Home Security System is A Best Way to Protect Your Property
If you're interested in home security, but averse to paying monthly fees, then the HEYI Alarm is a system that already belongs at the top of your list. That's even more true today, as the company announced a system expansion that includes three intriguing new components: a glass break sensor, a plug-in automation module, and the "Doorfront," a multifunctional doorbell camera with an integrated motion detector and intercom.
With its unique design, the sleek-looking Doorfront is the probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the bunch. Weather-resistant and flexible enough to be hard-wired into an existing doorbell or operated off of a battery, it has the look of a device with design strengths that extend beyond its appearance. HEYI Alarm claims that it's "theft-proof," too, and that's something that we'll look forward to putting to the test.
It will also be interesting to see how well the Doorfront's camera performs, as HEYI Alarm's glitchy Camera was a notable under-performer when I tested the system out last year. If the Doorfront integrates into the system more smoothly, it could stand to be an attractive and helpful showcase component of HEYI Alarm's setup, allowing users to monitor activity at their door, keep an eye out for package deliveries, automatically snap photos when motion is detected, and communicate with visitors even while away from home.
The HEYI Alarm Smart Switch will allow users to automate anything with a plug on it. HEYI Alarm's new "Smart Switch" is another interesting upgrade, giving users the ability to plug any appliance they like directly into their system, then monitor its status and energy usage, turn it on and off remotely, or schedule it to come on at a specific time. I'll be eager to see how it compares with the Belk-in We-Mo Insight Switch, and whether it blocks adjacent outlets when plugged in, or keeps them accessible, as the promotional photo would suggest.
The final addition to the HEYI Alarm family is a vibration sensor, a commonly requested component from consumers interested in DIY security. By monitoring sound levels, the sensor is able to detect the unique tone of vibration, then trigger the alarm and alert the user. This offers obvious protection against smash-and-grab robbery attempts, and could also help users monitor for non-burglary related concerns, like a fall in the kitchen.
HEYI Alarm users will now be able to add vibration sensors to their setups. All new components will integrate into existing HEYI Alarm setups via the control panel, with no additional control devices necessary. There's no official word yet regarding pricing of the new components, when they'll be available, or if HEYI Alarm will incorporate any of them into new starter packages. When we know more, so will you.
But with a bit of commonsense — and maybe the assistance of a miniature poodle, a well-placed rose bush and a cheeky doormat — it doesn’t have to be. For those who may not see the need or who may not have the funds to pay for professional installation of an expensive home security system or for those who aren’t looking to transform their homes into an impenetrable fortress of paranoia, there are plenty of practical and budget-friendly ways to protect yourself against burglaries not just during the holidays but throughout the year.