Thursday, July 30, 2015

Five Sounding Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Home Prepping Security

The future trends of home security seem to hint at more integrated systems and ones that are a lot more accessible for normal households.

The general lack of Home security has always been a problem despite the overarching need for them. According to, in the USA alone one burglary happens every 15 seconds and one robbery every 1.5 minutes. In a survey, 90% of burglars who were interviewed admitted that they avoided homes that had some form of alarm system and in 2012 74% of uncompleted intrusions are credited to audible alarm systems.

Despite these numbers, most households still don’t install home security systems because of the prohibitive cost.

However with the current developments in technology and the rapid decrease in the cost of security systems, it’s likely that the industry will grow even more in the coming years.

It’s important to keep up with these home security trends because they let us know what’s available in the market. Compatibility is another reason, especially if you’re a DIYer. You’ll always want to make sure your systems are future proof (upgradable).

So for those interested, here are today’s trends in the home security industry.

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  1. IP and integration is in

    Traditional home security videos used to be done in analog and a lot of systems existing today still use analog for videos because it’s generally cheaper. But with the direction that technology is headed and with the understandable consumer desire for much more integrated systems, IP (Internet Protocol) videos are being pushed forward. They have better resolution and are more compatible with current and future security systems.

    Access control, intrusion detection, alarm systems, and the like are being integrated into the IP technology trend as well because it’ll allow for much more flexible systems and easier control.

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  3. Rise in cyber security

    Another expected trend in the industry is a continued rise in systems that will protect individuals and organizations from cyber attacks.

    This becomes relevant to home security because the continued integration of security systems to the internet and its use of networking technology makes these systems vulnerable to unauthorized remote access.

    Analog systems require actual physical presence to access or manipulate so cyber attack is not a problem but IP based security systems are remotely accessible. Integrated systems will have to communicate with each other over the internet or over a network and this is where a potential threat can arise.

    Signals being sent from one device to another can be intercepted and false signals can be broadcasted to fool an alarm system into thinking that nothing is wrong.

    The security community is aware of this though and is actively conducting research and development to ensure that their systems are safe from both physical and cyber attacks.

    Awareness seminars are conducted at events like Blackhat and DefCon where individuals and organizations in the security industry come together to discuss the trends and issues that should be addressed in the field.

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  5. Better integration with Mobile Technology

    Given the technological capabilities of current mobile devices and the “mobile everything” trend, access and control of home security systems through the use of mobile apps will become even more popular.

    This is possible because of the developments in mobile technology and the continued integration of IP into home security systems.

    Your phone or tablet can become the control center for your system. You’ll be able to activate or disable locks and monitor activity in your home through streamed video. This will allow users to comfortably leave their home and control centers without worrying about a decrease in functionality.

  6. Big cable and telco companies are entering the security industry

    Companies like Comcast and AT&T have started offering security services to their subscribers.

    Their entry into the industry means greater competition for traditional security companies especially since they already have a large base of households subscribed to their other services; and being bigger companies have larger budgets.

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  8. Continued increase in DIY systems

    Not everyone will be able to afford a complete home security system and continued support from companies that install them. This shouldn’t be a problem however for the experienced few who can create DIY home security systems with store bought components. There are a number of online guides available for homeowners who feel they’re up to setting their own systems up themselves.

    There are a lot of companies that offer affordable DIY home security devices that can perform some of the functions of a complete security system. Remote video surveillance systems as well as sensor systems are some examples of these. Their advantage is that they’re low cost and are a one time purchase (no monthly fee required).

    Granted that these may not be as robust as full systems that even include call center support (alarm verification and dispatches), but they are cheap and can perform some of the needed security functions well enough.

Some people will continue to patronize their favorite security companies of course but a segment of the market will appreciate these less costly “alternatives”.

The trends in home security have always been tied to the continued evolution of technology.

Before home security was as simple as connecting an alarm system to the phone. Now consumers want remote monitoring, integration with mobile, and generally more automated systems.

The one thing that has never changed however is that what consumers really want is peace of mind. The means to provide it may change depending on what’s technologically and economically feasible.

At the end of the day, homeowners will always seek peace of mind.

Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Four Ideas to Make Your House More Damage Proof

Your home is an investment and the last thing you want is to lose your home to a disaster like a hurricane, flood, or fire. You need to take direct action to prevent these risks as well as taking out insurance. Know the dangers in your area and get to know good prevention and emergency plans. You should consider these four ideas to make your house more damage proof and last longer.

Get Reinforced Exterior and Garage Doors

Typical exterior doors aren’t very good at resisting the impact of flying debris or even high winds. Your first step should be to replace any doors leading outside with impact resistant ones. These doors can resist incredibly intense impacts from the heaviest debris thrown around by a storm. They will barely dent, and will almost never break. If you live in a high wind area it’s a great investment and can save you money on heating and cooling if they are properly sealed as well. You should reinforce your garage door as well with kits or even new doors altogether.

Put a Sump Pump in the Home

Water can do more damage to a home than a fire in certain cases, and if you’re area is a risk for flooding, you’ll want to put a sump pump in your home. The pump goes at the lowest point in the house and will turn on when water starts collecting. It will automatically pump the water back outside. A sump pump can prevent water from ruining your home and get you a head start on clearing out a flood. It is usually best to install a backup sump pump just in case there is a problem with the primary unit.

Install Storm Shield Windows

Your windows are a major vulnerability. It is suggested you install storm shield LLC windows all around your house if you live in an area prone to hurricanes. These hurricane windows from Naples FL are made to withstand being hit with fast-moving and heavy pieces of debris even during powerful hurricanes. They will not shatter and send glass all over the inside of your home. Storm shield windows also prevent damage without affecting the appearance too much.

Keep Your Property Free of Debris

An important step to take in any home is to keep your property free of debris. Items like fallen branches, dead trees, and piles of junk can all potentially damage your home in a disaster like a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or could even ignite a fire. You might even have to contend with destructive pests living in junk you have laying around. Always keep your property clean and free from anything that could potentially damage your home.

Properly prepared homes are able to weather storms, hurricanes, and other disasters with minimal to no damage. The amount of time you put into preparing your house will pay off in the end. You should start taking steps today make your home more damage proof and will last you a lifetime.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.