Security and lighting
One thing we may see very soon is the integration of lighting into security systems within the home. This could have two main uses. The first of these is that, along with alarms sounding a siren, they could also flash bright lights to alert anyone nearby that there’s been a break in. This is likely to deter any would-be burglars, and hopefully draw attention to the fact the house has been broken into.
The other use is a little less dramatic! It just involved hooking up the lights in your home so that a central system can turn them on and off at certain points in the day so as to give the illusion that the house is occupied. Think of this as a more high-tech version of leaving your hall light on when you go out.
Cameras are becoming increasingly more advanced, especially now that many can be connected to the internet. They provide high definition feeds and can be set up both internally and externally. Some cameras are also able to detect temperature and motion as well.
Cameras might also start to integrate facial recognition software, allowing only those recognised by the system to enter the house. This would also allow for any unrecognised people to be photographed, so that any would-be intruders are documented.
For a long time, locks have stuck with the tried and test method of simply using a key, but that could be about to change. There are now a range of locks which use more advanced access methods. This includes pin codes, fingerprint scanners, and even using your smartphone to unlock your house.
These technologies are in their infancy, but as they progress they’ll become more and more secure. There’s even a possibility that geo-fencing will be used so that your security system will know whether you’re in or out of the house. This technology already exists in most smart phones, allowing you to set reminders on your phone which only pop up when you reach a certain location.
This is only a small introduction to the new security tech out there, and, as always, advances are being made all the time. We’ll try and keep you up-to-date on all the latest security innovations out there!