Have you ever fumbled to unlock your front door while carrying groceries inside? Most people do.
But what if your front door unlocked, a light turned on, and your security system disarmed, as you walked up to the house, so you could easily enter, every time? These are just some of the many possibilities with geofencing and a modern smart home security system.
What Is Geofencing?
Geofencing is a tech feature that utilizes your location to trigger actions. For example, as you’re pulling into your driveway, the home security system will sense you’re close—say, within 100 feet—and unlock the front door, so you don’t have to.
This is available on modern, high-tech smart home security systems, and set up is very easy. Using the system’s free, compatible app, you can choose a location, distance, and variety of actions. The distance and location work together to define a perimeter, or fence, around a set point. Then, the app constantly monitors your location. When you reach the virtual fence, it prompts a transmission. This signal instructs your smart home security system to initiate the desired actions. This works for departing an area, such as your workplace, or arriving at a location, such as your home.
Control Any Smart Device With Geofencing
Geofencing works with a variety of components to make home automation easy and comprehensive. Some of the most popular include:
Then, as you pull into the driveway, the garage door is already opening, the lights, TV, and music are on, and the temperature is adjusted.
- Lighting (via Smart Outlets or Bulbs)
- Door Locks
- Alarm Arming System
- Lawn Speaker Systems
- Garage Door Openers
- Water Shut Offs
- GPS Trackers (Great for kids!)
- Sound Systems
These can be controlled together or separately to create maximum flexibility, and ultimately, make your life easier.
Save Money On Utilities
In addition to making your life more convenient, geofencing can help you save money. Turning your thermostat to “savings” mode when you’re away, and back to “comfort” when home, can help reduce utility costs. Without location services, you'd return to a home that’s too hot or cold, but with geofencing, the thermostat will kick on as soon as you leave work. This way, you’re comfortable as soon as you walk through the door.
All General Security Smart Home Systems come with a geofencing-capable app powered by our partner, Alarm.com. One of its most popular functions is called “Scenes.” This enables you to save a group of pre-determined settings in frequently used configurations for devices around your home. These can also be programmed to change based upon location.
The following are just two popular examples of the many possibilities available with Scenes and geofencing:
“Home From Work”
Many people have a set routine every day when they get home from work. They might pull into the garage, go inside, turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, turn on the TV, and play some quiet music.
With some inexpensive smart equipment and geofencing via the Alarm.com app, all of these actions can be automated. Using Scenes and geofencing will power up all your devices during your drive home. Then, as you pull into the driveway, the garage door is already opening, the lights, TV, and music are on, and the temperature is adjusted.
This transforms your home into a cheerful, welcoming space after a long day at work.
“Kids Home From School”
Geofencing can even work with your children's schedules. With a few adjustments, the app can activate many of the same home features and devices when the kids get close to home after school. In addition to cuing the lights and thermostat, you could choose to turn the TV off, and set the sound system to calming study tunes, so homework actually gets done. You can even get a video notification showing the kids entering safely.