3 home automation trends opening the door to the security market
No longer the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, home automation is now very much a reality...
With almost 110 million smart devices and 66 million smart speakers sold in 2018, there can be no doubt that the lure of smart technology is irresistible. According to IDC, worldwide spending on IoT is expected to exceed US$745 billion in 2019, an increase of 15.4 per cent from the $646 billion recorded in 2018.
The possibilities of smart home technology seem endless. Users can “ask Google” to read a recipe aloud while they cook, or manage home entertainment, lighting and heating with a tap of their smartphone. There are even smart home solutions that combine artificial intelligence and sensors to control lighting, heating and cooling, saving energy and delivering huge savings on energy bills.
Within home security and access control, intelligent motion detection and facial recognition provide highly effective protection against unwanted intruders, as well as allowing homeowners to monitor and answer the door remotely again through their phone or other smart device.
So what does all this mean for the Physical Security Sector? Well, here are three ways that home automation is opening up new opportunities for the security industry.
Home Security and Access Control
Smart home security is becoming increasingly affordable and accessible to homeowners, thanks to video doorbells, internet-connected cameras, motion detection, remote monitoring and notification. Although many of these are off-shelf-products that can be configured and installed DIY, plenty are sufficiently sophisticated and complex to warrant enlisting a professional for the job. In fact, the growing popularity of smart home security solutions even made the news recently, with a robbery thwarted by a Ring ‘stick-on’ camera.
According to Mark Fletcher, Ring Managing Director APAC, the growth of home automation is already having a huge impact on smart home security:
“Greater smart home integration is allowing users to more easily protect their home. Users can now combine Ring security cameras and video doorbells with Alexa and the Samsung Family Hub for hands-free home monitoring, allowing them to talk to and see anyone around their property. Ring has also integrated with smart locks allowing users to lock or unlock a door whilst speaking to whoever is at the door, helping them safely let in guests instead of hiding a key, and secure package deliveries.”
Smart Sensors and Artificial Intelligence
Video analytics using facial recognition, alongside intelligent event detection features, provide both enhanced home security, and great convenience. Using artificial intelligence, integrated intercoms, CCTV cameras, alarms, automated gates, doors and locks, and smart sensors, a smart home security system can recognise people and pets who live on a property, expected visitors or parcel deliveries, and detect intruders and send instant alerts. Using behavioural analysis, it could even spot potentially life-threatening situations such as a person falling or lying injured.
The security industry has been designing integrated systems since the day dot, which gives it a unique advantage when it comes to capturing market share. By offering user-friendly home security systems that integrate seamlessly into the smart technology ecosystem of a home, security professionals will stand out from their competitors. Integration specialists may even wish to branch out into the wider home automation landscape to design complete systems.
As home automation technology continues to push the boundaries of convenience, efficiency, and control, there is no doubt that the home security sector will continue to grow alongside.