August 29 ,2020
If you are concerned with smart home automation, you might be thinking about installing an alarm system. Installing wireless security systems is a great way to protect your home, family and your possessions, but you may not realize just how far alarm technology has come in the last few years.
If you are still thinking about those traditional alarm systems with their simple pushbutton keypads and confusing panels, you are way behind the state of modern alarm technology. Thanks to advances in fields like cloud computing and machine learning, home alarm can now leverage home technology to provide better protection and more convenience.
For homeowners that are interested in improved protection, there are some significant advantages to installing wireless alarms. In this post, we are going to explain some of the advantages that come with having a smart alarm system installed by Cornerstone Protection.
Smart Home Automation System User-Friendly Controls
One of the most noticeable differences for the user is going to be the controls for the alarm system. With an alarm system, the traditional keypad is replaced with a touchscreen display. Instead of something that looks like a bulky calculator, you have a control panel that looks more like a tablet. These smart control panels also use touch and swipe controls, which are far more familiar to most users.
With touchscreen controls and an intuitive interface, users will have a much easier time managing their home alarm. When you use the control panel, you will see menus that can guide you through a wide range of different features and it is easy to program in new settings. Along with that, many of these systems are compatible with mobile apps that can make it even easier to manage and monitor your residence protection.
This may seem like stating the obvious, but alarm systems are smarter than their older counterparts. With a traditional alarm system, you had devices that connect to a panel and the panel would communicate with a monitoring service. That is still true of the smart home security system, but the advances in technology help to add new layers of protection that were not possible with older alarm systems.
When you had one of the traditional alarm systems installed, the installer would program it to respond in different ways to different events and the system had to be armed for it to respond at all in some situations. While an intelligent system can still be programmed for various features and responses, it also has the potential to provide continuous protection even when it isn’t armed. It can send you text alerts to let you know when your kids get back; it can alert you to the system being disarmed when you are away from home; it can even keep access records to let you know who is arming and disarming the way at different times.
Home Automation and Security System
Home automation is growing in popularity and consumers now have a wide range of connected devices that can be used to make their lives easier and improve efficiency around the house. While this technology is getting more popular, you need to be careful when connecting home devices to the internet or through DIY wireless alarms. Not every automation is as secure as you may think and some of them can be vulnerable to attack.
When you get an alarm system that supports automation features, you get all of this wireless technology in a secure platform. The smart systems installed by Cornerstone Protection use features like advanced encryption to protect your devices and your home. Along with the alarm features, we can also install home automation devices like smart devices like thermostats, locks, garage doors, lights, plugs, doorbells and more.
One of the best features of a smart home security system is that it can connect with a smartphone app to allow for remote access. Sure, the app can be used around the house to act as a convenient controller or to monitor your cameras, but it also adds tons of great features for accessing the system when you are away from home.
With an alarm operation and the compatible app, you can arm and disarm the way without having to go to the control panel. If you forgot to lock the door, it can send you an alert and give you the option to lock the door without having to return back. If a family member needs to get in the house when you are away from residence, you can also unlock the door and disarm the system to provide access. These are just a few of the remote access features you can expect when you have a smart home security system.
Enhanced Monitoring and Communication
Older alarm systems connected with the monitoring service through a telephone landline. This could leave the system vulnerable to the phone line being cut. With the newer smart systems, the control panel can use multiple paths of communication. They can communicate over your home internet connection and they can also connect using an internal cellular communication method. With multi-path connectivity, your system is protected against some of the common ways criminals may try to compromise your alarm system.
When you go with the alarm company, you get a monitoring service that meets the highest standards. Our panels connect to a network of three UL certified monitoring centers. With three stations, all approved for fire and intrusion monitoring, your signals are guaranteed to reach a monitoring professional and get the correct response.
Alarm systems are compatible with a wider range of devices than traditional alarm panels. Just to name a few, you have your motion sensors, smoke detectors, indoor and outdoor security cameras, smart locks, lights, thermostats, flood sensors, voice control systems, wireless interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ceiling fan controllers and more. With so many devices to choose from and a wider range of programmable features, alarm systems offer a level of customization that was not possible in the past.
As an example, the system could be programmed to turn on all the lights when the smoke detector trips the fire alarm. If there is a fire at night, having the lights come on automatically could help you and your family reach safety. You could also purchase devices that will shut off the water if the method detects flooding. If you are away from house when a pipe bursts, this could prevent a considerable amount of water damage.
For better safety and an alarm system that is designed to fit your lifestyle and your needs, alarm technology is the way to go. If you are interested in installing a smart home security system supplier in Lexington, Kentucky or the surrounding areas, contact Cornerstone Protection for a free consultation today.