A lot of people have bought mobile devices like tablets and mobile phones. In fact, the number of these devices being sold in the United States continues to rise year after year. It’s only a matter of time until all households in the United States (and I’m talking about all 50 states) would have at least 1 mobile device.
The rise of these digital devices has led to lots of breakthroughs across the board. Gone are the days where you’re basically stumped as far as your restaurant choices go. You basically just need to open your mobile phone, click on an app, and before you know it, you already have great leads for dinner.
Not only is there a high likelihood that you are going to enjoy the new stuff that you’re going to eat, but you can rest assured that you are not going to pay a lot of money for your next meal. When it comes to shopping, not much needs to be said, because you only need to use certain apps, and you’re basically guaranteed to get a quick package at a very low price.
Given the reality that digital devices have created, it is no surprise that a lot of people are looking at their home protection and home security systems from the perspective of digital devices. In particular, they’re looking for some sort of app, or some sort of tool that they can use along with their digital devices to monitor their homes.
Lots of Americans actually spend the majority of their time outside the home. Whether they’re at the gym engaging in all sorts of recreational activities, or they are at work, or visiting family and friends. Whatever the case may be, we are spending less and less time at home, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this can leave our home vulnerable.
Make no mistake, home invasions and burglaries are taking place all over the United States. While it’s true that the overall crime rate has dropped over the recent years, nothing can be guaranteed. There might be an upswing again.
Also, it may seem that statistically speaking, there is less crime, but that only offers cold comfort if that crime happens to you. Do you see how that works? You can get excited about the fact that the overall murder rate in the United States has dropped like a rock in the past 2 decades, but if somebody you love, or you yourself got murdered, it’s an entirely different ball game.
I don’t want to be rude, but I just want to make this issue as immediate as possible, and hopefully, it would highlight the fact that every little bit of security helps when it comes to the safety and integrity of your home. Not surprisingly, a lot of Americans are using apps to monitor their home.
If you’re thinking of using an app, please understand that you have to have the right hardware. That’s the bottom line. Currently, there’s really no app that is basically platform-independent. By platform I am of course talking about the hardware network that you have installed in your home.
This hardware network consists of close-circuit TV cameras, motion sensors, that kind of stuff.
So if you are looking to monitor what’s going on at home, while you are in vacation in Thailand, you can do that, provided you have the right app tied to the right set of hardware. This is why it’s really important to understand that the answer to the question “Can you monitor your home from your digital devices?” is a resounding yes.
But there is a qualification to that yes. You have to buy into a certain hardware package. The way the industry is set up currently is that there is no cross-platform monitoring system. It would be a wonderful world if that did exist, but let’s think about it for a second. There really isn’t much of a financial incentive for somebody to step up and do that.
At the end of the day, the more hardware you buy, the more money you make these security hardware companies. That’s the bottom line; it really all boils down to dollars and cents.
With that out of the way, when you ask yourself the question “Can you monitor your home from your digital devices?”, the next issue that would come to mind involves hardware quality. While there are lots of home security hardware packages currently on the market, both offline and online, this doesn’t mean that all of them are the same.
In fact, there are tremendous differences between different hardware packages. Some do a lousy job of protecting your home. Others, do an amazing job. It’s as if you have a guard posted in all doors at your home on a 24/7, 365-day basis.
That’s how tight such systems are. It’s your job to look for the right security hardware monitoring system setup so you can then get the matching app. The problem with typical security home-monitoring hardware
I wish I could tell you that the vast majority of high-quality home security hardware packages out there automatically come with top-notch apps. This is too much to ask, seriously. You can’t assume this, why? The manufacturer might do an amazing job putting together and engineering high-quality home security hardware.
But by the time designing the app to monitor the output of this hardware comes along, they simply drop the ball. This happens more often than you think. The end result is that you buy this package for a whole lot of money, and then the app basically does the basics.
Let me tell you, if I was going to spend several hundred dollars, if not thousands of dollars on a home security hardware setup, the least I would expect from my app is that it would enable me to figure out what’s going on in my house and give me a lot of options as to how monitor and schedule my monitoring.
That’s the least I would expect. I’m sure you are thinking along the same lines. So do yourself a big favor. You need to look at the reviews of these home security hardware systems, and then pay close attention to what people say about the apps that they come with.
Please understand that you should look at the reviews posted by verified buyers. Forget about people posting random reviews. They might not have even bought the system. They might just have an opinion. Who cares about their opinion? The opinion you should pay attention to are people who paid their hard-earned dollars to use that hardware. Those are the people you should listen to.
If you notice that they keep complaining about a disconnect between the quality of the hardware and the software, you need to let go of that hardware security system and look for something else. That’s the bottom line, because if you can’t monitor from the safety of your mobile device, regardless of wherever in the world you are, whenever you want, then what’s the point?
Anybody could buy a close-circuit TV system. Anybody could buy motion detectors. Anybody can buy a wide range of home security-boosting hardware. But the whole point here is that you get a sense of control over these different pieces of software while you are away from home. So always look at the big picture.