A good security system should have an easy to use keypad. Smart homes cannot be without smart home security devices. These are just a few examples.

Will there be standardization of smart home devices in order to use one system?

Will there be standardization of smart home devices in order to use one system?

The smart home industry is growing and so is the use of devices needed to make this happen. Prediction is that more growth is expected, and that means more devices. What is happening is that there is not a single platform to connect the devices and let them communicate to each other. The consumer has to deal with many automation devices with different ways of managing them. The security camera comes with its devices and a means of controlling it such as its app on the Smartphone, the smart door lock has its app, and lighting has its own app. The user ends up with so many apps to operate each device of the home. With the growth of the industry, the question that is arising is whether there will be standardization of the devices such that they can be operated from a single platform. This is in order to make it easy for the end user to manage the smart home.

Latest standardization efforts

Despite there being no single standard of using home automation devices, various developers are coming up with ways of networking them. One such company is the UK based CSR, which has introduced a mesh protocol for developers to connect and control various devices. The same efforts have been seen when major players in the technology industry came together to address standardization in a formal way. The players who include Intel, Dell and Samsung formed an Interconnect consortium as a step towards a common platform for their devices.

Supporting developers and startups

For the use of connected home to grow, there is need for more players in the market. Most developers face the challenge of realizing their dream of creating smart home devices. OpenHome labs from iControl is helping them by giving them the technical assistance that they need, market exposure and differentiation in branding. With standardization and more devices to choose from, the market is bound to grow. To make the market better, the devices should be interoperable to meet the current need in the market of too many devices that cannot be operated from a single point.

Standardization to secure the devices

Security is an important aspect of an intelligent home because just like any software, it is also prone to hacking. Standardization can lead to creation of specifications, which must be met before the devices are produced. This way, it will be easy to deal with the aspect of securing the devices without having to deal with one device at a time. What the end user needs is a smart home and an easy way to control the devices. People have different needs and what the marketers need to do is to sell the technology in use cases. For one person, their use case may be to have a secure home, which they can monitor from wherever they are, and another person’s need is to have a device that can control aspects such as lighting and heating at once.

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Benefits of having a home alarm system and why you should have it in your home

Benefits of having a home alarm system and why you should have it in your home

Having peace of mind is something every home owner desires while knowing that the home is secure from thieves, fire, carbon monoxide, cold and water. This peace can be achieved by installation of a house alarm system, which can include fire alarms, burglar alarms and alarms for carbon monoxide. Although the cost of installing the home alarm system may be high, the benefits exceed these costs. Below are some of the benefits.

Deterring intruders

A home alarm system helps to prevent intruders from making their entry into the home. A home with a security system has a sign showing that it is protected. This alone can deter intruders from making entry into the home. In case the intruder tries to enter a home with an activated alarm system, a loud sound is likely to go off, and it can discourage the intruder. The alarm also sends notification to the owner if a door or window is opened. If it has been monitoring, it can notify the company of any problem, and the monitoring company can see the area that has been compromised such as the door or the window. Once the company is notified, it calls the home to verify if there is a problem, or it was an accident. In case there is a problem, the police are notified. Some intruders may have ill intentions of harming the occupants in addition to stealing. With a home alarm system, such as risk is reduced and people are safe.

Other alarms

An alarm system contains other alarms such as for the fire and carbon monoxide. These alert the homeowner in case of fire or there is leaking carbon monoxide. These can help to save life and property by helping in early detection before they cause harm. For instance, carbon monoxide is odorless and toxic and if inhaled it can result to death or health problems. There are also freezing alarms that can notify the owner, in case there is freezing, especially in the cold season.

Results to high value and low costs

If you have installed an alarm system, it can result to reduced cost of insurance. If the alarm system is monitored, the payment for homeowners insurance can reduce by up to 20 percent. Insurance companies also require homes that have been burglarized to install a security system if they want to be insured, or so that they can be insured at a lower rate. A home with an alarm system also fetches more in the market with a higher resale value and attraction of more potential buyers. The system also increases the financial value of the home unlike a home without a security system. Peace of mind is important, and that is what a security system provides. People can sleep better at night knowing that a break in would cause an alert. If you have traveled, you will be at peace knowing that in case something happens, you will get an alert and so will the company providing monitoring services.

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Tips on buying security and home automation system to turn your home into a smart home

Tips on buying security and home automation system to turn your home into a smart home

Smart homes that have remote controls for cooling, heating, lights, window shades and much more are not just for the high-end market. You can also have your own security and home automation. Below are some tips you can use to buy the automation system.

Steps to take towards home automation

Create your dream automated home in your fantasies. Feed your dream by going through home automation magazines or from the automation websites on the internet. By the time you are through, you should have a clear idea of the kind of home you would like to have.

Decide what you would like to automate in your home. Some of the automated systems include cooling and heating, lighting control, audio-video  controls preheating the oven and security systems. If you want to start small, for instance, by automating the lights first, ensure that you use an expandable system where you can add other functions later. Consider your budget when deciding the automation system to buy. You can find a basic system worth hundreds of dollars or automation systems for the whole-house  worth thousands of dollars. Install the system that is compatible with your budget. Choose a system that will work with your current installations such as the air conditioner, furnace, home entertainment and security systems. This will result to you spending less on the security and home automation. However, you will need to replace items such as alarm controllers, thermostats and light switches.

The master control panel is where security and home automation systems meet. It should be placed in a central spot that is convenient for all the systems. When you are installing automation systems in an existing home, consider buying radio frequency or power line controls. This is because the controls will not require additional wiring. However, they are less flexible or useful than systems operating on low voltage wiring systems.

Additional capabilities of the system to consider

The best automation systems should have capabilities of using external remote control. This will enable you to remotely control your house, such as turning on the systems when you approach, shutting down the house when leaving and checking the status of your home when you are away. The remote controls to use are the Internet and telephone based such as using your Smartphone to monitor your home.

A suitable system should have a vacation mode. This mode tracks the lighting patterns when you are at home and then recreates them when you are away to make your house seem occupied. You can set weekends and weekdays programs. Buy controllers that are wireless touch screen to ensure that they can be programmed and can work from all over the house. The systems should have power supply that is uninterruptible such as the use of battery to ensure there is service even when power is off. If to automate your home you want to combine products from different vendors, ensure that they are compatible. The system should be flexible with many preset options to allow you to set it as you deem fit.

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Setting up home alarm systems- learn how to do it for a safer home

Setting up home alarm systems- learn how to do it for a safer home

To set up your home alarm systems, you need to understand your needs in order to choose suitable alarm system. Important areas should be covered including all entrance into the house. You can choose to have monitoring service and other amenities such as carbon monoxide and smoke alarms and even outdoor lights. After sorting out all the details of your alarm system, you can now set it up.

Setting up the system

Decide where the control box will be placed inside the house. The place suitable for it is near an entry point such as at the front door, in a nook or in the closet. Try to place it out of sight. If the control box needs external power, place it near a wall outlet. Get the number of windows and doors that are on the ground floor plus those that are on other floors that an intruder can access. Each one of the entryway needs to have a sensor, which means that you should have enough sensors in the alarm kit to cover all the areas.

If you will be using motion sensors, decide the areas that you should place them. You can have motion sensors indoors on the living room and on the hallway. Also, place them in choke points or central locations such as stairways where an intruder must pass while going to other parts of the house. You may also place the motion detectors outdoors such as in the backyard where the sensor can trigger light if it detects motion.

Determine where to place the alarms such as the burglary or the main alarm, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if you are using them. Place the smoke detectors six inches from wall or ceiling edge, away from cooling or heating vents. Take the distance between the areas that will require alarm components such as the window and door sensors, motion, alarm and smoke detectors, and the control box. This will help to ensure that all areas are connected.

Determine if you will use a wireless or a wired alarm system. A wired system requires cables to connect the components, and you may require a professional to install them on the walls for you. Wireless alarm systems communicate using radio signals, and they are easily installed without the need for professional assistance. Just make sure that you check the range of every component so that you can place it within that distance from the control box for it to work.

Installing the alarm system

Install the components of the home alarm systems in the set locations. If you are wiring, do it in an easy to do scale. You can screw a mounting bracket in place with drywall screws and then place the component there. You should then wire every component to control box in case you are using a wired alarm system. For a wireless system, put batteries in the components. Activate the components and turn the control box on. Program the password in the control box and then finish the installation by performing other steps in the set up.

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How security home automation system works

How security home automation system works

If you have a security home automation, it means that you have control of various aspects of your home even when you are not near. Various methods are used to control the components of the automation with some components being controlled wirelessly and others with hardwire. Controlling using wireless methods utilizes radio frequencies (RF) such as infrared and Bluetooth. Hardwired control uses systems such as phone cables, electrical wires and Ethernet. Some systems combine both wireless and wired components.

The workings of lighting, heating and cooling

Lighting can be remotely controlled by allowing adjustment of brightness. This is done by using inline dimmers and lamp plug-ins that are installed between the power source and the light. The dimmers help in regulating power that gets to the light enabling the adjustment of brightness.There are also fireplace dimmers that allow the regulation of gas released and therefore, controlling the mood and the brightness of the fireplace.

In order to control lighting and heating, there is need to replace the current thermostat with another smart one. This will enable you to program remotely when the heating unit and air conditioning operates and the temperatures they maintain. You can either program the thermostat to go on and off during particular times, or you can use the Internet through Ethernet connection to control it. Radio frequency signals can also be used to control the thermostat wirelessly. This way, you can control the temperatures at home from wherever you are.

Security and cameras systems

The alarm security system consists of sensors, the control panel and alarm. The sensors are connected to the control unit using cables for hardwired system or by wireless connectivity. When the window or door is closed, the sensors have two pieces that are closed completing the electronic circuit. When the door or window is opened, the circuit breaks and the breach is reported to the base using radio frequencies. If the control panel is active, the alarm sounds and contacts that have been programmed in the system such as your phone number or emergency number are automatically dialed. You are therefore, able to know if there is a burglary or entry by an authorized person into your home even if you are far away.


The surveillance cameras also work just like the alarm security system. The cameras record the happenings, and they send the video data to the control unit using radio frequency (RF) signals. At night, the cameras use infrared technology, or if they are small, they use compacted circuitry. The camera’s control panel then sends the video signal to a hard drive or a monitor. You may also have a driveway reporter to detect the presence of people and vehicles. The reporter has a laser beam, which is broken when a person or a vehicle passes. The time the break occurs and the duration it takes is reported to the base unit in the house by way of radio frequency signals.A security home automation ensures that your home is safe, and it allows you to monitor the security from wherever you are.

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