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What is geofencing in Fort Smith and how can I use it with my home security?

September 11, 2023
Man uses smartphone to adjust home security settings when leaving

Aside from all the incredible things new home security systems are able to do, there is still a human variable involved. Even though you can secure your front door, turn off your smart bulbs, and even adjust your comfort settings from your cell phone, you may still neglect to do so. But what if you could have your system automatically change settings simply according to your location? You can do just that with geofencing.

Find out more about this advancement and how it interacts with your Fort Smith security system.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by initiating a virtual geographic boundary around a specified position, like your residence. This border is usually generated through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. You can turn on geofencing through your security system’s smartphone app. After enabling the virtual perimeter, your system will detect your phone's location. When that is finished, your home can tell whether you are within or outside the specified zone. You can now set up the actions you want to take place whenever you come back home or exit.

How to use geofencing with your Fort Smith home security

You’ll find a wealth of possibilities when utilizing geofencing with your home’s security. Before installing your system, find out exactly what you can set up. There is a definite security boost as you can have your system automatically secure your front door, activate your alarm, and even bring down your garage door as you depart. On the contrary, when you come home, you can take advantage of geofencing to open your garage door, unlock your main entrance, or turn on lights.

You’ll enjoy extra convenience and the greater potential for utility savings along with elevated security. Just consider being able to change your home’s comfort levels automatically in response to your location. There’s no reason to operate your HVAC system at full blast when you’re at work or on vacation. Alternatively, you can set it to promptly update when you exit and then resume your ideal settings as you return.

There are various devices you can operate via geofencing, including:

  • Smart thermostats
  • Locking systems
  • Smart lights and plugs
  • Garage doors
  • Video cameras
  • Motion sensors

Looking for a geofencing alternative? Program automations and schedules

In addition to geofencing, modern home security systems let you program automations and schedules. For example, you can order your entrances to lock or outdoor lighting to activate at designated moments each and every evening. You could even have several actions occur at once when you’re turning in for the night. Or you may configure specific “If This, Then That” rules such as deactivating front door locks whenever a smoke detector is tripped.

Ask Vivint about home security geofencing in Fort Smith

Benefit from home security geofencing in Fort Smith by contacting the pros at Vivint. Our full-featured smart homes will take your convenience and security to another level. Place a call today at (479) 370-4503 to begin customizing your system.