There is a lot that is happening in home security systems with regard to technological innovations. Gone are the days of basic alarms, which would only alert the owner and the monitoring company when a burglar tried to break in. Nowadays, there is so much more functionality that your home safety system can give you.
Smart Video Surveillance
Video surveillance is an important part of a safe home. If a burglar breaks into your home, the police will use the footage from the video surveillance to trace the burglar.
However, there is a lot of improvement in video surveillance with features such as package detection, people counting, facial recognition, among others.
With smart video surveillance, even the data analysis will change. The monitoring systems will be able to bring together multiple sources of videos, and use analytics to mine the data.
Use of Artificial Intelligence
The use of artificial intelligence in the home security systems will allow the system to monitor activity autonomously, and make the right decision on how to act.
One of the greatest challenges in these systems are false alarms. Artificial intelligence increases the reliability on the system, since it is able to discern whether or not there is an actual threat, and how best to react to it.
Sensors with Multiple Uses
The basic systems for home protection have sensors that are capable of only handling one or two tasks. However, with emerging technology, sensors are now capable of giving more functionality including, detecting the quality of air, sensing ambient light, monitoring sound, sensing motion, among others.
Smart Home Automation
Smart home automation is a trend that will definitely continue in 2019. From your smart device, it is now possible to take control of some features within your home remotely. You can switch off the lights, adjust the thermometer, and control your entertainment systems, among others.
You do not even have to be within the vicinity to let someone into your home; whether the babysitter or the cleaning crew. Simply use your smart device to remotely unlock the door, and once they leave, you can lock up again.
A system with safety features such as voice activation is more efficient and allows for better security. The ability to use voice commands for control of your smart home automation, is a great step towards improving efficiency, for instance, you can simply issue a command to lock the doors, from the comfort of your sofa.
Facial recognition is sure to make its entry into security systems. Imagine a situation where your alarm has gone off, and you cannot remember your password.
With facial recognition, customers will no longer have to worry about having to remember passwords, especially in stressful times. Facial recognition is also hard to fool, thereby giving the homeowner better home protection.
With Improvement in technology, you will no longer need to have different smart devices controlling different aspects of your smart home. There will be better integration resulting in user-friendly systems.
Customers will also have the ability to choose who they buy from. Some companies will lock you into only being able to buy from them. For example, if you buy a particular home security system from them, any add-on will have to come from the same company.
However, going forward, the different players will have to integrate their technology, so that customers from different platforms have access.
Consumers need to be sure in the knowledge that they are safe at all times. It is therefore very important that the data from their safety systems is secure. Encryption will, therefore, be very important to customers.
Encryption sensors will protect homeowners from tech-savvy hackers, who can copy information sent over unencrypted wireless signals thus giving them access to the customer’s home. The security companies need to have a proper way of handling and disposing of data that the customer no longer requires.
Moreover, they will have to look for a way to aggregate data across neighbourhoods, so that they can use the information to identify perpetrators, especially in areas where the crime rate is high.
Technology should make life easier, and the home protection systems will have to follow suit. There should be an inclusion of child-friendly features so that if a child is at home alone, he or she can easily operate the system.
Safety technologies are rapidly evolving and continue to feature better technology, which benefits the customers immensely.
We predict that the home security companies are not going to rest on their laurels and 2019, but will continue to upgrade the systems. The use of artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and voice control, among other functions, are exciting trends to watch out for.