One of the most prominent advantages of the emergence of IoT is the profound effect it has on blending Smart home devices and security. Outdated hardware such as keypads are panels are rapidly being replaced with higher-functionality, modern Smart equipment. The most common example could be Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa which comes with integrated cameras for facial recognition and boosted speakers that can play music and alarm the siren.
And this Smart residential security evolution is arriving sooner than expected. According to the latest research from Omdia, there were about 44.5 million professionally monitored security systems globally in 2020, set to increase to about 54 million in 2021. It is predicted that 1/4 of USA households will have alarm monitoring services in 2024.
Here are the top five Smart home security trends to look out for in 2022.
1. Equipment that blends into your home’s aesthetic
New Smart home security trends not only offer an enhanced sense of protection but also do not disturb the aesthetics of your home. Smart home brands such as IKEA and Sonos are taking innovation to the next level and have partnered to develop products such as lamps and wall art embedded with speaker technology.
The new Echo Show 15 acts as a picture frame when not in use, and other brands like Xunison integrate apps to take control of the home’s Wifi for added security. They also have a Smart Doorbell — an intelligent combined camera and intercom allowing users to monitor visitors. It also includes a night vision function and 1080P FHD high-quality images. A surveillance camera and doorbell all in one.
2. Integration of AI to reduce false alarms
Brands like Alarm.com introduced Ambient Insights in 2021 for alarm response — “a new solution that recognizes activity around a property and delivers contextual information to monitoring stations in the event of an alarm.” With Ambient Insights, the chances for false alarms become greatly reduced as monitoring stations use the contextual data to prioritize alarms and dispatch police, fire or emergency medical services to properties IF needed. It also allows for responses to a wider range of emergencies and can differentiate between actual emergencies and false alarms.
Alarm.com isn’t the first brand to integrate AI into its platform, and we predict that AI will become increasingly popular and play a more crucial role in cancelling false alarms and providing significant data for emergency responders in security systems in 2022.
3. Video analytics will become more popular
Video cameras play an integral role in home security systems, and when you mix them with Smart security solutions, you’re bound to get something great. They’re one of the most popular device add-ons for residential security systems, and smart homes and brands are starting to realize this. In 2022, Omdia predicts that video cameras, doorbells and analytics functionalities will be amplified for home security systems.
However, companies like Xunison have already taken advantage of the video camera hype and have a few security cameras in their product line. Their Smart Outdoor Camera can simply be connected to the user’s existing Wifi network to monitor outdoor areas of the house and record all movement. It can also send push notifications to mobile phones via its app to notify users when any motion is detected.
4. Wifi sensing and radars could replace the sensor market
There are many device manufacturers using combinations of Wifi, radar and ultrasound to create sensors and monitor motion in homes. However, service providers and hardware brands might want to consider an upcoming trend which will likely replace such devices.
For example, industry leader Amazon announced in September 2021 that the latest models of Echo smart speakers, which will also use ultrasound to detect occupancy — can be used for automation and security purposes. The gist of this trend is an increase in product functionality – if your smart speaker can perform the functions of motion sensors, why buy one? Therefore, the demand for door/window contacts and motion sensors could be on the decline starting in 2022.
5. Partnerships with constructors
Many brands, companies and platforms are now focusing on the builder market. Although many homes are generally built with a basic alarm system, home builders now want to provide advanced solutions as a standard. In 2020, Omdia reported about 2.5 million smart home devices were shipped into Smart apartments globally.
Security-device manufacturing brands and service providers can take advantage of this new notion in 2022 and partner up with home building brands as the demand for Smart security devices increases — from Smart door locks to energy management and water controls to surveillance cameras.