Every day the world gets a little smaller. For many people the world feels so small that you can exert perfect control over it with one hand. In the realm of home security, that is even more true.
What we are going to take a look at today is the trends of home security. The biggest change to home security in the last five years has been the advent of the “smart home”. But while that technology has been leading the way, we cannot neglect the other recent developments.
For instance, installing cameras in your home worked very differently a few years ago than it does now. Even alarms, which have been around for decades, have seen advancements.
But let’s not wait any longer. What are the newest trends in home protection?
Starting with the Smart Home
As we said, this one kind of steals the show from the others. Smart home technology is not exclusively security technology. It started as a way of making your kitchen more convenient.
But as more and more technology became reliant on internet connectivity, smart home technology started to spread into the security sector. This is most noticeable in two recent security devices: The doorbell camera and the alarm system.
There are tons of different security companies making derivative versions of this products. These two have something in common: They will frequently come with a wireless internet modem. This advancement has done two big things for home security.
1. Your other devices can connect to the doorbell camera or alarm directly.
2. It separates your security network from your normal internet network. This means that if one is compromised, the other can still be safe.
This is a high level of integration that allows homes to be controlled through voice commands, phone apps, and even remotely while you are away from home. You can even have your AI assistant, like Alexa or Cortana, both set up security for you and learn from your habits.
AI and Home Security.
Let’s dig into what AI can do for your home security. There was a point in time where all AI was good for was interpreting voice commands. In fact, that is what most people know it for right now. But it can do much more, as many AIs are also learning computers now.
For instance, if you consistently leave your home at one time and come back home at another, these AI assistants can determine that you go to work and come home on a schedule. That means they can set your house alarm to be more sensitive during those times.
Cameras that are connected to a smart home internet network can even use the AI to memorize people’s faces. Even if you come home during the time that your AI detects is your work hours, it can use a doorbell camera’s facial recognition software to confirm it’s you at the door.
That means you can come home early, and your AI will not sound the alarm. You won’t have to turn your alarm off either. Your AI will do it for you. It uses this same technology to activate the camera in the first place. By using the technology to detect faces, it knows when to turn on.
If it does not recognize the face, it can be set up to record what is going on in front of the doorbell camera. You can even get notifications sent to you when this happens.
Keep in mind though, those are features you will have to set up. People are still unfamiliar with both AI and cameras that react to people’s faces, so developers know that they do not want a camera that is set to turn on and record people by default.
Trends in Cameras
And since we are talking about cameras, let’s talk about all the different advancements in cameras. You can probably infer from what we discussed above that cameras can recognize people’s faces. But the funny thing about cameras is that they do not have to.
Let’s back up and talk about cameras in general. Most people imagine cameras as constantly on and always watching. But that is not the case. Cameras will usually only come on under specific circumstances. The most common circumstance is when something moves near them.
And remember, we are saying something. It does not have to be someone. Most cameras, at this point, either come with motion sensors or have motion sensors built into them by default.
These motion sensors allow them to turn on and record activity when it happens. But the more important trend is that they can stay off most of the time. That means two things: Firstly, they do not drain their batteries recording nothing. And second, they do not need a ton of storage.
One of the biggest obstacles of logistics that cameras faced for the longest time was that if they were recording constantly, then they needed to either have a ton of storage space or capture really low-quality video to make use of smaller storage space. Now, they don’t need to worry.
Motion detection and facial recognition have made cameras far more efficient at their jobs. In turn, this has made them smaller and easier to set up, and even easier to manufacture. The end result is cheaper cameras that can incorporate more features.
The main takeaway from all these trends is that security is becoming more sophisticated, but also more convenient. You do not need to be a security expert to program an alarm, nor do you need to be an electrician to set up a camera or install a security control unit.
Cameras just need to be placed and pointed at people, while alarms will be attached to your smoke detector if they are really complex, and rest on your mantlepiece otherwise. If any of this sounds like it belongs in your home, then get it now, as there has never been a better time.
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