When the Internet and digital connectivity first came out, they were limited to desktop computers. You had your one home connection and that was it. Then laptops, and later smartphones put the Internet in our hands wherever we went. Digital technology was getting smaller and more mobile every year.
For the last few years, digital and Internet technology has been expanding into a new frontier. Or, rather, an old frontier: Back into the home! Only this time, it’s not just your personal home computer.
More and more household devices and services are being upgraded to take advantage of smart technologies and internet access.
- Mobile apps that help secure your home
- Clearer home security videos
- Voice command
- Bluetooth control
- Low power devices that can connect to Wi-Fi®
- Smart power outlets
One of the biggest trends we’re looking forward to in 2015 is a higher amount of home security. Many companies now have mobile monitoring available where you can wirelessly connect with your home’s security system to watch a real-time feed of your home. That way whether you’re across the street or across the country, you’ll have peace of mind that your home is secure.
Many home monitoring systems don’t include video surveillance, and those that do often produce low quality videos. Thanks to recent technological advances, home monitoring systems are becoming more progressive, offering clearer videos of your home.
Smartphones have had voice control software like Siri and Google Now for a few years now. So it should come as no surprise that home monitoring systems will likely be able to understand voice commands in the upcoming year.
Bluetooth enabled home monitoring control mean that installing new security configurations will be a breeze. Instead of having to tear out the drywall to install a hardwired system, you’ll be able to simply stick a Bluetooth system anywhere you want.
Low power devices like smoke detectors used to not have enough energy to take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity. With new low power Wi-Fi, this will no longer be the case. Although fires aren’t as big of a concern in unoccupied homes as thieves are, this will still give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe and sound. This technology is also promising for battery-powered wireless security cameras.
From detecting unused devices and shutting them off, to only powering on when an actual plug is inserted (as opposed to a child’s finger or a utensil) there are several ways that smart outlets can improve the efficiency and safety of your home’s power consumption, as well as the safety of the family members in the house.
While advanced technology seems alluring to most people, the best protection for your home and your family is to equip your house with a trusted security company. Places like Protection Plus will allow you to keep your home safe and sound, even without all the bells and whistles that 2015 may bring.