Why DIY Home Security Makes Sense

Installing a security system is often portrayed as a daunting and expensive task, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing that. Smart home technology enables individuals to establish a network of security devices that are controllable and affordable. Installing security systems usually require hired professionals to install them, which is often costly and intimidating. DIY security installation provides home owners with the power to customize security systems easily to fit their respective needs.

The most beneficial aspect of DIY installation is that it is extremely cheap in comparison to hiring professionals. Smart home security devices allow users to purchase devices as they see fit. This means that a security system can start with only a few devices and be built up overtime, allowing individuals to build a secure home on a budget. With a professional installation, the user is required to purchase an expensive and complex system, which they might not even need. In addition to this, professional systems usually have very expensive installation fees. IoT devices are very inexpensive; they can be purchased and installed easily at without complicated procedures.

With internet-enabled security devices, the user has complete control over their security system while they are at home as well as when they are away, which is a feature that professional systems don’t offer. Another DIY benefit is the ability to completely customize and alter security networks at the user’s convenience. Devices can be added or removed from a security system with ease. Home owners also have the ability to reinstall any security device in an alternative location within their home environment. Professionally installed systems simply do not offer this luxury. Once a system is installed in this fashion, there are essentially no customization options. This is especially inconvenient if someone decides to move into a new house or wants to move their security system to a new area in their home. DIY security systems can be transported to various environments and can be installed with minimum difficulty.

When it comes to personally installing a security system, there are some extremely powerful tools to assist in building an integrated network of IoT devices. The ConnectSense Wireless Security System and Wireless Motion Sensor are very effective in keeping a home secure. The Security Sensor can monitor doors, windows, cabinets, and more in any home. The Motion Sensor is able to track any motion that occurs within a given environment. Each of these sensors is able to notify home owners if there are any changes in their environment before it becomes a problem. These ConnectSense sensors are some of the many robust smart devices that can be utilized to monitor a home.

Establishing a smart home ecosystem can also be done with ease using Apple HomeKit, which is a very reliable and efficient DIY smart home security software. HomeKit equips homeowners with the ability to create a dynamic and affordable network of security-based devices. There are many industry leading products that are compatible with Apple’s innovative software. HomeKit assists home owners in creating a secure environment in a way that is both convenient and accessible.

It is often said that if one wants something done right, they should do it themselves. This is precisely the case regarding the creation of in-home security systems. DIY home security is significantly cheaper than professional installations and the ability to fully optimize a network of devices to fit a specific home environment gives DIY installation a major advantage. The accessibility and customization of security networks created with software such as Apple HomeKit makes IoT security systems much more powerful and reliable than professional installations.

IoT Design Considerations: Security

Building a secure IoT-enabled device comes at a cost. As the IoT continues to grow, there is an increasing focus on its security and how safe the claims of end-to-end solutions really are. While security threats in the news have scared away some manufacturers and consumers from entering the IoT space, others view it as an opportunity for added value to their products. Implementing high-cost security into every product a company has is ideal, however not very economical. Manufacturers must find proper security for each of their IoT solutions while keeping costs low.

This process must start at the time of a product’s conception. Proper due-diligence is required from each manufacturer to find a way to secure their devices, protect their consumer and ultimately, the rest of the IoT world as well.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

Join Us at IoT DevCon 2015!

When: May 6-7, 2015
Where: Hyatt Regency - Santa Clara, CA
Table #: S6
Silver Sponsor

Machine-to-machine methods, (or M2M), intelligent embedded and/or smart fusion have been around in some form for many years. The Internet of Things (IoT) goes way beyond this capability and interconnects virtually unlimited numbers of smart objects and changes the way we interact with our environment. To help rein in the vast world of IoT, the IoT DevCon will focus on technologies ranging from the ultra-low power microcontrollers to the multicore-enabled aggregation hubs to the software and security infrastructure required for monitoring and management of the enormous bundles of data.

Conference Website: http://www.iot-devcon.com

--

Session Title: IoT Standards: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
When: May 2, 2:15pm-2:40pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) was named the most hyped technology of 2014 by Gartner, and designers are responding by feverishly working to add connectivity to products in all industries, especially in the connect home, medical devices, industrial automation and transportation. Connected products require a new approach to design. This session will dive into the 10 things designers need to consider when developing IoT devices.

Speaker: Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect

Happy Global Internet of Things Day 2015!

Happy Global Internet of Things Day!

Last year on April 9th, Adam Justice, Vice President and General Manager of Grid Connect and ConnectSense, spoke on Internet of Things standards and protocols for a special IoT Day online event called IoTLive.

The time is now to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy, and enormous potential that an “Internet of Things” is capable of!

Watch the video now.

Senior Outlook Today: Technology

More seniors are beginning to embrace technology to connect with their loved ones and to make life easier. One of these technologies includes the ConnectSense Water Sensor.

This holiday season, gift givers can give friends and family peace of mind with a wireless and portable water sensor from ConnectSense. The ConnectSense Water Sensor can detect the presence of water anywhere before it becomes a problem, and notify homeowners by email, phone call or text message, making the sensor a good solution for vacation homes, boats and basements that may be difficult to access.

The ConnectSense Water Sensor is an easy Do It Yourself (DIY) system that does not require monthly monitoring fees. Owners simply place the sensor’s probe on the floor where the first signs of water may appear. Owners then set up notification rules at ConnectSense.com about who is contacted and if notification is by email, text message, phone call or Tweet. Notifications are sent using the existing Wi-Fi network and can be sent to more than one person. ConnectSense also manufactures sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, motion, security and light.

A valuable gift that delivers peace of mind, the ConnectSense Water Sensor retails for just $149.95 and can be purchased on Amazon.com or at shop.connectsense.com. Included: Water Sensor, USB cable, Industrial Velcro and Screws for mounting, 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries and Quick Start Guide.

For a wrap up of some other technologies available to make senior living easier, visit Senior Outlook Today.