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Integrating Home Surveillance with Mobile Technology

Every day it seems that our mobile phones are becoming more and more like do-everything, all-purpose devices, with new functionalities constantly being attached to them.

And this comes as no exception when considering home security and the modern ability to maintain and monitor home surveillance from afar with a mobile device. Here is a look at how home surveillance and mobile technology are intersecting to make for the ultimate convenience in home security.

Remote video access

One of the most common and coveted features of today’s home surveillance systems is the ability to monitor live video from afar. From a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop, you can view live feeds from your video surveillance system, accessing multiple points within your system at once. Often accessing the live feed is as simple as typing the IP address of your network security camera into an Internet browser and hitting enter. Or, even more simply, many video surveillance companies actually offer free security camera apps for your phone or tablet, which allow you to see multiple feeds at once, search through archived footage, see recorded images, play back events, and more. You can often even use these apps to monitor video surveillance systems installed at multiple locations at once.

Automatic notifications

Many home surveillance systems are designed to respond directly to any detected motion, tampering, or vandalism. How so? One way is with automatic notifications sent to your phone or email address. If your home surveillance system detects something unusual, you can have your system set to automatically alert you via text or email.

Automatic image forwarding

Even more advanced is the ability of your video surveillance system to forward images to your mobile device or email address. You can set your system so that it forwards images only when it detects something unusual, or you can have your system send you regular images according to a set schedule. This is a great and easy way to archive footage that might prove important later.

Control settings remotely

While there used to be a fine distinction between remote surveillance and mobile surveillance, these two technologies are becoming increasingly synonymous. Many of today’s mobile surveillance systems offer the conveniences of remote surveillance, allowing you not only to view live footage but also to configure your IP camera system and control settings remotely.