Smart Home Security & Locks
Smart security devices are all about peace of mind. Smart locks can be locked and unlocked from anywhere to allow friends and family members into your home, or to make sure you locked the door on your way out to work. Smart detectors can alert your phone when smoke, water, or any type of toxin is detected. With a smart camera, you can receive alerts right to your phone based on motion sensing, sound detection, and more.
A smart home security device is right for you if you want the peace of mind that your home is safe and secure to be right on your smartphone. Smart security devices are also great options for people who want to ditch traditional house keys: with full mobile access to your home security, you can observe who is in and around your house at any time, and lock or unlock your doors accordingly. Simply put, smart home security devices are bringing our homes into the wireless world and putting full control over your home’s security and safety in your hand.
What smart security features are important to consider?
When shopping for smart home security products, you should pay attention to product compatibility, mobile app functionality, and battery backup features.
The ability to connect to and work with smart speakers, hubs, and other connected devices is key for the functionality of your security system. If you use a smart hub, being able to access your security devices from one all-encompassing application makes home control easy. In addition, support for automation tools can be particularly useful and make monitoring your security system hassle-free.
Some smart security devices are also compatible with traditional security systems, like ADT. This allows instant action in case the lock or camera detects some sort of problem.
A common issue with home security can be power outages. Traditional security systems are at the mercy of the grid, and cannot function properly without a wired electric connection. An important feature to consider in your smart security device purchase is the option of backup battery power.
Mobile app functionality
As with just about all smart home devices, smart security products use mobile apps to let you access their features and control them remotely. If you use a smart hub, you may be able to use the hub’s mobile app, but for many users, a smart security device will be a standalone home product. A comprehensive, powerful, and easy-to-use application that pairs with your smart security product makes for a more enjoyable and streamlined security experience.
Especially among smart cameras, there are several features that differentiate among products. A few features to consider:
High quality video – usually indicated by either 1080p or 720p. 4k is the highest resolution available.
Night vision – not all cameras will be in well-lit areas. If you don’t have good outdoor lighting, this could be an important feature.
Motion detection – turns the camera on only when motion is detected.
Two-way audio – allows you to communicate with someone on the other end of the camera.
The combination of features varies between devices, and depending on what you want out of your security system, it is important to pick a product with the right balance.