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Home Monitoring Products go Mainstream

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With the explosion of security-based home surveillance products/apps, there’s a growing trend in getting surveillance systems that monitor users themselves.

Piper

This product’s wide-angle camera allows you to view live video of your home, from anywhere, right on your smartphone. It can:

  • Detect motion
  • Control lights, temperature and appliances
  • Record short videos
  • View inside the home

Canary

Similar to Piper, it provides:

  • Live video and audio
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Air-quality monitoring

Doorbot

This app allows you to see who’s at your house’s door, regardless of where you are.

  • Better than a peephole.
  • Consider it “visitor ID.”
  • You can answer the door remotely.

There’s no need to do anything while these home monitoring systems nonchalantly collect data. Imagine all the advantages of such technology: catching a burglar is the best benefit, but what about catching a spouse cheating; catching your kids doing drugs; seeing that your kids came home from school safely; learning who in the household keeps drinking up all the soda. Though such surveillance can start out as very annoying, people can become quite used to it, say experts.

Some experts claim that this technology may bring the entire clan closer together. Others insist that it’s spying: checking up on someone without their permission. I have similar systems and use them to watch the home while on business along with check in on the family having dinner. It makes being apart not as difficult.

When this kind of technology becomes the standard and not the exception (and you can count on that shift), it will be the new normal, something that people will know about from an early age, the way life is. It may seem potentially intrusive now because it’s new; it’s not our normal, yet.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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