It’s 2018. How secure is your home? If it’s protected by the latest in video surveillance technology, it’s probably safer than it’s ever been before. Wireless HD video cameras now offer sharp, smooth views both indoors and outdoors, and smart systems synchronize the footage with mobile devices and central monitoring stations. With the right equipment, modern camera technology can give you extra eyes all over your house. But like everything else, home video security just keeps evolving, and new trends continue to emerge. By 2020, the smartest homes may have video security features we haven’t even seen yet.
So, what’s next in the world of home security cameras? Here are some of the biggest trends to expect in the year ahead.
Security Cameras as Communication Tools
Your video security equipment may have been designed – and even purchased – to detect outside threats, but that’s not the only purpose those cameras can serve. According to Consumer Reports, DIY home security systems are getting more popular in part because they double as communication portals for families. For example, parents may use cameras to keep track of kids’ activities, while people expecting packages can check their front step or speak to delivery drivers. Homeowners may even welcome visitors without actually being physically present.
Of course, two-way audio makes a lot of these interactions possible, while push notifications allow homeowners to monitor activity in real time and choose if and how to interact with people remotely. As we continue to rely on our security cameras for everyday communication and convenience – and not just security – features like two-way video may become commonplace too.
Cameras & Sensors that Integrate with Other Smart Devices
…but what about a security system that tells doors to lock, or light fixtures that turn on when video cameras need more light?
Wireless signals make it possible to link related devices in new and life-changing ways. For example, smoke detectors can “tell” smoking stovetops to turn off, while refrigerators can “tell” your phone to add butter to the grocery list. But what about a security system that tells doors to lock, or light fixtures that turn on when video cameras need more light?
Here are some of the other “smart” devices that could respond to information from video security equipment:
- Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Central monitoring stations don’t just call the cops on burglars; they can also call the fire department if there’s a fire or gas leak
- Medical Emergency Alerts – If you have a medical alert device and a monitored surveillance system, dispatchers may even be able to check on you and call for help if necessary
- Door Locks – August integrated Protect America hardware into their Smart Lock Pro, so now you can use our app to lock your door (or use theirs to make sure it locks automatically every time you turn on our monitored security system)
- Doorbells – Most “smart” doorbells have their own cameras (and some even come with features like floodlights for full-color night footage), so it’s going to get easier to synchronize your alarm system, security cameras, and smart doorbell
- Lighting – With wireless light bulbs, you can even turn on the lights when your cameras and sensors detect nightfall or motion
The home automation industry is already worth billions, and wireless innovations show no signs of slowing down. Soon, your video surveillance equipment could be part of a complex system that includes every electronic in your home. But for now, you can already count on crucial hardware like smoke detectors and doorbells to synchronize with your security system and make your home even safer and more protected.
Voice-Activated Video Security Systems
Now that every technology giant has its own voice-activated personal assistant, more and more mobile apps are integrating voice activation into the user experience. That includes apps that revolve around home security, as well as home security equipment that is designed to respond to voice commands or work with specific voice-activated operating systems. Whether you use your iPhone to reach Siri or your Echo to order Alexa around, your security cameras may soon respond to your voice commands too.
Interested in a home security system that integrates some of the latest in home surveillance technology? Contact Protect America today for a free quote.