Exploring the Frontiers of Home Security's Next Generation

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cortiers Real Estate

As technology-related threats increase and security tech advances, demand for high-tech home security has never been higher. Security and safety applications represent the top motivation for consumers to adopt smart home technology, with 25 percent of renovating homeowners installing at least one smart home system or device as part of a home security upgrade, a Houzz survey reports. Alarms, detectors for fire and carbon monoxide, cameras, sensors, video intercoms and doorbells, garage door openers and motion-sensing lighting represent the top smart security and safety tech upgrades. Demand for these types of technology is helping feed the home security market at an annual compound growth rate of 8.7 percent, putting it on track to reach a value of $47.5 billion by 2020, Markets and Markets projects. Here's a closer look at some of the most popular cutting-edge home security technology and how it's transforming the future of property protection.

Smarter Security Devices

Among the growing range of smart home security devices, the most impressive technology advances are being made in the field of smart security cameras. Today's most advanced systems use wire-free security cameras that can run on a single rechargeable lithium ion battery power pack for up to four months before needing a recharge. Unencumbered by wires, these cameras can be strategically placed anywhere indoors or outdoors. Footage can be recorded in high-definition quality with crisp night vision to ensure you capture the most important details. Recording is triggered by passive infrared sensors that sense moving heat patterns, so that cameras begin running when the intruder moves in. Recordings are stored on security grade DVR with enough space to contain years worth of motion-based footage.

Next-generation security cameras are currently developing facial recognition capability that enables surveillance recordings to identify those being recorded. This capability can potentially be used to allow doors to be opened automatically for authorized visitors or to feed images of suspects into a police database. It can also be used for non-security applications, such as automatically adjusting home temperature to the preference of an identified resident.

Automated Neighborhood Watch

Connecting smart sensors and drones to the Internet of Things will lead to home security systems being incorporated into automated neighborhood watch systems. Microsoft Research and the University of Texas at Austin have been developing a technology called Bolt that can combine input from multiple homes and neighborhood locations into a single database for analysis. The technology is designed to give communities the ability to pool data to detect security problems. For example, if multiple homes on a block all detect the same car passing them by repeatedly, it may indicate a burglar is casing homes on the block.

Meanwhile Avnet has unveiled a smart neighborhood system which includes security features, and Alabama Power has partnered with Signature Homes and other partners to test out a 62-home connected community with pooled security resources.

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