As our homes change and become ‘smarter’, our home security options do too. Here are just a few options available in the UK.
Nest Protect is a combined fire and carbon monoxide detector with a difference. It talks rather than sounding a siren like standard alarms, and tells you if there’s a bit of smoke, for example when something is burning in the oven, or if it’s an emergency. Not only can it tell the difference between fast and slow burning fires, it’ll send alerts to your smart phone and also let you silence any false alarms using your mobile.
Switch on the light without leaving the bed. Or schedule the lights to come on when you’re away on holiday. With Philips Hue, as long as your mobile has access to WiFi, you can control your home’s lighting from anywhere in the world. Hue also provides some benefits that aren’t really related to home security but are too cool not to mention - one of the systems can be set up to react to films and video games, changing colours as the action on screen changes and immersing you in the experience.
Yale Smart Lock
With these locks, you don’t need a key. Choose from a model that opens with a pin number or one that opens with key card or fob. And with the Yale Smart Home App, you can even use your mobile to lock and unlock your doors. Plus with the Conexis Lock, you can get audit trails and notifications to see who’s coming and going in your home.
Smart wireless plugs
Ever been sitting on a train, in a waiting room, or at the cinema, when a thought suddenly pops into your head ‘Did I leave the iron on?’ ? With a wireless plug, you can put your mind at rest and turn off the plug via your mobile, with just a few clicks. And if you’re away, you can schedule other appliances to come on to make it sound like you’re still in the property if you’re worried about leaving your home empty.
Smartfrog is a security camera for your home that allows you keep a look out for intruders, always have your children in sight or keep an eye on your pets while you’re not there. It’ll even send a notification to your smartphone if you’re out and something moves or makes a noise. Any recordings you make can be transferred securely, as Smartfrog will encrypt your data. What’s more, you can also use the camera to film precious moments of everyday life, from baby’s first steps to memorable get togethers.
It only takes five minutes to set up a Smartfrog Cam. It’s as simple as downloading the app and connecting the camera to power and your WiFi. Find out more.
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