How Smart Home Systems Are Changing the Way We Protect Our Family

Written by guest blogger, Maura Kiefer


It seems that with every passing month there is some tremendous advancement in technology, real or imagined. Every day we apply tech products in various scenarios. From the time we wake up in the morning to when we go to bed at night, technology plays a role in our lives. Very shortly, terms like “smart home” will appear on shows on HGTV. We overheard at CEDIA this year that smart home’s will be what granite counter tops were, and still are, to America 10 years ago.

What is a smart home? A smart home is a residence equipped with appliances, air conditioning, lighting, computer equipment, heating, TV’s and entertainment systems, and security systems that are interlinked and hence capable of communicating with each other and can be controlled remotely or activated according to schedule.

Having a need for a sense of safety is apart of the fundamental nature of being a human being. You biologically are wired to want assurance that you and your family are safe. With modern technology, you can secure your home through smart home technology and be able to control your security system from anywhere.

Alarm System
Alarm systems are the most basic of home automation tools, and have been around for quite some time. An A/V dealer can install a security system for the whole home or specific parts of the house. Once installed, you are given access codes that you can use to arm specific regions of the house or the whole property if you are going out.

Digital Security System
Digital systems use unique individual characteristics to secure personal property. These are modern alarm systems that are more sophisticated than the previously discussed system. They use human characteristics like retinal scans, thumb prints and even voice-overs as opposed to just entering the access codes. Using these types of systems improves the security of your home tenfold since they are harder to gain successfully access into.

Remote Surveillance
Remote surveillance is like having a security guard at your home that doesn’t sleep. You can view the inside and outside of your home from anywhere that you are from your smartphone or laptop.

Motion Sensor
Sometimes an intruder might be able to bypass some of your security system installations. That is where motion sensors come in. They can detect even the slightest movements and activate the alarms or alert the relevant personnel to take action immediately.

Water Leakage Sensor
These are sensors that detect cases of burst pipes. Installing water leakage sensors ensures that you receive a message immediately in case there is a burst pipe or any water flowing out of the ordinary.

Smoke Detector
You cannot be in all rooms at the same time, but with smoke detectors, you can secure your home in case there is a fire outbreak in any of the rooms. How does it work? Smoke detectors activate fire extinguishers installed in a given room when they sense smoke. They can use water sprinklers or carbon gas that will put out the fire and save property lives.

Wireless Sensor
Wireless sensors monitor environmental conditions like changes in temperature, pressure, and sound and pass data to a central system for processing. With such tools installed in your home, changes in the pressure around your home can be detected automatically, like someone stepping on pressure pads placed around your home, and send the signal to the central system or relevant personnel for action. Wireless temperature sensors can detect when someone enters a room and activate the alarm or send the necessary signal for action. Wireless sound sensors detect even the softest sound and activate the alarm systems as set.


Having a smart home and automating most or all home products will become the norm within a few years. With automation comes security, and with the mentioned security techniques, you can choose one if not all for the safety of your family and property.


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