As enjoyable as it can be to have multiple homes spread around the world, the responsibility of a property portfolio comes along with a lot of concerns about looking after it properly. As most high net-worth individuals by necessity travel a lot, it isn’t always practical to have someone looking after each property during your absence. However, technology is now stepping in to put your mind at ease, with new ‘smarthomes’ going beyond gadgets to offer you individually tailored security systems that can be controlled from anywhere in the world.
Smart technology has already enabled homeowners to control everything from the temperature of their home to the lighting in individual rooms and now, this spirit of innovation has turned towards security. In many cases, the methods used can be as simple as taking a classic piece of good, practical advice and using technology to update it. For example, most travellers will already be familiar with the tricks used to pretend that a vacant home has people living there – like drawing curtains and asking neighbours to turn on lights or move your car. The Siemens Building Controls system takes this into the 21st century with technology that can be used to lock windows and doors, automatically control the curtains or blinds and turn on the lights at the right time of day, all creating a convincing illusion of an occupied house.
Other technology builds on devices that are already well integrated into our daily lives – like smartphones. The miGuard alarm system from Response Electronics Limited uses an in-house control panel and a smartphone app to create a home security system that you can check up on effortlessly just by glancing at your phone. The system can be used to let you know when your children arrive home safely, as well as alerting you to any breaches or power cuts. If someone does manage to get inside the house unexpectedly, the system automatically lets the owner listen in on their home so that they can make an informed decision on the next steps to take.
Alternatively, AT&T’s Digital Life offers a range of services that can be used to do everything from unlocking your front door remotely to adjusting the temperature in a certain room. Their complete package includes installing cameras that are connected to the internet, moisture sensors, smoke alarms and sensors on all doors and windows. All of the features in your home are then monitored 24/7 by the company, who are able to ring the emergency services should they happen to notice anything unusual in your home.
If you’re considering expanding your property portfolio and have concerns about the security of your homes abroad, Engel & Völkers can help. With decades of experience in buying and selling houses around the world, our friendly agents have a wealth of knowledge to draw on to ensure that you always get the best possible advice. Like us on Facebook or head over to our website to find out more.