Progress in home security technology has progressed immensely in the last 100 years, and it will continue its evolution for many years to come.
Historically the main focus for thwarting intruders has been on improving detection; this means improved motion sensors and high definition security cameras. The next big priority will be improved response time but also improved methodology.
In a study conducted by the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation noted that although alarms were a powerful deterrent in the majority of burglaries, 50 percent of burglars would continue even if they found an alarm in the house. This is most likely due to the fact that triggered home alarms are only assigned a priority three by the police in the US. This means that authorities will only check on an event based on the availability and proximity of its officers. Given that most burglaries only take between 8-12 minutes, it’s likely that the thieves would be out of the house and away with their loot before the police ever arrived.
We have already started to see some progress in response times for doorbell video cameras. You can now automatically monitor, in real-time, anyone approaching your front door and subsequently send the owner (and or a trusted neighbor) a notification. Additionally, smart door locks will notify you every time your door is open and closed.
The not so distant future?
It will be hard to keep up with all the developments in the home security sector. With the increased presence of smart devices within the home combined with facial recognition, motion recognition, and improved GPS tracking, your home will eventually be able to identify that there is someone in your home who shouldn’t be. Your home would then notify everyone who could assist you immediately and automatically start tracking your high-value assets.
Here’s an infographic from smarthomeSAGE taking a closer look at how home security has evolved over the years: