There was a time when a simple lock and key would guarantee absolute security. But not anymore, the advancement of smart home technology has now had a huge impact on our security measures. Home security has come a long. Today these tools and products use apps and the cloud to integrate with your smartphone so that you can get instant notifications, stored video footage and more in case of an emergency.
Here are the top 5 ways in which the cloud has contributed to home security.
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 the dangers lurking out there.
1. Wi-Fi cameras
Security cameras are among the most widely used security tools by people. Installing a wireless home security camera with cloud storage in and around the house helps you track every visitor.
Wi-Fi security cameras are pretty small and can be set up almost anywhere provided you have a steady internet connection. The cameras are directly connected to the Wi-Fi network so that you can see live footage from the camera and track anything that seems suspicious or out of the way. Cloud-based home security 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 security 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. You can also manage your home security system remotely. Now you can either hire a professional to install a cloud-based home security system or you can do it yourself.
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 levels and CO2 content of the air. 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 online if you want to.
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 an instant notification alerting you to any unusual activity, such as an unexpected break in or 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 bottom line
With an increase in crime rates it is all the more important that you protect your home from the threats lurking out there. Upgrading to or installing a smart, cloud-based home security system and products can help to keep your loved ones safe from anywhere at any time.
Originally published 10/18/16. Last updated 12/21/18.