Not too long ago, home security systems were very basic and only the very wealthy were able to afford anything more advanced. Fast forward to present day, however, and the old fashioned 2G systems are getting phased out and need replacing. In just three years time, 2G will stop working, which means customers will have to either do without an alarm, or decide to upgrade their system. We can see that companies that create and deliver alarm systems are struggling to keep up with changing demands. Consumers now want multi-functional systems that do far more than what a generic keypad system with fobs would ever be able to deliver. So how has the world of security systems developed? How will our systems change over the next few years?
Any new home security systems now use touch screens rather than old fashioned keypads. Furthermore, all sorts of interfaces are included, which are linked to via icons. We have all gotten used to our smartphones and tablets, and these interfaces work in similar ways, with a range of apps. What customers are looking for is something that actually looks after their home, rather than something that simply protects their home. Hence, new alarm systems now offer such things as temperature control, energy management, locking and unlocking doors, weather alerts and more. Added to this, customers want to be able to be able to access these features remotely, by linking into their system through their mobile phone. All of this also means that the companies who create home security systems have to develop as well. For instance, staff is having to be trained in various technical points relating to the system that are more IT based than home security based. What customers want is a system that they can customize to their needs. Hence, most home security systems now work on cellular, Wi-fi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and various other forms of communication.
Two new developments are more important than any other. These are geo-location and management of home energy usage. Geo-location allows customers to link their home security system to their mobile. If the alarm were to go off, users will immediately receive an alert on their mobile. It also allows them to turn their alarm on and off wherever they are. There are now some systems that switch off automatically as soon as they detect the mobile phone. Naturally, they also switch back on automatically when the mobile is too far away. People are also hugely interested in the energy management function. Through this, people can heat and cool their home and decide which devices are used and when. Furthermore, if a device uses a larger than normal amount of energy, an alert will be sent too.