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The Future of Home Security Technology

Posted: March 06, 2014

Burglars are always on the move, learning the latest in security technology in order to get a leg up on the common man. It's an unfortunate reality, but those who currently help keep our homes safe are hard at work on the next revolution that'll help safeguard you and yours. From smartphones to biometrics, security technology marches ever onward, keeping burglars out and reaching into our imaginations to deliver smarter, safer homes.

Smartphone Security

Devastating break-ins can compromise your security and peace of mind in powerful ways. The lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, and lack of control that enable burglars to enter your home can escape our attention, leaving us blind to the danger until it's simply too late. Smartphone security systems look to remove the disconnect between you and your domicile by putting all the awareness and knowledge of security censors at your fingertips. From live camera feeds, to electronic locks, to sensors that detect motion while you're gone, the tools you need to monitor your home from anywhere are as convenient as your text messages. Generally these capabilities will need to be bundled as part of an integrated security solution, but the package is worth the price, and the safety is invaluable.

Lighting Control

Coming home to a broken lock or window is a dangerous scenario. The thieves may have left, strewn items about the home, or waited for your arrival. In each instance, darkness is not your friend, and stumbling through the unknown looking for a light-switch is an invitation for disaster. Instead of letting your hands guide the way, take control before you even enter the home. Automated lighting systems will allow smartphone control and automated lighting configurations based on time of day, censor input, or voice command. In fact, many home automation devices are on the market today, putting the power to automate and control your home a real possibility.

RFID Chips

A key can be copied, and a locking mechanism can be broken, but combining the security of an unbreakable code with a strong mechanical element could be a sure-fire way to keep intruders out and your family safe. Until recently, RFID were largely limited to cattle, but the future holds limitless possibility for these secure solutions. Whether embedded in your skin or built into an everyday item, RFID chips facilitate effortless tracking and can be used to authenticate your presence. The system has two major benefits. The first is the inability to replicate the device fingerprint without first getting hold of the device itself. The second is that locks, reliant on mechanisms that can be compromised with enough force, can be unlocked remotely with RFID, allowing the actual mechanism to lie embedded behind wood or metal. Try as they might, criminals with heavy boots could be less likely to break a sturdy lock that's buried behind layers of sturdy material.

Fingerprint Scanners

Aside from twins, everyone's fingerprint is unique, and unique identifiers are the holy grail of security technology. Biological identifiers, in particular, present an attractive combination of complexity and distinctiveness that make them the ideal safeguard against unsavory characters. Fingerprint scanners linked to remote locks offer the same potential as RFID chips, combined with the complexity only biology can offer. Current models can be fooled by a clever photograph or chunk of silly putty, but as the devices grow in sophistication and efficacy, the end result will see better secured locks and unique profiles for each member of the family.

Facial Recognition

Faces are another unique identifier that offer a great deal of promise in the fight to keep intruders out. Facial recognition scanners installed at the front of homes can take pictures, identify distinctive characteristics, and permit or reject entrance with little additional effort from the visitor. Much like fingerprint scanners, current models are capable of being deceived, but developments in the devices are rendering them more accurate every day.

Z-Wave Wi-Fi Encryption

Your home isn't the only access point to your valuables. If you're like most families these days, the most coveted items in your possession are the files that contain your personal information. With hackers and neighborhood opportunists looking to skim bank information, social security numbers, and credit card numbers every day, the danger is real. The latest in Wi-Fi encryption technology is called Z-Wave, and it aims to make our personal wireless networks potentially more secure than ever before. With built in fail-safes such as a temporary encryption key located on the devices firmware and CBC-MAC technology, the hardware itself is its greatest tool in warding off hackers. What's most impressive about the protocol, however, is the reliance on data origin authentication keys that provide authentication on a per-device basis. This means that, even if a crook parked outside your home cracks your password, this unique device will set off a red-flag and kick the offender to the curb. Big changes are coming to home security and your family and peace of mind stand to benefit. From smartphone enabled remote monitoring, to home automation, to sci-fi-worthy biometrics, your home sweet home will be smarter, more capable, and more secure than ever before.