Amazon Prime day has just gone, and with the price of the Echo Dot reduced to $35 / £35, many more people now have access to the Internet of Things (IoT) and IFTTT technology. If you are one of those newbies, it means that you can control things like lights and washing machines with your voice, and even set up chains of events based on things like your location and what you’re doing (IFTTT = if this, then that).
So, how can you use IoS and IFTTT to improve your home security. Here are a few things you can do to maximise your security efforts.
The Best IoT Devices For Home Security
Time Your Lights And Appliances
One of the great things about Smart Home products is that they can often be set on a timer or controlled from outside the house. It isn’t even limited to Smart Home products, you can buy an IFTTT plug fairly quickly, and use that to do something like turn on a TV using an app like Alexa through Echo Dot or the Google Assistant through Echo Home. Or, you can just control it through your smart phone.
If you are away from your house, that means you can set the lights to go on and off at a set time, or using your smartphone you can turn them on and off yourself. You can also set your washing machine or dishwasher to go off during the day, or even have your TV or stereo come on or off at set times. Signs of life within an empty house can be the first deterrent for people looking to break into your home.
Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
One of the IoT things you can buy is a video doorbell. What that means is when someone rings your doorbell (or approaches your door, if you put that setting in) you will get a notification and a video feed sent to your phone. It means that you can reply to people (or challenge them) even if you are not in the house.
Not only can you see what’s going on, you can make it seem like you’re there even if you’re not. It also means you can clearly see who’s there without even going to the door. The new Amazon Echo product on the horizon is the Echo Show, which includes a camera and a screen. There’s already integration being worked on so you can simply say “Alexa, show me the front door” which will bring up the feed, and let you know what’s going on outside in case you hear noises.
Other security cctv systems with wi fi features are also readily available, allowing you to view your property from whichever angle you choose to install it. The Amazon Echo Look is another upcoming device which combines Alexa enabled features with a camera, but not a native screen like the Echo Show.
Smart Alarm Systems
Alarm systems are starting to be integrated with apps like Alexa. That means with just your voice, you can set different alarm modes, track previous activities, arm your security system or even sound a siren and ask for help if you find yourself in danger.
The same systems also have smart phone support, which can instantly warn you when a part of your security system has been triggered, even if you are far away.
These are devices that you can use to open doors electronically – through an app on your phone and some even use Alexa so you can tell the lock a special pin code. One advantage of these kinds of locks is that they do not require a traditional key, which means that they cannot be picked.
Some smart locks can also be NFC enabled, so will open automatically if your phone has Near Field Communication. You can also give temporary digital keys to people with Near Field Communication compatible phones, allowing them entry for a set period of time in a way that cannot be copied.
Keep Up-To-Date And Keep Safe
The range of ways that technology can help to protect your home and business is evolving year on year. The ease of use and added security they offer mean that they are only growing in popularity. There are still loopholes which can be exploited, so if you are planning on getting a Smart Security system, the best way to go about it is to seek the advice of a professional company first. At least now you have a clearer idea of how security has evolved and what you can ask for.