The idea of “smart technology” is rapidly gaining momentum, especially as we rely more heavily on electronic devices to get things done.  Think of just about any task or activity and some one is bound to point out, “There’s an app for that.”  This is also true when it comes to home security.  Advancements in this area are expected to make an impressive array of new devices and options available in the next two years.  Consider these predictions for what smart home security will look like in 2020:


Greater Connectivity

At this point, many automated devices still don’t communicate effectively with one another.  In the near future, you may be able to sync a greater variety of devices to your home security system, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • home computers
  • TVs
  • smart speakers
  • tablets
  • phones
  • iPods and other small electronic items

Enhanced connectivity will make homes easier to monitor, since users won’t be limited to access from one location or one device.

Remote Monitoring

Most of us were pretty amazed when we saw the first commercial featuring a vacuum that could propel itself throughout a room or even an entire home.  The beginning of the next decade may see the advent of a robot that can navigate the home to keep tabs on what’s going on, providing ongoing monitoring.  Homeowners may also be able to survey what’s happening in their homes while they’re away via a digital walk-through.

The possibilities for remote monitoring are expected to be virtually limitless in the coming years.  By as early as 2020, people may be able to use their devices to link up with their entire community, taking “Neighborhood Watch” to the next level.

Low-Maintenance Systems

With the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), security systems may be able to fix their own glitches and automatically adjust their settings based on user preferences.  When certain components malfunction, intelligent security systems may even be able to place their own online orders for the replacements, and perform the necessary repairs.  Continued improvements in automation may also allow for major upgrades in security lighting, making it easier to control how and when lights are activated.

HD 360-Degree Security Cameras

Today’s cameras have their limitations in that they can only capture images in one direction, but in the next two years, we may see smaller cameras that can record footage from every angle, similar to the way drones do.  These cameras will have enhanced sound and video capabilities, too.  No longer will homeowners need multiple cameras throughout the home; one per room will do.


The Need for Better Data Security

As increasing numbers of devices are connected via the Internet, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks.  Recognizing this, technology companies are looking for ways to keep two steps ahead of would-be hackers.  As Neill Feather, of SiteLock reported to Forbes,

“As smart home technology evolves, security protections can and should be incorporated from the start of product design.  Designers must ask whether enabling Internet connectivity makes sense to the product’s function, or if more centralized and secure networks will suffice instead.”

This insight is especially important in the realm of home security systems, which have the potential to collect and share large amounts of personal data.

It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be as many as 20.4 billion connected devices worldwide, so we can expect to see a multitude of new ways to keep tabs on our homes and properties.  If you’re looking for high-quality monitored home security, contact Protect America to learn more and get a free quote.