de­fence in the dig­i­tal age

Home Beautiful - - HOMES -

Not only is se­cur­ing your home now as sim­ple as the swipe of a smart­phone screen, it’s also tap­ping into state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy. Jamie Simi­noff, CEO and founder of home se­cu­rity com­pany Ring, ex­plains, “[There are] ad­vance­ments in smart home se­cu­rity be­yond the CCTV camera, with new tech­nol­ogy now al­low­ing fa­cial recog­ni­tion so the camera can de­ter­mine a pet from a hu­man; ad­vanced mo­tion de­tec­tion zones, so you can se­lect the ar­eas you want to mon­i­tor; and de­ter­rence mea­sures like sirens to ward off prowlers.” The Ring Video Door­bell comes with mo­tion sen­sors that ac­ti­vate the camera and send in­stant alerts to your phone, and also ‘speaks’ to other se­cu­rity fea­tures, such as smart locks.

“Say... your Ring app alerts you to your neigh­bour at your door with a par­cel,” ex­plains Jamie. “You can tell them to en­ter your garage that you’ve just opened us­ing a smart home-con­nected de­vice.”

Se­cu­rity firm Swann has in­tro­duced ther­malsens­ing tech­nol­ogy to its DIY home se­cu­rity range. “Home­own­ers no longer have to sift through hours of footage to find what they’re look­ing for,” ex­plains Swann’s Jeremy Ste­wart. “The CCTV sys­tem dis­tin­guishes be­tween gen­uine in­trud­ers and false trig­gers.”

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