Whilst a holiday break brings a well-deserved sense of relaxation to individuals and their families, you do leave your home vulnerable. Considering that more and more families are turning nuclear due to numerous socioeconomic reasons, implementing smart home solutions that conveniently let you monitor your place of residence whilst you enjoy your holidays is a must.
From the homeowner’s perspective, an ideal holiday home monitoring solution should be convenient to install, simple to operate from a remote place, have a short response time during untoward events, and most importantly, minimize the probability of burglaries. Only when all the above parameters are met, the home monitoring system can real sense of security into the minds of the family when they are on holiday.
Well-engineered and intuitive smart home solutions feature a master panel, also known as a control hub, which remains wireless connected to a host of devices ranging from motion detectors, door alarm units, wireless smoke detectors, IP video cameras, and remote light switches. This control hub can be configured to be operated by your smart phones, tablets, laptops, and remote PCs using software applications specific for that device.
As a result, such a plug-and-play functionality provides homeowners simplicity to control and monitor critical peripheral devices. One most important feature of smart home automation solutions is that you receive push notifications on your data-enabled smartphone in response to events, including motion being detected, door getting unlocked and smoke being detected. However, one important point to note is that these devices require an active wireless data connection when you are away from home.
For extended flexibility, intuitive home monitoring solutions also give an option to receive text alerts in addition to web-based push notifications. Besides requiring no internet connection, these phone text alerts can be configured to be sent to more than one recipient. Accordingly, when you add your friends/neighbors to the ‘text alert’ list, they can take the necessary action whilst you are away with your family on holiday.
Whilst push notifications and text alerts are responsive methods to notify the homeowners when certain events take place, modern home automation systems also provide preventive security. These include being able to constantly keep a check on your house via the IP camera connected to the central hub. In case any unexpected movement is detected outside your house, you can immediately notify your neighbors or the police. Alternatively, you can schedule the light timers to automatically switch on and off for a predetermined length of time to give the impression that someone is at home.