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Smart Things for Your Home: The Latest Sensors and Video Security

Published June 11, 2015

So far this year the Internet of Things has brought forth some exciting technologies to benefit homeowners, making our lives more convenient and safer, but certainly more complicated, especially when it comes to alerts. Today it seems like our smartphones are on alert overdrive. But the good news is that now motion, heat and moisture sensors can alert you of there is a change in temperature at home - such as a fire - and could help save lives.


SmartThings is a new company that’s makes sensors to monitor moisture levels and detect motion in your home. The company's key message is:  A safer, smarter home in the palm of your hand. Once you have the SmartThings Hub and free app, you can add as many devices as you want to customize your smart home. It costs around $249 - not too high for home-security system. You can monitor and see what’s happening at home now, and what’s been going on recently, all by looking at different category groups. The control function enables control your home’s locks, lights, locks, appliances, electronics and many other connected devices in your home from anywhere, anytime.


Canary, another tech company, offers a home security that adapts to your home over time, and sends intelligent notifications with HD video to a smartphone. It’s a complete home security system in a single device, adapts to your home over time, and sends intelligent notifications with HD video directly to your smartphone. Canary’s video security system sends alerts out surrounding some factors in your home: air quality, motion, or a drastic change in temperature such as a fire. There are multiple sensors: a motion detector, temperature and humidity sensors, and an air-quality sampler plus a three-axis accelerometer, housed together with a security camera and a microphone. It features three operating modes: Armed, Disarmed, as well as Privacy. Canary records video and audio when there is motion detected. Once the system is set it up, you can install the app on your Android or iOS phone—Canary uses your smartphone’s geolocation data to determine when you are away or at home.


What both companies have in common is your smartphone, which is where you can receive their alerts. Now we can get simple apps for device monitoring and control of most things in your home – from starting the shower or oven, to wireless and synchronized television viewing from room to room.


There is motivation for these companies, namely the global market for connected home products. One of the pioneers was Google’s energy-saving Nest, a smart thermostat that adjusts to a person’s living patterns, and then links up its smart thermostats directly with utility companies.


In the next seven years, this industry is estimated to grow to around $40 billion, say industry analysts. This means there is a chance for home focused consumer technology products to carve out a niche in the next era of computing.


The industry growth is driven by the major economic trends, including rapid technological development, increased security requirements and overall urbanization. The biggest trend for 2015 is the growth in this marketplace and a movement toward interoperability between devices, platforms and vendors.



Although market awareness for the value of home automation and its adoption has been slow, many connected home vendors believe that the next generation of home security devices will completely replace the existing security systems in homes today. These current systems usually feature 3D video cameras, intrusion detection devices, which alert a person via their smartphone, along with access sensors and automated connected thermostats. In the future the devices will cost less to buy and they will less to operate.


These kinds of technologies go a long way to enhancing the peace of mind among homeowners, but the other benefit is pure convenience in the home. Most manufacturers are seeking to provide homeowners with a unified experience by giving them access to all of their devices from one single interface then enabling interaction and sometimes automation.


Today’s home builders, especially the younger generations, expect convenience, and readily use mobile apps, and mobile notification features. Some of the older generations simply do not like or are having a hard time with installation and maintenance of these home security solutions. Now there is a new market called the Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) interactive security and connected home space.


Soon, we may be seeing everything from garden products to bathroom appliances, all controlled by the touch of a smartphone. Without setting foot in the door, a person on their way home could turn off the security system, turn on the water in their shower, and begin preheating the oven. All in the name of technology. Now part of the new age of home building, be sure to keep all these new technologies in mind when you are shopping for your new house plan at The Plan Collection.

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