Security really has come a long way in a short space of time, all in a bid to make you feel that your home or workplace is completely safe and protected, whether you are in there or not.
If you think about it, it wasn’t until reasonably recently that all home security devices were wired, but along with everything else in this age, it had to change.
But what else does the future hold for technology in the security world? How are we striving to make our homes and offices a safer place to be?
We thought we’d take a look at the possible advances in the home security systems the industry might have to offer…
Everything becoming wireless is an inevitability. In fact, it has pretty much almost happened. Long gone are the days of that spaghetti-like mess in the walls and behind your computer of crossed-over and tangled wires coming from CCTV, alarms, and you-don’t-even-know-where.
Whilst home security systems have typically relied on a home phone or landline, nowadays, we’re all about the high-tech wireless options. We are evolving into the world of smart phone technology and more subtle creations where you won’t even notice any difference in your interior; a décor friendly style.
What live stream from your home or office CCTV cameras that you can get on your phone or tablet is going to develop into something much more advanced. We predict that soon enough, phone applications that give you the chance to monitor, control and program your security systems and their settings whilst you are out of the house will boom. It will become far more than just surveillance at your fingertips.
Your phone will become the latest gadget in high-end home security, with advanced trigger technology to keep you in-the-know at all the times you should be, from the simple things like knowing who knocks on your door (similar to the existing i-Bell) to the more alarming dangers that could happen in your home.
Smart sensors, motion detectors and cameras will connect to your phone and be able to send you alerts when anything is out of the ordinary. Your smart home will be able to detect abnormal temperatures, smoke, carbon monoxide levels and alert you immediately via your mobile phone or tablet, and even notifying local fire service if necessary, to save time before it might be too late.
How about your cameras have the ability to detect intruders that aren’t you, your friends or your pet? And why stop there; if you are out of the house and notified about these alerts, you could be able to do something about it.
Control your home from your mobile phone – turn on the lights, turn on the television, make it sound like someone is in the house. Or use this phone control to turn off the hob or straighteners you accidentally left on when you were going out the house this morning.
We’ve all been there – carrying heavy bags of shopping to your door before having to drop them all on the floor to fumble around in your pocket for a key. It doesn’t seem very high-tech, does it? It is the reasons like these why the ongoing developments in the ‘smart lock’ are bound to succeed and be seen on every door in the near future.
We’re talking keyless entry – using digital keys, your phone, or even your house being smart enough to detect who should be allowed in and who should be queried. Imagine that: a front door that can tell the difference between you, your family, your friends, your neighbours and your postman so that you know who’s coming to your door before they’ve even clenched their fists to knock or reach for their key.
How about notifying you when you’re out about when certain people are going in and out the house? You can keep an eye on your kids while you’re at work or find out when the plumber leaves. It will have to be entirely customisable for every one of our houses too – perhaps a quick eye or fingerprint scan of everyone that approaches or comes in to ensure your safety and your peace of mind.
Speaking of, the most popular form of biometrics used in security systems is the fingerprint scan. Given the fact that no one has an identical fingerprint, it makes a lot of sense. Predominantly used for cyber security at the moment, like for your phone or tablet, fingerprint access might just develop into something far more.
Biometrics is a highly intelligent form of access control, and one of the latest forms of home security too and is no doubt something that is going to be developed. For example, the concept of face recognition could be the next step to combat security or safety risks around your residence. It would be an easy way to defend your property from intruders or unwanted visitors.
Whilst the idea of robots guarding your home sounds out the question and a bit out-of-space at the moment, robots are being developed as we speak, and scientists and engineers are coming a long way with them.
Next thing, they’ll be able to take on our most boring household chores, and then before we know it, robots will be the easy option for home security. They will be constantly in the house, and intelligent enough to make sure that everything is in check and there’s nothing out of the ordinary around. It may get to a point when you have no further need for sensory alarms or motion detectors as they will achieve this.