With the advent of modern technology and the internet, home alarm technology has changed just like almost every other aspect of our lives.
In years gone by, the installation of a home alarm system was something that you would not consider doing yourself. Installation would normally be the preserve of professionals and would involve changes to the infrastructure of your house, especially if you wanted a system that was discrete and neatly installed.
Things are different now and there are many systems that you can install yourself, in a modular style and on a budget.
Benefits Of Modern Alarm Systems
Older alarm systems were always notoriously tricky to manage and use. False alarms were common and the system would require constant attention.
Now, however, things are very different.
Wireless technology has made installation a breeze. Applications that can be installed on your phone also make the management of the system easy and allow you to do so from anywhere that you have a connection to the internet.
Again, modern systems far out-perform their rivals of only a decade or so ago.
A single, expandable control block can easily be added to as you need. In fact, a bare-bones system can be installed and then as you wish, extra sensors can be added as you can afford them or have the requirement to do so.
Systems are available to suit every budget, from simple door monitors all the way through to high end, full home security systems that rival the best in class available today.
One of the main and obvious benefits of modern security systems is the addition of cameras that can be accessed from anywhere that has an internet connection.
This means that you can monitor your home 24/7 without having to employ a security firm or have your alarm system managed by a third party.
This means that the security system can double as a porch minder, especially useful if you are expecting a parcel. It can operate as a pet monitor so that you can keep an eye on your animals during the day.
And of course, improvements in camera technology and infrared LED technology means that night vision on cameras has got a whole lot better. In fact, you can expect some pretty amazing results even in pitch black conditions.
All of these systems manage their connectivity through your wireless connection and give you remote access through your router.
You’ll need to take this into account, as if you suffer a power outage for any reason, then you may not be able to access your system.
Depending on what provisions you have in place, you may also lose recording ability.
For these reasons, you may consider it wise to install a backup power system, but of course, you would have to weigh the advantage of this against the extra cost and complication to install such a system.
To mitigate such events, there are systems on the market that can operate with a SIM card. This means that should your home network go down, the system would still be accessible from the web.
Wireless connectivity makes modern installation very simple. Sensors will simply need to be attached directly to the wall and are battery powered so no further cables are needed.
Discrete and easy to install – modern alarm systems are a DIY solution that anyone can implement.