Another year has come and gone in what seems like a flash. 2014 shaped up to be a big year for home security as it continued to integrate and crossover into the world of smart home technology.
There seemed to be a new startup company popping up every month introducing their new take on alarm technology. But the biggest security news of the year came from two of the largest global companies, as Google acquired Nest and Dropcam, and Apple introduced HomeKit.
The home security industry is in for a very interesting 2015, as companies continue to innovate and implement new technologies into their systems. Here’s some things to keep an eye out for this upcoming year.
The Camera-centric Security System
Pay attention to security cameras as they emerge as a focal point of home alarm systems. After all, it’s comforting to know what’s going at your home, and there’s no better way to do so than with a security camera.
Many startup security companies have designed their systems around a camera, making video-monitoring and live streaming the primary features. Other alarm companies, including Frontpoint, continue to integrate more video and image options into their systems to supplement the security sensors.
Increased Reliance on Smartphone Integration
As security camera use has become more prominent, it also makes sense that smartphone use for home security also has increased. And why not? It’s incredibly convenient to check an app to control your home alarm system.
You can view live camera footage, monitor the system’s activity and status, and more. And as new technology and equipment comes out, functionality is sure to be implemented into the app as well, adding further value.
Emphasis on User Experience
The user experience is important, and thankfully, more companies are recognizing that. Companies are focusing on their websites, apps, guides and other collateral to be streamlined and user-friendly.
Electric Fence Security
Just kidding. Here in the U.S., electric fencing is primarily used by commercial buildings for security. However, in Malaysia, it’s gaining in popularity for residential use. You can read more about this trend here.