your home security because all you’ll need is a passcode or your family’s fingerprints to open your door. This leaves the threat of someone you don’t know having access to your door. Also, you can lock the door remotely, which can come in handy on days you’ve forgotten to lock your door before leaving the house.  
  1. Remote-controlled lighting. While it is pretty convenient to turn your lights on and off anywhere you are, it can add another layer of security by deterring robbers from entering your house. You can do this by programming your lights to turn on and off on specific times when no one is at home. This way, it can confuse would-be robbers by thinking that there are people at your house.
  1. Flood detector. Flood is another accident we would not want to happen at home aside from fire. So having a floor detector can save you money and keep your house safe from the perils of an unexpected flood.

As all IoTs, the internet is very crucial in the smooth functioning of a security system. With home automation, these devices work in sync with each other with the help of the internet connection and base station. All gathered data are stored in the base station, which serves as the brain of this system. It then sends the data into the app, which allows you to remotely control the whole system.

Not convinced yet in automating your home for security? Check the article Why should you install a Home Security System? for more reasons to install a DIY home security system.

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