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What is geofencing in Helena and how can it be used with my security system?

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

In spite of all the amazing things modern home security systems can do, there is still a human component involved. Even though you can lock your front door, turn off your lights, and even change your thermostat from your mobile device, you may still forget to do so. But what if you were able to have your system automatically update based simply on where you are? It can be accomplished with geofencing.

Learn more about this technology and how it interacts with your Helena home security.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by setting up a virtual geographic perimeter around a designated position, such as your house. This border is usually formed through Global Positioning System (GPS) or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. You can activate geofencing via your security system’s mobile app. After the virtual fence has been established, your security system will detect your phone's location. When that is done, your security system can discern whether you are within or outside the specified location. Now you can enable the actions you want to occur as you come home or depart.

How to integrate geofencing with your Helena smart home

You’ll enjoy numerous possibilities when operating geofencing with your home security. Before implementing your system, find out specifically what you are able to configure. There is a an undeniable security boost as you can program your system to automatically lock your front door, activate your alarm, and even close your garage door while you leave. Conversely, when you return for the day, you can take advantage of geofencing to open your garage, unlock your main entrance, or switch on lights.

You’ll appreciate added convenience and the opportunity for energy savings along with elevated security. Imagine having the ability to change your home’s temperature automatically according to where you are. There’s no need to operate your HVAC system at full throttle when you’re away. Instead, you can set it to instantly change temperatures when you depart and then switch back to your preferred settings upon your return.

There are numerous devices you can control via geofencing, including:

  • Smart thermostats
  • Entry locks
  • Smart bulbs and plugs
  • Garage doors
  • Video cameras
  • Motion detectors

Want a geofencing alternative? Program schedules and automations

Along with geofencing, some home security systems let you set up scheduling and automations. For example, you might set your main entryways to lock or outdoor lights to turn on at particular times every night. You might even have a few actions happen at the same time when you’re turning in for the night. Or you can configure specific “If This, Then That” rules like deactivating front door locks whenever a safety alarm is tripped.

Contact Vivint for home security geofencing in Helena

Benefit from home security geofencing in Helena by consulting with the professionals at Vivint. Our modern smart homes will take your convenience and security to a new level. Reach out today at (406) 926-5388 to customize your system.