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Why Smart Home Security is the Best Holiday House-Minder

When you go on holiday, it’s extra-relaxing to have a friend or family member keeping an eye on things at home.

This year, though, you could give your regular houseminder a break—and give yourself a new level of peace of mind.

When it comes to protecting, securing, and keeping an eye on your home, new technology can rival even the most diligent housesitter. A smart security system powered by Smartzone watches your home around the clock, and can take proactive measures to safeguard your property while making it easy to check in anytime.

Here’s why Smartzone could be the greatest houseminder of all.

1: It never takes its eyes off your house. 

Houseminders are great at keeping an eye on things, but they also have to earn paychecks, run errands, sleep and socialize.

A smart security system, meanwhile, can provide round-the-clock awareness. Connected sensors and devices can generate instant smartphone alerts about important activity at your home, letting you know if something is wrong or suspicious.

With 24-7 professional monitoring, a fire or break-in can be reported to a monitoring station, where a security professional can dispatch first responders to your home. It doesn’t matter whether you see an alert or not in order for you to be protected in an emergency.

2: It knows where the water main is

If a pipe leaks or bursts, how quickly could you get to the water main and shut it off? Wait… do you even know where your water main is? If you don’t, then your houseminder certainly doesn’t.

Protection from water damage is another area where technology now outpaces even the most diligent human. With a combination of water sensors and a smart shutoff valve fitted to your home’s water main, your Smartzone-powered system is capable of detecting a leak and automatically shutting the water off to prevent damage from accumulating.

With the clean-up costs of a water leak potentially running into tens of thousands of Euro’s, this is one proactive safeguard you definitely want when you travel.

3: It’s always home to accept deliveries

You’re expecting post while you’re gone, but you can’t expect your houseminder to put their schedule on hold in order to sit at your house, waiting for the doorbell to ring.

A doorbell camera, integrated into your security system, can make things easy. When the Postman rings the bell, your Smartzone app can alert you. Wherever you happen to be, you should be able to see them, talk to them, unlock your smart lock, and ask them to leave the package inside.

4: You can check in anytime—no calls necessary.

With time differences and busy schedules, checking in with your houseminder can be inconvenient. You might prefer not to bother them.

With Smartzone, though, you can check in whenever you feel that itch. Just open your app, select a video camera feed, and take a peek. You can also quickly scan the status of your locks, smart thermostat, system arming status, lights and garage door.

If you prefer to keep check-ins to a minimum, it’s easy to set up alerts customized to your preferences. Give your house-minder a personalized keyless access code, and you can have an alert appear whenever they show up and leave, or only if they don’t show at all. You can even create video alerts associated with your smart lock to visually verify who’s visiting.

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Smart Home Security Versus… Spare Keys

How many spare front door keys do you own right now? One? Two, if you count the rusty one under the planter? No idea, because your kids keep losing them?

Spare keys aren’t just irritating to keep track of, though. They’re a security risk. Every key you give out decreases your control over who enters your home. With unlawful entry now accounting for one third of all burglaries, you should consider a smarter alternative.

What causes the problem? 

Once a spare key is out of your hands, you can’t stop it getting into the wrong hands. Even a trustworthy keyholder, like your teen, can lose it. A dishonest keyholder, meanwhile, could make a copy, return the original, and leave you none the wiser. And that ‘emergency’ key you cleverly hid by the front door? It’s easier to find than you think.

It’s no wonder that smart homeowners are eliminating this weak link in their home’s security for good.

How does smart home security safeguard you?

Our smart home security technology can replace your keys with advanced hardware and proactive cloud technology. With a smart lock integrated into your smart security system, you’ll enjoy better access control without sacrificing any convenience.

Safeguard 1: No more keys!

A Smartzone-powered smart lock gives you many ways to unlock your door, none requiring a key. You can open the lock with your smartphone app, or as part of an automated Scene, activated from your driveway. You can also use the lock’s keypad, which requires a four-digit user code.

These codes are easy to create and customize, and you can set up different codes for different people: your spouse; your kids; trusted visitors. Unlike a spare key, you can delete a user code: you can set a code to expire after a given date (useful for contractors) or you can delete it manually anytime.

Safeguard 2: Alerts give you awareness

User codes also help you keep track of who’s opening your front door. When someone uses their code, Smartzone logs the event and can also generate a real-time alert that appears on your phone.

You can set up an alert for every time the door is unlocked, or for specific users only, avoiding ‘alert overload’. As well as enhancing your security, it’s a great way to keep tabs on important things like your kids arriving home safely after school.

Safeguard 3: Front door video verification 

If you want to really see who’s coming and going, your service provider can install a video doorbell alongside your smart lock. With motion-triggered recording, Smartzone’s doorbell camera can generate a video alert when the door is opened, or when a specific user enters their code.

It also has live video and two-way voice chat, letting you see and talk to whoever’s at your door. If you prefer not to give a user code to a visitor, you can have them ring the doorbell instead, and let them in using the “unlock” icon on your app’s video chat screen.

Want to know more? 

Contact us on 0818 222 926.

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