Alarm systems are a natural tie-in for home automation—when you arm the system, all your subsystems can be set to shut down simultaneously, saving you energy automatically.
You can be notified on your cell phone by voice or an email message if you have a security breach or fire alarm.
In the event of an alarm at night, an automatic sequence is triggered: inside lights turn on, outside lights flash so that emergency services can find your house quickly, window shades open to facilitate an easy exit and the forced air system turns off to prevent the spread of smoke.
All security information is logged for future review. If you suspect someone entered the house yesterday, last week or six months ago (even if the system is not armed), you can check the log and confirm or clear your suspicions.