As with so much technology today, security systems have become “smarter” in the past ten years. Systems may be Wi-Fi-enabled, and this means that you can operate them through a smartphone, computer, or tablet. This can make them more accessible to people with disabilities.
Systems today can be divided into two broad categories: those that allow a person to monitor their own home and safety, and those that allow someone from the outside the home to monitor the safety of an occupant. There is broad overlap between these two. Even devices such as stairlifts now allow caregivers to track their use throughout the day.
As you can imagine, systems that allow someone to monitor another person’s activities may allow for greater independence for the person being monitored. At the same time, these devices raise important questions regarding privacy, independent decision-making, and informed consent.
What kinds of security devices are there?
Entryway: video doorbells, smart locks, and door sensors
Video doorbells and smart locks can let you know when someone arrives at your door. You may even be able to unlock the door remotely to let them in. Motion detectors can be installed on doors and windows to alert you when there is movement.
Interior monitoring: cameras and motion detectors
Wireless cameras make it possible to view the outside or inside of a home from a tablet or smartphone. Interior motion detectors can monitor whether there is unexpected movement or lack of movement in the room. These devices can be programmed to ignore pets.
Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, water leak detectors, and stove shut-off devices might also be part of your home security plan. Different alert styles are available. For example, strobe light smoke detectors for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Companies that make security systems often have their own apps to help you set up, run, and monitor your security devices. Examples include Ring, SimpliSafe, and Cove.
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