Gone are the days of using a simple lock and key. The advancement of smart home technology, like cloud cameras, has had a huge impact on our security measures.
Today, these tools and products use apps and the cloud to integrate with your smartphone so that you can get instant notifications, store video footage and more in case of an emergency.
Here are five ways cloud-based home security has changed how we keep ourselves safe.
The cloud and home security
The cloud is no longer confined to storing your data files and pictures. Now you can also use it to store, connect, track and manage all of your apps, including those for home security. Cloud-based home security systems offer the best of technical assistance and virtual exposure to improve your chances of dealing with any potential dangers.
1. Cloud-based wireless security cameras
Security cameras are among the most widely-used security tools. But, what exactly is a cloud camera? A cloud camera (also called a cloud-based camera) connects to the internet to allow you to stream, send and record surveillance video as well as manage the camera from your smartphone or computer. Installing a cloud-based wireless security camera in and around the house helps you track every visitor.
Cloud-based security camera systems are pretty small and can be set up almost anywhere, provided you have a steady internet connection. The cloud cameras are directly connected to the Wi-Fi network so that you can see live footage and track anything that seems suspicious or unusual. Cloud cameras can also store footage to be reviewed at a later time.
2. Cloud home security systems
Another option is to build your own cloud-based home security system to safeguard your house from the threats of thefts and other criminal activities. A cloud-based home security system may include a cloud camera, smart video doorbell, security alarm, smart locks and more that all communicate with each other and with you.
For instance, by installing a security alarm and connecting it via the cloud you can be immediately notified in case of an emergency. Some cloud-based home security systems will even alert a monitoring station immediately so that law enforcement or the fire department can be sent directly in the event of an emergency. You can also manage your home security system remotely.
3. Cloud environmental sensors and smart locks
Environmental sensors are among the most sensitive of gadgets that can catch even the faintest changes in the atmosphere, such as changes in temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. This comes in handy if you’ve forgotten to turn off the gas or if there is a spark in the central electrical meter of the house. Cloud-based sensors are connected to an alarm that can be controlled via your smartphone.
4. Cloud home appliances and control apps
Cloud-based appliances include monitors, electronic detectors and digital scanners that can track out-of-the-ordinary movement and immediately notify the user. Basic sensors are simple devices set up on the doors and windows that start ringing loudly if someone tries to force it open.
On the other hand, cloud-based sensors can detect any form of movement, even the slightest rustling of an animal and record it. And because all these applications are connected to the cloud, you can easily store the videos and refer to them later, if needed.
5. Alert systems
Very similar to alarms, cloud-based alert systems also notify you in case of any suspicious activity, but without the loud alarm bells. The application sends you a message, email or instant notification alerting of any unusual activity, such as unauthorized access. These alert systems are also integrated with the security cameras to ensure detailed monitoring of the day-to-day activities of the area.
The pros and cons of cloud-based home security
Some of the pros of cloud-based home security include:
- Automatic software updates
- Integration with other smart home devices
- Manage home security system remotely on your phone
- No extra equipment needed to record and store video
- View video footage in real-time or review later in the day
You can install many devices yourself without the need of professional help, but larger and more involved cloud-based home security systems may require professional installation.
Some of the cons of cloud-based home security include:
- Limited functionality without upgrading your plan
- Monthly fee or subscription may be required
- Privacy concerns with video being stored on an external server
- Slowed internet connection due to always-on home security devices
Things to consider when choosing a cloud-based home security system or devices
When picking out a cloud-based home security system or a cloud camera, you’ll want to take the following into consideration:
- Alerts and notifications
- Facial recognition
- Management interface
- Picture quality
- Video recording type
- Voice control
The bottom line
Protecting your home is important. Upgrading to or installing a smart, cloud-based home security system and devices can significantly help to keep your loved ones safe from anywhere at any time.
Originally published 10/18/16. Last updated 08/13/19.