Introduction

Being away from home – whether for a prolonged period of time or simply for the work day – is something which can carry a lot worries with it. Our houses and possessions will be unattended for some time, and be easy prey for anybody who wants to try and rob the house, and make off with our valuables.

Before, we had to rely on fairly primitive home security technologies, as well as the promise of neighbours to look in on our house and property when we were away. Now, with the rise of home automation, home owners have many more options for protecting and looking after their property when it is standing empty.

One particular change which has exacerbated our ability to protect our possessions in our own absence is the introduction of linear actuators, particularly feedback actuators (see more www.actuatorzone.com/feedback-actuator) into common usage. These pieces of equipment allow for greater freedom of movement on the part of home automation, which is something that is particularly useful in home security.

Plug-and-Play Streaming Cameras

These cameras are perhaps the easiest way for someone to keep an eye on the property: plug-and-play streaming cameras are fairly basic pieces of technology, but they come with the ability to show the streaming video on a mobile device of the person who has installed the camera, so they have the ability to see what is going on.
These cameras are very basic in their application, but there is a service which allows you to record the video (an additional feature of which is the ability to still access the recordings if your equipment is actually stolen).

IP Cameras

These cameras are slightly more sophisticated than the plug-and-play cameras, though the overall idea is the same. IP cameras can be connected to a server for the recorded video to be stored on, or they can be connected directly to a video recording device.

The home owner can set these cameras up in specific areas, or perhaps use motion systems to give the camera the ability to move and therefore cover more ground, and can give more help to anyone who is watching the live video feed.

Webcams

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The last option to consider (and this is particularly useful for people who may not have the ability to spend money on new cameras or the power to run them) is the use of webcams. Webcams come standard with most computers nowadays, but there are also free-standing webcams available.

The main problem with using webcams is that the storage they use is the computer to which they are attached – if someone steals it, then you automatically lose access to the videos (not to mention the cameras themselves). However, they are useful devices since they are present in a normal computer set-up, and therefore have the advantage of not setting of any alarm bells with people who might be staging a home invasion.

Security System

It might seem an obvious choice, but the use of a security system can be helpful for a number of reasons. A system will cover the entire property, rather than simply one or two areas with cameras, and will also involve other systems which are useful for maintaining security, such as motion sensors and the ability to place phone calls if something goes wrong.

The systems can work in tandem to produce extra secure results, but sending video to a mobile device if the motion sensors are tripped, for example.