Home Security

If you’ve had to watch some of those movies where they feature some top tech more than once then you’re just as much of a geek as I am, aren’t you, with your mind playing all sorts of tricks on you by trying to ascertain whether or not things are actually working logically? No matter – it’s either something you see or you don’t, or rather that keen eye for tech is either something you have or you don’t.

A recent movie I watched had my interest particularly piqued as a result of the home security system which was actually quite central to the plot of the film. Obviously things get a bit ridiculous and overstated – I mean it is Hollywood after all, but they were onto something a bit more of a practical nature. It wasn’t all overly theatrical and while I don’t care to mention the movie by name, once you come across it you’ll probably know what I’m talking about.

Home security is indeed getting smarter and in any case, for the most part, fiction emulates truth, so if most of the things we see on the television aren’t already a representation of reality then they’re representative of the a reality of the near future. I can go on and on about this subject, with many different examples of what appeared to be science fiction coming to be, but what I want to focus on is the manner through which home security is getting smarter.

Biometrics

The future is here and the future is now! You know that eye-scanning technology we see in the movies or in TV series like the Big Bang Theory – you know, that which is used by the military or secret government divisions? Yes, well that was indeed a look into the future (excuse the pun), because biometrics of that kind are pretty much standard in home security systems these days. So you can bet your bottom dollar it goes way beyond just fingerprints…

Internet connectivity

Connectivity to the internet is largely just for back-up purposes and the little bit of remote access any good home security system would require, largely just for purposes of monitoring and verification, should the need for these arise. For example, you might be able to get a live stream of what would have otherwise been a CCTV camera should it be triggered by something that might resemble a breach of security while you’re away at work or someplace else.

The remote access channels are largely limited on account of security concerns.

Data harvesting

This sounds a lot scarier than it is in reality, but data harvesting in relation to smart home security systems is largely just a matter of improving the systems based on the usage data reported by each of the users’ systems.

Automation

Some of the best home security systems earn their stripes as smart home security systems on account of how concealed they are, even to the primary users. You shouldn’t know it’s there until it has to kick-in in some or other way.