7 Popular Smart Home Sensors

Date : 5-30-2018

IOT Sensors for Home Security

Sensors are the lifeblood of the Internet of Things (IoT). They collect data and send it to the particular device.

Your device uses the data to perform a task. A simple example is the thermostat sensor, lowering the temperature of your home when it gets too warm. Other IoT sensors can track water or gas leaks, connect to smoke alarms, monitor your vital signs, and much more.

They’re also the backbone of an IoT security system. Such a smart system connects IoT devices like security cameras and sensors. IoT sensors alert the system when someone opens the doors or windows. The movement triggers the camera to start recording.

You can also mount motion sensors outside. Some smart door locks begin to record when they detect movement.

In this post, we’ll focus on sensors for home security.

IoT Sensors

Motion sensors have come a long way. Connect them to your other devices for greater flexibility. They can trigger your smart lighting system to turn on. Or alert you if your child gets too close to the pool.

One common use is for security. This simple infrared Elgato Eve Motion sensor is an easy choice for Apple HomeKit users. Able to detect motion up to 30 feet away, it connects to your system using Bluetooth LE.

It sends alerts to your phone, but you can use it to trigger other smart home devices. It can switch lights on or flip on your thermostat when it senses you return home. The main downside is that it’s powered by batteries, so it’s not a plug-and-forget solution

Or gain greater flexibility with the GE Portable Smart Motion Sensor. It works in the Z-Wave ecosystem. It comes with the option to use electrical power or you can rely on batteries to move it around your home.

Not all IoT sensors are motion sensors. The Schlage Z-Wave Home Door and Window Sensor monitors doors and windows, ensuring they remain closed. It runs using the Z-Wave protocol.

Or how about the Mother and Motion Cookies Sensor? This interesting device has a range of uses depending on where you put the sensors. Add a cookie to the door for notifications when someone comes in. Pop one into a pill bottle for reminders to take medication. Give the cookies to your kids to track when they get home.

Home Security Cameras as Sensors

Wireless cameras contain motion sensors to trigger recording. Many also boast facial recognition, night vision, or location tracking. Or choose a model that can recognize your Roomba or pet so you don’t get false notifications. Families can even use smart cameras as baby monitors.

Try the Canary All-in-One Security camera if you want a more comprehensive camera. It has a built-in motion sensor and siren. The alarm sends notifications to your phone, and it can also contact emergency services if need be.

Store up to 12 hours of footage in the cloud with the free account. The sensor is multi-purpose because it also tracks humidity, air quality, and temperature.

Sensors Within Security System Hubs

If you’d rather get started with a full system, you can often find all-in-one packages that include things like a smart plug, a central hub, a contact for your door or window, a motion sensor, and a monitoring tag.

The smart plug is great if you have devices you keep forgetting to turn off before you leave. The monitoring tag sounds invasive, but it’s a good way to keep a discreet eye on a teenager or elderly parent. You can check they arrived home safely.

And the motion sensor and door contact work together to protect your home. You can even expand many of these systems with more sensors or a wireless camera if you need more coverage.

Not ready to move away from a traditional burglar alarm yet? Try the Yale Smart Living Smart Home Alarm & View kit. The system connects a motion sensor, an access keypad, a window sensor, a siren, and a stills camera.

The camera takes still images when triggered by the sensor. It won’t record video, but images use less space on the device. It’s also compatible with Yale smart locks.

Whichever sensor you choose, make sure it’s compatible with the devices you already own. And don’t forget to install the SURE Universal Remote app to control IoT sensors from your smartphone.

Over to you – which IoT sensors do you use?

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