Pro­tect your as­sets with Bosch’s Smart Home Se­cu­rity Kit

Take con­trol of your home se­cu­rity and smart home de­vices

T3 - - The Setup -

Of all the tricks that smart tech can per­form, home se­cu­rity has to be one of the most prac­ti­cal. With so many gadgets fill­ing our homes, it’s in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to pro­tect your dig­i­tal bounty from the threat of in­trud­ers and the risk of fire.

Though full home se­cu­rity sys­tems can set you back some se­ri­ous dough, Bosch’s new Smart Home Se­cu­rity Starter Kit (£349.95, bosch-smarthome.com) is an easy way to pro­tect key ar­eas of your pad. It com­prises a Smart Home Con­troller, the cen­tral hub for all your smart home de­vices, a door/win­dow con­tact sen­sor for de­tect­ing if a door or win­dow has been opened, plus an in­tel­li­gent mo­tion de­tec­tor and a smoke de­tec­tor. Ad­di­tional sen­sors and de­tec­tors can be added to the sys­tem as your needs change or you move to a big­ger prop­erty.

The sleek Smart Home Con­troller takes min­utes to set up, con­nect­ing di­rectly to your Wi- Fi router. Once in­stalled, the free Bosch Smart Home app (iOS /An­droid) guides you, step by step, through link­ing ad­di­tional smart de­vices and plac­ing them around your home. Handily, Bosch gives you the op­tion of mount­ing your de­vices us­ing screws, or with less in­va­sive sticky strips. Th­ese are ideal if you’re rent­ing and would rather not make holes in the wall.

In iso­la­tion, each de­vice no­ti­fies your smart­phone when trig­gered, pro­vid­ing peace of mind when you’re away from home. The fun re­ally be­gins when you start cus­tomis­ing the sys­tem via the Bosch Smart Home app: set up the smoke de­tec­tor to sound an alarm to scare off in­trud­ers/cats when the mo­tion de­tec­tor or win­dow con­tact sen­sor is trig­gered, or delve into the Au­toma­tion menu to ac­ti­vate mo­tion de­tec­tion only at spe­cific times, such as when you’re in bed.

It’s pos­si­ble to buddy the Smart Home Con­troller with other smart home de­vices, in­clud­ing Bosch’s own smart Ra­di­a­tor Ther­mo­stat and 360- de­gree In­door Cam­era. Bosch’s clever Pres­ence Sim­u­la­tion func­tion can au­to­mat­i­cally con­trol con­nected de­vices, like your Philips Hue light­ing and a DAB ra­dio con­nected to a smart plug, to make it look as though you’re at home, even when you’re not.

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