Broadband Communities

SEP 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 6 0 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Smart Security In Multifamily Buildings Property owners can benefit by including smart home security offerings as standard features in apartments. By Mike Moran / Ooma T he use of smart security is on the rise, and according to research by the Fredonia Group, consumer demand is expected to increase by approximately 10 percent per year through 2025. e market share for internet-connected security devices is already significant, and smart security technology is being used in 57 percent of smart homes, according to Nielsen. As ISPs, developers and building managers explore new technology solutions, they should consider the ways integrating consumer home security can add value. TODAY'S HOME SECURITY TECHNOLOGY e advanced technology of today's home security mitigates many challenges of legacy security systems, which often require old- fashioned landline connections, long-term contracts and permanent installation that includes drilling holes and running wires. By contrast, new smart home security systems are easily customizable and can wirelessly pair with an unlimited number of sensors. e infrastructure of security has gotten easier because hard wiring is no longer needed. Instead, internet-enabled smart devices can communicate wirelessly through a user's Wi-Fi network. Sensors can include any of the following: • Door and window sensors • Motion sensors • Security cameras • Water sensors • Garage door sensors • Sirens • Smoke alarms. Users have complete control of their security from their mobile devices, so there's no need for external monitoring services. A system will instantly send an automated notification to alert a user if a sensor detects activity. is helps residents protect their valuables and lets them stay in the know about activity in their homes, such as when a dog walker enters the front door or their children get home from school. Systems can also be customized with sensor integration. For example, an activated motion detector could be set up to trigger a siren. After receiving alerts, users can control security devices remotely through their mobile devices. For example, a user could activate a siren if an intruder is seen on video footage and then deactivate the siren after the threat is neutralized. It's easy to take 911 access for granted. However, today's smart technology means that a user could discover a home intruder or a fire while at the office or on an overseas vacation. In these situations, time is critical. A good smart home security app allows users to dial 911 within the app immediately after seeing the notification. e emergency call should not go to a national 911 phone bank. Instead, calls to 911 should automatically connect the dispatcher

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