The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought about a fundamental change in the way we use technology. There are many potential benefits of the IoT for people with disabilities.
For example, someone who is blind or has a mobility-related disability can monitor and control their home heating thermostat through an accessible smartphone interface, or they can have their door automatically unlock when they approach it.
Managing intruder alarms has typically been quite inaccessible as they tend to be installed in inaccessible areas and have inaccessible touch panels. A Dublin-based company, Action24 has bucked this trend by designing an intruder alarm which can be accessed via an app installed on their Tablet or Smartphone.
The main part of the intruder alarm is the HomeTouch™ panel which controls all devices. Once the panel has been installed, further devices can be included such as IP CCTV cameras, smoke detectors and wireless carbon monoxide detectors for enhanced protection of your home. Any activations will be reacted upon in Action24’s monitoring centre and the devices are viewable also on the Action24 app.
It is also possible to integrate the control of your lights or other electrical devices from your Action24 App. You can pair a Z-wave plug with the panel and you will be able to control the lamp or other electronic device connected to the Z-wave plug. The connected devices will then appear on your App and are controllable at all times, whether you are at home or away. A very useful option when you’re on holidays!
How much does it cost?
€500 for the panel, €200 for the smoke detector and wireless carbon monoxide detector, €100 for IP camera, €35/month for monitoring.
How do you control alarm and home devices?
Active24 have partnered with alarm.com to bring together home security and automation app for your home. Their App is available for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and any Android device.
What is monitoring?
Monitoring is done by trained operators in a 24/7 Alarm Receiving Centre. Nominated keyholders/emergency services will receive a call from operators when activations occur. The monitoring fee is a requirement for this company.
The good: It’s an intruder alarm that’s accessible.
The not so good: A bit expensive if you are looking for the full array of additional features and extras.
The verdict: A good option for anyone who wants security and smart home control from the one app.
Alternatives: Considering the relatively high cost of this system and the monthly cost of monitoring it may be beyond the budget for some users. Monitoring will definitely enhance the security of your home or premises, however, there are other alternatives that avoid the monitoring fees.
An alternative without a monitoring fee is to use a Z-Wave controller such as the VeraPlus advanced home controller for €190. You can have similar Z-Wave window €50 and motion €60 sensors and cameras, carbon monoxide (CO) €85 and smoke detectors €70 which can be configured when activated to sound a siren or send a customized Text message to three mobile numbers using a SMS Controlled Switch €145. You also have the options to control heating systems and lighting. The full control of the alarm and smart home devices in a similar way as the Activate24 is available via an app.