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Geotracking works similar to the handsfree feature. When geotracking is included with your home security system, it works with the GPS feature on your smartphone, as long as you have the location services enabled. This feature will detect your location as long as you have your phone with you and you can preset rules as to how you want to use that feature. You can lock/unlock your door, arm/disarm your security system, turn your lights on or off, set the preferred temperature on your thermostat so it’s comfortable when you arrive. You can even preset it to close your garage door if you forget and it will do so once you’ve traveled beyond a certain range. You will probably want good security cameras and/or doorbell cameras so you can see who’s coming and going, as well as what’s happening in and around your home at all times. You might also want the panic button and the two way talk feature so your family can instantly call for help when needed. Window and door sensors and equipment that offers a cellular backup option so you don’t have to worry about the loss of security if any lines are cut or you lose power. Perhaps some environmental sensors to protect you and your family from fire or water intrusion events. And, of course, the convenience of home automation features so you can control and manage your home handsfree and/or remotely. If you are a renter, your needs will be a bit different.

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One disadvantage of the wireless system is that the components will eventually run out of battery life. It is therefore necessary to invest in a dependable battery backup system not only in case of emptying battery life but also to continue to protect your home even in the event of a power outage or a break in attempt by an intruder. Also, note that it is better to buy equipment that is powered by rechargeable batteries. They may have a larger upfront cost, but will prove to be more economical in the long run. Look for a system that notifies you or gives an alarm that can alert you if which batteries are running low. Or if you can, frequently test the components of your system and replace batteries regularly.