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From Talking Cameras To Sleep Trackers—Five Advances That Are Improving Security Cameras

Security cameras are essential if you want to see what's happening in your home, and everyday, technology makes these devices even more effective. Wondering how security cameras are currently being improved? Here is a look at some of the most recent advances:

1. Remote Surveillance with Smartphone App

A new generation of security cameras can be hooked up to smartphone apps so that you can view your home from anywhere. You can check in on the nanny while you are on a date night, make sure that no one is in your garage when you get a foreboding feeling at work, or monitor the perimeter of your home while lying in bed with your smartphone.

2. Motion-Detected Video Transmission

Being able to check out video footage of your home at any time is useful, but unless you have the time to watch your smartphone all day long, it's not a particularly effective way to monitor your home for thieves. Luckily, motion-detection technology is making remote monitoring more effective.

New cameras can be programmed to transit video footage every time they detect motion. If someone or something is moving in your home, these cameras can send an alert to your phone. Then, you can watch real time footage of what's going on and respond appropriately.

3. Cameras that Verbally Warn Criminals

As a criminal approaches your home, your security camera should do more than just sit there silently filming them, and a new generation of cameras is speaking up on your behalf. When they detect motion, these cameras threaten or warn the thieves with a prerecorded message. Luckily, most talking cameras are not equipped with the traditional calm female voice that you hear in elevators or on subways. Instead, they come equipped with a formidable-sounding voice that may really scare thieves away.

In some cases, you can even record your own menacing voice with these cameras. Imagine how startled the criminals will be as the camera tells them, "Stop! You are being recorded!" or "We are inside cleaning our guns! Don't take another step."

4. Sleep Trackers

Some security companies are attaching their systems and cameras to devices like sleep-sensitive wristbands. These devices detect when you are sleeping, and they turn on the camera as soon as you fall asleep. When you wake up the system is immediately disarmed.

This is ideal if you don't like turning on and off your cameras manually. As long as you wear the wristband or sleep tracker, you never have to worry about being unaware of your surroundings. If you fall asleep on the couch while watching TV, your system will know that you are asleep, and it will activate the alarm for you.

5. Programmable Responsiveness

Security cameras and systems can be linked to apps that make these systems fully programmable to meet your needs. These new apps allow you to set up if-then statements that make your system work in a way that is convenient for your lifestyle. For instance, you could give your system the following command: "If the system detects motion, then send my smartphone video footage of what is happening." or "If I am not home at three o'clock, then disarm the system so that the kids can get into the house after school."

Many security systems can also be integrated with thermostats and carbon monoxide or fire detectors. These can also be programmed accordingly. For example, you could create the following commands: "If the system detects carbon monoxide, then text the neighbor so she can get the dog out of the house." or "If the outside temperature rises about 75 degrees, then decrease the temperature on the thermostat by a degree.

To learn more about exciting advances in home security cameras and technology, contact a home security expert. With the vast amount of advances currently available, you should easily be able to find a camera or security system that works with your needs.

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Owning a Small Business: The Benefits of Outsourcing

When I finally made the leap from working for somebody else to setting up my own company, it was plain that I needed help. There wasn't money to hire more than a few employees, so I turned to outsourcing as a way to keep costs low and still get things done. Ten years later, I still outsource some functions because it works so well. My first round focused on IT outsourcing and it turned out to be the perfect way to keep my network up and running. I moved on to outsourcing the payroll, something that kept the taxes in order and ensured my employees were paid on time. If you are thinking of using outsourcing for your small business, let's talk. I'll tell you what to look for in partners, and how to decide if outsourcing a certain function is really in your best interests.