Even though I love gadgets and toys, one of the greatest benefits of a smart home is safety. One of the best ways to accomplish this is the automation built into hubs like Wink and SmartThings. There are two main reasons to have a hub, to have a central interface to control of all your devices that would otherwise have multiple apps and interfaces. The second and most useful in my opinion is automation. This is going to be a multiple part series on automation specifically focused on safety and family protection.
The first device that were going to focus on is the Nest Protect. If you haven’t read my review on the Protect you can find it here. The Protect has plenty of safety features on its own but it really stands out when you hook it to a hub. According to the American Red Cross home fires peak in the evening between 6 and 7pm. In the winter time most places are dark during these times. Home automation to the rescue.
The Nest Protect when hooked to a hub can be setup to turn every light on in the house if it detects smoke or carbon monoxide. Wink can even trigger different events depending on the Protect detecting smoke or carbon monoxide. I don’t know about you, when an emergency happens I want to be able to quickly get my family to safety.
Stay tuned for future parts of the blog when we delve into more ways to keep your family safe!
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