Ready to join the smart home craze, but live in an apartment? No problem! While the first wave of this technology was largely geared towards hard-wired applications for single-family home owners, there are now emerging portable options that don’t require you to leave them behind when you move and only require a smart phone to operate.
Here are our top 5 smart apps and products that offer automated, enhanced security for your home.
- Doorbell / Security Camera
Knock, knock… who’s there?
Just announced in January, Ring’s popular hard-wired security-camera doorbell will be available in a wire-free version that fits into an existing peephole slot, no drilling required. Below the camera is a doorbell that rings at the door and on your phone and performs the same features as the first-generation device – a camera to see and speak to visitors (or perps) while home or away, automatic recording for 30 seconds after any movement, night vision and privacy zones.
- Non-Door Security Camera
A watchful eye…
If you don’t have a door with a peephole, there are still plenty of options to set up a video camera feed wherever you need an extra set of eyes, indoors or out. Gone are the days you need to wire in a security camera. Wifi-connected digital video cameras from leaders such as Netatmo, Nest Cam IQ and Logitech provide live streaming, motion-detected recording options and even face recognition and night vision.
- Door Lock
Please, come in!
The August Smart Lock Pro replaces your door’s inside-facing deadbolt (while keeping the outside in place so your key still works). Through its app, it enables you to lock and unlock your door remotely for your dog walker, your roommate who forgot their key or neighbor who is dropping off a package. It also automatically unlocks when you arrive and locks when you leave and is compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Stovetop Burners
Did I forget to turn off the stove?
Kitchen safety is important no matter where you live and this gadget makes stovetop safety simple. The Inirv smart knobs replace your existing pull-off knobs and are controlled by an app that lets you schedule a shutoff time, set a reminder to stir, flip or turn down the heat. Voice activation offers hands-free cooking. Worried you left the stove on? You can check the app or be assured that the motion detector will also turn off a burner if it doesn’t detect motion after a predetermined length of time.
- Flood Warning
It all begins with a single drop…
If you’ve ever had an appliance or tub leak, you know the damage that can result. The D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor provides peace of mind by detecting water in whichever area you think might be a concern. Cables that sense water send an alert to your phone allowing you to address the problem immediately.
Apartment dwellers, welcome to a safer and more automated future!