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Security & safety

Discover how the right smart tech can help protect your home and safeguard its occupants
Netatmo’s Welcome internal smart camera features facial recognition; so it can alert you if an unknown visitor enters your home. Below right: Yale’s Smart Home alarm, view and control kit allows you to see who’s at the door when you’re not in. Rolling code technology ensures hackers can’t clone the remote; giving you maximum security

The first step to a secure home environment is to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to gain access. So if you’re tackling a major project, before you sink your money into clever gadgets, be sure to get the basics right by investing in good-quality external doors and windows with multi-point locking systems. One reliable way to ensure you’re getting a robust solution is to opt for products that carry the police-approved Secured by Design standard – and to use a reputable installer. With the essentials in place, you can start to enhance the setup with robust smart technology. “Windows can be fitted with vibration and status sensors, for example,” says Matt Nimmons from CEDIA. “If one is accidentally left open, a message will appear on your smart device to alert you.”

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!