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Are Your Kids Full of Surprises? Alarm.com Has You Covered.

Jan 05 2017
When you're a parent, life is full of surprises. Some of them more welcome than others.

Kids made you breakfast in bed? That's cute. Kids got into the garage and painted the floor purple? That's not cute at all.

To protect you and your kids from bad ideas that seemed good at the time, Alarm.com has launched Unexpected Activity notifications. They're a new type of proactive, intelligent protection powered by our Insights Engine, which looks out for your family by learning your everyday behavior patterns and letting you know when something out of the ordinary is going on.

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You don't need to do anything to set up this new smart home feature. Alarm.com's Insights Engine works proactively as part of the smart home security platform that powers your home. Over time, however, you can train it with simple 'useful / not useful' feedback that the Insights Engine will adapt to. You can also opt to 'pause' for 24 hours if a sudden schedule change, such as a sick day, begins triggering alerts.

Unusual Activity notifications can be triggered by all sorts of sensors around your home, including contact sensors on doors and windows, and motion sensors that you've placed in dangerous or forbidden areas.

Here are five areas of your home where an Unexpected Activity alert can save the day:

1. External doors

On weekday mornings, your front door sees a lot of activity. On weekend mornings—not so much… so why did it just open at 6.30? Answer: your curious four-year is exploring the front yard while you're still waking up with your first cup of coffee. This Unexpected Activity notification will have you alert in no time.

2. Laundry area

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Your basement might feature a comfortable family room complete with cozy couches and large TV, but chances are there's also a laundry area down there too, boring to you but often fascinating to kids. A motion detector in this area can let you know if there's unexpected activity around your washer and dryer.

3. Medicine cabinet

For young children, the bathroom can be your home's most hazardous area—especially once they're able to move and climb onto a chair to explore its shelves. Place a contact sensor on your medicine cabinet to know instantly if it's accessed outside your normal routine.

4. Top of stairs

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Whether it's a bad dream or a stomach ache, every child will sometimes get up and wander in the night. If their bedroom is near the stairs, being alerted in time can help you avert the danger of a sleepy child taking a tumble.

5. Door to the garage

With its mysterious tools and shelves, your garage is possibly the most alluring area of your house to inquisitive kids. While you're often in there at weekends, a weekday alert from your internal garage door's contact sensor can indicate that youngsters are trying to get hands-on with the tools or paints inside.

Want to find out more?

To find out how other parents use Alarm.com, click here. If you'd like to get started with smarter home security, click here to connect with an Alarm.com service provider. Or, check out the video below for an animated look at the Insights Engine in action.