Are you prepared for what’s coming?

Lifestyle; Honeywell Lyric™

New “smart” or “connected” home products are different and have been for a few years.

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Samsung promised every single one of their products would be Internet-enabled within five years. Apple’s HomeKit is designed to create an interface so devices from various manufacturers can work together and be controlled from one piece (if you own an Apple device). Google has the Nest.

In other words to borrow a phrase from the Lord of the Rings “One platform to rule them all.”

So when will your home be a smart home?

People have different security preferences. Smart home security technology gives you different options to program your home and personalize settings.

You might think that you are limited to door and window sensors. Well, entry-level systems typically include just a few sensors and detectors to be connected to your home wireless smart security alarm system or other wireless protocols such as Z-Wave (all you need to know is that it is a wireless communications unit that makes home automation possible). But over time, you can add an extra door sensor to provide coverage—including locks, surveillance cameras, smoke detectors, and water sensors—for the entire household.

But the most important thing when building a smart home – or apartment – is to plan ahead and decide what you need. Do you want just lighting and air conditioning controlled from your tablet or smartphone or do you want to integrate an entire security system?

When you talk to the installer, going in with a plan of what devices you have, or that you want, means you’re both on the same page when it comes to mapping out a diagram of your future smart home and discussing the potential costs says Ben Green, one of the brains behind Push Controls.

If you’re in a pre-existing dwelling, especially an apartment but even a condominium, which is partially controlled by rules of strata or body corporate, you’re more restricted than if you owned the four walls and roof around you. Check your strata rules to se how they might affect your smart home’s installation.
Choose the right appliances but don’t go nuts. You might be just as happy with the good old-fashioned “dumb” lighting and having the thermostat completely controlled by home automation. Know too that you don’t have to have all of your entertainment devices as the same brand – although it might be worth it to have those devices talking to each other through their proprietary networking systems.

When it comes to technology, we all like to think we’re in tune with the newest goings-on of the Cloud, but when it comes to the complex world of home automation and security, it can be best to leave the down-to-earth things to the people that have been working on the ground with this stuff all the time.

If don’t feel confident enough to do it yourself, you need a smart-home technology expert. Shiver Security will consult with you for certain projects and meet your needs and we offer a free risk assessment.

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