Once upon a time, all security systems could do was sound a loud alarm if someone broke in to the property. Things have changed, however, and the old fashioned 2G systems are becoming obsolete. 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 what kind of developments have been taking place? What can we expect over the next couple of years?
Any new home security systems now use touch screens rather than old fashioned keypads. These touch screens have a range of icons that link to various interfaces. They use apps much in the same way as the interface on our tablet or smartphone does. No longer is a home security used solely for security, but rather for full control of the home. As such, most good new home security systems allow not just for locking and unlocking the home, but also include weather alerts, energy management and temperature control. Also, customers want to be able to access these features through their mobile phone, when they are away from the property. 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 look for is something unique, something they can customize to their own needs. This is why most home security systems now offer a range of different communication methods.
The two most important developments in home alarm systems are home energy management and geo-location. Geo-location allows customers to link their home alarm system to their mobile. Hence, they will immediately be alerted if their alarm goes off and they aren’t home. It also allows them to turn their alarm on and off wherever they are. Some home security systems disarm as soon as they sense the mobile within a certain distance. These systems also arm automatically as soon as the mobile is away to a certain distance. The energy management functionality is very important too. Customers want to be able to control their home temperature, but also various other devices that consume energy. Furthermore, if a device uses a larger than normal amount of energy, an alert will be sent too.