What is it?
The modern world is entirely connected. The Internet-Of-Things (IoT) has made it possible to control anything from anywhere. If something isn’t online, it doesn’t exist. Remote services allow users to connect and command systems from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
How Does it Work?
Establishing a remote connection requires that the device or system be assigned an address (IP) on your home or business network. Every device or system will connect to the outside world via the internet in a different way. The manufacturer’s instructions will detail the process for their particular product. Once everything is online the final step is to create a user account with the manufacturer that provides the remote services and log-in to your device or system.
Example: You buy a NEST thermostat on Amazon. You get it installed and connected to your home network with WiFi. Next, you create an account with NEST and log-in. Your thermostat magically appears in the app or web browser! You now have remote services enabled and full control of your thermostat from anywhere.
Devices & Functions
The smartphone app is the most widely used remote services interface for electronic security systems. The dedicated app for your system will be available for download in the iOS or Android app stores, usually for free depending on the manufacturer.
Before there were smartphone apps, there were web browsers. Some of the most popular are Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox. A web browser interface can be a little more comfortable if you’re used to working on a desktop PC. Most providers will have a web browser remote service log-in option but check out the product before you commit to a particular manufacturer. Some of them only develop for mobile.
Question: Do you have any devices or systems that you control from your phone?