Stand along a busy street for a second and tell me what you see. You probably see people rushing from one side to the other, constantly touching their smartphones. This is how wireless technology has shaped our present times. It has enabled us to cover millions of milestones in a second, eased up our lives, and made everything more efficient. No one’s without a smartphone these days. So why not make the best of it, and hook it up with your home security as well?
The following are the top five security-related smartphone apps you should get to complement your wireless security system, such as the Vivint wireless setup.
Alfred Home Security Camera (Android)
Do you know who Alfred is? He is Batman’s butler, the highly-efficient housekeeper, and protector of the premises. Just like the fictional character, this smartphone app is here to take good care of your home and your family. The best thing about it? There is no installation hassle, monthly contract, heavy and costly equipment, or any lengthy demands. If you have an old Android phone at hand, this app will recycle it into a camera for you, the feed from which you can easily watch on your new phone; simple as that. Download the app from the Play Store on both devices, sync both with your Google account, select one device as a transmitter and the other as a receiver, and feel safe right this instant. It features motion detection, a live feed, zoom-in recording, night vision, and so much more!
Presence: Video Security (iOS)
Everyone would love to keep an eye on their home at all times, given the rising scale of house-related crimes. But practical demands don’t allow this wish to be translated into reality. However, there is one way to swerve around this barrier, thanks to the Presence app. This app is free to download from the iTunes play store, with only a few in-app purchases. It converts an old iPhone into a high-definition camera, through which you can see any part of your home from anywhere. It sends the live feed and any motion-activated video alerts directly to your new iPhone; home security convenience in your pocket.
Cocoon – Smart Home Security (Android)
If you ask me if there’s even a single device, smartphone operated, which performs most of the home security functions in one go, I would respond by saying, “Cocoon.” Its significance can be derived from its name. A cocoon is a silky, silvery protective covering, which an insect spins around itself during its developmental stages. This flexible wrap, which houses the living insect, shields it from all the possible outside threats. Think about it for a second: a technology created on this very principle. You’re essentially thinking of the Cocoon app. This smartphone app connects to your device, and gets a 24/7 video feed from there. Its most unique feature? It registers the sound levels of everyone and everything around the house, and alerts you only when the most unusual patterns are caught.
MyQ Garage & Access Control (iOS)
You’re finally going on that wonderful vacation after a three-year gap. The destination is perfectly tropical this time of the year. After two weeks’ worth of enjoyment, you come back to an empty home, bereft of all valuables and tech-gear. Where did you go wrong? You forgot to lock the garage door. This happens more often than you think. In our rush, we forget to do the most basic things. But with this app, you can ensure this will never happen again. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you can check whether the entryways of your home are aptly locked or not, right from your smart device. With a simple touch, the doors are sealed, and your whole home gets the proper security it needs.
Ivideon (Android and iOS)
You’re sitting in your office branch far away, while your toddler tumbles down from the bed onto the hard floor at home. Instantly, you get a notification, accompanied by a video of the accident. Or maybe you’re asleep at home, while a robber invades your vacation home in the country. Immediately, your smartphone rings and alerts you, with video evidence. How is this possible? Because of the cloud-based surveillance app Ivideon, which syncs with cameras anywhere, and keeps you updated on the feed. Now you’ll never miss out on anything.
With these aforementioned smartphone apps, home safety is always within your reach.