In the grand scheme of home security, video doorbells are relatively new smart home services. They pull double duty, being both a doorbell and a security camera – and can make great use of cloud computing and technology. When your guest arrives and rings the bell like they normally would, you’ll not only hear the doorbell chime, but you’ll also get an alert on your phone and a live look at the person at the door.
You then have the ability to speak to them via the built-in speaker and microphone. It may also have a motion sensor that can detect and alert you of movement, regardless of if someone even rings the bell, so you can actually see the person as they approach. Even better, thanks to cloud computing – you’ll have the ability to store videos and images online that can be retrieved using various devices.
When it comes to home improvement projects, installing a video doorbell is a no-brainer.
Answering the Door Without Opening the Door
Being able to see who is at the door and speak to them without unlocking the door is a huge move forward toward staying safe. No more opening the door for solicitors and other strangers. It’s like having a virtual peephole that you can see through from any room in the house. This can be great for anyone who doesn’t feel safe opening the door for just anyone.
Some video doorbells also record and save a certain amount of video, should you find yourself in a situation where you need to remember who was at the door, need to identify a stranger, or need video evidence of something. It’s also important to note that a lot of these features, many of which use cloud computing, will still work when you are out of your home. You can still see and record footage of anyone that arrives while you’re gone.
Help With Limited Mobility
This smart home technology and the ability to use cloud computing is a great safety feature for anyone, but it can greatly benefit older adults specifically. Seniors with limited mobility issues may have problems reaching the door to answer it, or it may take them a little while to reach the door, meaning that they may potentially miss the person at the door.
With the wifi video and intercom setup, you can see who is there and communicate before actually reaching the door. This means you can essentially answer the door from another room. You can let your guests know to wait for you, you can tell the postal worker to leave the package, or you can ignore strangers, all without having to get up.
The use of this new technology really creates a new layer of security that can keep us all safer in our homes, but specifically in terms of older adults, it can help them stay comfortable in the privacy of their home longer, which is a big concern as we age. A video doorbell can give seniors some of their independence back.
These types of security home services are offered by several companies such as Ring, SkyBell, Vivint, Zmodo and others. You will need professional services to set them up and a smart device like an iPad or modern smartphone to access them, but they are very simple to use and well worth the price.