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

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

How often do you check your smartphone? The average American checks their phone 80 times each day. That’s approximately once every 12 minutes. Whether you’re checking social media, sending a text 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.

Aside from communication and social media, 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. It was originally developed by IBM as a predictive technology that evolved to fit common household devices. 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 smart technology today. The purpose of this technology is to improve safety, security and convenience.

Common smart home devices

  • Indoor and outdoor security cameras
  • Doorbells
  • Locks
  • Lights
  • Thermostat
  • Speakers
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors
  • Smart irrigation
Accessing camera from a phone app

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

Without a smart home hub, all of these devices are separate. While they’re still equipped with technology that automates day to day activities, they are controlled through their own devices and applications.

A smart home hub collects and translates various communications from smart home devices. Essentially this means data from each of the devices meet at the smart home hub to integrate. This integration allows for more complete monitoring and automation across your entire house.

With this, from a single application, you can control your security systems, lighting and more from 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. Your smart home hub helps you stay on top of security and appliances wherever you are.


Kristin Arnold

Written by your home security expert

Kristin Arnold