The New Home Security = Smart Home Security
The 21st century home is quickly becoming the smartest home ever, by offering home owners more control over their appliances, power consumption, thermostat, and lighting remotely. The natural counterpart to these advances is fuller control over home security rules, alerts, and alarms, which home security companies have rapidly been working to integrate.
If you are interested in including new smart home features in your home, here are the biggest features to look for in your home security implementation:
Z-Wave & Other Integrations
Those that know about smart home features have probably heard of Z-Wave. Z-Wave is a flexible protocol that help smart home products talk to each other. Although it is not open-source, it is widely accepted and integrated with affordable sensors and controllers. The first check-mark to look for is Z-Wave integration. Additional integrations that may be available include integrations with: Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, and other lighting companies.
Alarm.com or Custom App Control
Alarm.com is an app implementation that some home security companies opt to integrate with as their app of choice. However, there are some that decide to build their own apps. In either case, take a look at the app integrations and how scalable it is to add other controllers, alerts, and rules.
Integrated or Broken Down Pricing
The last thing that is happening more and more is the integration of smart home features into home security plan pricing. This is something that could be either advantageous or not depending on what the home owner desires. For those that want a full home security implementation that comes with select smart home features, things may be more affordable and easier to integrate with a combined pricing plan.