With so many new advancements in home security and home automation, how do you know which to choose? Let’s take a closer look at some cool features.
There is no question that technological advances are springing up around us daily. We truly live in exciting times, and sometimes it can be difficult to even keep up! Indeed, there are whole industries where it is surprising just some of the things that we can nowadays.
Consider the realm of home security and home automation. Now that we are almost two decades into the 21st century, there are things available to us that used to be just toys for the very wealthy. Consider just a few examples of some awesome things going on in home security and home automation.
🚪 Video Doorbells
Doorbells have been ubiquitous for many generations now, but they have been getting a facelift in recent years. First of all, many models have automation features such as live streaming such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri, and connections with smart lock companies.
A “smart lock” allows you to unlock the door based on who is waiting outside automatically. Moreover, many models also have motion-sensing capabilities. You can speak to visitors remotely and give instructions on where to leave deliveries. Some video doorbells can contact emergency services.
📱 Mobile Control of Security Equipment
Mobile control of security equipment means that you literally have security at your fingertips. Indeed, there are many cell phone apps that you download for a fee that will literally unlock everything in your house or turn on such things as the washer and dryer, adjust the thermostat, view security information remotely and even arm or disarm the system even when they are away from home.
There are also many leading companies, including ADT Pulse. Despite increasing competition in this corner of the industry, ADT Pulse is still considered more or less the industry standard for mobile-integrated home automation.
🗣 Voice Activation
You might be surprised at some of the things that voice activation can do these days. Automated voice control functions are so advanced these days that they can often do the following:
- Turn on, turn off or dim your lights
- Turn your alarm on or off
- The ability to set your own “wake up word or phrase” in order to turn the voice activation system on
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⏲ Smart Kitchens
Have you ever heard of the intelligent refrigerator or wi-fi ovens? If not, they are definitely coming to a house near you! A smart refrigerator like the Samsung Family Hub can “sense” such things as when food is about to spoil, expiration dates, potential shopping lists, and recipe recommendations. Wi-fi enabled ovens like the Breville Smart Oven Pro are a real treat, simply because of the fact they can do the following amazing things:
- Be preheated remotely while you are on your way home from work
- Change the temperature of the oven from another room
- Experiment with cooking timers without leaving your living room sofa
That’s right. You can catch up on your favorite tv show and still be able to adjust your oven because of this type of smart technology. To say that these new modifications make it easier to multi-task would definitely be a tremendous understatement.
☁ Cloud Integration
There is an old adage in law enforcement that states that “crime doesn’t pay.” With the advent of all of this new technology, that statement rings about as true as it has ever been today. It is definitely a good thing if you can remotely view your security footage when you are away from home.
🤝 Welcome to the 21st Century
As you can see, home automation and home security have evolved immensely in just the last decade. A home security system is definitely no longer reserved for the wealthy or for businesses. It also applies to many middle-class households now as well. With the advent of this smart technology, the best way to sum it up would be to say, “Welcome to the 21st century!”
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