5 Recent technological development in the home security industry
Technology is advancing pretty much everywhere, and the home security industry hasn’t been left behind. In the past two or three years alone, we have seen the smart home concept become a reality, with homeowners now able to monitor activity in each room from wherever they are. What this means is that you no longer have to worry about who will look after your home when you travel because of technology, you can now take full control even when you are away.
The recent few years have also brought to reality the concept of smart locks or what is commonly called the electric lock. An electric lock can detect whether the person trying to open the door is the homeowner or not. Some waste no time in displaying the homeowner’s name after verifying that it is indeed the homeowner. So, when James reaches his door, the lock will display a message that reads:
Welcome home, James.
If a door can recognize the homeowner, then it becomes easier to detect intruders too. And once they detect that someone other than the homeowner is trying to open the door, they can notify the home security company straight away.
But smart homes and electric locks are just two of the numerous technological innovations witnessed in the home security industry in the recent past. Here are five others that have truly impacted the industry:
1. Remote monitoring
Remote monitoring simply means being able to see what is happening in your home like you were at the scene. By installing surveillance cameras and sending live video feed to the homeowner, security companies are making it possible to go to work or school and not worry about someone breaking into your home. If there is an intrusion, you will receive an alert on your phone instantly, and you even have the option to notify your security company immediately.
2. Home sensors
Home sensors come in many forms and shapes. The simplest ones are motion sensors that can detect movement in the home. If there is motion, the homeowner can be alerted instantly on their mobile device. Most home sensors can be controlled using a smartphone. This way, you can arm or disarm the home security system depending on what is going on in the home. A majority also feature indoor sirens that provide video and audio warning in case of a triggering event.
3. Leak/furnace failure detection
Although burglars are usually the main culprits and, therefore, the main targets of home security systems, there are several potential sources of trouble right within the home. Furnace leaks, for example, pose a serious threat to occupants of the home. Modern security systems are now equipped to detect if there is a problem with the furnace such as a leak or any other sign of failure. This will save you from costly repairs that often result from frozen pipes and water damages.
4. Wireless security
This list would not be complete without the one innovation that radically transformed the home security industry – wireless security. It’s not like wired security was ineffective in any way. But the truth is that wireless devices are just more efficient. When there are no wires to cut, burglars have an even tougher task breaking through a security system. Wireless security has also cut down the rate of false alarms.
5. Smart garage systems
Smart garage systems work the same way as smart home systems expect that they are based around the garage. The garage has often been identified as a potential weak link in home security. This is because garages are typically easier to penetrate compared to the main home. A smart garage system allows you to control the opening and closing of your garage doors using your smartphone. A motion sensor is also installed as well as surveillance cameras and live feed sent to the homeowner. If there is an intrusion, an alert is also instantly sent to the homeowner’s phone.
You could also mention fingerprint scanners, smart cameras, and smartphone apps as other technological innovations that have left a lasting impact in the home security industry. We feel safer now than before because of these brilliant discoveries.