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What if you could control your home’s security, protect your loved ones and save money on energy bills from the convenience of your smartphone? Remotely monitor your family’s safety while on the go, with the below five home security management apps.
1.) Pulse, by ADT (Free*, iOS, Android and Windows Phone): Pulse combines home security with home automation for fully customizable control when you are hundreds of miles away from home. Configure the touchscreen panel to fit your lifestyle and security needs; control and monitor thermostats; view live video of your home; arm/disarm your home’s security system; dim or turns lights on or off; and lock or unlock doors. You can also receive custom email/text notifications when you child arrives home from school, when carbon monoxide levels change or a water sensor is activated. *ADT Pulse Interactive Solutions subscription is required
2.) Digital Life, by AT&T (Free*, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8): Remotely lock or unlock doors, check security cameras, turn lights and appliances on or off, and adjust thermostat settings. Stay connected to your home by receiving text and email notifications when specific actions take place, such as when a window breaks or the housecleaners just unlocked the back door. A unique feature of this app is the ability to gather data from sensors, which then trigger appropriate actions. Example: If the garage door sensor is tripped, a program can be designed to turn on the garage door lights, record video and notify you of the happening via text message. *Active Digital Life home security account is required.
3.) iCam ($4.99, iPhone and Android): Easily monitor multiple home security cameras directly from your smartphone. If the motion sensor is triggered on the camera, you will receive a notification on your phone and you can watch a live video of what’s happening in your home when you step out for a few hours, or for an extended amount of time.
4.) Cortexa, by Cortexa Automation, LLC (Free*, iOS): If you are hesitant to commit to a complete, monitored home security system, this app is for you. It gives you the freedom to mix and match various technologies, such as a wireless motion detector system with automated window sensors. You can also remotely control shades, interior and exterior lighting, thermostats, ceiling fans, video cameras, gates, and irrigation systems. Program the app to send you security camera recordings via email. The recordings are also backed up to the cloud via mycortexa.com so your video is accessible whenever you need it. *An installed Cortexa controller unit and a subscription to the myCortexa service are required
5.) SecureHome ($4.99, iPhone): This app uses the built-in microphone on your computer to listen for noises that indicate an intruder. If an intruder is suspected, the app will sound an alarm send an email to your smartphone. If you are out of town and forget to enable the SecureHome app, you can remotely arm it from your smartphone (you can also disarm the app from your smartphone if you discover it was a false alarm).