Security systems have been around for decades protecting homes and families quite admirably. They watch for break-ins and fire, sounding an alarm at the first sign of trouble. They call out to central monitoring stations, which dispatch the appropriate emergency responders. It’s the core competency of any make or model of home security system, but you can realize so many more benefits from today’s generation of home security systems. For example, during an emergency situation, the security system can signal select lights to flash, and when there’s a fire it can override the heating and cooling system to prevent the spread of smoke. Systems today can dispatch alerts to your smartphone and respond to commands issued from your smartphone, no matter if you’re down the street or halfway around the world.