The key to unlocking the potential for connected security lies in trust.
Connected security and safety systems and devices with remote monitoring capabilities are already becoming standard devices in technology savvy households. The extent to which privacy and intrusiveness concerns play out will determine the strength and fortune of this potentially critical home service offering.
Your home is your most valuable asset. With smart home technology and home automation security products, people can now monitor their home remotely, through connected security cameras, alarms, and motion sensors. This means that anyone, no matter where they are in the world, can have peace of mind about their home’s security at the touch of a button. The potential of this technology, however, is that we move beyond the manual pushing of buttons, to a more automated situation where sophisticated home security management is available at a fraction of the cost of existing systems today.
Blue sky thinking on connected security technologies helps us imagine worlds where your house unlocks the door automatically once it senses your phone in the vicinity; where an isolated individual can check the identity of who is at the door without having to open it to a stranger; or where the safety and movement of children at home is monitored and assured while mum pops to the shops for some milk. There is a potential for connected security technologies to revolutionise lifestyles: through automating our precautions against risks, we free up more time and space to pursue the valuable goals we hold dear.
Like other connected technologies, however, the potential is limited by what technology people will allow into their home. Where products minimise intrusion on privacy, retain the sense of user control amid increasing artificial management, and reduce costs, these products are most likely to succeed. Success in this market could be when a house that knows that it has a faulty boiler through air quality sensors, or when leaks or drafts cause flags to be raised in humidity sensors, or when alarms are automatically triggered when a house is empty. The key to unlocking the potential for connected security lies in trust.