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App Based Home Security - The Pros and Cons

A new security app is giving back meaning and purpose to your spare smartphone by converting it into a home security system. At Alberta Pro Group, we know that installing a professional home security system is always preferred, but in a pinch, a smartphone system will suffice for a short duration of time.

It’s one of those app ideas that you probably thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The app works in a simple way: You take your old Android phone (we all have one kicking around) and place it near your main entrance. When anyone walks through the door, a sensor triggers the phone to begin taking photos. The images taken by the camera on the old phone are sent to your email, encrypted, and stored in the cloud, so only you can view them. But that’s not all! While thieves are rummaging around your home, the phone will sound a loud, annoying alarm (as loud as the phone is capable of) and cannot be turned off.

As we mentioned, the app works well in a pinch; however, it’s not a long-term solution for your home security needs. The app unfortunately has a few flaws: it activates no matter who walks into its view, including family members and even pets. Since your smartphone is battery operated, the app security system is not suited for times when you’re away for an extended period of time. The alarm that the phone produces is password protected, barring intruders from turning it off, but that doesn’t prevent them from simply taking the phone with them or just as easily, breaking the phone.

At Alberta Pro Group we like how app-based home security systems have started the conversation on the need to keep our homes safe. Home-automated security systems have come a long way from the days of wall-mounted keypads and alarm speakers in the corners of your home. The installation process no longer requires landlines, and modern designs don’t make them an eyesore. Home-automated security surveillance allows you to get live video feeds onto your smartphone or tablet while away on holiday and are user friendly. Security apps on smartphones can be used in a limited capacity, however, a security system installed by Alberta Pro Group is your best bet to keep your family and home safe.

To find out more about what Alberta Pro Group can do for you, contact us in Calgary on 1-855-333-1223.