A Look Back at the Innovative Security Features & Products of 2019

This year there were a lot of advancements in the home security space. Join us as we "tech" a look back at some of the most popular home security features and products of 2019.

A Look Back at the Innovative Security Features & Products of 2019

Let’s “Tech” A Look Back at 2019

Let’s “Tech” A Look Back at 2019

In 2019, there were a lot of advancements in the home security space. Home security is definitely nothing new, but there were new technologies and features that brought new levels of home connectivity and functionality to home security systems. 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 security space:

  • Bluetooth disarming
  • Smart home integrations
  • Security camera deterrence features
  • 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 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, Link Interactive, Guardian Protection, and CPI Security.

Man with phone in pocket

Smart Assistants Can Help You Protect Your Home

If you haven’t already heard by now, Alexa, Google Assistant, and other smart technologies can help you protect your family and home. Many home security providers either offer smart home devices you can get with a package or that you can purchase as standalone products to use with your home security system.

Some of the benefits of using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with your home security system is the ability to put certain tasks on a schedule, like turning the lights on at a certain time or locking your door under certain conditions. In most cases, you can create “scenes” or instances in which certain functions are triggered based on conditions you set. Of course, and as always, you’ll need to take precautions when using smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.

Google Home device

Security Camera Deterrence Features

Having a security camera in plain sight has proven to be a deterrent, but this next generation of cameras takes deterrence to another level.

So, what type of deterrence features are we talking about?

Today, motion-activated lighting and sirens help make today’s cameras a proactive home security tool. Products like the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, Arlo Pro 2, and Ring Spotlight Camera come equipped with these latest deterrence features. This means that you’re not only more likely to capture an unwanted visitor, but you can also potentially scare the unwanted visitor away. We believe these features are only going to become more popular for those interested in purchasing a security camera.

Home security camera

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 security camera.

Other devices 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 doorbells have exploded in popularity this 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. 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. Devices like the SkyBell Video Doorbell, SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 are good examples. You can check out our list of the best video doorbells if you’d like to compare more.

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
The Top 10 Innovative Security Cameras of 2019

The Top 10 Innovative Security Cameras of 2019

These are the products that lead the way in innovation and home security:

Over to You

Over to You

It will be interesting to hear and learn about the new technical advancements that 2020 may bring in the home security space. Many aspects of our daily living are being made for our convenience and can also serve to enhance our security.


Written by

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa develops content in the home security space and contributes to Safety's social media efforts.