You’ve probably heard the term ‘Smart Home’ bandied about by now as new technology invades our properties and shops become lined with the latest smart gadgets. The components making up the smart home are smart energy, security, entertainment, convenience and health, but it’s smart security that will open the door to the smart home. Research by Yale, GFK and iControl all indicate smart security as the key driver for the smart market with 90% of Brits agreeing that security is the most important factor for smart home adoption.
Despite a steady decline in burglaries over the past few decades, figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed that there were still over 750,000 in the UK last year. You can’t put a price on home security and as burglars develop more sophisticated ways of breaking in, home security has become more advanced to combat this threat.
So what does this year have in store for Smart Security? As technology is evolving, computing devices are getting smaller and wireless technology is becoming universal, smart security is becoming a more realistic option for the average homeowner. Individuals want to take control of devices from another room, or even another country and the sophistication and innovation of new technology has meant this is possible through various methods, including voice recognition, smartphone app control and even fingerprint technology.
Adoption from big brands has also catapulted smart technology and security into the mainstream and integration partners will be key for smart security in 2016. Household names, such as Yale, investing in this technology has added credibility to the products and helped raise awareness. Integration partners to make products compatible will also be fundamental for smart security to take off in 2016. Enabling multiple devices to work together will encourage adoption and mean customers can buy other branded products even if they have an existing system in place to make a truly smart home.
Now technology has become more established and the benefits understood, competition amongst smart security offerings has increased and the decrease in hardware costs has meant smart technology is more affordable for the average consumer in 2016. As a result, smart security products are more accessible. Awareness and adoption is perhaps the most important factor for growth in the smart security industry and companies are now understand that simplicity and ease of use, trumps technological innovation. Therefore, for homeowners, the benefits now appear to be outweighing the perceived barriers and consumers are appreciating how the advanced security can make lives more comfortable.
Smart security devices need to appeal to modern lifestyles and busy homeowners can now receive notifications, emails and even images of their home once sensors have been triggered from connected devices. This complements our desire to have access to our homes anywhere at anytime providing extra peace of mind.
A Yale commissioned survey, revealed the top two features consumers expect a smart home security can do is to remotely lock doors and windows and have the ability to view CCTV footage via a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
Yale’s Smart Living Range of connected security devices is available in a variety of options to suit any lifestyle, from standalone products, to a complete home security system that can be controlled via a smartphone. The devices include the Yale connected Keyfree and Keyless Smart Locks, the Smarthome Alarm system and the Smart HD CCTV. For example, if you forget to activate you alarm upon leaving your house, you can switch it on remotely from your mobile phone.
To find out more information about Yale’s Smart Living Range visit www.yale.co.uk