Connected Home: Linking Your Smart Home Devices to Your Security Systems

Kristin Arnold
Updated Mar 2, 2021
2 min read

How often do you check your smartphone? Two-thirds of Americans check their phone 160 times each day. That’s approximately once every 4.5 minutes. Whether you’re checking social media, sending a text, playing a game, watching a video on Youtube, or monitoring your bank account, there are thousands of reasons to pick up your phone. With smartphone technology, every aspect of your life is becoming easier.

As if that isn’t enough, your phone can also remote start your car, turn on your home security system, and even control the lights in your home. Somewhere in your home, you have smart technology that’s simplifying and automating tasks that you would have done manually in the past.

What is smart home technology?

SMART stands for self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology. Smart home technology enables remote monitoring and management of household systems. Automation, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all buzzwords that explain the power of today’s smart technology. The purpose of this technology is to improve safety, security, and convenience.

Common smart home devices

You could argue this technology is making our society lazier. Controlling the lights in your home without getting off your couch is a luxury you probably don’t need.

On the other hand, smart technology can save lives and even money. Intelligent kitchen appliances can be controlled by an app. Think about all of the times you left your house and wondered if you left the oven or dryer on. If you had smart home technology, you could remotely turn on and off the devices. This adds peace of mind when you’re on the go.

You could also turn your air conditioning, outdoor sprinkler systems and even lights off when you’re away from your home. Imagine how much you could save on your utility bill with those features. Smart home technology goes beyond automating simple tasks.

Smart security systems

Smart home security systems improve safety drastically. Between outdoor and indoor security cameras and remotely controlled alarm systems, your house is more protected than ever.

All of this technology is great. Your life is simpler and safer with the help of smart home technology, but if you don’t have the right set up, there will be drawbacks. While all of these features individually improve your life, if the devices aren’t connected, you’re not making the most of them. The solution to this problem is a smart home hub.

Smart hub for connectivity

A smart home hub is a one-stop solution to connect your smart home devices. Without a hub, all of these devices are controlled separately. While your smart home devices are still equipped with technology that automates day-to-day activities, they’re controlled through their own devices and applications.

A smart home hub collects and translates the communications from smart home devices. Data from each device meets at the smart home hub to integrate. This integration allows for complete monitoring and automation across your entire house.

With this, you can connect your smart devices to security systems, lighting, and other smart devices from a single application on your phone.

You now have a complete picture of your home’s operations. Whether you’re at work or on vacation hundreds of miles away, you have access to key smart home technology. You never have to worry about returning home to a break-in or even a house fire. Wherever you are, your smart home hub helps you stay on top of security and appliances.

Written by your home security expert

Kristin Arnold

Kristin leads our editorial team. Kristin enjoys crafting content and shaping stories to inform the reader.

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