The ultimate guide to smart home motion sensors


Smart home motion sensors usually form part of a home security kit but can also be used separately to build your own hybrid smart home security system. They are a very effective way of protecting your home and are well worth investing in if you’re looking to bolster your home or small office security.

What are smart home motion sensors?
Smart home motion sensors will connect to a smart home hub and monitor a given area for movement. They generally sit next to doors and windows. Some can monitor open spaces both indoors and outdoors. They are configured to ignore pets to prevent false alarms.

The sensor can integrate with a camera and provide a real-time video feed of what’s going on in your home. You can set the system up to sound an alarm, send an SMS to your smartphone or alert the authorities. Much depends on the setup you choose.

What else can they do?
Combined with a smart security system, motion sensors integrate into a more complete security setup. You can combine them with carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms and air purifiers or use them to turn smart lights or appliances on or off. For example, you can configure certain motion detectors to turn lights on as you enter a room and off again once you leave.

How do I get started?
The easiest way to use smart technology to protect your home is to buy a starter kit. There are a number on the market that will include a smart hub, camera and/or motion sensor(s). You can then build your security solution to suit your needs and protect every aspect of your home.

There is no one-size fits all solution as we all have different requirements and home
configurations. For a basic security solution you would require a smart home hub, motion sensors for each window and door accessible from the outside and maybe room monitors too. It depends entirely on what you want to achieve and how much you want to spend.

Some manufacturers of smart home security starter kits include Piper, Panasonic, SwannOne, Smanos and Yale. Some of the mainstream smart home hub kits such as SmartThings and Hive also have the ability to monitor motion sensors and other security devices.

The beauty of this generation of smart home technology is that it is modular. Once you have a smart home hub, you can add compatible devices to it as you see fit and gradually build a comprehensive setup that delivers the qualities you’re looking for. It’s an exciting time to explore smart home technology!

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