Security has become one of the most in-demand smart home features thanks to technology innovations. The globally connected home security market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 27.12 percent over the five-year period ending in 2021, Orbis Research projects. A Coldwell Banker survey found that 44 percent of Americans already own smart security devices, and another 12 percent plan to purchase one in 2018. The thriving demand is drawing major companies into the security market. Here’s a look at some of the technology innovations that are driving the demand for smart home security and how they can help keep your home safe.
High-Resolution Wireless Home Security Cameras
Advances in high-resolution home security camera systems have helped make surveillance more effective and practical for homeowners, encouraging demand. The type of high-resolution technology that has been developed for HD and 4K Ultra HD TV is also being applied to security systems to improve the quality of security photography, making surveillance footage more useful for identifying suspects and recovering stolen property. Though 4k can only really be seen on 32 inch TVs or above.
For instance, Lorex produces 4K IP security camera systems with eight MP image sensors that can record at 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, or four times the resolution of HD TV. This Ultra HD resolution can capture vital suspect identification details, even in sub optimal lighting and weather conditions. The systems also use H.265 video encoding technology, allowing recorded files to be kept small to conserve storage space without compromising 4K quality.
Another hot trend in home security is security drones. The security industry has been one of the major adopters of drone technology, with 60 percent of security professionals either already using drones or planning to do so, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey found. The drone security market will see massive 6,000 percent growth over the five-year period ending in 2020, reaching a value of $127.3 billion by the end of that interval.
Drones offer the advantage of providing a bird’s-eye view of properties, extending the reach of surveillance perimeters. They can be combined with monitoring and alarm systems to automatically go into action and begin filming when a surveillance perimeter has been breached.
Smart Home Network Security
The use of voice-controlled technologies such as Alexa to control smart home security devices is convenient, but it also opens up opportunities for hackers to breach smart home networks. Voice-controlled smart home devices represent an attractive target for hackers because of the potential to gain access to sensitive information homeowners are likely to divulge within the privacy of their home. Seven in 10 homeowners are concerned about the risk of a data breach opened up by connected smart home appliances, a Fortinet survey found.
To counter this threat, digital security providers are developing products that are designed to protect smart home networks using techniques similar to those that protect computer networks. For instance, antivirus provider Norton has developed the Norton Core home router, which serves as a router for all connected devices within a smart home while protecting against hackers, viruses, and malware.
High-resolution wireless cameras allow homeowners to install surveillance cameras anywhere, monitor them remotely and capture key details in high resolution. Drones extend surveillance perimeters by providing a bird’s-eye view of properties. Smart home network security devices help protect connected homes against hacking threats. Innovations such as these are helping homeowners keep their properties secure against today’s growing range of security threats.