Analysing how technology can improve home (smart homes) security
Security is the sense of balance between the defender and attacker. Smart technology has developed swiftly to give people the ability to keep their homes and lives safe seamlessly. Some technologies allow consumers to access their homes at the same time, help keep out intruders. Conventional security systems keep homeowners, and their property, safe from intruders. A smart home security system, however, offers many more benefits. On the following chapters, we discuss smart home, smart home security and related tools in smart home security.
Sadly, the festive season comes with its consequences. Thieves are on the prowl and troublemakers are out to ‘affirmatively repossess’ your belongings. This is why it is important to stay safe and keep a lot of measures in mind so that you can celebrate the New Year in peace. As they say, it is better being safe than sorry (“Your Safety and Security are Key”, 2016).
Importance of home tech
Monitored home alarm systems will not only warn home occupants of the presence of smoke in the home, but they will also warn of sources of heat and contact authorities. Smart homes don’t just allow us to avert accidental house fires from unattended ovens. These homes also allow us to keep our loved ones safe. Security systems can be installed that allow owners to monitor the comings and goings of guests and alert you when suspicious activity is detected. Doors can be locked, security systems armed, and cameras monitored from your phone, creating a safer and more secure environment for you and your family. For those of you with children, or those caring for elderly parents, these tools can make your life exponentially easier and give you peace of mind. Alerts can be sent to your phone when members of your family leave your house, and you can even keep track of where they go after they leave. On demand, save time, save money
Various technologies are being used to advance safety and security of residents and property. This includes a vast number of hardware such as sensors, cameras and alarms. Whereas all this may be controlled and monitored through a mobile phone, tablet or a personal computer remotely. Sensors that may be used may include Infrared (IR) sensor used to detect intruders. They are used at doors, gates and windows. The IR pair the IR transmitter and IR receiver detects the obstacle within the rang 5-6 feet (Shaligram ; Bangali, 2003, p.204). Cameras such as web cameras may be used to detect motion of any intrudes in front of camera range. A special software (program) compatible with the web camera communicates to the intended user via the Internet network and at the same time it gives sound alert (alarm) (Shaligram ; Bangali, 2003, p.202). Facial recognition software and security code allow the security system to allow residents into the home, while based on pre-programmed information restrict access to other individuals (Robles ; Kim, 2010, p.19). Whenever smart home security system detects someone who is unknown, it can provide video of the visitor to the homeowner. Visitors that are welcome can be given clearance and allowed in the house remotely. Unwelcome visitors can be ignored, and individual attempting to break in will trigger a call to the police.
Advantages of Smart home
Smart homes obviously have the ability to make life easier and more convenient. Home networking can also provide peace of mind. Whether you’re at work or on vacation, the smart home will alert you to what’s going on, and security systems can be built to provide a vast amount of help in an emergency. For example, in case of a fire outbreak not only would a resident be woken with notification of a fire alarm, the smart home would also unlock doors, dial the fire department and light the path to safety (Robles ; Kim, 2010).
While some technologies are only in early development, the future is already here. Some elements of a smart home may require significant investment with long-term rewards. Others are simple, affordable, and can impact your home now. Making small changes to your home’s functionality can help you embrace the larger ones to come and enjoy the potential savings that add up.
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Robles, R. J. & Kim, T. (2010). A review on security in smart home development. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 15, 13-21.
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