4G LTE and Smart Homes: Increased Security and Connectivity

Monday, April 25, 2016 by under Monitoring, Security

The smart home market is projected to be valued at $58.68 billion by the year 2020.

As the connected home movement continues to grow and consumers install equipment, such as smart thermostats, lights, kitchen appliances and locks, they must also look for opportunities to improve security and connectivity for these devices. One way is with 4G LTE networks.

Below, we overview the benefits of 4G LTE networks for smart home equipment connections and security.

Faster Networks, More Connectivity

In the 2015 State of Smart Home Report, 50% of consumers said they plan to buy a smart home product within the next year. Smart homes provide enhanced convenience, safety and reduced energy costs for you and your family.

Homeowners can improve equipment speed and functionality with 4G LTE, as it transfers data at a quicker speed than other networks (i.e. 3G or 2G). With a 4G LTE connection, homeowners can have faster networks, increased broadband capacity, and in-turn greater connectivity.

Increased Security

Ninety percent of consumers said security is one of the top reasons for purchasing smart home equipment. Smart homes can keep families and their beloved assets safer with equipment, such as smart locks or remote access to alarms or video surveillance.

U.S. security companies, such as Alarm.com, now offer VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) for smart home security. This provides homeowners with a direct, hands-free, connection to their security vendor and emergency officials, over Verizon's 4G LTE Network.

Since a 4G LTE network is a cellular connection, homeowners also don’t have to worry about cut wires or power outages making them vulnerable. Cellular connections do not require an Internet connection or landline to operate, allowing systems to remain up-and-running at all times.

How do you ensure the safety of your smart home equipment? Share in the comments below.

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