These days many people are unable or unwilling to fall victim to expensive monthly payments and lengthy contracts in order to secure their homes and small businesses. Especially since now this can be accomplished through the use of old electronics lying around your home or with reasonably priced equipment and free apps. With the large number of iPhones, iPads and iPods that are unused in homes and offices coupled with a wide variety of apps, it is simple to create your own home-based or office-based monitoring system. Your old smart devices can be transformed into video monitoring equipment, motion detectors and sensors. People Power Presence is a free app that provides you with security features right on your smart devices. This gives you the ability to monitor your home while away at work or on vacation or just to check up on the kids or pets when you’re not around. It’s also a great way to ensure the safety of elderly loved ones without infringing on their independence. Small business owners can use it as their very own security system that they can monitor personally when not in the office. Presently, the People Power Presence app also offers two way audio and visual communication between the receiver and the person at the actual camera location. The app’s developers plan on expanding their reach from not just iOS but Android as well and adding features such as thermostat controls, robotic camera holders and smart plugs.
If you don’t have any unused smart device equipment lying around there are other low-priced options that are an alternative to a monitored security system. For example, a Wi-Fi video monitoring camera available from DropCam offers bank level security encryption so no one else can have access to your video. Additional features of this camera are night vision, digital zoom and two-way talk back. Signing up for the optional Cloud video recording service would give you access to recordings even if your camera is stolen by the way of the Cloud. Users can also be alerted through mobile devices or email alerts if the cameras are triggered by movement.
Keeping in line with security technology, KeyMe, app developers from New York, created a very useful app if you ever find yourself locked out of your home or office. Using their free app you can create a duplicate image of your key by photographing both sides of the key which allows a locksmith to create a key from scratch using the developer’s instructions along with your snapshots. Whereas a locksmith responding to an emergency call to provide a lock change runs about $150, your key photograph information can be “unlocked” for use for $9.99 and given to a locksmith who can create a key for just his cutting charge. This app also allows you to authorize individuals to have a key made on your behalf even when you’re not present. The developer’s goal is to allow this process to be faster and more affordable since nearly 90 million Americans are locked out of their home each year and will spend close to 3 billion dollars in emergency locksmith charges. To accomplish this and add an extra level of convenience, this company currently has five kiosks in New York City located in 7-Eleven stores which are open 24 hours a day where you can simply take your information from your app and have your key made in minutes any time eliminating the need for a locksmith altogether. A guarantee is made by the company that no identifying personal information, such as credit card information, is stored by the company. Only an email and password are required for service.
With all of these do-it-yourself options available for such reasonable prices, it’s no wonder that homeowners and small business owners are less inclined to use big-name security companies. They are more equipped now more than ever to take on this task themselves.