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Integrated Homes: Are You Overlooking Security?

August 3, 2020

If there’s one investment that’s worth every penny, it’s luxury home technology. Whether it’s automated lighting or a home cinema, the changes to our everyday lives are invaluable.

But while we can’t quantify the effect on our home lives, we can quantify the costs. The average luxury integrated home can cost up to 6 per cent of your home’s value, in some cases, totalling five figures or more. With so much at stake, it’s important to protect it.

Security – the home enhancement we all need

Of course, it’s not just about protecting the technology. Above all else, it’s about looking after your loved ones. When we think of home tech, we tend to imagine:

  • Home cinemas
  • Automated lighting and blinds
  • Large audio systems.

 

But security isn’t just for corporate settings. Sadly, with the easing of lockdown restrictions, home intrusions are now back on the up. We’re getting out of the house more, leaving our treasured possessions vulnerable to risk.

So, how can we keep our families and belongings safe?

Alarm systems

Modern-day smart home alarm systems usually come with a subscription fee, as teams can alert the emergency services should there be cause for alarm. These systems are intuitive and can be controlled by devices such as the Alexa, or your smartphone. You can also use these to automate other systems such as thermostats and pet feeders while you’re away.

Intercoms

Concerned about unwelcome visitors? You can install a video intercom outside automatic gates or even on your doorstep. With the added benefit of CCTV, these can act as a deterrent to intruders, proving particularly useful to vulnerable residents. Speak to your visitors remotely and ask them to identify themselves with a badge if they claim to be an industry professional.

Biometric or smart entry systems

Break away from the unreliability of keyed entry with smart keypads. These can use scanning technologies to allow entry into the property, which cannot be cloned or broken into unlike traditional keyed doors. The most advanced systems may even offer biometric entry, such as retinal scan or fingerprint.

Automated gate controls

An automated gate system allows home users to remotely control who can enter their property. Integrated with garages and doors, the system allows residents to use their iPad or customised device to check on all entrances.

Camera feeds can stream directly into tablets, while users can lock doors without having to move – perfect if they leave the house. In some cases, users will even be alerted if they leave the house empty with doors unlocked, which can be rectified instantly.

Comprehensive closed-circuit television systems

For ultimate peace of mind, there’s nothing better than an all-round CCTV system for your property. Cameras can be installed subtly at entry points or any other potentially vulnerable areas, with a live feed going directly into your home’s television or mobile device systems.

Keep an eye on outdoor activity while you’re in the home, or watch from afar on your smartphone if you’re away. When integrated with an alarm system, these alert surveillance teams who can be on the case straight away. You can even view system analytics to monitor visitors.

Call us for peace of mind

As part of your home integration package, you’ll receive a one-year SONA Service Plan, which includes:

  • Proactive 24-7 Hour Remote Monitoring
  • Network Blueprinting
  • Firmware Upgrades
  • Security Alerts
  • Proactive Prevention
  • Internet Health
  • Monthly Report
  • Remote Reboots.

 

You can’t put a price on keeping your loved ones safe. For more information on how to protect your home, contact the SONA team today.