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 In Lifestyle

The Future of Home Security

We spoke to the Editor of Security Solutions Magazine, John Bigelow, about the future of home security and according to John, companies like Amazon are making a big push into the smart home security market so that they can provide users with an end-to-end experience.

It’s the time of year when many of us take off to a holiday house, so home security is a hot topic. However today’s home security systems are not just about securing your family and belongings, home security is also about moving further into the world of online shopping.

We spoke to the Editor of Security Solutions Magazine, John Bigelow, about the future of home security and according to John, companies like Amazon are making a big push into the smart home security market so that they can provide users with an end-to-end experience.

“By introducing smart security systems, Amazon customers will be able to go online, order whatever they want, and then have it shipped to their home. When it arrives, the delivery person pushes the doorbell, which will be linked via the internet to the user’s mobile phone,” said John.

“You will be able to see the delivery person at the door and speak with him or her, then remotely open the front door and monitor them via home security cameras to ensure they only leave the package inside the doorway and then close the door on the way out.

“Once the front door is closed, the alarm is re-armed and the door is once again locked – all without having to leave your desk at work,” said John.

Like smart phones and smart watches, homeowners are currently gravitating to smart home security systems – those systems that do more than simply provide an alarm.

“Current popular features include things like the ability to be able to remotely arm and disarm the system from a smartphone, monitor CCTV cameras via a phone-based app while also enabling keyless entry to the property using the same app,” said John.

Today people want their home security system to be able to do much more than just provide intrusion detection.

“They want cameras they can monitor, the ability to switch individual devices on and off in the home via remotely controlled power points so that if you leave home without turning off the iron or the sandwich toaster, you can do so remotely from your phone. They want to be able to control the thermostat in the house for heating and cooling or be able to switch off the lights, close the blinds, arms the alarm and turn off the television with the push of a single button on their phone,” he said.

However, these systems should come with a couple of caveats according to John.

“Self-monitored systems are way better than no security system at all, but if people can afford to have their system monitored, then I would definitely recommend they do so”

Firstly, don’t be fooled by the D.I.Y label. More often than not, people who purchase supposedly D.I.Y security systems end up calling a professional installer to put the system in as there is still a degree of technical capability required to get everything running the way it should be.

Secondly, being able to monitor your security cameras might seem like a great idea, if you just want to know who is at your front door, or whether or not your pets are having a party in your absence. However, in cases where a real crime is being committed, like a home invasion, for example, having a system that sends pictures of you being held up to your own phone, is not necessarily helpful.

“In that sort of situation, I would rather the alerts and images go to a proper monitoring centre who can alert police,” said John.

“Self-monitored systems are way better than no security system at all, but if people can afford to have their system monitored, then I would definitely recommend they do so. Then you have the best of both worlds. Now you can see when the kids get home and know that police are on the way if it is a real emergency,” he said.

So how can you identify a reputable installer? The easiest way is to go to the ASIAL website (Australia Security Industry Association Limited), which is the peak body for the security industry and represents thousands of companies around Australia. They ensure members are properly licensed, qualified and have in place background checks, codes of conduct and standards.

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