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Home Security with IoT, Will it Work?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Home Security with IoT, Will it Work?

By Shailee Sheth    

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Internet of Things is becoming a trend in many of the big cities and creating lots of revolutionary effects! The internet is providing us an opportunity to be updated tremendously with the idea that all the home devices, as well as groceries, can be connected to the web! That was a scenario we could never imagine, though it is happening in some amazing manner now.

IoT can become ‘Home-owners’ in the near future! The technology is growing fast and becoming extraordinary each day. We are experiencing fewer break-ins, thefts, home disasters and it will not be wrong if we give credit to the different technologies of home security with Internet of Things.

IoT can be a global nervous system, and can take care of even the smallest activities like living, moving or shopping! It can be useful to the individual, developer, adapter, and so everyone! Moreover, people with all the age groups can easily use this technology for their day to day activities. IoT will surely extend the boundaries of all the current systems and our home securities.

First of all, let’s get a brief idea about IoT

IoT is the networking of smart & inter-connected physical devices. The IoT gives the opportunity to sense the objects and control them entirely within existing network area! Advanced connectivity of devices and all the systems, as well as services, must be inter-connected with the advanced connectivity and sensors – that is the main idea of IoT! It is one of the initiatives for today’s smart cities and energy management system.

All personal items such as mobile phones, wrist watches, spectacles, laptops, etc. as well as your favorite food items or the groceries like soft drinks, flour, water bottles, chips, etc. and household items like televisions, cameras, microwaves, machines, light bulbs, etc. all can be covered under IoT. Imagine, you can even take care of your animals, servers, or even park equipment! You just name it, and you can include that thing under Internet of Things!

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These capabilities include,

  • Communication & Cooperation
  • Addressability
  • Actuation
  • Identification
  • Localization
  • Sensing
  • User Interfaces
  • Embedded Information Processing

There are mainly 4 aspects of IoT related to home security

  1. RFID which can identify and track the data of things. For example; your opening/shutting doors.
  2. Sensors which helps to collect and process the data to detect the changes in the physical status of things or the human beings living in the house.
  3. Smart Tech is there to enhance the power of the network by devolving processing capabilities to different part of the network.
  4. The technology called ‘Nano tech’ makes the smaller things capable enough to connect and interact, like a simple packet of biscuit or bread or cheese.

Advantages of IoT accordance to home

  • Your smartphone can be used as your ‘Sensing Assistant,’ and you can get everything on your device, whether you need groceries or your cat is creating mess in your house, you will get the notification.
  • No need for security cameras as each and every movement you can sense because of the sensors.
  • Crime, or the chances of theft reduces because of the quick alarm systems and inter connectivity notifications.
  • Remembering names and taking photos are easily adaptable.
  • You can find old receipts of your house bills in just a few seconds as everything is stored.
  • You can get improved performance because of the fast technological aspects.
  • Create innovative services like health care, transit, parking, waste management, etc. with the reduced cost and new revenue stream.

The base of Internet of Things in the smart systems of the house

  1. Sensors and actuators to sense regarding Digital Nervous System.
  2. All such inputs are digitized & because of connectivity, they placed onto networks and so you can get notifications on time.
  3. All networked inputs can then be combined with integrated data, people, processes and systems for fast and better decision making.

Let’s take an example:

If you have a family member who needs supervision,  and he is all alone at home, but there are home sensors attached everywhere, then you don’t need to worry much. If any kind of abnormal activities are detected, just because of the sensors, the alerts are automatically sent to the hospital or some health care services and to you!

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All the wireless sensors throughout his house help measure healthy activity levels, his sleeping or eating patterns, and medication schedules.

Just like this, you can keep a watch on your children as well as pets or animals.

Apart from home, there are some future aspects which might be solved by IoT:

  • Traffic Issues
  • Manufacturing
  • Retailing market
  • Daily life and routine
  • Resource & power control

But yes, as every coin has 2 sides. IoT is also a debatable matter! ‘Internet of Things’ some logical and fundamental challenges which are as under:

Challenges of IoT

  • Fault Tolerance
  • Privacy issues, especially in banks, homes, etc.
  • Environmental Impact
  • Scalability is not decided. It can vary place to place or product to product
  • Technological Standardization
  • Illiterate people can experience some software complexity
  • Data volumes and Interpretation can be different person to person
  • Power supply is a major risk
  • Interaction & short range communication
  • If the wireless communication is not flawless, then there can be an issue
  • Influences human moral decision making
  • Technological standardization in most areas are still remain fragmented
  • Managing and fostering rapid innovation is a challenge for governments
  • Absence of governance can create chaos

Conclusion

I have mentioned few pros and cons, but by considering our future aspects, I think this will be the best innovation for our home securities. You can save some resources and money by adopting Internet of Things. You can even save your energy and keep a watch on your pets as well children or elders when you are away from home. You can turn any of your electronic devices on or off whenever you want and from wherever you are! Moreover, the notifications can come on your smartphone about each and everything!

 

By Shailee Sheth

Shailee is tech freak, a translator, and an aspiring writer. She mainly writes about technology trends, IoT, and gadget reviews. She has a wide interest in inventions and innovations. She is a freelancer at Bestoninternet. You can also connect with her on Facebook.

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See Who’s at Your Door, No Matter Where You Are

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

According to the FBI, the U.S. had more than 1.7 million burglaries accounting for over $3.9 billion worth of stolen items — or $2,251 per offense — in 2014. And burglars are always getting creative with new tactics for entry. There are numerous news stories about burglars targeting homes by knocking or ringing the doorbell, and if it doesn’t seem like anyone’s home, using the opportunity to break in or mark the home to come back to. If you do answer the door, they’ll make up a story about why they’re there or say they accidentally came to the wrong house. So what if you aren’t home? You might have an alarm system to let you know once a burglary is in progress, but with Ring Video Doorbell system, you can go one step further in preventing the burglary in the first place.

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The Ring Video Doorbell uses your home’s Wi-Fi connection to connect to the free app on your smartphone or tablet to let you know when someone rings the bell. When the bell is rung, you’ll get a mobile alert that will connect you to an HD video feed of the entryway so you can communicate with the person at your door. They don’t even have to know that you aren’t home; they’ll be able to talk with you and clearly hear you through two speakers on the doorbell, but don’t have a video feed to you.

We know that not everyone who enters your property will use the doorbell though, so the Ring Video Doorbell system comes equipped with customizable motion detection. Similarly to how you’re alerted if someone rings the bell, you can be alerted when someone enters a certain area of your property and view it through the video feed. You can also purchase an additional battery-operated stick-up camera to place wherever is convenient for you, which you can also access through a mobile device.

Obviously, the system is all about security and convenience for you, the homeowner. So if you want to watch video footage later, you can do that, because the video will upload to a cloud system that you can access anytime. The system’s is also made to fit in with the aesthetics of your home and comes in a variety of looks, including satin nickel, antique brass, polished brass and Venetian bronze. Ring also has a lifetime guarantee and will replace the doorbell for free if it gets stolen.

The system will give you a peace of mind, knowing that you are aware of every person (or thing!) who enters your property, whether it be the postal carrier, neighbor’s dog, or a would-be burglar. The Ring Video Doorbell system is available at our All Secure Lock & Security location for $199. You can install the system yourself, but we are happy handle installation for you. Visit us or call us at 303-667-2736 to learn more about Ring Video Doorbell.

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Use Your Smartphone to Keep Your Home Secure And Your Family Safe

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Where is your phone right now? In your pocket? Beside your computer? Chances are, it’s close enough for you to grab from where you are, and that you feel like it has your whole life on it. Your contacts? Your GPS? Your calendar? Your to-do list? Your photos? It’s all there. Did you know that you can also literally control your house with your smartphone — from anywhere in the world?

That’s what security automation is about. Not only is it the most convenient way to secure your home, but — bonus! — you’ll probably feel a little like Tony Stark with it too.

With home automation, you can control nearly any device in your home, such as lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems, and sprinklers. Your alarm system and even your doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors and surveillance cameras can be managed. You can manage anything with a sensor linked to it!

At All Secure Lock and Security, we see home automation as being broken down into four parts:

  1. Security System: Your security system is connected to Central Station, which will call the appropriate authorities when necessary. Automation of your security system also allows you to arm or disarm it remotely and view and bypass sensors. Your security system can include sensors for doors, windows, motion, glass breaking, the doorbell, carbon monoxide, or smoke, heat or freezing. Smoke, carbon monoxide and water sensors work with your security system to help you act fast and keep your family safe.
  2. Video Monitoring: Through video monitoring, you can see what’s happening at your home in real time, get instant alerts and never miss a moment with continuous recording. See exactly what is happening when an alarm is triggered. You can also set custom alerts for the activities you want to know about, such as a car pulling into the driveway, the front door opening, when motion is detected or a package is delivered.
  3. Access: Most of us have left home and second-guessed whether we left the garage door open or a door unlocked. But with a home automation system, you have complete control over your home’s access points, which means worrying about locked doors and open garages is a thing of the past. With home automation, you can receive an alert if you left home and didn’t close the garage door or if someone uses their entry code. You can even receive a no-show alert when your kids aren’t home by a certain time. You can also set unique user codes that are only valid during a specific period of time. This is great for those people who need access to your house when you aren’t there, but who you don’t want to give the master access code to, such as a house cleaner or babysitter.
  4. Energy Management: Saving energy is on a lot of homeowners’ minds these days, and home automation is the easiest way to take the guesswork out of it and effectively save energy. It lets your home work for you and control your thermostat based on location, activity and even the weather. You can even set location-based rules so that your thermostat can dial down to an energy-saving temperature when you leave, and begin re-adjusting to the perfect temperature when it senses that you’re on the way home.

If you’re interested in learning about the latest (and dare we say, coolest) technologies to keep your business or home secure and your family safe, give All Secure Lock & Security a call at 303-667-2736 or visit our store at 12371-C W. 64th Ave. in Arvada, Colorado.

What is the one “must-have” product in your home for security?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Many people ask us what the one thing we recommend most for home security is, and it’s an easy answer: a safe. But not just any safe, a secure safe. You might think that’s an obvious and unnecessary stipulation and that safes are, by definition, secure. But unfortunately, that’s far from the truth.

 

A safe is the No. 1 key to protecting all of your valuables, from the smallest family heirloom ring, to a hunting rifle, so you need a safe that will protect those valuables from any danger, including theft and fire. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that not all safes are created equal. We would never recommend that you by a safe from your local big box store, and it’s not just because we want you to bring your business to us. (Although we wouldn’t complain if you did!)

 

Big box stores sell common safe brands such as Sentry, which can be pried open fairly easily and are made with plastic — yes, you read that right, plastic! I think it’s fair to assume that you are like me and do not want your safe to be broken into or melted in a fire. Reviews of Sentry safes include stories like “The house was broken into and the safe was opened using a hammer. Everything is gone!!! Thieves broke into Sentry safe stole everything. They use pry bars on the door separated the door broke the welds from the inner door and bent the lock mechanism to open.” Another review says, “The chest was dropped onto a thickly carpeted floor from a height of about 4 feet: the locked top popped right off! On examination, we discovered that though the locked latch held, the hinge had broken.”

 

At All Secure Lock & Security, we are proud to offer only the best safes in the industry, which come from American Security.

 

American Security safes can withstand fires of up to 1850 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours and have an Underwriter’ Laboratory (U.L.) rating of Class 350°F-two hour. This means that at temperatures as high as 1850 degrees for up to two hours (The average house fire burns at a temperature of 1200 degrees.), the temperature inside the safe doesn’t exceed 350 degrees. That may seem like a high temperature, but even paper requires a temperature of 405 degrees to char.

 

American Security safes are also tested for their ability to withstand falls and can handle a 30-foot drop onto concrete, the equivalent of falling through a two-story burning building.

 

And in American Security safes, you won’t find plastic! Instead, valuables are protected behind a 3.5-inch recessed door with a 5/8-inch thick front and the hinges are made of heavy-duty steel.

 

To top this all off, American Security offers the best warranty in the business: one year on parts and labor and lifetime fire.

 

If you want to learn more about the benefits of an American Security safe and the variety of safes we offer, give us a call or stop in to our shop and we’ll be happy to help you get your valuables protected!

Prevention is Key to Keeping Burglars from Having a Happy Holiday Courtesy of Your Valuables this Season

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The holiday season in upon us! It’s time to hang festive lights inside and out, attend holiday parties galore, shop and wrap countless gifts, and head out of town to visit friends and family.  Tis the season, indeed. But did you know it’s also open season for home burglars?

 According to the FBI, a whopping 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the months of November and December alone. How can you protect yourself and your valuables? Learn about the anatomy of a burglar, and remember to follow a few common sense tips, along with some less obvious advice to ensure the security of your home. 

 The anatomy of a burglar

A favorite ruse of a would-be burglar is to get a lay of the land. They might be a contractor you’ve hired, or pose as a friendly guy looking for directions, offering to shovel the driveway, or clean the gutters. Opening the door offers a great opportunity to take a peek inside. If you’re not expecting someone, try asking who’s there through the door and give  firm “no” to whatever good or service is being offered. 

 Burglars also enjoy a twilight walk through the neighborhood to get a good look in your windows before you draw your shades to see what valuables live inside: flat-screen TVs, gaming systems, and computers are all favorites.  

What are a would-be burglar’s favorite sights? How about an un-shoveled, pristine driveway, a sales flyer hanging on the door for longer than a day, or a pile of newspapers at the end of your driveway? All are clear signs of an out of town family.

Don’t forget the obvious!

The best prevention for a would-be burglar is to remember lock your doors, close your garage, and set your alarm system EVERY time you leave the house! Daytime is as good a time as nighttime for a break-in.

You should also get to know your neighbors. Build a relationship whereby you agree to exchange mobile numbers and provide travel dates. You and your neighbors can create footprints on your snow-covered driveway (or better yet shovel it!) and take in each other’s newspapers and mail. Rely on each other to report suspicious behavior, especially if you know the other is out of town. 

A bit of prevention and watchful eyes on the street go a long way toward protecting the neighborhood.

Learn a few not-too-obvious tips

Here are a few tips that can increase the security of your home:

  • Avoid announcing you’re going out of town for the holidays on Facebook. It isn’t difficult to find your home address in a directory.
  • Make sure to store extra car and house keys inside the house-it’s all too easy for a robber to breach your garage, move inside, and leave in your car.
  • Keep your shrubbery and bushes well trimmed to prevent an easy hiding spot.
  • Utilize adequate outdoor lighting. Front, side , and back porch lights are a great deterrent, and motion-activated lights in the backyard are even better.

Your final line of defense

The above tips will go a long way to keep a burglar outside your home, but if the worst happens, you can still protect your valuables.

  • Burglars are least likely to look for valuables in your children’s room, so consider storing a safe high in the back of a child’s closet.
  • Keep in mind though, if the safe isn’t bolted it can be removed! Out of sight and bolted down is the best practice.
  • Maintain an inventory of your electronics, along with the serial numbers. Keep a record of the date of purchase, original value, and serial numbers.
  • For heirloom items and antiques, keep a photographic or video record of each piece.

While you make sure to enjoy the festivities the family time the holidays have to offer, don’t forget Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

4 Keys to Keeping Your Home and Valuables Safe

Friday, November 6th, 2015

When it comes to ensuring that your future is safe, the first thing that likely comes to mind is financial security. We all want to make sure we are making the right financial decisions for our future, to retirement and beyond. Part of financial security is in diversifying your assets, as financial planners will tell you.

 And when it comes to another aspect of creating a secure future — literally securing the things in your life — diversity is again important.

 At All Secure Lock & Security, we like to stress the importance of having a security portfolio, so to speak. There are four parts to creating a diverse security portfolio that protects your family, home and valuables: locking, arming, watching and securing. So what does this mean?

 Locking: Simply put, locks are not enough. However, locks are your first line of defense and are an absolute necessity in protecting anything you care about, from your home, to your firearm to your irreplaceable family heirlooms.

 Arming: Locks don’t work if they aren’t locked. This might seem like it goes without saying, but unfortunately, too many homes are broken into and too many valuables are stolen simply because it was easy enough for a thief to get them — thanks to locks being unlocked.

 And like locks, security systems can be invaluable, but they have to be armed. Fortunately for people in the Denver area, All Secure Lock & Security makes this easy. We offer home and business security systems that can be armed through a wall panel as you head out the door, or even from your phone. The latter can be especially handy if you want to let someone into your house when you aren’t there, but don’t want them to have a key. These systems can also be sophisticated enough to turn on lights, raise blinds and sense motion or glass breaking.

 Watching: Yes, we are lucky to live in a time when we can be thousands of miles away and video chat with a loved one, but we are also lucky to live in a time when we can be 2 or 2,000 miles away from home and watch what’s happening there. Placing cameras in your home and around the perimeter lets you and law enforcement get a good sense of what’s going on and swiftly act accordingly. Whether a nanny cam in a teddy bear or clock makes sense for you, or a motion sensor camera over each entrance to your home is what you need, we can set that up for you. Not only are in-home cameras great for checking in to make sure everything is OK, but they also come in handy when you just want to see whether a package was left.

 Securing: Hiding your valuables is not good enough. Burglars will look under mattresses and in sock drawers — you are not being sneaky by hiding things there. And in reality, if someone is going to ransack your home, there’s a good chance they’ll find your other hiding spots too. It’s important to have a good safe in your home — one that bolts to the ground. We offer safes in a wide variety of sizes that have great fire ratings of 30 to 120 minutes.

 Now when we say you need to get a safe, we mean a good one. Don’t pick one up on your next trip to a big box store. Those tend to have plastic inside and be made of pop metal. Those can be broken into, and it’s not hard to do. Trust us. We sell safes that are made of at least ½-inch-thick steel with poured concrete inside and are pry-resistant. All Secure Lock & Security is proud to sell American Security safes that have a lifetime warranty against for attacks and fires so you can trust the security of your most valuable items.

 To learn more about how you can ensure a well-diversified security portfolio for your home, business, vehicle and valuables by locking, arming, watching and securing them, contact us today.