Mar 9, 2020
Security is one of the most important aspects of our smart home systems. For every project, we take a tailored approach and by integrating different security systems the final result can be more effective; and make our clients feel safer within their homes. Read on below to find out some of the ways we integrate security in your smart home.
Cameras are a primary starting point for any security set up - not only do they give vital evidence should an event occur, but they also act as a deterrent to potential intruders. Multiple cameras can be installed around the home, with different features to suit the application; and be interconnected with other services - e.g. if movement is detected in a sensitive area, lights turn on, or speakers play a pre-recorded message.
This gives the homeowner the freedom to watch the camera's live feed from any display within their home but also from their phones and tablets anywhere in the world. Camera footage is kept on-site, safely behind a battery backup in case the power is cut, but can also be uploaded to the cloud so it is kept safe and able to be accessed quickly. Having cameras integrate into our smart home system gives our clients peace of mind knowing that if there is a break-in their footage is readily available to send to the police without delay.
The door entry system allows a homeowner to see who is at the door and communicate with them without having to open the door. The homeowner can answer the call from their mobile, and simulate the house is occupied even when they're away from home; or where to leave packages / even unlocking the door and allowing them to come in. Advanced features of this system integrate facial recognition and allow for quick entry to the home which is especially good routine visitors, such as gardeners or cleaners who come and go regularly. This level of security is a great way of protecting the home as homeowners can interact with everyone from a safe place, and have notifications of the comings and going to the house if they desire.
Sensors are a great way of detecting movement around a property. The sensors that we install are so acutely sensitive that they can detect the difference between a leaf and a person going by a sensor, and stop being a constant nuisance with false alarms. We can then further integrate into the lighting systems and security systems. When integrating with lighting it is possible to have lights turn on to deter potential intruders. When it comes to security, windows and doors can automatically lock and cameras can turn to face the area where the sensor has been tripped. Vibration sensors can also be attached to windows and doors. If an intruder is brazen enough to break in despite any deterrents and breaks a window or door, a sensor is tripped and will notify the local authorities and the homeowner via mobile apps.
Whilst protecting against physical attacks is important, there are other ways criminals can get a hold of valuable information, with cybersecurity valued by the uk.gov website as worth £8.3 billion in 20201. This is primarily carried out through hacking. There is a myriad of ways a hacker can enter into an unsecured system, by guessing simple passwords, entering through out of date software and other connections - such as the cloud, which are often not appropriately secured with domestic products, plus other means (phishing, fraud, etc). When we install a home network for our clients this is one of the things we advise them to consider, because as high-net-worth individuals, they're at a higher risk. As such advanced firewalls can filter out these unwanted attacks, ensuring our clients and their families can be online safely.
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