Your home is your sanctuary, and in 2019 you can rely on so much more than a lock and key to keep intruders at bay. Here is the latest security tech that can turn your home into a fortress…
If home is where the heart is, then it’s understandable to be precious about security. And while more and more homes are now kitted out with technologies that can brew coffee or play your favourite song upon command, it’s also important to understand that there’s a wealth of gadgets and apps on offer that can give you peace of mind with regards to the security of your sanctuary.
Here’s our rundown of 2019’s best security tech to turn your home into an impenetrable keep…
Safety Starter Kit RRP £99 plus £14 per month for the V-Home Services Plan subscription
SmartThings app: Android and iOS, free
Home security products come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s not always easy to know whether what’s on offer will fit your exact needs. Thankfully, V-Home, which works in conjunction with Samsung’s SmartThings hub, is a handy one-stop shop for many of your security needs, offering camera monitoring, motion sensing, and an indoor alarm loud enough to give any would-be intruders second thoughts.
With V-Home, you’ll be able to add up to 10 cameras and as many sensors (including ones that identify smoke and leaks) as you see fit, while any incidents will result in a notification being sent directly to your phone. And, during those rare occasions where your phone is switched off or – heaven forbid – not on your person, the V-Home 24/7 team is on hand to get in touch with your selected contacts to ensure any alarm is answered, even if you’re unable to pick up the call yourself.
But really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s an array of security products available to add to the V-Home Starter Kit, from the FIBARO Flood Sensor which can let you know about any potential leaks or floods, to the SmartThings Motion Sensor, which will alert you of the presence of even the most nimble-footed intruder.
For a system that’s as smart as it is secure, you can’t go far wrong with V-Home. Head this way to find out more.
August Smart Lock Pro & Connect RRP $279 | August Home App: Android and iOS, free
While home security tech is growing increasingly advanced, the humble lock and key is unlikely to go out of fashion. You can, however, add embellishments to your home’s most standard security feature – with the August Smart Lock Pro offering insight and control over whether your door is locked or unlocked, open or closed, wherever you are.
While smart locks are nothing especially new, August’s Smart Lock Pro offers enough features to make it easy to recommend. The Smart Lock Pro (and original Smart Lock) retrofit to most existing deadlocks, making it a breeze to install, while its brilliant DoorSense feature turns the lock itself into a sensor, letting you know when the door is both closed and locked.
Through the August app you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, track activity and allow access to friends and family who may need to get into your home while you’re otherwise occupied. If that doesn’t sound dissimilar to other products on the market, it’s the comprehensive package that August Smart Lock Pro offers that sets it apart.
Easily connectible to Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, August Smart Lock Pro is Z-Wave (the de facto home WiFi protocol) compatible and comes bundled with a Connect Wi-Fi module, making this an ideal option for smart home owners looking to turn their deadbolt into something a little livelier.
Smart Security Light RRP $196 | Kuna App: Android and iOS, free
Smart lights for your home come in all shapes and sizes. Indoor lights, like the ones in the V-Home portfolio, can be activated using your smartphone and set up on automatic schedules so it appears that somebody’s in the house, even when you’re not. More traditionally, outdoor lights have been used for security purposes – the tried and tested motion sensor that shines a spotlight on whoever or whatever enters your garden uninvited. Kuna’s offering, however, adds a smart sheen to an old favourite.
These smart-looking exterior lights come fitted with an HD camera, Wi-Fi adaptor, an intercom and the obligatory motion sensor to ensure that whoever steps foot on your front lawn gets more than just a spotlight in the face. You’ll receive notifications to your smartphone when someone trips the sensor and be able to watch back the downloaded video clips.
And, while the app’s two-way intercom feature will let you chat with friends who’ve popped round while you’re unavailable, the real fun begins with the recorded message – one that could let you gently welcome guests or sternly warn off intruders, depending on your preference.
Video Doorbell 2 RRP £179 | Ring App: Android and iOS, free
In the age of the smart home, a doorbell does so much more than grab your attention. Now, doorbells can let friends know your whereabouts and keep your household safe.
Ring’s smart doorbell is a brilliant way of answering your door without actually being there. You’ll receive a notification on your phone when someone comes calling, while the quick press of a button will set up a two-way sound and video call for you to tell visitors that you’re not home at the moment. All that might sound like standard practice for a smart doorbell, but Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 sets itself apart by also offering some awesome security features.
Its motion detection, for instance, is incredibly effective, picking up movement and initiating video recording so that you can keep a close eye on comings-and-goings – whether it’s a delivery person or someone a little less trustworthy. You can then quickly peruse activity through the integrated app.
With excellent battery life, easy-to-use app integration, and the ability to sync up with Alexa and Google Assistant, Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 is a one-stop package for those eager to know the answer to that age-old question: “Who could that be at this hour?”
Want to learn how to make your home smarter? Find out more about the IoT devices on offer from V by Vodafone.