by John Elliot | Mansion Global
Keep your home safe with an intelligent and automated security system
From the moat to motion-activated lighting, security and technology have always gone hand-in-hand.
Below we’ve identified the latest and greatest smart home security systems to protect your estate, regardless of size.
Clever. Comprehensive. Clandestine. SimpliSafe’s suite of security products are small wonders that work in conjunction to blanket your home with always-connected digital armor. The core of SimpliSafe security is the Base Station, a Wi-Fi and cellular-connected hub that coordinates all your SimpliSafe products and communicates to SimpliSafe monitoring centers via encrypted signals, and can withstand power outages or attempts to cut wireless signals. Each SimpliSafe package also comes with a smash-safe keypad that will allow users to operate their system on the fly upon entry and exit, and will continue to alert authorities even if intruders attempt to destroy it. Their owners can add any number of SimpliSafe peripherals, including motion sensors, entry sensors, security cameras, smoke alarms and more.
Best of all, SimpliSafe products blend seamlessly into their surroundings—the Base Station for example looks like an elegant Wi-Fi router, or possibly an upscale scent diffuser—allowing homeowners to fill their home with security devices without raising suspicions or sacrificing style.
SimpliSafe offers a number of pre-packaged security systems that run from $229 to $489, but users can also design custom systems for their home with the help of SimpliSafe professionals.
No two homes—or homeowners—are the same, so security-minded residents who know exactly what they want should take a look at the endlessly customizable Vivint. Offering smart sensors (little devices that detect breaches on windows and doors), smart locks (control your bolts from anywhere in the world), doorbell cameras, outdoor cameras and an element thermostat, Vivint users can mix-and-match machinery to suit their exact needs. Aside from the advantage of getting exactly what they want, Vivint owners can control their entire system via Vivint’s highly rated smart home app. Compatible with a wide range of smart devices, the app allows users to control all of their Vivint products, view live video in HD, wide angles and night vision, and even offers the ability for two-way talk via microphoned Vivint products.
ADT was the cutting-edge in home security before smart homes were even a thing—and things haven’t changed now that we are in the era of automated abodes. Offering Traditional, Control and Video security packages, ADT cellular-ly connected security systems provide comprehensive coverage, control and notification. ADT’s Control and Video packages offer complete home automation—control all your connected devices, security or otherwise (locks, doors, lights, thermostats)—via the ADT Pulse App as well as email and text notification for alerts, remote arm/disarm capability, fire, carbon monoxide and flood monitoring and 24/7 "real human" monitors able to respond to any emergency. The distinction between the two packages, as you might have guessed, is that the Video package also provides remote, secure live (and stored) video from any camera-equipped smart home device.
Package prices depend on home size and needs. More information can be found at adt.com
Sunflower Home Awareness System
The Sunflower Home Awareness System is a good fit for the homeowner who is looking for a security system that’s also futuristic. This external alarm system consists of a series of Sunflower Smart Lights, in-ground lamps that automatically provide lighting post-sunset, but also monitor movement on your property and are capable of deterring intruders with alarm sounds. If audio is not enough of a deterrent, the Smart Lamps will launch the Sunflower Flying Camera, an automated camera drone that will patrol your property until it identifies the source of the disturbance, sending live video to the smart device of your choice and allowing you to determine what further action to take. Sunflower Smart Lamps can communicate with your other smart home devices, allowing for a wider range of security automation—and are capable of providing a range of ambient lighting colors, making them a security system AND party amplifier.
To sign up for the beta program, visit sunflower-labs.com.