In 2020, there were a lot of advancements in the home security space. Home security systems and products built on what 2019 and previous years had to offer, adding longer battery life, sleeker, smaller designs and better connectivity. From well-established professionally installed systems like ADT to the new DIY kids on the block like SimpliSafe, these features created the most buzz across the innovative security space:
- Bluetooth disarming
- WiFi 6
- Security cameras with artificial intelligence (A.I.)
- Video doorbells
Hands-Free Disarming with Bluetooth Technology
Sometimes characterized as “hands-free” or touchless disarming, this feature using Bluetooth technology makes disarming your security system or smart door lock easier than ever. With this feature, you can automatically disarm your security system when you’re in range of the system. No more digging in your purse or pockets and fumbling to find your smartphone to disarm your system. This is especially handy when arriving home with a load of groceries or after dark. You can find this feature with providers like Protect America, DMP, Guardian Protection, Vivint and CPI Security.
Robots That Protect Your Home
Smart home cameras are now a welcome part of most homes. They’re wireless, durable and easy to install anywhere. Most wireless cameras are high-definition and feature night vision. As advanced as the latest home security cameras are, their main drawback is the fact that they’re fixed in place.
Smart robots can now patrol your home or property and monitor a larger area than a fixed camera. They have the same functions of a fixed HD camera such as night vision and sound/motion sensors, but add mobility, which can be controlled from your smartphone through the app. Some of the most popular smart robots include the Appbot Riley home safety movable camera robot, Skymee Owl and Snov Surveillance moving robot.
Wifi 6 is the next generation of WiFi — and it’s much faster than what’s currently available. To compare, WiFi 5 is as fast as 3.5 Gbps and WiFi 6 nearly triples its speed at 9.6 Gbps. Having a smart home security system that’s compatible with Wifi 6 is about more than just speed — as more of your home security products go wireless, you’ll be able to have more of them on your home network without lag, such as multiple security cameras, switches and smart plugs and improve their battery life.
You’ll need a WiFi 6 router to expand your wireless home security system. Amazon’s eero Pro 6 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 router comes with an integrated Zigbee smart home hub. Once you’re set up, you can connect the latest ADT smart home security devices, Vivint HD cameras or a Lorex wireless security system for a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
Security Cameras with Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of our lives more than we may realize through our phones, email, social media, online shopping and much more as Forbes mentions. But did you know that some security cameras come equipped with AI technology?
This is what AI looks like for video surveillance.
Some customers who have security cameras may get alerts for activity that’s not necessarily important, such as when a car passes by the house or someone is walking down the street. These aren’t particularly important instances to be notified for, but with AI, video surveillance is enhanced by providing you with what has triggered your camera’s motion detection. As an example, CPI Security provides its customers with Intelligent Video Activity Notifications, allowing them to see whether a person, animal, or vehicle has triggered their smart home security camera. The Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro can detect people at the door.
Other home security products with artificial intelligence are the Arlo Baby Monitor and Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor/Outdoor. The Arlo Baby Monitor can detect when a baby is crying and send an alert. The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor both have the capability of facial recognition, allowing the camera to remember certain faces.
Keep An Eye On Your Front Door with Video Doorbells
Video doorbell exploded in popularity last year, allowing homeowners and renters alike to monitor who comes and goes and keep an eye on their packages. Preventing porch theft, video doorbells are especially beneficial, and they can also help to deter intruders. As helpful as they are, video doorbells are not immune from their own security risks but manufacturers continue to improve their functionality with features such as the mentioned artificial intelligence. With hackers tapping in to Ring security cameras, it’s important that you take precautions while using your video doorbell.
Most video doorbells offer the basics like mobile alerts, live streaming, and two-way audio. Home security products like the Arlo Video Doorbell, SkyBell Video Doorbell, SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus are good examples. You can check out our list of the best video doorbells if you’d like to compare more.
The Top 10 Innovative Security Products of 2020
These are the home security products that lead the way in innovation:
What’s In Store for 2021?
Has the coronavirus pandemic and the amount of time we’re spending at home changing our home security needs? The answer is likely yes. As more people work remotely and choose to shelter in place, a safe, convenient and secure home may be more important than ever. WiFi connectivity will need to keep up with increased needs to power multiple smart home and innovative security devices, as well as our computers and smartphones while we relax, work and study from home.