Feel more se­cure

Summer brings more peo­ple out and about, so get the smartest eyes on your house with our pick of the best con­nected home se­cu­rity tech

Australian T3 - - FEEL MORE SECURE -

Re­gard­less of the size of your home, and whether you live alone or with oth­ers, it will ben­e­fit from a boost in se­cu­rity. An in­door se­cu­rity cam­era is a great choice for this, but we rec­om­mend tak­ing it a step fur­ther with an all-in­one de­vice. Our pick is the Co­coon, an AI-pow­ered multi-room se­cu­rity sys­tem com­plete with a built-in cam­era and an ar­ray of gen­uinely smart fea­tures.

Us­ing Sub­sound tech, this sys­tem senses un­usual ac­tiv­ity through­out your en­tire house, re­gard­less of where it’s po­si­tioned. The Co­coon quickly learns the unique ‘sound sig­na­ture’ of your home so that it doesn’t mis­take your pet for an in­truder. When it does pick up on ac­tiv­ity, it alerts you to what’s hap­pen­ing and where. Night Vision keeps watch when you’re asleep, view­ing your home through a 120-de­gree wide-an­gle lens.

You can re­in­force the se­cu­rity of your house fur­ther by at­tach­ing Hive Win­dow or Door Sen­sors to your most ex­posed en­try points, mon­i­tor­ing them 24/7. A video door­bell pro­vides ex­tra peace of mind too, sav­ing you from an­swer­ing the door to un­ex­pected vis­i­tors, or en­abling you to speak to couri­ers be­fore they run off again with your par­cel.

The Ring Video Door­bell 2 is an ex­cel­lent choice for this, alert­ing you (via the app) when some­one is at the door. You can then watch and speak to your vis­i­tor re­motely, even if you’re loung­ing in bed. Speak­ing of vis­i­tors, in­stalling the Yale Conexis Smart Lock gives you max­i­mum con­trol over who en­ters and when, as you can send vir­tual door keys to your guests. CO­COON If some­thing un­usual is de­tected in your home, Co­coon alerts you. You can then tap to sound its 90+dB siren. $366, co­coon.life HIVE WIN­DOW OR DOOR SEN­SORS Get in­stant alerts of un­ex­pected ac­tiv­ity near spe­cific doors and win­dows, or in case you’ve ac­ci­den­tally left one open. $29, hive­home.com RING VIDEO DOOR­BELL 2 Let Ring find out who’s out­side first, then you can chat to your doorstep vis­i­tor via the door­bell’s two-way au­dio $307, ring.com YALE CONEXIS SMART LOCK The Conexis syncs with the Yale app, en­abling you to un­lock your front door with your smart­phone and let oth­ers in re­motely, even if you’re at work. $515, yale­lock.com.au

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