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wireless alarm system for home

These types of devices are designed so that individuals can press a button or pull a cord and immediately have emergency services dispatched to their home. Most commonly these types of services are requested by children of elderly parents, family members of sick individuals and those living with loved ones who have special needs. One of the biggest concerns for family members of the elderly is the potential of falling; fortunately, with a medical alert feature, if an elderly person falls at home when they are alone, they can signal the authorities for help immediately. For families of sick or special needs individuals, this service can be used in a similar way, signaling authorities or medical professionals that assistance is needed in the event of seizures or other medical emergencies. This feature is not standard on many home security systems, but is common enough that it can be obtained for a fee. Or, click on over to see our recommendations for the best medical alert systems. Home automation is a relatively new concept and as such it is not offered by many home security companies yet but is becoming more popular. This service allows users to access and control the lighting, thermostat and, in some cases, small appliances of the home through remote access. Some homeowners utilize this feature to shut down heating and cooling when no one is home and log on to start it an hour or so before heading back to the home so they arrive to a comfortable home. Other home owners use this feature to turn on lighting in the home before they leave their office so they do not have to enter an unlit home. This feature is also beneficial for deterring intruders since it allows homeowners to make it look as though someone is home when they are not.

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A key offering is SMART Connect, a free home security smartphone app developed by Protect America that allows remote control from anywhere, and is available for both Android and iOS. Furthermore, the company offers a landline option along with cellular and broadband, which can be a great backup when needed. On the other hand, the least expensive Protect America plans actually do require a landline, which some customers may find annoying. Eyespyfx features free software called MyWebcam broadcaster, which will let you use any USB or built in webcam as a security camera. The software allows users to broadcast a private or public feed, watch it remotely via a web browser or mobile device, and take time lapse photos at set intervals. If you already have a form of home security set up with other cameras, the software is compatible with USB and built in webcams, IP or network cameras, and it can enable control of the Logitech and Creative pan and tilt USB webcams. Its available for PC or Mac, and the company also offers an app that users can download to an Android, Blackberry, Java mobile, or iOS device. Current Spikes In Home RobberyIn my own neighborhood, the news reports that there has been a recent spike in home robbery. The few months before summer temperatures start to rise and homeowners begin to leave their windows open throughout the day and night. Authorities advise that you keep your doors and windows locked while you are away from home and in the evenings when you’ve gone to bed. As state above, a large number of burglaries are simply crimes of convenience and opportunity where burglars target homes that are easy to get into.