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What is geofencing in St. George and how can it be used with my home security?

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

Aside from all the fantastic things the latest home security systems are able to do, there is still a human variable present. While it’s true you can shut off your lights, lock your entrances, and even adjust your thermostat from your phone, you may still neglect to do so. But what if you could have your smart home instantly update simply based on your location? You can do just that with geofencing.

Find out more about this technology and how it works with your St. George security system.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by initiating a virtual geographic perimeter around a specified position, such as your house. This perimeter is typically formed through Global Positioning System (GPS) or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. You can activate geofencing through your security system’s mobile application. After enabling the virtual fence, your smart home will detect the location of your phone. Whenever that is done, your system can discern whether you are within or outside the designated area. You can now set up what actions you want to occur when you come home or leave.

How to integrate geofencing with your St. George home security

You’ll find numerous possibilities when using geofencing with your home security. Before implementing your system, find out precisely what you are able to configure. There is a definite security bonus as you can have your system automatically secure your front door, engage your alarm, and even close your garage door as you exit. On the contrary, when you return home, you can use geofencing to raise your garage door, unlock your main entry, or turn on lights.

You’ll be happy to have extra convenience and potential utility savings along with enhanced security. Just think about having the ability to adjust your home’s temperature automatically in response to your location. There’s no reason to run your furnace or A/C at full blast when you’re not home. Instead, you can set it to automatically change temperatures when you exit and then go back to your ideal settings upon your return.

There are quite a few components you can control with geofencing, including:

  • Smart thermostats
  • Door locks
  • Smart lights and plugs
  • Garage doors
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Motion sensors

Looking for a geofencing alternative? Set automations and schedules

In addition to geofencing, some home security systems allow you to set up automations and schedules. For example, you can set your entrances to secure or outside lights to engage at particular times each and every evening. You could even have multiple actions take place instantaneously when you’re going to bed. Or you can set custom “If This, Then That” rules like deactivating front door locks whenever a safety alarm goes off.

Ask Vivint about home security geofencing in St. George

Benefit from home security geofencing in St. George by consulting with the experts at Vivint. Our modern smart homes will take your safety and convenience to an exciting new level. Reach out today at (435) 375-3735 to start customizing your system.