Home security is something we all take for granted at the moment – we buy an alarm system of varying complexity, and either have it installed, or install it ourselves. The home alarm we are most used to involve having motion sensors put at key areas of the home, all of which are connected to a keypad which is used to shut the alarm off, and or to arm it. Certain systems also offer “call-outs” if the alarm goes off – some to the local police, some to particular family and friends who will be able to investigate.

While home automation is something that has been around for some time, originally it was confined to smart thermostats, and chair and TV lifts. Linear motion systems from from www.progressiveautomations.com did expand what we could do with home automation, but for a long time, the interactions with them remained minimal.

Home automation has changed so much in recent years, particularly with the advent of the internet and digitalisation, which has allowed for new and improved functionality in existing home automation, as well as creating entirely new systems. These features mean that home security is changing as we speak, incorporating new features from home automation which can help it to perform its job better.

Connectivity

Having the internet and digitalisation around means that home security systems no longer exist in a vacuum: they can be connected to various other automated processes, and also to outside organisations (through remote connections). This means that home security systems can now offer the potential for other people to be made aware of what is happening. While some home security systems already offer homeowners the chance to have automatic phone calls directed at various people if the alarm goes off (the most common include an automatic call to the police station, the alarm centre, or certain family members), home automation, with its connection to the outside world, allows for much more than a simple phone call to be placed.

A lot of security systems now allow for live video to be sent to various people through the internet. That way, people can be made aware of what is going on with a minimum of fuss.

Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are normally a part of home security anyway, but home automation means that they can be made part of the security system in many more individual ways. Having motion sensors attached to lights (particularly lights outside) is a natural progression from having them simply attached to the system itself. If a light outside is on a motion sensor, then the tie in to the security system is useful, as it can trigger the system to be more aware. It could also possibly trigger it to start sending live video of what is happening to whoever owns the house, so that they know what is going on and can act accordingly.

Linear Actuators

Linear actuators have changed a lot of home automation but they have made some significant changes to the way in which security systems work. If a security system had cameras, before progressive actuators were a part of the equipment lexicon, the cameras were either fixed in position, or had a very limited range of motion. Linear actuators have changed this, so that cameras can move much more freely, and also so that they can be placed in less obtrusive spaces, and go more unnoticed.

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