What Is a Smart Home?

What is a smart home?
What is a smart home?

What is a smart home?  A smart home is a home that makes use of advanced automation systems that help inhabitants monitor and control the functions of the building.

With a lot more things being internet-enabled, the market will evolve into a “Ubiquitous Home” setup – where devices can soon learn and adapt to the user’s behaviour or life style and be more responsive to their preferences.

Home automation allows homeowners to take control of the basic functions of the house through the use of computers or mobile devices such as door locks, lighting control, appliance control, and security surveillance.  These automated devices can be accessed remotely or set to operate automatically through any internet-enabled device, whether a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop.  Advanced home automation has paved the way for people to monitor and control their homes even when they are away.

With the growing popularity and need for home automation, you can expect more features to be developed, continually improving home security and convenience.

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How a Smart Home Saved Itself From Fire

Smart Home AppIf there was ever a compelling reason to consider upgrading to a smart home, this has got to be it.  A tech-savvy professor in South Australia saved his home from being engulfed in flames from a raging bush fire by turning his garden sprinklers on via an app on his phone while he sat in an office many miles away.

Of course we don’t have the risk of bush fires here in the UK, but being able to monitor and control your home remotely does provide convenience and peace of mind.  You can learn more about smart home automation and Yale smart locks here.

The full news story can be read at https://uk.news.yahoo.com/smart-home-just-saved-itself-223053451.html.

National Home Security Month 2015

NHSM 2015 doors

National Home Security MonthNational Home Security Month (NHSM) is back for 2015.   Now in it’s third year, NHSM has been designed to create awareness around the importance of home security.  It officially takes place during the month of October when clocks go back and evenings start getting darker earlier.

Crime statistics show that there is actually a 20% increase in burglaries during Autumn & Winter as criminals take advantage of the longer, darker nights with a reported surge in burglaries during early morning and early evening.  October 25th is the date this year the clocks go back an hour so put it in your diary!

The NHSM website offers seasonal tips and home security advice throughout the year, helping to protect the nation’s homes, families and possessions.


Burglary – Where Will It Sit In Police Priorities?

It’s not hidden knowledge that the police are stretched to breaking point, and it’s once again in the news that policing of burglary will suffer as a result.

Sarah Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, revealed on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire that burglary might have to be moved away from policing priorities, and that there had to be a “conversation with the public” regarding where resources would be focused.

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