(Click here to view article in digital issue)It’s possible for a burglar to hack in to your home automation system and open the doors to your home, but a regular burglar stands a better chance of success of breaking in the old fashioned way. Most automation systems have functionalities that can literally open the gates/doors to a modern day burglar, without them causing any visual damage. However, Niko Home Control is a proprietary bus system. In other words, Niko Home Control was developed in house, as a closed system. This makes it a secure system, making breaking in or hacking, practically impossible. Users activating control of their home via a tablet or smartphone have the additional security of their internet connection. The indoor and outdoor remote control makes good use of the Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connections. The remote control function of the system also doubles as a secure access. Telecom companies already provide the internet connections in the home of their customers with Wi-Fi security via the WPA, WPA2 or WEP key. Whenever you try to log in from outside the home, you have additional security features that come via the user name and password of the resident. What’s more, it’s considerably more difficult to switch off a well-programmed and secure Niko Home Control installation than a standard alarm system. Visitors with bad intentions can neutralise an alarm system with relative ease (depending on grade of system). It becomes a lot more difficult when a house has been programmed with Niko Home Control. The installation doesn’t stop working until the burglar succeeds in switching off the power in the home entirely. A burglar using traditional burglary tools has more chance of invading a home with a Niko Home Control Installation than a burglar who tried to deactivate the installation with high-tech devices. If he did succeed in hacking Niko Control and does in fact enter the home, then the built in safety functions should do their job to deter the burglar from hanging around. The motion detectors will immediately detect a presence in the home and can turn on all lighting, flash the external lights to attract attention or they’ll sound a bell or buzzer. The residents can also activate several safety functions themselves. Presence simulation automatically switches on lighting at random intervals. By using a panic button, the resident can switch on all lighting in the home with one push of a button, therefore scaring the burglar and ensuring he doesn’t hang around. The lights will also switch on when a connected alarm installation detects movement. What’s more, via access control the residents can check to see who is at the door and who was at the door while they were away ensuring that any potential intruders are caught before they even attempt to break in the property. Naturally, good security accounts for more than the system alone. An experienced installer will discourage customers to make certain decisions like installing an internet connection on the terrace with an unchanged Wi-Fi password or push button on the façade to open the front door or gate. Ultimately, no house is ever totally secure from physical or technological break ins, but with Niko Home Control, you can be sure that you’ve taken all the necessary steps to decrease the chances of a successful attempt.
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