Security is the foundation of a “smart” home
To make smart decisions, you need the right information.
The same goes for the Smart Home, where connected devices act automatically based on your activity in the house. The better they can detect and make sense of your activity, the smarter their actions.
A genuinely Smart Home therefore needs a sensory system: a network of sensors to convey accurate, relevant and real-time information about what you’re doing.
Alarm.com’s Smart Home solutions are built with this sensory system as the foundation. It’s the Smart Home Security system: the one system that can provide a continuous, real-time stream of information on what’s happening all around the home.
Security Sensors Capture Activity
The security system’s door, window and motion sensors are installed around the home to detect intrusions when the system is armed and activity when the system is disarmed. They can also trigger other devices to respond to activity in real-time. For example, when you come home from a long day, your hands full of groceries, the lights inside your home can automatically turn on when the front door opens.
Security Status Provides Added Context
The security system also has the best information about when a home’s occupied or empty.
This is extremely useful information to the Smart Home. It can be applied to your HD video cameras for a smarter video solution, for example. When your cameras are informed by your security system, you can pinpoint specific events that you want them to capture. Instead of getting a video alert about everything that happens, you can specify an alert only when your son arrives home from school. Your security system knows that he disarmed the system (thanks to his user code) and captures a clip.
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The Smart Home Security Platform Runs the Show
As well as physical sensors and arming status, the Smart Home Security supported by Coastline Security also brings a powerful cloud platform to the home, via Alarm.com. The Alarm.com platform connects the home’s devices, processes the sensory data they provide, and supplies the intelligence they need to operate.
We see the advantages of the security platform as a rush of other platforms (and physical ‘hubs’) arrive on the market. Some have connectivity and reliability issues that cause devices not to communicate, react too slowly, or not work at all. Would-be Smart Home owners frequently end up frustrated and out of pocket (link features foul language, much of it justified).
The Smart Home Security platform, on the other hand, is already proven and engineered to ‘life safety’ standards of reliability: the standards you’d expect for a security system, not a connected toothbrush. It ensures that your devices communicate and delivers the computing power to automate them intelligently. A single app lets you control every connected device, while a corresponding app for Coastline Security enables efficient remote technical support.
It also expands easily into the rest of the home, integrating non-security devices such as lights, with ease.
Professional Service Providers Give You Support and Safety
Unlike a connected device bought at retail store or a self-installed home automation kit, the Smart Home Security system is provided and monitored 24/7 by a professional service provider – Coastline Security.
Smart Home Security systems also come with professional monitoring. This means that if there’s an emergency at your home, a professional will respond. This is a service that standalone devices can’t provide and it greatly enhances the value of connected safety devices. While a standalone connected smoke detector will send you a text if there’s a fire – which isn’t useful if you’re on plane, or swimming, or taking a nap – a Smart Home Security system will alert trained professionals who can respond immediately.