As our reliance on technology continues to grow, there will be a greater demand for more smart home devices, including alarm systems. In fact, studies show that just under 70% of homes in the US have at least one smart home device, such as smart door locks, alarms, doorbells, cameras, lights, window sensors, and thermostats. While such devices are often there for convenience, many are intended to enhance home security in various ways. For example, they ensure that doors are locked, windows remain closed and homeowners know who is at the door. Such security-focused smart devices are predicted to become even more popular in the near future. Here are some trends to watch out for in home security.
1. More importance to feel safe at home
Home security systems used to be largely marketed to people who were out all day and wanted to make sure their home was safe from burglars while they were at work. But when the pandemic started in 2020 and most people stayed at home for months, there was a shift towards feeling safe at home. Instead of buying security products that would alert people to someone crossing the perimeter of their home while they were away, they changed their focus by keeping a close eye on who was at the door while they were home.
After all, more than ever, people had deliveries delivered to their front door after ordering household supplies, groceries and fast food online. They wanted to see who rang the doorbell before answering so they could grab their deliveries and avoid close contact with anyone at the door. In addition, the pandemic put more emphasis on the use of video indoors, as people wanted a way to keep an eye on older relatives in other households. With many people still keeping their distance and working remotely, these new home security trends have continued into 2021.
2. Emphasis on interoperability
As more people install additional devices in their smart homes, there’s a focus on making sure everything works well together. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all devices have to be the same brand, but they should integrate seamlessly with most other popular smarthome devices so they can easily control them all at once.
In fact, according to BusinessInsuranceUSA.com, which provides installer insurance for alarm systems, interoperability is one of the top security trends to focus on this year. No one wants to have to buy new smart window sensors and door locks after buying a new home security monitoring system. They want them all to work together as a streamlined unit that will improve home security, so expect top brands to focus on interoperability from now on.
3. Ask for voice-activated smart devices
Another trend in home security is that more popular devices will be voice activated, according to TechRepublic.com. This is especially important at a time when the world is recovering from a pandemic that has taught us all that touching surfaces is an easy way to spread germs. Voice-activated devices can reduce the need to constantly wipe surfaces with antibacterial solutions in any household.
So expect more smart touchless devices that allow you to easily say commands to improve safety and comfort at home. This can include voice-activated lights, door locks, speakers, blinds, garage doors, thermostats, video cameras, and more.
4. Virtual alarm system and surveillance services
The pandemic has taught us that not every service has to be done in person. Much can be done virtually instead, including emergency services. For example, some security companies have started offering virtual installation services, using video to guide customers through installing a new alarm or camera. This improves safety for customers, because fewer people come into the house.
Customers can also have security companies virtually walk through the home to get suggestions for improving home security. Home security monitoring and troubleshooting can also be done virtually. Overall, the ability to provide home security services with less contact than ever is a trend that remains possible.
These are just some of the home security trends that experts have seen since 2020. Security companies and providers of smart home devices need to pay attention to this if they want to stay competitive in this market.
Last updated: October 1, 2021