Smarter Home Security – and yes its affordable!
No matter whether you are starting a renovation or a new build, have just moved into a new place, or are thinking about your existing home, security is probably on your list of things to consider.
If you are looking at home security, then the key thing to realise is that the last few years have seen big changes in security systems generally.
The way it used to be
Traditional alarm systems used a network of sensors around your home to detect intruders. Heat and motion detectors, and switches on windows and doors were all supposed to pick up something happening in your home when you weren’t around. The system then set off a siren to annoy your neighbours, and if you had paid a premium for your system the monitoring company called you to see if you wanted to pay them even more money to go and check why the alarm had gone off. It was all a lot of trouble and expense to go to if it was just a curtain flapping in a breeze, the neighbour’s cat, or even just a member of the family who forgot the alarm was on!
So what’s changed?
Well, high powered smartphones, almost ubiquitous data connectivity and relatively cheap but high image quality cameras are the three key components that have made modern security camera systems possible.
A product like CleverLoop uses these as the core of their system. It adds motion analysis algorithms to both indoor and outdoor security cameras, provides local and a cloud storage option for footage, and then pulls the whole thing together with a smart central hub. All this while also giving you a powerful, but free, security app for your phone to run it all from.
The end result is a system that gives you full control of your home security from your smartphone. The cameras mean that you can see what is happening in your home wherever you are, and decide what to do about it. The learning, motion analysis algorithms and clever setting options work to minimise the number of false alarms that you get.
Ways to use a modern system
There are three main ways to use a CleverLoop home security system, live viewing, CCTV style continuous recording and getting alerts.
Live-view is as simple as it sounds – from your smartphone, if you click play on any individual camera connected to your system, you see what the camera is seeing, live, night or day, from wherever you are.
Next is using the system as CCTV. With a hard drive plugged into the USB port on the CleverLoop Base Station, it’s easy to record high definition footage coming from any or all of the attached cameras. You can record 24/7, or set up schedules for when the recording is switched off, or you can do the switching manually as required.
Lastly the alerts mode is where footage from each camera is analysed by the Base Station for important movement, and video alerts are sent directly to a smartphone. Again, it is the flexibility of control over this mode that makes it so powerful. Individual cameras, or the entire system, can be armed and disarmed manually. Other ways to do this are via user defined schedules, or you can auto-arm using geofencing, where any or all cameras are armed when the smartphone/s controlling the system leave a predefined area around the Base Station.
Putting you in control
Regardless of how you use a CleverLoop home security system, the big difference is that you get to see what is happening, you decide if it’s serious or not, which makes false alarms a thing of that past.
And the best thing? A CleverLoop system does all this for you at a reasonable price with no ongoing fees. That’s right, unlike a lot of other systems, once you buy a CleverLoop system it’s yours and just works – There is nothing else to pay.
Check out more info on the CleverLoop Home Security systems at cleverloop.co.nz.