Getting kids out of bed and ready to go by 7 a.m. is tough – especially when they’ve spent the past three months in their pajamas until noon.

A smart security system can make your life much easier as you’re rushing out the door – or sitting at your office worrying about the kids.

Here are four ways a security system can make your back-to-school routine easier:

1. Simplify your security checklist.

Checking to ensure all windows are closed, doors are lock and the security system is armed takes time. Do it all at once on your smartphone. The QEI Security app will show you if windows are open and if your security system is armed. If you’ve added a smart lock to your system, you’ll also know if any doors are unlocked.

It’s your daily security check made simple – especially during the back-to-school rush.

You can even use “scenes” – with the touch of one button, set your security system to arm, your thermostat to turn down and your lights to turn off when you lock the door in the mornings.

2. Forgot something? No need to turn around.

With QEI Security & Technology, your system will send a notification to your smartphone if you go five miles from home and didn’t arm your system or close the garage door. Then you can login to the app and do both wherever you are.

Sorry, this won’t help if your kids leave their lunch in the refrigerator!

3. Know when the kids get home.

With a smart security system, there are multiple ways to find out exactly when your kids get home… and know if anyone else is with them.

Standard with your security system, you can create multiple user codes, so when your child’s code is entered, you know he/she disarms and arms the system. For additional awareness, you can create a no-show alert, which lets you know if they’re not home by a certain time. Then you know to follow up.

If you don’t want your home to turn into a neighborhood hangout in the afternoons, then it’s a good idea to keep tabs on who’s there.

An image sensor or interior camera will capture photos or video and send it directly to your smartphone. The image sensor is a motion detector that lets you visually verify who’s coming in and out of your home. An interior camera can be set to take video when the system is armed/disarmed or when motion is detected.

With either of these devices, you can rest assured that they’re following your rules on after-school guests.

4. Avoid lost keys.

Keys are small and easy to lose and kids can be absent minded. Wait—you hid a spare key under a planter? That’s a solution that a burglar will thank you for.

A better way to go is a smart lock for your front door. It’s a permanent solution to lost (and poorly-hidden) keys. They open with easy to remember four-digit codes or from anywhere with our smartphone app.