The home security industry has come a long way from the days of only having CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras and hardwired systems. In a short window of time we have seen the emergence of systems that allow users to interact with their home security devices from the phones in their pockets, and wherever they are in the world. (Assuming they have connection to the internet.)

As technology continues to evolve and grow more expansive, what will this do to the home security industry? We’re already seeing a wave of home automated devices that are rapidly changing the ways users interact with technology in the home, but how far will this trend go? What will we see next?

AI, Automation, and Beyond

According to Wired Magazine, the machine-vision developer Movidius, and security camera maker Hikvision, have announced a line of cameras that are equipped with deep neural network AI (artificial intelligence). The companies say these devices can figure out if something out of the ordinary happens in real time. This includes shoplifting, a criminal fleeing a scene, and other crimes. These cameras then sound alerts to report the activity.

The goal for these companies is to be able to spot fishy behavior or crimes before anything actually happens—a Minority Report scenario of sorts. If everything goes to plan, they’ll be able to spot activity before they have to sort through a plethora of security camera footage.

This sort of technology is not as far off as it seems. In the United Kingdom, there are already cameras that are capable of quickly collecting massive amounts of data and footage. Filtering through it does depend on the human eye and patience, but soon enough these systems will be able to sort through the data more efficiently. They’ll be able to quickly analyze data for movement, faces, and track suspects of crime from across the globe.

In the future we’ll likely see advanced computer systems and algorithms that can sort through data. This is very different from now, where sorting through footage usually means long, long hours of looking at thousands of hours of footage. Then only finding a few seconds that can be used. A needle in a haystack.

As the cloud advances, we will likely see an advancement in analytics tools. A further advancement in tools that don’t need to be plugged in, are wireless and connected to the internet, and via the internet of things, all devices will likely speak to each other. Your car to your security system, to your fridge, and back to your smartphone or watch.

As computing power gets stronger, the size of products will likely decrease. Devices will continue to become smaller, more compact, and even more concealable.

What This Means for Home Security

We’re probably far away from seeing technology like Minority Report—where crime is detected before it even takes place, but if the last wave of technology tells us anything, it’s that the next wave will come just as quickly.

We can likely expect more home automation products to emerge and connect with various devices and technologies in the home. We can expect that the internet will make home security even more convenient.

Maybe cameras will be able to move around the home, or hover above the house in drones or other aerial capabilities. When it comes to technology, it often seems like the sky’s the limit.