Having a security system used to mean, when an alarm went off, your monitoring company called you to tell you that your house alarm was triggered.

A new security network

The emergence of the Internet of Things has led to an epiphany: when smart home devices are paired with smart security systems, homeowners are more connected with their home, apprised of activity whether they are home or away and comforted by the knowledge they have in the palm of their hand.

“We strive to leverage our smart home devices in more creative ways than a simple home security monitoring system,” states Avi Rosenthal, vice president of Nortek Security & Control. The goal, as he puts it, is “to provide homeowners with even greater convenience and control.”

Rethinking security

When thinking about home security, most people immediately think in terms of break-ins and burglaries, but home safety and deterrence are daily realities that touch every family. The most popular smart devices being added on to security systems are thermostats, lights and door locks, but there are also windows sensors, leak detectors, outlets and garage door openers.

"Connectivity has made us house-aware, and that awareness has created a desire to manage and control your home regardless of where you are."

House-awareness

Connectivity has made us house-aware, and that awareness has created a desire to manage and control your home regardless of where you are. Homeowners are able to respond and manage actionable alerts to take immediate control of a situation and prevent further damage to the home.

Homeowners can be notified when home temperatures are too low or too high, if there was a detection of a water leak or if a door was left open or unlocked, making it easier to react faster and prevent accidents or property damage.

“Smart phones have become a central control point for everything in our lives, it only makes sense to deliver solutions that allow homeowners to manage their homes effectively,” says Jorge Hevia, SVP, Sales & Marketing at NAPCO. “Smart home devices can deliver full visibility into the home and even be set to send text or video alert reminders when events or alarms happen at the home to keep you connected wherever you go.”

The smart house setup

Smart home technology increases the effectiveness of the devices in your home as well. Five years ago, your smoke detector only went off because of a fire. Today, when a smoke detector goes off, it could also signal the thermostat to turn the HVAC system off and immediately stop the spread of smoke through the home, raise the lights to 50 percent for better sight and unlock all exterior doors for a quick exit.

“Smart lighting can play a much bigger role than most people think when creating a security system today,” adds Daryoush Larizadeh, Chief Operating Officer of Leviton, “In the event of a fire, alarm and emergency personnel alerts can trigger an interior pathway of lights to exits to enable a safe escape. Smart home technology is creating better, safer homes for families.