Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes and Data Safes

What seems like not very long ago, I was being told that one day, my refrigerator would text me that I needed more milk and that my light fixtures would do likewise when one of the bulbs burned out. What sounded like science fiction is becoming reality with the advent of the Smart Home. The concept called the Internet of Things (IoT) can allow you to remotely control your door and garage locks, your lights, thermostats, and of course, home security systems. You do so by simply using an “app” via your smart phone. Below we will take a deeper dive into Smart Homes and data safes that can protect information from your security system.

Professional or DIY Systems?

The market provides plenty of options for the homeowner or renter who wants to enter the smart home age. You may decide to go with a system that’s monitored 24/7 by security employees.  These systems provide the human interface to contact the Police or Fire / EMS agencies if there’s an alarm. As an alternative, you may want to install and monitor a system yourself. Obviously, the more coverage you have, the more expensive it may be.

Smart Security Systems

Smart security systems are available as do-it-yourself (DIY) kits or as professionally installed and monitored systems. A smart home security system connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network so you can monitor and control your security devices from almost any location by using your smartphone and an app. Entry-level systems usually consist of one or two door sensors and a few window sensors, a motion detector, and a hub that communicates with these devices over your Wi-Fi system. Additionally, you can add extra sensors to cover your entire house to include all door locks, garage door openers, indoor and outdoor CCTV, lights, alarms or sirens, smoke and CO detectors, thermostat, power status, even doorbell video, as well as many other functions.

Controllability and Customization

A good smart home security system will include all required components that function in a common environment and can be customized to allow you to create specific rules for the system to follow. For example, you may program the system to have all the lights turn on and the doors unlock if a smoke detector is triggered. You could also set the cameras to start recording if the motion detector is activated. Some of the high-end systems will actually monitor your location and will adjust the smart home’s security system alerting protocols based on the physical location of your smart phone provided by the onboard GPS function.

Data Storage

The photo or video data provided by the smart security system is generally stored off-sight with the monitoring service’s equipment provided with a subscription. However, local monitoring, such as with the DIY systems, usually store the data on location. For locally stored data, it’s a good idea to secure the DVR or other device to prevent its theft or destruction during an unwanted event. A Cannon home safe provides a secure and safe location to keep a security system’s data and it provides a CAT5 and electrical connection inside the safe.

Home security starts with locking the front door on your way out but it sure doesn’t end there any longer. Smart Home or Smart Security Systems start at around $100 depending on what you want, and go up from there. You can now create the home security level that keeps you comfortable, easily and quickly with items available from today’s market.

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