Mobile Management – Smart Home Security Systems You Can Control Through Your Phone

From phones and refrigerators to toasters and even toilets, it seems like everything in the 21st century is getting a “smart” makeover. While you may be skeptical as to whether you really need an intelligent toilet, one area in which these smart upgrades make perfect sense is your home security. 

Over the last decade or so, smart home security systems have been growing more and more sophisticated. The latest versions are capable of integrating with other technology to make your life easier and your home security more robust and efficient. One of the most valuable and convenient developments can be found in security systems that alert your phone when unusual activity is detected.

Though useful, these alerts are just one part of a greater picture when it comes to the connection between your smartphone and your home. Let’s take a tour through the elements of a home security system that can be managed via a phone, and what you can do with them. 

Smart home security with your smartphone
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Control lights with your smartphone 

Lighting has always been one of the pillars of security. However, the way many homeowners go about managing their lights is actually dangerously counterproductive. The old-fashioned tactics of leaving some lights on 24/7 while away or using scheduled timers can actually attract the attention of burglars. If would-be thieves notice that your lights never go off or switch on and off at the same time every day, they may consider other factors (e.g. no cars coming and going, mail piling up), and knock on the door to see if anyone’s home. If you don’t have other security measures in place, that could be all it takes for them to feel confident breaking in. 

Smart lighting, by contrast, allows you to mimic the way you’d normally use lights, even if you’re far from home. You can switch them on and off as if someone’s moving through the house, and create a realistic image of occupancy. When coupled with other smart security measures, this can be a powerful deterrent to thieves. 

Connecting security cameras to your phone

One of the most powerful features of a smart home security system is the ability to connect security cameras to your smartphone. With your home security system app, you can check on the cameras whenever a moment of paranoia strikes. More importantly, these apps will alert you to any unusual activity on your property. The value of a security camera system that alerts your phone to suspicious activity cannot be overstated. 

Alarm systems that alert your phone

An alarm is no good if it’s calling into the void, unnoticed by anyone who can do anything about it. For this reason, it makes sense to opt for a smart security system that alerts your phone when your alarm has been triggered. Having a home alarm system monitored by your security company is even better, particularly if you’re looking for the best way to keep your home secure while on holiday. Both of these smart security features allow for near-instant action to be taken, giving you a greater chance of protecting your assets and ensuring thieves know that your property isn’t worth the risk.  

Smartphone controlled door locks

Smart locks are the icing on the cake of a smart home security system – they may seem like a luxurious extra, but without them, the picture is incomplete. ​​Not only will you never have to worry about lost or stolen keys again, but you can also use your smart door locks to monitor and control access to your home when you’re away. 

You have a number of options when it comes to smart locks. The simpler models focus solely on the opening and closing of your doors. The more feature-rich varieties allow you to assign special access to friends and family members and temporary access to maintenance workers, guests, and the like. They can be connected to other smart home devices for added security, and you can opt for models that operate via voice command and other biometric triggers.

BPoint Security specialises in planning and installing cutting-edge home security solutions in Melbourne. If you’re interested in getting a free and comprehensive quote for your property, or you simply have questions about home security, feel free to get in contact. Our friendly technicians are always happy to help.