Protect your assets with Bosch’s Smart Home Security Kit
Take control of your home security and smart home devices
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.