What’s New in Home and Business Security?
Technology has changed the way we do just about everything. Whether we’re shopping, exercising or checking the weather, it seems computers have uncovered a more convenient, more efficient way of doing things. Security systems for homes and businesses are no exception to this. Recently, the Internet of Things has been making a big impact in the home and business security sector, creating opportunities for clever and innovative security solutions through technology. Consider some developments in security technology that could make your security system simpler and your facility safer.
Next Gen Cameras
Cameras have been an obvious component of any facility security setup. Business security cameras prevent shoplifting and other crime. Home security cameras alert residents of intruders. Cameras themselves are nothing new, but technology has created some fascinating possibilities for common security cameras in terms of what they can do and where they can be placed. Take for instance the Ring Video Doorbell. This is essentially a miniature, front-facing cellphone-sized camera mounted in a doorbell. Ring’s HD camera feed is available remotely through a handy smartphone app. Users can even answer the door through the app.
Another cool security camera solution, Alfred, allows users to turn their old cell phones into home security systems. Like other tech-based security products, a mobile app allows users to view a live video feed remotely. As long as you have an old Android phone and a wifi connection, you’ve got a simple home security setup without monthly fees, complicated setups or service technicians.
Aside from unique applications of surveillance technology, cameras have gotten more sophisticated in general. Just as cell phone cameras have made a giant leap of progress in terms of quality, many surveillance cameras offer high definition feed, making it easier to identify that faces of intruders. One security company, Lorex, has event developed a camera with color night vision. Yes, technology can facilitate a lot of cool and unexpected innovations in many industries, including security. At the same time, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
Most people who have smartphones are accustomed to receiving notifications when someone comments on their photo, when their favorite basketball team wins or when they are running out of storage space. Imagine if you could receive updates about the safety of your home or business space? There are currently several products on the market that do just that.
Nest is the maker of a home security device that is that is meant to alert home and business owners of the stealthiest of intruders: carbon monoxide and smoke (and the fire that accompanies it, of course). In terms of what this detector does, it’s not unlike products that have been around for decades. The novelty of it is the fact that when smoke or CO2 is detected, it alerts the home or business owner with a notification on their smartphone, allowing them to monitor the safety of their home or business remotely. Another similar product made by Delta Faucet is installed into the floor and detects leaks, alerting the owner’s smartphone via wifi connection when a leak is detected. This allows them to respond quickly to prevent expensive water damage.
Another use of smartphones in home and business security has been smart locks and smart lights. Back in the day, you would set your lights to a timer to turn on right before you came home. Now, smart home companies such as Vivint, have made it possible for users to not only check if their lights are on using a live camera feed, but also to turn them on and off. Additionally, doors are wired to lock and unlock remotely on the user’s command through Vivint’s smartphone app. This could allow a homeowner to get in if they’ve forgotten their key or simply check the locks after they’ve left the house for the day.
Without question, technology has opened some intriguing doors in the property security sector. With the Internet of Things just picking up speed and smartphones having found their stride as a staple in everyday life, tech innovation in the security world is starting to unfold. As with any technology-based industry, there is a promising future for home and business security.
~ Rick Delgado