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

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

In spite of all the amazing things new home security systems are able to do, there is still a human element present. Even though you can turn off your smart lights, lock your entrances, and even adjust your comfort settings from your mobile device, you may still forget to do so. But what if you were able to have your smart home instantly update simply in response to your location? It’s doable with geofencing.

Find out more about this functionality and how it incorporates into your Missoula home security.

How does geofencing work?

Geofencing works by establishing a virtual border around a defined spot, like your house. This boundary is usually created through Global Positioning System (GPS) or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. You can turn on geofencing using your home security mobile app. After enabling the virtual fence, your security system will identify your phone’s whereabouts. When that is finished, your system can discern whether you are outside or inside the designated location. Now you can program the actions you want to occur as you come back home or exit.

How to use geofencing with your Missoula smart home

When integrating geofencing with your smart home, you’ll find a wide range of possibilities. Before implementing your system, finding out specifically what you can set up through your mobile device is a smart approach. There is a definite security benefit as you can have your system automatically secure your front door, engage your alarm, and even close your garage door as you depart. On the contrary, when you return for the day, you can take advantage of geofencing to raise your garage door, unlock your front door, or switch on lights.

You’ll appreciate extra convenience and the opportunity for energy savings along with elevated security. Just think about being able to change your home’s comfort settings automatically in response to where you are. There’s no need to operate your A/C or furnace at full throttle when you’re not in the house. Instead, you can have it promptly change temperatures when you depart and then switch back to your preferred settings upon your return.

There are quite a few components you might program through geofencing, including:

  • Smart thermostats
  • Smart locks
  • Smart lighting and plugs
  • Garage doors
  • Cameras
  • Motion sensors

Want a geofencing alternative? Set automations and schedules

In addition to geofencing, modern security systems let you set up scheduling and automations. For example, you might set your doors to lock or outside lighting to activate at specific moments every day. You could even have a few actions happen at the same time when you’re going to bed. Or you may program custom “If This, Then That” rules like unlocking your front doors whenever a fire alarm is tripped.

Contact Vivint for home security geofencing in Missoula

Benefit from home security geofencing in Missoula by turning to the professionals at Vivint. Our innovative smart homes will take your security and convenience to an exciting new level. Reach out today at (406) 926-0627 to start customizing your system.