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What is geofencing in Palm Springs and how does it work with my home security?

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

Despite all the remarkable things new home security systems can do, there is still a human component involved. While it’s true you can switch off your smart lights, lock your front door, and even adjust your thermostat from your phone, you may still not remember to do so. But what if you could have your system automatically change settings based simply on your location? You can do precisely that with geofencing.

Discover more about this technology and how it works with your Palm Springs security system.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by establishing a virtual geographic boundary around a defined position, such as your house. This perimeter is frequently created through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. You can enable geofencing via your security system’s mobile application. After establishing the virtual perimeter, your smart home will identify the location of your phone. Once completed, your home can see whether you are inside or outside the defined area. You are now able to program what actions you want to occur whenever you exit or come home.

How to use geofencing with your Palm Springs security system

You’ll discover a range of possibilities when using geofencing with your home security. Before implementing your system, determining exactly what you are able to program through your app is a good idea. There is a definite security benefit as you can order your system to automatically lock your front door, engage your alarm, and even shut your garage door while you depart. On the contrary, when you come home, you can utilize geofencing to open your garage, unlock your front door, or switch on lights.

You’ll be happy to have added convenience and potential energy savings along with elevated security. Just consider having the ability to adjust your home’s temperature instantly based on your whereabouts. There’s no reason to run your furnace or A/C at full blast when you’re away. Alternatively, you can set it to instantly adjust when you exit and then switch back to your ideal settings upon your return.

There are quite a few implements you can operate via geofencing, including:

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

Looking for an alternative to geofencing? Set automations and schedules

Besides geofencing, many security systems allow you to configure scheduling and automations. For example, you might order your entrances to lock or outdoor lights to turn on at particular times each evening. You could even have multiple actions happen at once when you’re turning in for the night. Or you can program customized “If This, Then That” rules like deactivating front door locks whenever a fire alarm goes off.

Turn to Vivint for home security geofencing in Palm Springs

Benefit from home security geofencing in Palm Springs by turning to the professionals at Vivint. Our full-featured smart homes will take your convenience and security to another level. Reach out today at (760) 334-5668 to start customizing your system.