Our recent blog on the history of home security, we looked at protecting property the ‘old school’ way, and given the products currently available such as CCTV, alarms and door entry control, it’s amazing how far things have come! Never one to rest on our laurels, Protect My Property are always looking for the next big thing, and here’s what the future might hold for the world of home (and office) security.
Light integration involves the flashing of lights when an alarm system is triggered, so it’s not only an alarm going off that may deter an intruder but the fact that your house resembles a firework display. Basic forms of light integration are presently in use, but the future is likely to see further integration with smartphones.
It’s possible to get timers for lights that ensure they switch on and off at different times on different days, but smartphone integration would allow you to operate this directly from your phone, wherever you are in the world. Such a move would resemble the kind of random lighting that occurs when a person is present in their own home, as opposed to the more structured lighting currently available.
We’re getting into serious technology here, but given the increase in drones and their ever-growing affordability, the use of them in home and office security is very much a present-day possibility.
An advancement from CCTV, which although very effective has to be fixed onto a wall, a drone could potentially follow an intruder from your property, filming all the way. Given a drone’s method of travel, no narrow alleyway or getaway car would equip an intruder with the oft-used escape routes. Potentially, a drone could follow and film an intruder all the way to their home and record any relevant information such as an address.
It’s likely that man’s relationship with dogs began as a security measure, and given the evolutionary leap between wolves and domestic dogs it’s not too far-fetched to consider robotic canines in the future. ‘Barking’ alarms are already on the market, as are robotic dogs that film intruders. But on a more advanced level, how about having an electronic ‘dog’ that actually catches intruders? The US military has already commissioned robotic ‘dogs’ for use on military operations, but given the speed of technological advances these days there may be a commercial version available sooner than we might think.
Advanced access control
Access control is a pretty advanced form of technology as it stands, with different forms being able to identify anything from a card to a fingerprint. Although current access control security measures will be sufficient for most buildings long into the future, high security premises are likely to combine smartphones with entry. The access control reader could then ‘recognise’ you as you approach and ask you for your passcode or fingerprint. The combination of having to have the phone on your person as well as input a passcode or fingerprint would be very useful in situations where high security is required.
Geofencing has been around in the smartphone world for a few years, but it could well have a major part to play in the future of home security. It’s a device that is able to find your geographical location wherever you are. This comes in very handy for, say, someone in a new town wanting to find a certain shop – geofencing will return an internet search showing only local results.
In terms of security, a smartphone with geofencing set-up will know when you are at home purely by your location. Having this integrated with your security system could potentially mean that your smartphone knows precisely when to switch your security system on and off as it will know when your house is empty. Further down the line this could eradicate the need for you to operate your security system as your smartphone will manage it instead. Clever, eh?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our blog on the future of home security – watch this space for further updates! To see how far security has come in the modern age, take a look at our blog on the history of home security.
3 March 2017
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