It is safe to say that smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives. They wake us up, they let us know what is going on in the world, they provide us with entertainment, they allow us to be in contact with the people we love 24/7. These days, smartphones and other mobile devices can be used for something more. They can help us keep our home and our family safe.
We will now be looking at some of the best home security apps that you can get these days.
Alarm.com is a free smartphone app which is an extension of the security systems that you already have in your home. For instance, it can connect to your Guardian or ADT systems and allow you to control your home security from your phone. It also allows you to stream the feed from the video cameras you have in your home.
Canary is an app that comes with a device which has an HD Camera, a microphone, climate sensors and motion sensors, all in a sleek and minimalistic design. The app allows you to use your smartphone to monitor sound, activity, motion, temperature and air quality in your home. While the app is free, keep in mind that you will have to pay for the Canary device.
Dropcam is another system which includes a camera and an app for your mobile device. Once you install the camera in your home and install the app (which is very easy and takes about a minute), you can stream the feed from the camera on your phone, but that is not all. The camera has a two-way sound system, meaning that you can use it as a bullhorn against intruders or as a way to welcome people into your home.
Vivint is one of the most comprehensive home security systems that you can control via your smartphone. The system enables you full automatization of all of the security features in the home and allows you to lock the doors, turn the lights on and off and even set your thermostat all with your phone.
Presence is an excellent home security app which will breathe new life to your old, unused devices. With it, you turn your old smartphone into a camera which you can then monitor through your new phone. It can also trigger alarms when it detects motion and it even sends you a video when it detects the motion so you can decide if it is a false alarm.
We talked to experts from a Brisbane-based security monitoring company and they told us that these apps make their job easier and that people are reporting great results with these (and other) smartphone apps that beef up the home security.