It’s beginning to seem as though we use our smartphones for everything: to check weather, to monitor how many miles we run, to communicate with distant relatives, and even to work. Our home security systems have even gone “smart,” and we use these devices to monitor the home and guard our families. The “Internet of Things,” or “IoT” technology is what enables these actions.
Internet of Things
IoT is the connection between the internet and computing devices to bring the internet to everyday products to let them receive and send data and signals. A simpler way to understand this is to think of how most devices in the modern age can connect to the internet—devices like cars, phones, watches, and others. Everything is connected via the Internet of Things.
In the year 2017, what hasn’t been connected? It’s hard to remember what life was like without so many connected devices, and without the instantaneous notifications of our device alerting us. According to Google Trends, at its highest point in 2016, the term “smart home” was searched 75% more in 2016 than in 2015. This means people are becoming familiar with the term, and smart homes are becoming more prevalent. We can only imagine where this technology goes from here.
IoT is what allows you to arm or disarm your home, control appliances, lights, temperatures, garages, and other devices in the home. IoT works with Zigbee, Z-Wave, and other communication protocols, often enacting IFTTT technology (If This Then Than That), similar to Protect America’s “scenes” which has the capability of creating pre-programmed sequences of events. Through IoT you also receive push alert notifications to update the happenings of your devices and homes.
These technologies are not only helpful from a convenience standpoint, but IoT tech allows homeowners to preserve energy and lower bills due to its regulation of lights, temperature, and other energy draining devices.
Though IoT aids home automation—seeming to be a new technology—home automation has actually been around for a number of years. The first home automated tools were devices like garage doors that opened with a click of a button, and lights that were capable of being turned on via hand claps. Now home automation has gone as far as connecting smart fridges to a smartphone.
How Will IoT Affect Home Security in the Future?
According to Business Insider, the world may have 24 billion IoT devices by the year 2020. These devices will likely be many of the tools we see now: home security equipment, appliances, phones, watches, and other personal and home convenience tools. But we may begin to see IoT devices that aren’t currently in existence.
Maybe the future will provide fingerprint scanning or eye authentication systems that serve as the only way for a homeowner to enter their home? Maybe the future will have further integrations and models of tools that can be spoken to and enact commands that mimic Apple’s Siri you have on your iPhone. An even greater possibility, maybe the future will feature robots and other in-house devices that make life even easier for humans.
Home security could even get an upgrade with aerial protection if we begin to use drones as a means for protection.
The Internet of Things may be a buzz phrase, but it’s here to stay. Technological advancements aren’t going anywhere, and as long as technology progresses, one of the most important things to protect will be our homes. Advances in technology will be relevant and important in that area. IoT will continue to change the way that we interact with technology and our homes.