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Home security demystified: How to build a smart DIY system

By Jennifer Tuohy | May 29, 2015
Homeowners and renters can now build and maintain their own custom-designed home security system easily and inexpensively.

Canary ($249) is the best-known device in this space. It is a simple rectangular box that incorporates a night vision wide-angle camera, motion sensor, microphone, siren, temperature, humidity and air quality sensor.

While price is a major benefit of a DIY home security system over a professionally installed and monitored system, the adaptability, expandability and portability of DIY systems also offer tremendous convenience.

Convenience is one of the biggest barriers to security. Thefts and disasters happen far more frequently because we forget to implement a security measure, often because it is inconvenient. The marriage of security and the smart home is driving the DIY home security market, because the "smarts" in the smart home are bringing a new level of convenience to security.

All of this combined makes it easier, simpler and surprisingly, less expensive for us to secure our home and our safety.


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