Keeping safe at at home or at work is vital these days. Matthew Herbst gives you the lowdown on gadgets that blend in with modern lifestyles.
Google’s Nest Cam home security camera looks as if it could be a smart webcam but it’s actually a very intelligent piece of surveillance kit. The camera can stand on a desk or table top or be mounted on the wall, and is capable of tuning into the live feed from anywhere in the world at any time. The alerts are sent to your phone if suspicious activity is detected in front of the lens, but rest assured the Nest Cam knows the difference between a burglar and a tree swaying in front of your windows. At www.amazon.com from RO76.60.
If you are one of those people who keep misplacing the garage or gate remote while trying to navigate a dark street, with kids at their most energetic on the back seat, then help is at hand. Chamberlain’s garage door opener lets you tap your device’s screen to open or close your garage from anywhere, making it especially safe for women on their own at night. Eventually, Chamberlain plan on geofencing capabilities to sense when you’re near your driveway to automatically open and, when your car is safely parked, close the garage door. At www.amazon.com from RO48.40.
If you have the funds, the iSmartAlarm is one of the most comprehensive home security solutions out there. It covers cameras, motion sensors, contact sensors, smart switches and much more to cover your entire home in smart security equipment. You can also configure iSmartAlarm to recognise when members of the family are at home or out using smart tags (a blessing in disguise for parents with teenagers). The all-seeing, all-knowing brain is the control unit called CubeOne and this connects the sensors, tags and cameras to the router to keep you covered and secure. At www.ismartalarm.com. The premium set up costs from RO134.50 and basic from RO76.60.
With August smart lock you can control access to your home from your smartphone, which means your kids no longer need to carry or lose keys again. You can also give temporary access to friends and family without having to copy keys.Getting into your home has never been so easy. No more rummaging around in your bag or pocket to find those elusive keys. All you have to do is download an app and have the system nstalled inside your existing doors in just a few minutes. At www.august.com from RO95.86.
Yale is an established company when it comes to security in all forms. It has also released this Yale SmartHome Alarm all-in-one package with a set of motion sensors, a smoke alarm, a keyfob for instant access and contacts for doors and windows to detect any intrusion. You can turn your alarm on and off remotely via smartphone or switch on the upstairs light when movement is detected in the garden, even if you’re not at home. The only downfall is that you do need to pay for professional installation. Inside your home you get a touchscreen panel for controlling the alarm where you can programme in phone numbers to contact in case of an emergency. It’s also possible to sound off the alarm as normal through the app if you wanted to let the neighbours know about an intruder. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO208.80.
The Arlo design and concept is based on 24-hour security cameras. However, everything is wireless and managed via its smart home-base station.It’s easy to use for technophobes and getting it up and running should only take a few minutes. You can then connect to your video feeds from anywhere using the smartphone apps. The bonus is that there aren’t any wires, meaning you can position the cameras anywhere. If you need to keep an eye on the kids swimming outside it also happens to be waterproof. At www.amazon.com starting from RO61.50.
These days, there’s a huge range of wearable trackers for your kids at a range of hefty prices. From just RO23, the V. ALRT is a reasonably priced option that lets kids and any person in a vulnerable situation send out urgent calls, texts and location information to up to three pre-programmed contacts. It’s user-friendly with just an app on a smartphone needed to stay connected. At www.vsnmobil.com
APP OF THE WEEK
Lookout is a security, backup and missing device app that keeps your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and everything safe and secure. Lookout is one of the better apps to help protect your iOS devices from data loss, theft and other threats that put your personal information and identity at risk. Free at www.apple.com/iTunes