It used to be that a home security system would include sensors on doors and perhaps windows, linked to a central device that would notify a security company and/or local first responders if a crime was to occur. With rapid advances in technology, however, families can take advantage of the internet and smartphones for an unprecedented look into homes protected by Bucks County security companies.
Offsite Monitoring and Notifications
The biggest trend in home security is remote viewing. Many security systems are now connected to central monitoring stations and are also connected to the internet as a result. Homeowners and others with secure access can use smartphones, tablets and computers around the world to monitor camera feeds, tripped sensors and more.
In addition, some systems even offer email or text alerts if an event happens so that an authorized person does not miss any potential emergencies even if they are away from home. There is also the opportunity for recorded video clips either over a set time-frame or based on sensors such as a door alarm.
More importantly, there are a number of different camera options available. Wifi-enabled camera capabilities save time and money because there is no wiring to be run throughout the house or to an outdoor location. They can also be constructed in weatherproof housings for people worried about detached garages or storage sheds. In addition, there are now image sensor packages, where a motion detector is combined with a camera to hopefully produce an image of an intruder for police to review.
New Sensor Locations and Types
While they may have been available to the extremely wealthy in the past, for most homeowners, glass-break and stress sensors can offer an additional layer of protection. The former can come in the form of acoustic sensors tuned for the frequencies of a pane breaking, while seismic versions note vibrations likely to cause a window to crack. Stress sensors, placed under mats or carpets, detect footfalls in case an intruder has made it through an unprotected entrance and is now inside the house.