Once upon a time, all security systems could do was sound a loud alarm if someone broke in to the property. Now, however, advanced systems are far more common place, particularly now that the 2G systems have started to phase out. In just three years time, 2G will stop working, which means customers will have to either do without an alarm, or decide to upgrade their system. Alarm dealers are truly noticing the impact of this, particularly as the technology itself is changing very quickly. Indeed, keypads and fobs almost don’t exist anymore, as consumers now want something more digital and multi-functional. What kind of innovations are currently taking place? How will our systems change over the next few years?
The most basic thing is that they old keypads have been replaced by touch screens. A good new touch screen alarm systems has a range of icons and interfaces connected. The systems resemble our tablets and smartphones, using apps for various interactive services. What customers want is something that controls their home, going above and beyond simple security. Hence, new home alarm systems now offer such things as temperature control, energy management, locking and unlocking doors, weather alerts and more. Furthermore, people want to be able to access all these functions remotely through their mobile devices. An added consequence of this is that home security companies have to change and develop. For instance, staff is having to be trained in various technical points relating to the system that are more IT based than home security based. What customers look for is something unique, something they can customize to their own needs. Hence, most developers now offer various types of communication, including Z-wave, Wi-fi, broadband, bluetooth, cellular and more.
The two most important developments in home alarm systems are home energy management and geo-location. Through geo-location, customers are able to link their mobile to their security system. Should there be a problem, users will immediately receive a message or other alert on their mobile device. It also allows them to turn their alarm on and off wherever they are. Some home security systems disarm as soon as they sense the mobile within a certain distance. Naturally, they also switch back on automatically when the mobile is too far away. The energy management functionality is very important too. Energy management allows customers to control their home heating and cooling, as well as which devices should be switched on and off. Furthermore, the system itself will indicate how much energy each device uses, so that customers can switch certain things off.