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What is geofencing in Tallahassee and how can I use it with my security system?

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

Aside from all the fantastic things modern home security systems are able to do, there is still a human element present. While it’s true you can turn off your lighting, lock your front door, and even alter your thermostat from your smartphone, you may still neglect to do so. But what if you were able to have your smart home automatically update simply in response to your location? You can do exactly that with geofencing.

Find out more about this functionality and how it works with your Tallahassee home security.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by setting up a virtual boundary around a specified location, such as your home. This border is usually generated through Global Positioning System (GPS) or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. You can enable geofencing via your security system’s mobile app. After establishing the virtual boundary, your system will determine your phone's location. When that is done, your system can tell whether you are outside or inside the specified zone. You can now set up the actions you want to occur whenever you come home or leave.

How to incorporate geofencing with your Tallahassee smart home

When integrating geofencing with your home’s security, you’ll discover a wealth of possibilities. Before hooking up your system, determining precisely what you are able to program through your cell phone app is a smart move. There is a definite security boost as you can have your system automatically lock your main entrance, arm your system, and even shut your garage door when you depart. Conversely, when you come home, you can take advantage of geofencing to open your garage, unlock your front door, or switch on lights.

You’ll be happy to have additional convenience and potential utility savings along with improved security. Just consider having the ability to change your home’s comfort settings automatically based on your location. There’s no reason to run your furnace or A/C at max effort when you’re at work or on vacation. Instead, you can have it automatically update when you leave and then go back to your normal settings upon your return.

There are numerous implements you can operate through geofencing, including:

  • Smart thermostats
  • Smart locks
  • Smart lighting and plugs
  • Garage doors
  • Surveillance systems
  • Motion sensors

Seeking a geofencing alternative? Program schedules and automations

In addition to geofencing, many home security systems permit you to configure automated tasks and schedules. For instance, you might order your doors to secure or exterior lights to turn on at specific times each day. You may even have several actions take place instantaneously when you’re going to bed. Or you may configure custom “If This, Then That” rules like unlocking your front doors whenever a safety alarm is tripped.

Ask Vivint about home security geofencing in Tallahassee

Incorporate home security geofencing in Tallahassee by contacting the professionals at Vivint. Our modern smart homes will take your safety and convenience to another level. Give us a call today at (850) 790-4997 to start customizing your system.