Alarm and fire safety systems for smart home

Alarm and fire safety systems for smart home

There are 4 aspects that the smart home strives to automate: communication, electricity control, security and housekeeping. Therefore, smart homes generally utilize and integrate technologies like communication, electricity control, security, fire safety, video surveillance and more.

2 of the most critical elements in a smart home are a well-designed alarm system and fire safety system. For buyers hunting for alarm systems and fire safety systems that are intended for smart homes, Secutech recommends 5 basic features to look for: Panic buttons, centralized monitoring station, detailed event display and logging, automated notifications, and integration with other home appliances.

Current smart home security systems utilize communication, sensors, automation and other technologies to fuse into a single system HVAC and home appliance control, indoor security and safety, and home management. Alarm systems that integrate with other systems in the smart home should have the following 5 features:

1. Panic button: Panic buttons are a quick and simple way to call for help in case of fires or other emergencies. When pressed, a panic button sends a signal to the home automation or building management system. It should be installed at the bedside or other easy-to-reach places.

2. Automated alert and SOS request: Intrusions can be detected by installing various types of sensors around the home. When a sensor is triggered, it sounds the alarm siren and also alerts the home automation or the building management system that assistance is required. Monitoring centers or security guards can then immediately call the police, resolving the situation as soon as possible.

3. Alert and event management: When a homeowner leaves the home and arms the alarm system, the system will detect intrusions and immediately alert home automation and building management systems. Monitoring centers or security guards will be notified of door number at which the event took place and also the type of alarm triggered. Records of alerts should be automatically saved in the system for future reference.

4. Automated dialing and notifications: A smart building's security system should allows users to set multiple emergency contact numbers. Different types of alarms trigger the dialing of different contact numbers. Users should also be able to set the alarm system to send notifications to a mobile phone.

5. Integration with other home appliances: When a homeowner leaves the home and arms the alarm system, the system should automatically turn off home appliances that do not need to stay on. When a user comes back and disarms the alarm system, the system can automatically turn on some lights and take door and window sensors offline. However, indoor flammable gas and smoke detectors should always remain armed.

The most critical components in fire safety systems are sensors. Sensors that are commonly used for fire safety are infrared sensors, flammable gas detectors, and smoke detectors. These sensors are the “eyes and ears” of the fire safety system, which monitors the home for signs of danger. Once a potential danger is detected, the system alerts the home automation or building management system and notifies relevant authorities that assistance is required.

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