Dreaming up a sci-fi future is getting harder as tech starts to catch up to our wildest imaginations. That includes home security, where futuristic tech is keeping us safer than ever thanks to some advancements that were once limited to science fiction films.
While automation may seem like a convenience, it can also be a boon to home security. Automating lights to come on every day at a certain time makes it look like someone is home even when they’re not, while automatic thermostats can keep pipes from freezing.
The smart home train is just pulling out of the station though. As more and more smart devices are introduced, we’ll also be automating threat detection. Companies like Eero and Dojo are able to keep an eye on your internet connection to monitor for attacks on your devices and smart appliances.
Face and voice recognition
False alarms a big worry when installing a home security system, where an alarm is tripped by someone who is authorized to be in the house. However, as cameras and microphone become more common in home security setups, automatic recognition could drastically cut down the frequency of false alarms.
We already have automatic detection keeping some systems secure. Some phones and operating systems can be unlocked using facial recognition, and many Wi-Fi home monitoring cameras can spot a face to send more useful notifications. Many voice assistants, like Apple’s Siri, can be trained for particular users.
As these systems get better at recognizing individual users, they will likely be used to arm security systems with your voice or even automatically disarm when they spot familiar faces.
Robots as protectors are a tradition of many sci-fi stories, but they’re already at work in malls and business parks across the country. Roving Dalak-like robots are equipped with cameras, microphones and other sensors to make sure locations are safe.
But these systems may be coming to more locations soon, with autonomous robots closing the gap between human counterparts. In the meantime, drones may also help monitor properties for intruders.
Security systems that can see through walls
Today’s security systems often uses dozens of sensors to make sure there isn’t any unauthorized access to your home. But new tech is allowing security systems to see through walls.
By harnessing the radio waves used by your Wi-Fi router, these systems can monitor for movement throughout your house with just two simple sensors. They can be tuned to ignore pets and use your devices to track your location, so they turn off when you’re home.
In the future, these systems could operate with a higher fidelity to pinpoint an intruder in larger homes and even monitor for movement in certain areas, letting you stay secure while you sleep.
While Minority Report-style Precogs aren’t likely to jump from screens to real life, but predictive security systems are likely going to keep you safe. By analyzing how you use your security system, sensors could soon notice anomalies with its sensors to spot a bad guy.
Users of smart thermostats like the Nest already see this in action. After you get your device and start using it, these smart thermostats use past data, outside weather information and other sensors to predict what temperature you’ll want inside.
A security system could use past data to remind you to arm your system, provided more accurate notifications of an intruder, or even call authorities if something happens to you inside the home by predicting what you’ll do next.
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