It’s 2019—technology surrounds us in every aspect of our lives. From the moment we get up with our smartphone’s alarm to the moment we go to bed sending out that last email before we disconnect fully, smart-devices abound and are an integral part of our day to day life—who could live without a robotic vacuum cleaner? Some of this tech can be a little frivolous—do we really need smart toasters? Probably not.
But did you know that all of this connected technology can actually help keep you safe in your home?
5 of the Best Tech Gadget
Internet-Connected Video Doorbells
Ever wonder what’s going on at your front door when you’re not at home? Lucky residents of luxury homes from the beach side haven of Missoni Baia to the soaring Central Park Tower in NYC aren’t just accustomed to sprawling views, but a significant sense of security with on-site door attendants who will keep them safe. If you’re worried about what’s happening at your home while you’re at work or on vacation, there’s a solution that will help you. Lots of companies now offer video doorbells that act as a security monitor for the entrance to your home. The best part is that you can check out what’s going on from anywhere in the world. Video from these devices are viewable on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. And that means that you’ll always be aware of what’s happening. It’s also an excellent way to make sure your packages arrive and are secure if you don’t live in a home with a doorman.
Easily Mountable Camera
Some of the same companies that make these doorbells offer solutions to your other security needs. There’s no longer a need to have a big security company wire your house with a system, easily hang-able cameras can go virtually undetectable and virtually anywhere. Videos also are digitally stored and readily accessible.
Have you ever gotten to work and wondered if you locked your door? Newer technology lets you lockup remotely with the tap of a finger on your smart app.
WiFi Enabled Lights
One of the best ways to deter would-be intruders while you’re away is to have a lighting system that mimics real life. Reports show that leaving house lights on 24-hours a day doesn’t necessarily make your home more secure. But new wifi-enabled lighting systems let you control and even schedule when the lights go on and off. These lights include smart light bulbs and wifi-enabled sockets and even outdoor lighting. They’re terrific because you can program lights to go on in different rooms at different times. Of course in homes like the luxury condos at Park Loggia in NYC, you needn’t worry about a lighting program since these one-of-a-kind apartments rise 32 stories above one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Security isn’t all about material items; some of our most valued things in life are our pets. And many companies offer pet-cameras, so you can keep an eye on your furry friends, talk to them, and, in some products, give them a treat or two. Or if you’d like a more hands-on approach for your pooch, many apartments like the NEMA Chicago have spa-like amenities for your pets. But if you want to make sure everything is OK when you quickly run to the store or head out to dinner, one of these pet cams is your best bet.