The first reason that typically comes to mind, for most homeowners why they should own a home security system would likely be for the peace of mind and added safety it provides.
No doubt, security gadgets, for instance, surveillance cameras and video doorbells, may provide insight into what’s happening at home while you may be away. On the other hand, detection sensors also serve to alert you whenever there is the potential of any threats in your home environment. That said, the umbrella of security gadgets extends far beyond cameras and detection sensors. It aso includes popular smart devices such as Smart Door Lock, Motion, and Contact Sensors.
An increasingly popular smart home security item – a smart door lock.
With Smart Door Locks provide more than one way for owners to access their home (through passcodes, the app, and their fingerprint). Whilst Motion and Contact Sensors offer motion-detection automation through the linking of their smart devices (e.g. turning on the toilet lights at night). Hence, smart home security gadgets can do far more than safeguard one’s home.
Smart home security gadgets simultaneously offer owners greater convenience, by given the benefits like easier home access and effortless control over one’s home system.
In fact, many of these smart security devices are increasingly touted as a new staple for those getting their homes in the 21st century. After all with so many other things to think about from day to day, there are always the last thing you want to be concerned with. Whether you’ve left your keys back at home, or if the toilet lights are still on from when you used it in the morning.
Contrary to popular belief, purchasing a smart security gadget isn’t quite the same as having a smart home security system.
That’s not to say that your smart device won’t work on its own. You may choose to purchase a standalone camera, sensor, or door lock to perform the job. Alternately, choose to integrate them to the smart home system, you will still get to enjoy the primary functionalities that purchased these devices for.
So, what are these differences?
Link up your smart security to your smart speakers to receive alerts audibly.
Imagine whenever your cameras, sensors and smart door lock detect suspicious activity. Rather than via phone notification in traditional way, you can now program your home to alert you through unmissable visual cues with a smart home system.
Such as flashing of your living room lights or via your smart speaker. These cues can also serve as a deterrence to unwelcomed guests when you are away, simply by simulating the presence of there being someone at home.
Beyond a security standpoint, integrating your smart security devices into your smart home ecosystem also offers other features. This includes being able to customise your smart door lock to automate the turning on of the living room lights and fans when sensing that someone has reached home during a certain time. For instance:
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Of course, there comes the greatest caveat of all times. As great as smart home ecosystems and their respective security gadgets, it could be pointless to purchase such devices should they not be secure themselves.
While it may seem laughable for a smart security device to be a weak link of its own, there has been increasing instances of smart home security succumbing to online hacking in Singapore.
Resulting in the leakage of personal data and information. This is partly due to the weak security provisions of many IoT devices in the market. It could be abetted by the lack of vetted reporting for such products’ cyber security levels, preventing buyers from easily identifying devices that offer better security from those that do not.
Since 2020, there have been implementation of new initiatives to improve the situation. Such as the Cyber Security Labelling Scheme (CLS) by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) identifies devices that meet the essential level of cyber security.
Manufacturers or retailers who have applied and met the required cyber security levels stipulated by the CSA will receive a CLS rating from Level 1 to Level 5.
Under the scheme, IoT suppliers can apply for CLS rating Level 1 to 4 for their devices. Which they have been proven to offer in corresponding to the level of security.
Additionally, manufacturers can also get certified for international standard accreditations (e.g. the ISO 9001). Several of which pertain specifically to information security, for those who are concerned about their data privacy.
Mostly are now convinced about investing in a smart home security system but still fear of falling prey to cyber hacking and data leakage. Here are a few ways to check that the smart devices you purchase offer a level of security.
With many cyber scams these days leveraging on personal information that is leaked from poorly secured devices. It’s more important to check if your device (or manufacturer) is certified for their information security.
Certain standards to look out for include the:
These ISO standards indicate that the devices have met the code of practice for the establishment and operation of information security, in areas such as cloud computing and protection of one’s personal data in the cloud.
For absolute peace of mind, tap on the CSA’s list of products registered under the CLS to check that the device you wish to purchase has attained at least a Level 1 rating.
While the list may currently not be as extensive due to the recency of the certification, products featured do cover a relatively wide spectrum, from the brain of the smart home system, Smart Hubs (e.g. Koble’s Smart Hub (Zigbee)), to Smart Switches (e.g. Koble’s Pro Series Glass Touch Switch) and other smart home essentials.
In addition to being one of the few companies with products bearing a CLS rating, Koble’s smart home system also possesses the following,
Furthermore, all Koble devices are highly encrypted and connected via a Zigbee network. Using the Advanced Encryption Standard 258 and 128 to secure connections between your router, app, and smart home devices. This ensures that your smart home system can function even when your Wi-Fi is down. Even while carry out control commands , your router has no visibility to the content and information shared within your smart home system. Transmission encryption TLS1.2, a protocol that mandates mutual authentication before the sharing of any information. It is an added level of security to prevent cyber hacking from the cloud.
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