The private security industry has grown exponentially over the past several decades, and it’s happily adopted every technological advance that it can put to good use. While that might bring to mind Mission Impossible styled laser nets and complicated computer firewalls, most of the major advances are making security systems seem simpler instead of more complicated.
Set The System… From a Smartphone
The smartphone revolution put science fiction levels of communication technology into the hands of the average person. Calling, texting, surfing the Internet, and even turning a phone into a mobile workstation are all everyday realities. That interconnected technology has made its way into security systems for the home, allowing individuals to set their alarms remotely. If someone has cameras the feeds can also be checked from a phone, which can provide a lot of peace of mind when one is out and about but wants to check in on home.
Speaking of Wireless Systems
Another innovation in home security has been the growth of wireless technology. In the old days security cameras would require power cords and cables to be strung all throughout a house. This was expensive as well as time consuming, and if a problem happened then the walls would have to be opened back up so the cables could be checked and re-checked. Thanks to the advances in wireless technology and the miniaturization of cameras it’s possible to set up a security system with different arrays and to change them quickly. Problems can be fixed without having to tear down anything, and overall it’s much more affordable to have a basic security system now than it ever has been before.
But What About Lasers?
Spy movies might seem silly today, but they did get a few things right. While laser nets might still be reserved for the likes of the Louvre, motion detectors and invisible lasers are still quite common for systems meant to detect trespassers. Whether it’s a simple outdoor light that springs on when there’s motion, or a camera that swivels to record areas that have been “breached” there are a lot of innovations out there to make existing systems that much smarter than previous generations have been.
What Will They Think of Next?
What will or won’t become a staple of the security industry as far as technology goes is always difficult to determine. Despite the dire proclamations of films like Robocop there aren’t androids patrolling home or business perimeters, and there aren’t drones flying reconnaissance around homes when they close their shutters for the night. Not yet, anyway.
Some experimental security procedures that are becoming more accepted include biometric security devices, which use fingerprints or retinal scans instead of keys. Fingerprint scanners are already common on laptops, and they can be used in door locks to make sure someone never locks him or herself out. While smart houses can allow the home computer to talk to residents, it’s not clear whether or not this will eventually lead to homes with fully automated security systems. It is a possibility, but at the moment that’s all it’s going to remain.