Not just entertainment: 5 IoT technologies to protect your home

Published by Telefónica IoT Team IoT General

Ever since we began talking about the Internet of Things several years ago, this technology has only continued to captivate us. However, its implementation and spread has been gradual depending on how we want to use it.

Indeed, the IoT’s first conquests came more in the fields of leisure and entertainment: televisions connected to the Internet, smart loudspeakers, exercise bracelets… And since then, we have gradually gotten used to seeing it in other segments as well, such as transport (connected cars and bicycles), accessories (smart watches), services (virtual assistants) and household chores (robots that clean, devices that order food when we run out, etc.)

And in this conquest of subsectors, there is one that is on a constant upswing: security. Because if the most important habitat of the IoT is the connected house, it makes total sense to use this technology to protect everything inside it from a potential theft or illegal entry. Today we are showcasing five kinds of devices that will help you protect your home using IoT technology.

1.- Alarms connected to your mobile phone

For decades, many homes have been equipped with more or less sophisticated alarms. However, today this service has clearly reached a higher degree of technology and efficiency. Not only do alarms based on the IoT go off when someone enters your house without inputting an access code, but with the technology available, the new alarms – which are connected to your mobile phone – warn you the precise moment a potentially dangerous entry has happened. Plus, you can also have motion sensors installed so that if you left your house empty, the device can warn you if it detects activity inside it.

2.- Cameras you can watch from your hands

The new IoT security devices in homes allow you to install security cameras. In the past, this service was useful when they were monitored from a large data centre, but today everything is much easier: you can access the cameras from your own mobile phone. Whether you receive an alert or want to check, you can instantly monitor everything happening inside your house. This service is also extremely useful if you have pets and want to make sure they’re doing well during the day.

3.- Movements at the doors

You may not be interested in monitoring every movement inside your house (especially if you have pets) or watching cameras constantly, so if not, you have other options: devices that measure doors opening inside your house. After all, a thief may figure out that you have an alarm at the entrance to your house but may not know that you have one in the door to your bedroom or office. If you house has secure doors, the device will send a notification to your mobile phone telling you that the doors you have monitored as sensitive are being opened. At that time, you can use your mobile phone to access the cameras you have installed, send a police alert, etc.

4.- Remote control lights

When the first connected lighting systems appeared, we were all fascinated with being able to change the colour of the light or programme it to have the lights on when we got home. But let’s admit it: beyond sybaritic satisfaction, none of this is horribly useful. However, now things have changed: if you go on vacation, these systems allow you to turn on and off the lights every now and then to simulate activity inside your home and avoid undesired “visits”, even though you are hundreds of kilometres away.

5.- Raising and lowering blinds

Remember when Spanish police started giving advice on how to avoid theft? “Don’t lower your blinds all the way. That could give thieves a hint”. Now, once again, things are much more sophisticated: there are IoT devices that allow you to remotely activate the movement of your blinds from your mobile phone with the same purpose: to simulate daily activity that frightens off thieves.

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