Smart Motion Detectors

An extra pair of eyes with smart security motion detectors

Upgrading your security system to be smart doesn’t only mean increasing protection from intruders, but also optimizing the smart motion detectors to prevent other forms of damages to your homes such as unexpected weather, pipe leaks, or vandalism.

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What makes a motion detector smart?

A basic motion detector is already a form of technology that automates your home by connecting with other devices, such as lights, doorbells, or burglar alarms. Yet, as all sensors are designed for different purposes, they are prone to frequently trigger false alarms from the movements of pets, curtains, fans, and so on. You often find yourself having to manually turn it off every time at the control panel.

Here is when the smart home motion detector comes into play:

Their wireless and battery-powered functionality means you can set them up anywhere in the house. They can alert you about potential water leaks, hazardous zones, or open windows or doors. In the most literal sense, setting up smart motion sensors gives your house the intelligence to be aware of any potential damages to itself and alert its homeowner or a tenant.

Packed into a smart home motion detector…

  • Interconnectivity with other smart security devices such as smart cameras.
  • Adjustability of sensory range so that you can adjust these settings based on your needs for each location.
  • Perceptibility of different types of motions to reduce the chances of false alarms.
  • Portability allows you to arrange and rearrange them anywhere you like without worrying about your house’s wiring system.
  • Simplicity in manufacturing to reduce the cost of hiring a professional because you can do it yourself.
  • Connectivity to your phone or home hub, for easy access updates, control of false alarms, and voice activation and a whole range of features to set up a routine!

How can you use a smart motion detector to upgrade your home security system?

Today, with the addition of smart motion detectors in the market, residents can set up various types of detectors to tackle some of the most common home hazards.

Smart home security kits: For those looking to set up a new smart security system, a set complete with the base station and multiple sensors and/or cameras is ideal. Smart security cameras with motion sensors will notify you to lock the open doors or windows before you leave the house. Smart motion detectors will also inform you if there is an attempt to remove them from their station. You can organize your security system based on your daily routine for even further comfort. More motion sensors can always be added to the system depending on your needs.

Water leak sensors: 1st inline as non-fatal but 3rd in line as fatal are injuries from slipping and falling. A failing water heater, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under your sink, a clogged toilet, or even a split hose connected to your washing machine can quite easily result in falling and causing injuries, especially for the elderly or children. A smart motion detector placed next to a pump, pipe or sink is a quick and trustable solution.

Compact smart motion sensors: Store all hazardous chemicals in a safe place and protect the area with a compact smart motion detector to put your mind at ease. These do not necessarily come with a base station but are compatible with smart assistants thus, ideal for those who already have a smart home set up and are looking to expand further.

But what about smart system compatibility?

Whether you're setting up smart devices for the first time or extending your current one, it's important to understand the communication components of the sensors. Do the sensors come with Bluetooth or WiFi, Zigbee or Z-wave?

Almost all devices come with Bluetooth or WiFi compatibility so interconnecting them is simple. However, if you do not wish to connect your security devices to the WiFi, Z-Wave and Zigbee are wireless network alternatives that are stronger than Bluetooth. But if they come with a central hub, the hub connects to the internet and feeds your smartphone with updates. To keep it simple, Zigbee connects to more devices (65,000+) but Z-wave provides a larger range in connectivity (100 feet). Currently, there are more devices compatible with Zigbee, so expanding your smart system under this network gives you more smart device options to choose from.

Placement is important…

To reduce the chances of false alarms while maximizing security, the best spots are:

  • In the corner of a room especially on the second floor
  • The hallway outside of a bedroom
  • On the patio or balconies
  • Basement
  • Behind valuables

Do not place them near doors or windows or any heat sources.

Technical bits: A glance at types of motion detectors

Although motion detectors can come as a part of an existing security device, the sensors can be different from one another depending on the needs of the buyer. There are two main categories of motion detectors - active or passive.

Active motion sensors continuously project energy (infrared light or electrical field) in a certain area. Ultrasonic, microwave and area reflective sensors fall in this category.

Passive motion sensors absorbs energy rather than releasing it. They can detect body heat or notice sudden changes in temperature. Passive Infrared (PIR) and vibration sensors fall in this category.

Dual Technology reduces the chances of false alarms because these motion detectors have a combination of any two of the trigger technology mentioned above. This means both sensors need to be tripped to trigger an alarm.

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