The beginner’s guide to smart security

Although smart technology is more popular than ever, it can still be daunting if you’ve never encountered it before. Here’s our guide to getting started with smart security.

As the digital revolution continues, smart security is something that’s moved from the stuff of science fiction to gleaming products on the mantelpiece. And it’s not just a niche trend: there are now over 15 million ‘smart homes’ in Britain.

This is all great news if you know how everything works. Unfortunately, 75% of non-owners are aware of smart home appliances but don’t know much about them. To help, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to smart security, giving you a quick rundown on the need-to-know info.

What does ‘smart security’ actually mean?

The ‘smart’ in smart security essentially means that the device can connect and ‘talk’ to other devices beyond itself.

Traditional security methods, such as a house alarm rely on a central hub, which everything is wired to and controlled from.

A smart alarm offers the same functionality, but it’ll do it wirelessly (apart from the power supply). All of the elements of your smart alarm system talk to each other via either your home’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Doesn’t that mean hackers could get into it?

It’s a valid concern, but smart security devices are programmed to exacting standards, meaning that hackers cannot gain access to the system. In fact, in the case of smart locks, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced a locking standard known as the TS621:2018, which has become the recognised UK standard for smart locking devices.

Do you have to be a computer genius to use it?

It’s easier than you might think to set up a new smart security device. Generally speaking, if you’re a competent DIYer, and you know how to use a smartphone, you’ll be able to set up the majority of smart security products.

Of course, if you’re not comfortable with technology, we’d recommend using online help and support guides, or bringing in a professional to help.

Aren’t smart products really expensive?

Surprisingly, many smart security items are actually very affordable. A complete smart alarm package, such as the Yale Sync Smart Alarm costs less than most leading smartphones.

If you’re looking for a security camera or smart door lock, then you’ll be able to pick up a high-quality item for less than two hundred pounds.

We’ve only scratched the surface of all the benefits of a smart security system, here. Take a look around the NHSM website for more tips and guides, and if you have any questions just ask on social media using #NHSM19

*Smart Home Week, May 2019 and YouGov, August 2018