Things have definitely moved on since the days of relying on the local neighborhood watch! And while private security firms have been offering basic alarm systems for a long time now, the plethora of new smart home gadgets hitting the market means homeowners can now take security into their own hands.
This allows you to design your very own home security system – one that’s just right for your individual needs and budget. From video doorbells to smart cameras, we take a look at some of the best home security tech available right now.
All-in-one DIY systems:
If you want to skip out on monitoring fees and contracts with professional security firms, a DIY system might be just the ticket. Options include…
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While they’re on the pricier end of the home security spectrum, Google’s Nest Secure has a lot of advantages. It’s ideal for someone wanting to build their own system, as you can add on additional sensors and cameras as you go.
The basic setup includes the central hub, which also acts as a motion detector. From there, you can expand your security system over time with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a video doorbell, outdoor cameras, etc. – all managed through one central app.
Nest Detect sensors can be used on any doors and windows you want to secure, and you can purchase special tags for pets so they won’t trigger them.
The Honeywell Smart Home Security System:
Your starter kit includes a base station (which doubles as a siren, motion sensor, HD camera, and Alexa smart speaker), a remote control key fob, and two access sensors for doors and windows. The system also supports IFTTT applets, Z-Wave Plus and Google Assistant, as well as facial recognition. Free cloud storage for camera footage is also offered.
Both of the above systems allow you to manage your own security. If you do want the peace of mind of professional monitoring, however, then Abode or SimpliSafe are possible options.
It’s all well and good keeping intruders out – but you also want to ensure it’s simple for your family and friends to get in without any hassle! Accentronix – a company that provides access control systems in South Africa – achieves this with a clever product called the Cellswitch Nano.
The system allows you to manage access for up to ten remotes online, including restricted access for domestic or garden staff. The system integrates seamlessly with Google Assistant (“Hey Google, open the gate!” “Hey Google, turn the security lights on!”), monitor any electric fencing, and allows you to instantly deactivate any lost remotes with a single click. This makes it an ideal solution for the large family with members constantly coming and going.
Smart locks – the BenjiLock by Hampton Livia Deadbolt:
Making its debut at CES 2020, the BenjiLock made quite an impression. Although it will only be available from March 2020, its list of features is sure to make it a hit. Some of these include:
- Fingerprint sensor – up to 10 prints can be recognized
- Keypad – space to store 25 different PIN codes, including temporary keys
- Can be connected directly to your router, or work via Bluetooth if preferred
- Geofencing (opens and shuts based on your proximity)
- Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit
It also looks pretty snazzy!
Smart security camera – the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera:
Also coming out later in 2020, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is unique in that it can be used completely wirelessly – a first for a smart camera. As the name implies, it includes a motion sensor that triggers a powerful floodlight – 2,000 lumens when running on battery, and 3,000 once you’ve wired it up. It covers a 160-degree field of view.
Other features, all of which can be managed via its app, include:
- 2K video with HDR
- Built-in siren
- Color night vision
- Two-way audio (as if the appearance of the floodlight alone wasn’t enough to put any would-be burglars off!)
- Fully customizable motion zones
If you’re the kind of family that does a lot of shopping online, being able to see who’s at the door before you open it has obvious advantages! If you’re looking for an affordable option, the RemoBell S is a great choice, with lots of features for what you pay. Best of all, it’s easy to install – although it does need to be wired.
- Motion detection
- Free cloud storage
- Sharp HD video
- Two-way audio
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Supports IFTTT
If your home is your castle, then these gadgets will definitely help you hold down the fort!