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New Tech That Will Keep Your Home and Cottage Safe

For most of us, our homes are our single biggest investment, so it’s no surprise that when we travel, we want to be sure our homes and properties are safe. Once upon a time, home security meant calling a service provider to install a home security system and monitor it. Many of these companies are still in business. But today, the inter-networking of physical devices like cameras, appliances, lock systems and smartphones, is a game-changer that gives us total control on how we handle our security needs: no outside monitoring needed. If you own a home and cottage, this web of smart devices, known as the “Internet of Things” or “IoT”, means the list of innovative security solutions is almost endless. Today’s systems can allow you to see anyone who visits your property or front door; detect when a door or window is open and send you notifications and real-time video of the area you are monitoring.

Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Smart doorbells are one popular way to protect your home while you’re away. A standard smart doorbell will allow you to see and speak with a person at your doorstep from your smartphone or tablet, and the price range for this level of security is $150 to $200.

Advanced products offer more features, including smart locks that can let someone in your home, motion detection, night vision, remote access and live monitoring. These systems are now normally priced from $200 to $400.

What’s really unique with smart doorbells is that anyone who rings your doorbell and speaks to you will think you are actually home, regardless of whether you are home, across town or on the other side of the planet.

Always watching

Home security cameras are another hot ticket item when it comes to home security. There are two types of cameras to choose from: wireless and wired, both of which allow you to monitor your property remotely from a smart device. For wired cameras, you have to physically connect the cables directly to a recording device, while wireless cams are connected through Wi-fi.

Many of the 1080p indoor and outdoor cameras include sensors to notify you of any activity going on in and around your home and notifications are always sent to your smart device. Security cameras also often offer a digital zoom feature, as well as cloud storage so you can go back and review past video from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Some providers offer free cloud storage, while others charge a monthly subscription fee.

Prices for indoor and outdoor cameras range from $200 to $400 (most include more than one camera), and more high-end cameras with full systems are priced from $500 and up.

Get advice

If you are looking at purchasing a smart doorbell or a smart security camera system, it’s always good to get expert advice first. A professional can help you determine what your needs are and work within your budget.

Home security is now more affordable than ever, so you should never have to worry about breaking the bank to keep your home and cottage safe.