The advent of modern technology came with such benefits as the possibility of setting up a smart home where you can control almost every electronic device that is in your house (like lights, vacuums, thermostats and even door locks) from a remote location using nothing but a smartphone and an app. It also made smart security systems viable, fairly affordable and very customisable.
As a matter of fact, smart security systems are now available in small-scale do-it-yourself kits as well as large-scale setups that require lots of resources and professional installation. Whereas small-scale smart systems come in packages that you can monitor and manage yourself, large-scale ones are designed to send and receive information automatically to various destinations (like police and fire departments) for more efficient monitoring and management. As is the case with any system, the more complex it is the better the results and of course the higher the installation and management expenses.
This article contains factors that you should focus on when selecting your security system. We have included some recommended systems for your consideration. Each one of them has been tested and proven to be satisfactory.
1. System parts
A typical smart security system should have connectivity with your home Wi-Fi in order for you to monitor it remotely using a smartphone. If it is an entry-level system then it should comprise of some motion detectors, door and window sensors, and a wireless communication hub like Zigbee, Wi-Fi, or a proprietary mesh network. The number of doors and windows depend on how much coverage you need. If you want a very comprehensive system then you can also cover the garage and include other components like outdoor surveillance cameras, water sensors, sirens, and more.
The various components of your home security system should work seamlessly to produce the desired outcomes. A great system should allow you to manipulate each component individually and the system as a whole. Furthermore, it should be able to follow specific commands. For instance, you might want your home windows to open automatically when the smoke alarm goes off; your system should be able to execute such a command effectively.
Storage of information is another important part of the integration. A great smart home security systems is one that can store information in video or image form either on a local SD card or a cloud based memory. Each of the storage platforms has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, local storage is cheap but there is always the risk of overwriting new information over old but important info. On the other hand, cloud-based storage offers reliable storage space that has no risk of overwriting. However, you can lose all new information if your internet connection develops a hitch. It is also expensive to install and maintain.
3. Installation by Locksmiths
The installation of your system may vary in difficulty depending on the extent of the security. Trusty Locksmith – a Canberra locksmith company installs these systems with ease and can do the complete system install in one day including wiring and control panel installation.
The final piece of integration is remote control. You should be able to control the whole system using your smartphone and app. Since it is a security system, the most important functions are arming, disarming and communicating. Most modern systems allow you to customize your security standards and decide when it should arm or disarm. Such functions come with notification alerts to your smartphone so that you are able to dictate how it should react in every possible event regardless of where you are. Some also allow you to do other things like add and delete components, change some settings remotely, silence alarms, lock or unlock doors and many other functions.
Best Choice Between DIY and Pro Systems?
There are no rules that can bar you from choosing any of the two types of smart home security systems. Having said that, it is important to note that DIY systems like SimpliSafe Home Security System, iSmartAlarm, and SkylinkNet Alarm System are ideal for you if you are on a budget. Most of them come in kits that are customizable to suit your specific needs. You can always add or remove components depending on how your needs change over time.