We all want to feel safe in our own homes, and sometimes technology can give us that extra piece of mind. A great way to keep watch, secure your place, or shed a little light on your home is with some gadgets that are smart, wireless and easy to install. We looked at these smart home security options on Global Morning News and AM770 with Gord & Sue.
What can a Smart Door Lock do?
Smart door locks are popular for a variety of reasons. For starters, if you forget your keys you can still get in, you can issue passcodes on the spot from your phone to visitors, neighbours and guests – no leaving the door open, and you can open the lock from anywhere in the world yourself, using your phone!
Smart Door Locks like those from Schlage like the Schlage Encode Door Lock, or August Yale, available at Best Buy let you share time-based codes with the housekeeper, dogwalker, meaning they can only access the door when they’re supposed to, not outside those hours. Plus, you can check who opened the door and when, great for curfews. It’s also possible to ask your digital assistant to help, using voice control to open the door for you, or set perimeter access so when you pull into the driveway, the locks will open. Most new smart locks install easily by yourself, or get a locksmith to do it.
Are smart locks secure? Yes, generally speaking, they’re encrypted. Or, some locks make you enter a randomized number before you key in your code in case anyone is watching
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How Smart Lighting can make your home safer
Experts always say lighting can help deter crime, and that’s because crooks don’t like to be seen doing their dirty work. Ring, makers of Video Doorbells and Wireless Home Security Cameras have recently released Ring smart, wireless outdoor lighting; there’s a Steplight, Stakelight, Spotlight/floodlight and more in their lineup. All are battery powered, so there’s no wiring to do, and when motion is detected, they’ll light up.
The lights can also be connected to Ring cameras (read my review of Ring Stick Up Cam here) to record motion when detectedand Ring makes a fully wireless Alarm system now. I’ve got a full review of the Ring Alarm too, if you’re interested.
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The bottom line on smart home security: Technology and gadgets can make home security easier, today’s home security is wireless and can be voice controlled, and there’s an array of gadgets out there you may not have heard of that can solve common security problems: like lack of power/plugs where you need things plugged in, or kids who always forget their keys.
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