Skylink Security Products Empower Home Owners
by Jim Bray
Youd almost think that with all of the two way monitoring home and
business security companies advertising all the time thered be no
room for smaller, more personal home protection systems.
But of course youd be wrong.
Ive been trying out some elegantly simple home security technologies
and, while the ones Ive been using wont call the cops if some
lowlife tries to break into stately Bray manor, they do let me be the master
of my domain as long as Im around to monitor them.
And in certain applications that could be all you need.
The equipment is from a company called Skylink.
They have a bunch of little gadgets you can use to keep an eye on your
personal or corporate realm. They interact with a little base unit that
uses LEDs that flash accompanied by a plaintive beeping noise if
somethings amiss chez vous.
The garage door doohickey attaches to the bottom of the door and, if someone
opens it up on you, a little plastic plunger extends in a most low tech
way thanks to the law of gravity and that makes the gadget
holler for help.
Likewise, they have a little motion detector you can mount outside the
house and if someone invades your space it signals the base unit to beep
I find this idea particularly handy because by putting the base unit in
my home theater and mounting the motion sensor outside the front door,
the LEDs give me a heads up if someone arrives while Im
playing music or movies so loud that I cant hear the doorbell.
Which is all the time
Skylink has a whole series of such products including one thatll
raise the alarm if water starts gushing into your basement.
And while the basic system configurations require you to be home to see
the lights flash and hear the beeps beep, you can also get optional equipment
thatll send an emergency phone call to your cell phone, pager, or
wherever else you want it to holler for help.
It isnt the most high tech solution, but its an elegantly
simple packaging of technology. And it shows that, just because something
may not be the fanciest trinket on the market, it can still have valid
applications in this high tech world.
So forget about planned obsolescence, or Big Brother watching over your
home via some expensive, two way security system! You really can do it
Now, I don't know how systems such as those offered by Skylink stack up
when compared to the monitored systems you can subscribe to, but there
are plenty of applications where Skylink-type devices should work well.
Rural areas where monitoring systems may not be available, for example.