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Beyond Home Security: Home Automation

Home security systems are no longer just for home security. Today’s security systems can be used for a variety of purposes beyond alerting the homeowner about break-ins. Home security systems now have features that allow you to control and monitor other systems in your home. These are being called home automation systems. The new home automation systems can control almost everything in your home including door locks, lighting, thermostats, blinds and more.

With a home automation system, homeowners can program many features within the house. When you come home from work, the home automation system can ensure the lights are turned on inside the house, the exterior walkway is lit and that the oven is preheating for dinner. With a little extra effort, you can even have your favorite song playing as you enter the house.

The programs can also work while you’re in the house. Automated control also allows the house to adjust to your movements within the house. Light sensors can operate so lights go on and off as you enter and exit room within the house.

Home automation programs don’t end there. That’s just the beginning.

Not only can they notify you for security risks and break-ins, but they can notify you when children enter the home after school, if an exterior or garage door has been left open or if a medicine cabinet has been opened. Using an automation system, you can control your video and audio systems and also limit your children’s access to those systems. You can also monitor energy usage throughout the house and program the system to turn off those appliances and lights which aren’t in use.

With a home automation system, you can control your home security features and home automation features from any mobile device including your smartphone, tablet or laptop, whether you’re at work, in the home or on vacation.

Home automation systems are endlessly flexible, letting you decide what features you must have and what features you don’t need. In fact, you can purchase a basic kit and add components as you decide you need or want them. For example, video cameras may be something you may not want to spend money on at first. However, it may be a component you want to integrate into your system later so you can monitor both the inside and the outside of your home.

You can either purchase a home automation system from a reputable dealer who will install it for your or you can choose to install it yourself. There are both hardwired and wireless home automation systems. With a wireless system, installing it yourself may be an option. Go online to compare systems, components and prices. Investing in a home automation system may be the security system option you're looking for.

Real Security Begins At Home (On Your Smartphone)

When the FBI sued Apple a couple of years ago to compel Apple's help in cracking an iPhone 5c belonging to alleged terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, the lines seemed clearly drawn. On the one hand, the U.S. government was asserting its right (under an 18th ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 15:33:00 GMT



The Ooma Butterfleye security camera keeps recording even in a power outage

A power outage won't mean a security outage. At least, not if you have Ooma on your side. The smart home company introduced a new video security camera that boasts facial recognition, offline recording, and a host of other features to help keep you and y ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 13:05:00 GMT



Guardzilla Addresses Smart Home Security Monitoring at CONNECTIONS Connected Home Conference

ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Guardzilla, developer of the industry's first 360-degree Wi-Fi security camera, today announced it will join fellow thought leaders at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 23 in San Francisco ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 07:41:00 GMT



Home Ministry to focus on security and peace, foreign workers - Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR (May 21): Efforts to ensure national security and peace besides issues concerning immigration and foreign workers are among the main tasks that would be given emphasis by the Home Ministry. Its Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said other ...

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Voice squatting attacks: Hacks turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers

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Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 07:44:00 GMT



Armed robbery details caught on 'quality' home security video

A group of friend in San Francisco said they were enjoying a night out when a man robbed them at gunpoint -- and the entire violent incident was caught on clear, high quality video with sound that could make all the difference in finding the suspect.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 12:55:00 GMT



Smart Home Weekly: Add The NETGEAR Arlo Security Lights To Protect Your Home

NETGEAR's Arlo division has finally released the Arlo Smart Home Security Light, which is going to be a great addition to your home and keep it protected. Much like the Arlo cameras, the Security Lights here are also wire-free, so you don't need to ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 08:13:00 GMT



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