Is a wireless alarm system safe? With tips for more safety at home
Safety, we all think about it, but do we act accordingly? After all, it's a good thing to make the place where you live and live with your family members as safe as possible. That's why you make sure the electrics are connected neatly, and you choose reliable locks on the doors. A wireless alarm system is another way to make a home more secure. But what security does an alarm system actually offer, and is a wireless alarm system as reliable as a wired system??
I look at the features of a wireless alarm system and the expansion options to determine how to make a home truly secure.
Possibilities with a wireless alarm system
An alarm system makes little sense if it does not make the home safer. Then you create a sense of false security and you don't want that. Below are the seven most common uses of a wireless alarm system, looking at the impact on security.
The list is in no particular order as different houses also require customized solutions.
1. Secure connection
When you decide to choose a wireless alarm system, so not with cables, it is very important that the connection between devices is based on a transfer with encryption. So signals cannot be intercepted or disturbed just like that. A wireless alarm system can usually operate autonomously, and should be able to function even if wirelessly connected devices and services should fail.
2. Power supply with electricity or battery
A wireless alarm system needs energy in the form of electricity, which goes without saying. But it would not be safe if the complete system stops the moment the plug is pulled out. So make sure there is at least one backup battery that can power the system for a longer period of time to function.
For example, Somfy's most advanced wireless alarm system can operate for three months based on the built-in battery.
3. Wireless alarm system via Wifi or SIM
With a smart home, most functions are transmitted via Wi-Fi. This is very convenient, but a Wifi router will always need power. You can install a backup generator, it is also possible to purchase a wireless alarm system with an option for a SIM card.
Just like a cell phone, the alarm can still send notifications in case of danger. Data is used for this via the provider, but this does incur extra costs. With a Prepaid SIM, you have an excellent backup should the Wi-Fi connection fail.
4. Burglar alarms
The simplest and most common way to make a home more secure is by using burglar alarms. These small sensors register when a window or door is opened. These devices are very small and therefore not clearly visible to burglars, they then transmit a signal to the central wireless alarm system that will emit a loud audio signal.
This notifies residents, it deters burglars and, if necessary, a notification is sent directly to a security service.
5. Motion detectors
In addition to intrusion detection, it is also possible to install motion detectors. As soon as there is movement, the alarm will sound, so no physical action such as forcing windows or doors is needed. Preferably choose a wireless alarm system where zones can be set, so you can optimally secure the entire house, and you will immediately know where the problem occurs.
6. IP Camera
Sometimes hearing an alarm signal is not enough, in which case an IP camera can offer a solution. Like a wireless alarm system, an IP camera also works wirelessly, images are transmitted via Wifi to an IP address that can be viewed inside and outside the home. This location in the cloud must of course be well secured, so that not everyone can just pluck these images from the Internet.
With specific brands and types it is possible to prevent pet detection, then the automatic functions work even when you have a playful dog running around.
The base station of the wireless alarm system will have a speaker that can produce a loud sound. That puts burglars on a run and will notify family members loud and clear. Additionally, with a wireless alarm system you can also have a silent notification sent to a smartphone.
If you also have an IP camera you can immediately see what triggered the alarm, and you can take the appropriate follow-up steps.
Conclusion a wireless alarm system can provide security
With a wireless alarm system you can best protect the home, possessions and, of course, family members. Always ensure a secure wireless connection based on encryption, a backup battery in case of power failure and possibly a SIM card to be able to send a notification even in case of Wifi failure.
To be honest, I never thought about it like this. Of course we make sure that the children and we can live safely. Especially when the boys were small, I was extremely concerned about this.
Even now it is good to occasionally check to what extent you provide security for yourself and your family.