Over the years home security has changed drastically. Gone are the days of the giant key pads connected to a single phone line. Those old security systems were vulnerable, outdated and static. Worst of all, if you forgot to arm them, they didn’t work at all.
Today, you have much better options for home security.
For example, today’s smart home security systems allow you to control your entire system from anywhere through a mobile app, and it works all the time so you can know what’s happening around your home wherever you are.
Mobile Apps and Home Security
Mobile apps allow you to interact with your home in completely new ways.
You can arm and disarm your system and/or monitor activity at your property in real time. Let’s say you left your home in a rush and forgot to arm the system, you can still make sure the system is armed with the push of a button on your mobile phone. Our mobile apps can even allow your house to send you a reminder alert if you left home and forgot to arm the system.
Unlike traditional security systems, today’s systems can alert you of activity even when disarmed. An alert on your smart phone will let you know if the front door opens, so you know your kids got home from school. You can even get an alert if something doesn’t happen. For example, if the security system is not disarmed by 6:00pm when you expect the kids home, you can get an alert and then follow up to make sure everything is OK. The ability to see the status at home and get instant alerts of activity that matters to you, even when the system is disarmed, increases the overall peace of mind a security system can deliver.
24/7 Security & Professional Monitoring
Some new devices and systems market themselves as security products but lack the most important part – professional monitoring services.
ProSec Alarm provides central monitoring solutions, staffed 24/7 by security professionals who are trained to respond to emergency situations. Professional monitoring ensures a response when an alarm is signaled (whether smoke, fire or break-in) and dispatches emergency services. In case of a fire, for example, the fire department will be alerted in addition to you getting a text, email or voice alert so you are aware of the situation in real time.
A major difference in today’s professional security systems is whether they connect through your home’s broadband internet connection or through a wireless cellular connection.
Cellular based systems avoid the reliability issues associated with broadband internet connections and home routers. A dedicated cellular connection also protects against common vulnerabilities, like having the cable cord cut from the outside of the house, and avoids home network complications such as weak or forgotten passwords.
Home Automation/Enhanced Security
Home automation may sound like a luxury from the future, but it’s a great way to enhance security. You should choose a security system that offers options for automating a wide range of your home’s key systems so you’ll have the most options and choices.
Video cameras deliver instant alerts with clips to your phone when you’re out and about. You can manage the access to your home with the addition of smart locks and garage door control. You can automate other devices, such as lights, to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not, or automatically turn on in the event of an alarm. Even smart thermostats can be added to enhance safety. For example, they can automatically shut off your HVAC system in a fire so smoke and ash don’t spread throughout the home.
As you can see, today’s security systems are a step above the old keypad systems of the past. If you’re interested in a smart home security system, click here to connect with a ProSec Alarm security specialist.