Smart Homes in the Modern Day
Have you ever gotten into your car after locking up carefully and been suddenly hit with the dreaded uncertainty of whether or not you remembered to turn the stove off properly? And then you’ve had to make the irritating trip back into your home when you’re already running late, only to see that of course, you had actually turned it off. But you couldn’t be sure if you hadn’t gone and checked, and it would’ve nagged at you all day. Well actually, now you can. Welcome to smart home technology of the modern day.
With a few quick taps on your phone, your worry is taken care of, all from within your car. And that’s far from the best feature of a smart home. You can set up cameras to monitor things around the house, while also keeping you safe from intruders. Any suspicious activity and a call will automatically be placed on local law enforcement, and they can be on the scene faster than was ever possible before.
How Far Smart Home Technology Has Come
Back in the day, even a rudimentary porch light timer was considered enough to classify a property as a smart home. The technology has progressed leaps and bounds since then. Nowadays smart homes can do everything from maintaining a different temperature in every room of your house to ordering your groceries for you. All the menial tasks you can think of, someone has created an app, patch or upgrade to have it automated by your home. Gone are the days when you pour your cereal only to realize you’re out of milk, or when you have to bundle up because someone else in the house has turned down the thermostat really low. Security First is here to provide you with all your smart home needs. Although we focus on security, our smart home technology comes with the whole package.
CMO of a major real estate agency, Sean Blankenship has said that a sizeable portion of their agents believed that smart homes sold much faster than their technologically slower counterparts. This was also reflected in their reports. He further called out the industry for using the term too loosely to sell more houses and stated that a universally agreed upon definition should be established for the benefit of the everyday consumer. We here at Security First agree with that sentiment. After all, an automated porch light just won’t cut it anymore.
What Makes a Smart Home?
Creating a standard definition for a smart home sparked considerable debate in the industry. In the end, the definition that was eventually established was made by Coldwell Banker and CNET. It makes sense that it was born of a partnership made up of a real estate agency formed out of Silicon Valley and a renowned technological review website. It was settled on after Coldwell Banker conducted a survey that revealed more than a quarter of consumers owned some form of a smart home device and that an astonishing nearly half of the 18 to 34 age group had all the bells and whistles already.
The definition in part stated that to be a smart home the property needed to be furnished with networked or “smart products” that provided functionality that could be controlled either remotely or from within the house using an independent system. They further clarified that a smart home must have at least one smart security feature and also a secure internet connection, of course. Another requirement was having at least two of several smart security options, from cameras, sensors, alarms, etc. Security First has been quick to comply with this definition and provided hundreds of happy customers with their smart homes for years now. Contact us for a free quote today.
How Smart Homes Work
Our daily lives are getting busier every day. We can hardly stay home and scurry to our workplaces in the morning, returning late at night. We leave all our precious belongings and our dearest ones at home- be it children or pets. Hence it’s important to think about their safety as a top priority. Plus there are the pesky little oversights such as not turning the lights off or not setting the security alarm. To solve all these problems, consider switching to smart homes. Security First helps you install, maintain and offer complete solutions to your smart home needs so that you can remain tension-free at work or on a fun day out.
Smart Homes Today
With a smart home system, all these worries can be taken care of with a quick look at your smartphone screen. All the devices and home appliances in your house can be connected so that they can be integrated and connected to you as well. Smart homes allow you to check on the kids and pets, to see if they have done their homework or made a mess. These intelligent systems can protect your valuables from potential threats effectively. In usual smart homes, electrical and electronic devices can be made to work on remote commands by you.
These commands can be given using remote control, smartphone, tablet or voice; making the smart homes respond instantly. The lights, thermostat regulation, home theater, security etc. can be connected in this way. At Security First, we recognize that more and more people are concerned about the automation of their homes as well as safety.
Hence we can help with the installation of these smart devices.
Previously, only the tech savvy or rich could afford smart homes. However, they are becoming more common and affordable in the recent times. Security First has witnessed the current requirements of the customer base of smart homes and we are willing to help you out for 24/7 maintenance and surveillance of your home. More and more established technology organizations as well as startups are launching smart homes for a fast growing market.
By the current year, the industry of smart home automation systems can potentially grow to around forty four billion dollars. This is attributed to the success and prevalence of smartphones and handheld devices. Our smart watches, phones and tablet computers are an important part of our lives; we are always connected to the internet, meaning that they can be configured to control other devices. All this hassle of configuring and connecting the devices can be handled efficiently by Security First.
How Signals are Received
The first smart home technology was developed in 1975 by a Scotland based company. Their revolutionary product, the X10 is still in use to this date. It allows products to communicate with each other using the existing electrical wires in a house. While all the other home appliances are receivers, devices such as keypads or remote controls are transmitters. Turning the lights off in another room means that one of the transmitters will send a numerical signal with a code to turn it off. While this system is really fast, the use of electrical lines is not always reliable as it can react to outside electronic interference.
To solve this problem, many smart homes make use of radio waves, Bluetooth, WiFi or mobile network signals to be connected with each other and receive commands. There are two important radio networks used widely for smart homes, these are Z-Wave and ZigBee. They happen to be mesh networks; hence there is more than one path for the messages to reach the receiving home appliance.
Today’s smart homes also make use of wireless networks to have more flexible command operations. However, if you are putting your security first, you should be aware that wireless networks can also have interference. A system of dual mesh network known as Insteon can solve this problem to an extent. If a command is not being received in one route, it will try another.
Manufacturers of smart homes as well as we at Security First have every thought of putting your convenience in their products. Installing of sensors in the doors and windows of the house and placing security cameras at crucial entry points allow you to not only to monitor who comes in and goes out, it also works in keeping unwanted people out by sounding effective alarms. Even if you go for a long vacation, you can still keep an eye on your home while enjoying your time. Hence, getting a smart home system from Security First is a worthwhile investment for your security.
Call us today for more information about how Security First can fully turn your home into a smart home.
You may or may not be familiar with the newest and most popular smart home security features offered today, including Advantages of Video Doorbells. We are here to tell you about one that we think you’ll be pretty happy to hear about, the video doorbell.
Advantages of Video Doorbells
Yep, it’s a doorbell that enables you to see whoever is at your front door. It’s more than just an ordinary doorbell. It’s three in one, a doorbell, video camera and a communication tool in one. When it is installed along with your existing home security system, you get even more benefits from the use of a video doorbell.
- Ability to answer from wherever you are located – Whenever someone rings your doorbell, you will not only hear the sound of your doorbell but you’ll also receive a smartphone alert. Once you recognize the alert, you will immediately receive a live video of who is at your front door. They are not able to see you but you can still speak to them through a microphone or a doorbell speaker. You can speak to the person at your door from any vantage point within your home or if you’re away from home.
- Ability to secure deliveries – If you have something delivered to your home, you are now able to see when your packages are delivered. Once the driver rings your doorbell, you can communicate with them, instructing them as to where you would like for them to place your package.If you want the package placed inside your door, you can use the smart lock that is on the video call, which will then unlock your door. This allows them to actually place the package inside your home. You then have the ability to lock the door behind them once the package has been delivered.
- To catch a thief – With a video doorbell, you now have a surveillance camera that can now capture images and alert you to the fact that there is someone at your home. The images are then stored in an alarm cloud, which can be viewed at a later date. This acts like another set of eyes when you are away. You can have your camera programmed to turn on your porch light whenever it senses motion on your property. This enables a better image of the person at your home.
“Advantages of Video Doorbells” was written for Security First USA.