Technology moves like the blink of an eye. It is ever changing – and along with this change and innovation comes brand new terminology that identifies the process or feature. One such term is “Smartphone security.” Most people upon hearing this term assume that it refers to some gadget or application that protects the mobile phone in some way. In reality, Smartphone security refers to the home security industry and the new combination of home security features with Smartphone remote control features. This means some new security devices can now interact with your home security features, allowing you to better control the way your home is secured.
Innovative home security products make it possible for you to control most security devices via your Smartphone. You can set the alarm, turn it off, check the video footage of your pets, check in on your kids, turn on certain lights at a specific time, and more, all from a remote location (wherever you are, office, parent’s home, another state, etc.) Because this is an important and innovative concept, we have listed a few of the major Smartphone security options now available from your home security provider.
1 – Surveillance Cameras
Most surveillance type cameras, whether they are the small hidden nanny cams or the multi-channel security cameras, can now be controlled from your Smartphone anywhere you are located. Some applications even allow video footage to be downloaded to the phone’s memory or to a computer where they can be saved, used to confirm suspicion, or stored to an external location for later viewing.
2 – Alarm Systems
Alarm manufacturers have also seen the benefits in smart phones and have included applications that allow a user to set or turn off an alarm system from their mobile telephone. This gives the homeowner added security benefits, as they don’t need to have a telephone land line to set the alarm system. This means they don’t have to worry about the phone line being cut during an attempted break in.
3 – Light Control
When away from home, there is no reason to advertise the home’s being unprotected. Security light features allow you to turn on lights and turn them off again as needed from your Smartphone. This tells possible intruders that there is someone home at all times.
4 – Additional Applications
These added Smartphone applications have become so popular that other security applications made for personal protection are also made for the Smartphone. For instance, some applications allow you to contact up to 15 loved ones by pressing only a single key. Others allow you to contact security or 9-1-1 operators with just one keystroke. Up-to-date GPS functioning can also allow authorities to locate the person in possession of the phone when the emergency occurs.
When choosing a security device you should check to make sure it has features that are compatible with your Smartphone. Often the security device manufacturer will specify the available controlling features from the Smartphone and with what phones it is compatible.
This guest post was written by Christian Westerberg for HomeInsurance.com. Christian is a freelance writer with a penchant for security technologies. He enjoys sharing his tips and insights on various tech blogs.