How Can You Increase Home Security Systems?

How Can You Increase Home Security Systems?
With huge bursts of advancement in technology we are seeing some really fantastic improvements in how we can protect our homes and our families. As thieves and burglars are also getting smarter, it’s comforting to know our home security systems are also becoming more advanced.
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What We Are Seeing In Recent Advancements?

In the current systems in the market the greatest advancements are being seen through integration of technology we use in our daily lives (laptops, TV’s, phones) with security technology like cameras and crisis detection tools. This basic technology is pretty standard of all home security systems now and has come a long way from the home security systems of our past that were only capable of setting a home alarm that would immediately alarm the police (this led to many false alarms and an entirely un-comprehensive system). These modern advancements are exemplified in things like getting an alert to your phone on anything from a leaky furnace (failure detection), to an alert that a specific window has been tampered with (potential break-in). On more we can expect our modern home security systems to have check out this article on, below is a brief summary of what they've outlined in modern advancements:
  • Wireless Security Options
  • Integration with Entertainment Systems
  • Leak/Furnace Failure Detection
  • Integration with Fire, Medical, and Other Emergency Response
  • Integrated Vibration and Audio Sensors
  • Smart Phone Apps
  • Smart Homes

What We Can Expect To Come?

In the future it's safe to expect some further integration of automation and artificial intelligence. Both ADT and Peace of Mind Technologies have released articles that anticipate two major improvements in the future; ability to learn as they go and integration of artificial intelligence

It is anticipated that home security systems of the future will learn as they go. This will be seen as the systems start to identify as to what is normal for a family and what is something that should be marked as alarming. For a home with small children the home will begin to identify that it can probably anticipate a crash or two and a broken window every now and then without being alarmed. However, a home with a single adult couple, these kinds of noises or breaks the house would immediately find strange or alarming. Each family is different so every system should also be different.

The articles also expect artificial intelligence to begin taking formation. This could be exemplified by a home asking you what you expect of it, or for clarification of things. This is really not a far step off from the integration we are already seeing and the formation of things like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. These types of tools can already be asked to turn on and off lights, an integration with home security systems is not far off.
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What You Should Look For?

With the advancements in home security systems there has been a huge spike in both suppliers and in demand, before you dive into selecting one it’s best to identify your needs and the minimum requirements the system should have.

As for your needs it’s important to begin identifying what is most important for your families needs. Is it more important to stay in a budget, or to get a service with the customer support? It could be a good idea to make a list on what’s most important to least important while touching on things like customer service, how automated you want the service to be, or what your budget is. From there

When it comes to what your system should have, make sure it has these four main components covered
  1. Intrusion (this will monitor for door, window and glass-break sensors)
  2. Environmental (CO, fire, and flood sensors)
  3. Surveillance (indoor, outdoor, and doorbell cameras)
  4. Life Safety (life alert and panic buttons)
Once you’ve identified your needs and what to look for your journey to selecting the right system for your family should be a much more manageable experience. If you’re looking for a good starting point, this resource could be a good place to begin
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