An image sensor can be installed virtually anywhere when we set up your smart home security system. We can put it by the front door, in a child’s room, your home office, on your back porch, or just about anywhere you want to monitor activity. Once we install, it can send motion-triggered snapshots of activity to your smart-phone via the an app, text or email.
Benefits of Smart Home Security Using Image Sensors
You have several ways to check in visually on your home, including:
Triggered alert: This means you will receive visual verification of all triggered events that are important to you and not just when there is a potential break in. You can have your security alarm programmed to send you a picture when another device in your smart security is activated – for example, when someone disarms your security panel: a great way to confirm that child has arrived home from school and you will even be able see if someone is with them.
Peek in: will let you get a picture from your image sensor on demand. You can know when your child gets home from school, make sure they didn’t bring guests home when they weren;’t supposed to, or see what your pet is up to!
Before the image sensor, video cameras where the only way to that and there are limitations with video, like internet speed, that don’t affect the image sensor.
Alarm event: if there is an intrusion or fire, the Image Sensor begins sending images automatically, straight to you via your smart phone and email. When there is an actual emergency your image is automatically programmed to send multiple pictures back to back so there is clear verification of an alarm, whether a real emergency or a false alarms. Because it’s connected wirelessly to your security panel , it can send images even when your electricity and phone line are down because your smart security panel runs on a cellular connection and has a back-up battery. Most home security that has these types of features has to have internet to work. Not with your smart security and image sensor. This opens up possibilities that weren’t available before. Things like your home’s internet speed, a second home that is only used part of the year, or even a cabin in a remote area.
Want to see what this new sensor looks like in the worst conditions? Here are pictures that were captured and sent by an image sensor in a burning house. The firefighters cut the electricity off, but the sensor kept on working. There is no doubt that there is a fire in the home. With this type of verification your home emergency becomes a priority no matter the situation.
What’s an Image Sensors role in the Smart Home?
In addition to having, convenient visual verification, the image sensor has the ability to trigger other devices to act/ turn-on. By sending real-time visual data back to your smart home security system, an image sensor can trigger devices such as smart lights to activate when you walk in front of it or turn-on during a fire so your family can get out safe and quickly. Your home alarm system is so much more than an alarm when you have an image sensor as part of your system making it a true life safety system.
How does this work?
Our sensor has a Passive Infra-Red (PIR) detector to sense activity whether its night or day, and a built-in color camera with LED flash so that you can always see what’s going on even at night (night-vision). Using this service for your security is a huge benefit that most alarm systems don’t have.
Again, this is another benefit of a true wireless security system. All of this runs on batteries and is connects wirelessly to your smart security system, with no broadband connection or electrical wires, there no need for them. It is easily installed in corners or on flat surfaces, at almost any angle , it’s also no bigger than a traditional motion sensor so it’s almost unnoticeable it blends right in. Another benefit with the image sensor being discrete is the ability to have a camera that isn’t detectable by most people, including family members.
The Image Sensor uses a dedicated cellular connection, rather than relying on Wi-Fi or broadband, that can some time go down. No need to have a phone line or upgrade your internet to have access to cameras anymore! This means that it still sends images even if your power and internet are out. All of your images are stored in our secure cloud, enabling you to view them anytime on your smart-phone app or via your website log-in. With traditional security cameras this isn’t possible.
How do I get one?
Image sensors are a component of our smart alarm systems. You can add as many to your system as you like. Whether you are putting in a security system as a new installation or adding on to your existing wireless home security, the possibilities are endless.
The cost of an image sensor is also a benefit. While security cameras can cost a few hundred to thousand of dollars the image sensor is only a few dollars more than a traditional motion detector. Security cameras also have an additional fee on all monitored alarms monthly payment. The image sensor doesn’t have the same types of fees since it is a picture and not streaming video. Contact us to learn how you can get one for free with purchase of any monitored smart security package!
If you are purchasing a monitored alarm for your home, or paying for one now, make sure you aren’t using the same technology that was used decade ago. Alarm monitoring companies also benefit from new types of equipment. An image sensor can greatly reduce false alarms.
The last 5 years alarm system have had great advancements that have made this technology convenient, easy to use, and affordable. If you have questions, or want to learn more call us at 317.559.3500 and we’ll be glad to help!
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