What Makes A Security System Smart?

September 26th, 2019

A smart home can be a few different things depending on how you set it up.  At its heart, a smart home can connect otherwise unconnected appliances and devices, and this makes it easier to control music, TV, the temperature, the oven, and so on from a single spot.  Some smart homes respond to voice commands, some work with smartphone apps, and many can work with both.

A smart security system adds this same convenience to your home security.  In fact, with the right products and the right security company in Houston, TX your security system can act as the backbone of your smart home.  Still, the main purpose of a smart security system is to connect all the different security features you install so they all work and communicate together.

Wireless Locks

No security system is complete without access control, a way to keep the wrong people out while letting the right people in.  Most homes provide this with deadbolt locks, but with a smart security system you can upgrade this to an electronic lock you can lock or unlock remotely.  You can also have a system that recognizes a signal from your smartphone, a key code, or a biometric scan that checks things like fingerprints, irises, or faces.  This gives your Houston, TX a comprehensive and convenient way to get inside without needing to fumble for the right key.

Coordinated Cameras And Alarms

There are many ways that surveillance cameras and alarm systems can also integrate into a smart home.  Cameras with facial recognition can be part of an electronic lock, and with motion detection they can save power and hard drive space by only recording when something is moving in front of them.  You can also have the alarm system turn on the cameras when someone sets them off or have it trigger when the electronic is broken or disabled.  With a smart security system you also won’t have to run over to the security panel every time you come home.

Smart Security Safeguards

While a smart security system is convenient and effective compared to normal home security, you should keep in mind that it will also be convenient to someone who manages to hack into your home network.  That means you need to choose security systems with protections against cybercrimes, protections like encryption, passwords, firewalls, and antimalware software.  You should also make sure you use these protections, because setting a security alarm with a default password is like getting an electronic lock but never locking it.

A smart security system adds convenience and extra protections that go above and beyond other setups, but it also adds new vulnerabilities that you need to account for and protect against.  That’s why it’s important to choose a security company in Houston, TX with years of experience and a strong understanding of how a smart security system works.  With the right protections in place, a smart security system can even make your computers and mobile devices more secure.

"Steve I just wanted to thank you and your partner Ray Kindsfather for the fine work you men did installing the security cameras around my home. The quality of the pictures is excellent, the clarity in day or infrared mode is exactly what I was looking for. What good is a camera if you can't identify the person and these cameras will greatly assist the police in identifying a perpetrator. The computer side of the job is easy and fast with very little adjustment time for me in finding what I want to see. Software and hardware get A+++++ no doubt about. The Ring is equally easy to use and the quality of the camera is equally strong. The installation was clean and fast. You maintain a clean site, it’s like you were never here. You answered all my questions with pin point accuracy. Integrity suits you well. Your answers were honest and to the point. Refreshing in today’s world. All and all you and Ray make a strong team at DWS Technology LLC. I have no problem recommending you to friend or family, home or business. God bless you both with your business. I will call you for future installations. "

Cliff Mulvaney


"Ray, in reviewing several different security cameras there were many good products, but none met my criteria of clarity and no long-term contract. Raymond, you showed me one product that caught my attention with the clarity and distance viewing that I could not get with other systems. The zoom after a few feet became distorted with the other systems but with the Alibi NVR package you demoed, we could zoom in and out with clarity which made this product stand out from all the rest. The NVR system is so simple, in fact, anyone can configure the system to suit their needs. You can monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet and having security cameras makes it a great deterrent for criminal activity. DWS Technology delivered as promised! Your installation crew worked clean and treated my home as if it was their own. Great attention to detail! I will recommend DWS Technology to anyone! Great job guys!"

Eli R.

"DWS Technology does great work! I found them to be knowledgeable, professional and cost-effective. DWS designed a company-wide integrated comprehensive solution with site survey drawings outlying every detail of the project for our nine major locations. The surveillance performance we needed was exactly what we received. DWS, you outperformed our expectations and continue to do so with your tech support. Thank you for providing great service and delivering on your promises."

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