The year 2018 brings important developments in home security. Which trends keep you and your family safer, and which should you ignore? What remains vital to your safety?


Static Needs in CCTV and Security

You still need monitored home security. You still need it over non-monitored security technology like standalone cameras. That means installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in and around your home for video surveillance. These transmit either:

  • point to point (P2P),
  • point to multipoint (P2MP),
  • mesh wired or wirelessly.

Another thing that hasn’t changed is the most popular alarm manufacturer. A PC Magazine study found ADT remains the most popular provider of CCTV systems. Four fundamentals of every protection system remain:

  • Intrusions sensors,
  • Environmental sensors,
  • Surveillance cameras,
  • Life safety devices like panic buttons.

The most complete systems include carbon monoxide detectors, flood detectors, and smoke alarms. So, what changed?

New Trends in CCTV and Security

The latest CCTV trend, the Internet of Things (IoT), connects your home monitoring system to the Internet so you can adjust settings or view rooms on the go. In reviews or consultation settings, you’ll hear this referred to as home automation. One manufacturer stood out as a crafter of systems with home automation: Vivint. It lets users easily arm/disarm their system via mobile app; view/record camera footage; adjust your thermostat; turn lights on/off; and conduct two-way conversations via security cameras. While some of those features provide cool factor, how do they keep you safer?

The latest CCTV trend, the Internet of Things (IoT), connects your home monitoring system to the Internet so you can adjust settings or view rooms on the go.

IoT and Security

The IoT lets you monitor your enabled security system from anywhere via a mobile app. That means you have the ability to see who rang the doorbell by looking at your cell phone while standing on your back patio. It also means the ability to take a remote video of your nanny scolding your toddler or a photograph of a stranger standing in your yard.

The uses of IoT extend to securing your home long distance, too. You can lock or unlock your doors via the mobile app. That’s handy if your child just realized they forgot their key after the school bus dropped them off. From your office, you can unlock the front door, see them safely go inside, then re-lock the door.


Systems still include a base station, but it now uses a tablet-like interface. Every item controlled at the base, you can also control from the mobile app.

Systems like GetSafe offer options for remote garage door opening,too, so if your spouse’s cell dies while driving home, you can remotely open the garage door for them. Systems from GetSafe let you customize every aspect.

You could go with another option – buying stand alone cameras like the Honeywell Lyric C1 interior camera Protect America recently reviewed. Although it has a limited motion range, it tilts and pans enough to show the room in which it’s installed. You can mount them or set them on a tabletop. Withings Home Security Camera topped the favorites of which pointed out that its motion detector activation meant it only recorded activity. That saves storage space, whether you use an SD card or cloud storage. That means you are less likely to run out of space when you need it most.

While home security and closed circuit monitoring trends may change, you and your family’s need for security does not. Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America. We value your safety.