Latest Trends in Home Office Security
Working from home is great if you enjoy being your own boss but it can present security challenges that those who work in a traditional office environment don’t have to worry about. Most office buildings have security systems, security guards and vaults or safes in which money and other valuables may be safely kept; home workers enjoy none of these.
Even though most offices are pretty much paperless these days, there will still be significant amounts of client personal data held on file either electronically or in hard copy and this is clearly at risk if your home office is burgled and your computer, laptop or other devices stolen.
Luckily, advancements in the integration of home security systems now means that it’s possible to keep a close eye on what goes on in your home business environment even when you’re out of the house.
Ultrasonic Detection System
Ultrasonic motion detection systems are the latest innovation in home protection systems. The systems use high frequency sound waves which the human ear cannot detect. Such systems can cover large areas in an all-encompassing web-effect which, when disrupted by an intruder, activates an alarm. Ultrasonic detection technology can be integrated into your home security system and controlled remotely so that if you have to go away on business, your home and office remains protected.
Intercom systems may seem a rather old-fashioned method of controlling who gains entry to your home but the latest technological advancements provide fully integrated security through high-tech remote control, instead of crackly wall-mounted speakers with a push-button.
A video link added to an updated version of the traditional two-way speaker system provides you with advance warning of anyone approaching your door. All you have to do is link the video signal from the intercom to the HDTV or computer and you can keep an eye on things outside whilst you’re busy working inside. The very latest intercoms also allow you to leave a message for those who call and encourages visitors to message you too in case you were out when they call.
You can integrate your doorbell into the intercom system. When a visitor calls and presses a button on your intercom panel, they hear the sound of an ordinary doorbell and you receive an alert on your smartphone. When you answer the phone, those outside your house hear a simulation of your voice speaking through an intercom system. Some of more sophisticated systems even allow for live video streaming of your visitors to your phone, computer or tablet.
Pressure Sensitive Welcome Mats
The 21st century version of the traditional welcome mat comes with a built-in security feature; pressure sensors built into the bottom of the mat connect to an alarm system which lets you know when someone has arrived on your doorstep. The mats can also be used underneath windows, inside garages, or anywhere else that could be targeted by unwanted intruders.
The mats can be used unobtrusively by placing them beneath your existing doormat or underneath rugs in other areas of your home-office that you’d like to keep private.
Most savvy small business owners are pretty clued up when it comes to online data security, but more practical methods of keeping intruders out of your home office and away from sensitive personal client data can be overlooked. It’s well-worth investing in some of the latest home security technology to keep your working environment safe, as well as your home.
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