Home security systems are no longer characterized by huge locks and soaring gates. With time and advances in home security technology, both commercial and residential properties are safer than ever.
The current wave of home security technology is replacing home security cameras and other home security systems with newer, state-of-the-art products. Some of the most advanced home security systems today include smart alarm systems, light sensors, smart home automation features and more. Advanced technological development in home security today gives homeowners easy access to a wide range of smart hardware and software solutions.
Per Gartner’s research, a an average home could remotely connect to about 500 things inside the home using smart automation devices. Therefore, if you are planning to upgrade the security of your home, you should do so now.
Home security advances you need to know about
Today, there is much more to protecting your home from burglars and criminals than home surveillance cameras. Even the most basic security features in the home such as door and window locks have been upgraded to smart door and window locks with sensors; thanks to advances in home security technology.
Many home security systems also utilize the Internet and the cloud to manage home security remotely, make home security solutions more reliable, and improve their affordability.
Let’s look at some advances in home security you need to know to improve your current home security systems!
Body heat and motion detectors
These home security devices pick up body heat and movement and trigger an alarm as soon as they identify them. These detectors can help with:
- Feels an uninvited guest and alerts the central monitoring station
- Warns you in case of a break
- Triggers a doorbell when someone approaches your entrance
- Notifies you when pets / other animals enter your home
The most common types of body heat and motion detectors on the market are:
- Passive Infrared (PIR)
- Dual technology
- Microwave (MW)
- Customized, such as touch sensors and pet immune sensors
Wireless alarm systems
Wireless alarm systems are known as the next generation of home security. They come with better protection, reduced installation costs and lower maintenance. However, many homeowners still prefer wired alarm systems (we will discuss why in the next section).
A wireless alarm system consists of:
- Different connectors
All these components are connected to the central control panel by means of radio signals.
You are no longer required to store your keys in the flowerpot or under the mat. These days, you can easily find smart locks with Bluetooth or WiFi-enabled keyboards. With these locks you can lock your doors and windows without going to them; all you need is a smartphone or voice assistant.
Face recognition technology
Smart camcorders and doorbells can now use face recognition technology to identify potential threats.
Carbon monoxide and fire alarms
Advances in home security technology have also made it possible to detect carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas, and fire in commercial and residential buildings. Almost all home security systems these days include CO and fire detectors which triggers an alarm as soon as one of them is detected.
Why you need a wired alarm system
Both wired and wireless alarm systems come with their own set of pros and cons. However, most homeowners still prefer wired alarm systems over their wireless counterparts. In addition, wired alarm systems can be an excellent option for homeowners with pre-wired home security systems.
Wired alarm systems include multiple hardware components and require professional installation. Each sensor is connected to the central panel using cables and wires that run around door frames and foot panels. These systems use telephone lines to operate and communicate.
Let’s look at the benefits of having a wired alarm system for your home.
- You can hire professionals to install it. Professional installation is more reliable than do-it-yourself installation.
- You do not have to worry about the alarm system running out of battery.
- The system is not dependent on WiFi. Therefore, even if you are facing WiFi connection issues, they will not affect your wired alarm system. For example, with wired alarm systems, there will be no problems during the next 3G sunset. Some 2G / 3G mobile carriers have already planned their next 3G sunset dates by the end of 2021.
Offsite surveillance capability for home security systems
With crime rates rising year by year and criminals becoming as advanced as home security technology, offsite surveillance capabilities for home security systems are a must.
With the option of external monitoring, you have more peace of mind than on-site monitoring. You no longer have to depend on your neighbors to ensure the safety of your home. To set up remote monitoring for your home security system, all you need is a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Remote monitoring or external monitoring typically works around the clock and allows you to monitor your home whenever you want.
With remote monitoring, you can monitor and control multiple security devices in your home using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can also:
- Control monitored alarm systems
- Manage home automation devices such as smart lights, smart thermostats, smart door locks and more
- Receive notifications about the security of your home, no matter where you are
- Watch live feeds from your home security cameras
- Make your home security system more interactive
For example, doorbell cameras from DMP can allow you to remotely talk to people at your front door via a mobile device. This top-of-the-line camera allows you to watch video-on-demand with a direct look-in or recorded clips at any time.
Transition to home automation and complete home security
The transition to home automation is another crucial step towards ensuring the security of your home. Using home automation, you can control your home security devices using a mobile device, no matter where you are. Research shows that by 2023, the automation of the smart home industry in American homes will be 53.9%. In addition, 3 out of 4 buyers in the United States have at least one smart gadget at home.
Home automation systems include everything from appliances and lights to sprinklers and thermostats. Each device in the home automation system has a dedicated IP address and can be accessed and monitored remotely.
All smart devices and devices that can be connected to the Internet using WiFi or Ethernet can benefit from home automation. Today’s home automation systems operate dedicated appliances and devices in your home with monitoring control and programming. These devices and devices also include a user-friendly app interface that can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Let’s look at the benefits of switching to home automation.
- You can manage all your devices and devices from one panel. Here, the convenience aspect plays a key role. Being able to manage all of your technology and home security devices through a single interface is a major technological advancement.
- You can improve the overall security of your home. Home automation systems can help a great deal in connecting various smart home security devices such as automated door locks, motion detectors, surveillance cameras and more throughout your home so you can control them from a single device. You can receive real-time notifications on your smartphone and monitor your home security system from any corner of the world.
- You can remotely control your smart home devices. Home automation also allows you to remotely manage smart home devices, such as smart lights and thermostats. For example, if you are stuck in traffic on a sunny summer day, you can remotely reduce the temperature inside your home so that you get into a cool environment when you get home. You can even turn off the lights while sitting in your office if you let them turn on by mistake.
- You can get the most out of better energy efficiency. With home automation, you can greatly improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. For example, smart thermostats can help you effectively adjust your temperature preferences and suggest energy-efficient temperature settings. Smart lights can also be programmed to turn on / off depending on the time of day.
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