It’s that time of year again, and as the evenings draw in, the leaves start to fall and each day it seems the temperature drops. Farewell to the sandals, hello to the woolly slippers!
Now is the time we tend to get winter ready and there are lots of things to think of – am I wardrobe ready? Is the boiler serviced? Is my home secure……?
Figures taken from the Garda crime statistics show that in winter, burglaries increase by 25% and that over 40% of burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm, when some of us might not yet be home from work.
In designing our homes, and businesses, we want to have a property that we can secure, alarm and walk away from with the peace of mind that we have a security system that is robust.
The most common request from our customers is to integrate their security system into their home automation system. That makes sense. When a security system is integrated with home automation, additional security features can also be automated and controlled, such as door locks, smart lighting, IP cameras, motion sensors, contact sensors and other controllable devices to really give you peace of mind.
When you are at work or away you can use an app on your smart phone to check your security cameras, to speak to the person at your electric gates via the intercom, make sure that your security system is armed (and if not, arm it), adjust your blinds or curtains and even just turn off a light or TV that you left on in your hurried rush out the door.
Another feature of integrated security systems is that you can easily check on things remotely and control your home from virtually anywhere at any time.
Home automation is certainly fun to have – the music, home cinema, the mood lighting, remote heating control to mention but a few, and the benefits and convenience it brings to family life are so many. But as soon as you integrate your home automation system with your security system, it will provide not only moments of convenience and fun, but can truly add a level of safety and security that would make it hard to ever live without again.
- Check which lights are on at the house
- Check the status of your security system and view live security video
- Make adjustments to your heating controller
- Set up temporary security codes if anyone needs to get in your house
- Adjust the blinds day or night
- Control your music system remotely
And much more..
All of this can be done on your smart phone from anywhere in the world where you have access to an internet connection.
One-touch security as you walk out the door
Even as you’re walking out the door to work and pulling out of the driveway, your home automation system is securing your home. With one touch control, you can initiate a “going away” scene: simultaneously all the lights in your home turn off, your doors lock automatically, your security system arms itself, and the heating control is adjusted to your pre-set “Work mode”. Farewell home, hello peace of mind!
Keep an eye on your home while you are away
Check in on your home from the office or from an overseas business trip – Anywhere Access allows you to check in on your home—view live security video feeds, adjust your home’s heating settings, and much more, all from your smart phone. In fact, you can access your entire home automation system. You are effectively taking a piece of “home” with you to the office that you can carry around in your pocket for the duration of your time away.
A home that looks “lived in” is less likely to be targeted by thieves. With a home automation system, you can set up a “mockupancy” scene that turns on lights at randomised times. That way it will look like there’s someone in the house (even if you’re in a different time zone).
If something were to happen to your house while you are away (like a break-in), you’d probably want to be notified immediately. With smart home security, you can set up automatic alerts that send you a text message when anything unusual happens.
Automatic alerts are just one piece of the puzzle—once you are given the heads up, you can actually do something to fix it. If it’s just a friend at the front door (best case scenario), then you can let him in by unlocking the door from your smart phone or by providing him with a temporary access code. If it’s something like a burst pipe, you can turn your water off and take the necessary steps to mitigate the situation, even before you get home. And if there’s an intruder, you’ll be able to notify the authorities immediately.
A perimeter is the boundary that separates your assets from the outside world. The purpose of perimeter security is to deter, detect, delay and deny unauthorised access to your home and its surrounding grounds. So if someone breaks this perimeter security beam you will receive a message to your smartphone, giving you a chance to immediately check your CCTV video and if necessary, notify the authorities before an intruder even gets to your home.
All of these home security features give you the peace of mind to be able to fully relax and be safe in the knowledge that in terms of security you’ve got it covered!
To speak to one of the TechFit team with regards to your integrated smart security system needs:
Tel: (042) 942 0261 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org