With a little work, it is possible to create a rudimentary home security system using Labview. In order to understand how this works, you need to be aware of how a security system works — and you have to have some fairly detailed electrical knowledge.
What is a Home Security System?
In truth, there are many things that can be used to create a "home security system." A home security system is simply a system that alerts you when your home has been compromised. Home security systems can include things such as video feeds, but they don’t need to.
Though many home security systems come in kits, such as Honeywell kits, a home security system could be made with something as simple as a stack of cans set in front of a door. When the door opens, the stack of cans clatter to the ground. That is a security system, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a good security system.
Likewise, a set of web cams is technically a "video surveillance" system, but that does not mean it is a good video surveillance system.
What is Labview?
Labview is a virtual instrument that can be used to connect multiple sensors.
The Labview virtual instrument (VI) described here can be easily expanded to a full-fledged alarm system with several sensors, and strategies of detection.
But the key here is that Labview is only a virtual instrument. In order to create a security system, you must still:
- Purchase and install sensors.
- Program the sensors to detect and react.
- Create a method of monitoring.
Labview is consequently a foundation of a security solution, but it is not a solution in and of itself.
Should You Create a Security System With Labview?
Creating a security system with Labview is primarily an academic pursuit; something that one would do if they wanted to see if they could. But there are some reasons why a Labview security system isn’t a good idea:
- It’s not monitored. A Labview system could send you notifications (if you created the programming for it), but there will be no third-party monitoring to make sure you’re safe.
- It’s not professional. Because it isn’t a professionally installed system, it isn’t going to get you discounts on home insurance or renters insurance the way a real system would.
- It’s not predictable. A system that is "home brewed" in this fashion could have numerous failure points, such as malfunctioning sensors, and you won’t know until they fail to perform their job.
It is possible to create a security system with Labview, but it’s probably not a great idea. If you want an actual security system with real monitoring, the experts at Protect America can start helping you today.