Remote Visual Access to Any Room Day or Night – Access from Any Internet Computer
HIDDEN OR BLENDED IN – OUT OF SITE SECURITY
- Burglar Alarms
- Security Systems
- Security Automation
- Fire Alarms
- Water Sensors (Basements – 2nd Floor)
- 24 Hr Monitoring
- Panic Alarms
Home Security Systems – 6 Aspects
- Yard signs & window/door decals
- Perimeter window & door contacts
- Interior protection devices
- Fire protection
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Special partitions
This doesn’t just tell you if someone’s coming in the door, this lets me actually control lights, thermostat and view live video of my house from my iphone and laptop. With this new system I was able to go to an app on my iPhone and view live video of her playing with them in the playroom! Then, I can even program the system to take a picture of whoever comes in or out of the doors. And, if I’m nervous about an appliance being left on I can be sure that it’s now turned off even when I’m away from home. Not only is this a safety device but, now that I can be sure lights are turned off and the thermostat is more controlled, I can save some money.
Closed Circuit Video Cameras
We have several systems ranging from one to sixteen cameras that can be used both inside as well as outside monitoring. Some come with a full color flat screen that you can have four cameras, quad screen, displayed at the same time. You may wish to view just one camera full screen by itself.
Most of the cameras have a “built-in” motion sensor so that the DVR will only record if there is movement. Most of their DVR’s can record up to 154 days before the hard drive is fully loaded. You may have the DVR over-write at that time if you wish or have the DVR stop recording.
Smart Home Technology
Smart Home Technology allows homeowners to place wireless cameras outside or inside their home. The cameras can then be monitored from a computer in the house or remotely. Using a secure password, homeowners can look in on their home from anywhere as long as they have an Internet connection. For example, a traveling homeowner can check in on home to make sure there has been no damage during a recent storm, or a busy mom can check on children in the playroom while she is in the kitchen.
There are a lot of benefits from being able to interact this way with your home. It helps extend your home to wherever you are, by letting you manage your home environment from anywhere.
Types of Home Video Surveillance Systems – Overt & Covert
There are two types of video surveillance systems: overt and covert. Basically this means systems that are hidden and systems that are openly visible to anyone who comes to the house. Both types of systems have their merits. With covertly hidden cameras (sometimes called “nanny cams”), you can monitor people who are in your house for babysitting, pet-sitting, cleaning, maintenance, or what have you. This can be a good way to go if you’re not 100% sure of the people who are in and out of your home for various reasons, or even if you just want to keep an eye on things from work, vacation, etc.
If you want to install a video surveillance system primarily for home security reasons (to stop burglars), an overt system may be better. Instead of using hidden security cameras, you make the cameras plainly visible. This can be a smart decision, especially with outdoor cameras that monitor the grounds and entrances, because if a potential burglar sees the camera, he or she may very well move on. Burglars don’t want to get caught (duh!), so all other things being equal they’ll strike a house without a home security system before tackling one with one, and nothing says I’ve got a security system like a camera mounted by the front door!
It is important to have all exterior openings protected by some detection device. Both the first floor as well as the basement and second stories. Windows and doors should have “contacts” on them. There are two types, hard-wired or wireless.
As it a sounds a hard-wired contact is connected to the master control panel by a wire. The wireless contact sends a signal to the master control panel by radio waves. They cause the system to go into alarm if they are violated. When the alarm sounds it makes a loud noise which most of the time scares the robber away and alerts your neighbors and your monitoring center of a possible intrusion into your home. The center will then contact your home and if they get no response or the wrong pass word they contact the police.
Casement windows sometimes are best protected by “glass-break detectors. The best kind are the ones it takes three (3) signals to activate before it sets off the alarm. When a window is broken there are three phases that occur. First the vibration of the breaking window, then the breaking window puts off a certain frequency that is detected, and some glass-breaks also have a motion sensor built into them as well. Having a multiple action glass break helps to keep the false alarms to a minimum.
Don’t be a penny wise and a pound foolish when getting an alarm system installed. Don’t cut corners because the device you omit might be the exact spot of entry into your home. Think as if you were the burglar and how YOU would gain entry into your home.
iPhone Apps Let You Monitor Your Home Security Systems
The ability to remotely monitor a home security system isn’t anything new; for a while we’ve been able to check on our houses through special internet pages or via our cell phones. Well, now you can get all the stats and even camera pictures over your iPhone.
You can find out if the garage door has been left open, if the dog walker took your pooch out for a full session, if there’s a leak in the basement, if medicine or liquor cabinets have been opened, if you forgot to turn on the system, etc. You can also control your security system remotely (if you did forget to turn it on before you left for work, you can simply activate it over your phone).
Wireless Outdoor Motion Sensors
Wireless Motion Detector means you don’t have to run any wires to install it, and it is reliable (larger sensitivity zone + it stands up well to the elements).
Features include an adjustable field of view you can tailor for narrow areas or wide spaces, and it runs on a 9V battery, so it doesn’t need to be placed anywhere near an electrical outlet.
Basically there are 4 components to an alarm system; the key pad, master control center and the various connected devices. I’m going to focus in on the key pad due to it being the most used component by the family.
The key pad got its name because the earlier alarm systems were turned on or off by a key. Now most systems are controlled by a “digital” key pad, but the name stuck, “keypad.”
There may be several codes programmed into your system. Each person authorized to enter the home can be assigned their own code. The system will have a memory logging in the time and date the person either entered of left the home. You also may have a temporary code put in for a worker for the time he/she is needed to enter the home. This is taken out after the work is completed. Some people have their maid with her own code.
You also can program a special code for only certain times of the day. The master control panel will not let access on any other time periods.
A system also may have several “panels”. This I means you can have special codes for different areas of the home limiting a person only to the areas they are supposed to have access to. A good example of this is to have a jewelry draw, safe or file cabinet, silver closet with its own access code.
Key pads also have other information on them. They can tell you what doors or windows are not closed. What areas have been violated. The condition of the system. If there is something wrong with the system it will tell you the problem.