Once upon a time, all security systems could do was sound a loud alarm if someone broke in to the property. Now, however, advanced systems are far more common place, particularly now that the 2G systems have started to phase out. By 2016, 2G will no longer work, which means a huge range of customers is going to have to decide whether to upgrade their systems, or whether they want to have a non-alarmed property. Alarm dealers are truly noticing the impact of this, particularly as the technology itself is changing very quickly. Indeed, keypads and fobs almost don’t exist anymore, as consumers now want something more digital and multi-functional. So what kind of developments have been taking place? What is this multi-functionality we seem to crave?
The most basic thing is that they old keypads have been replaced by touch screens. A good new touch screen alarm systems has a range of icons and interfaces connected. They use apps much in the same way as the interface on our tablet or smartphone does. What customers want is something that controls their home, going above and beyond simple security. Hence, new alarm systems now offer such things as temperature control, energy management, locking and unlocking doors, weather alerts and more. Furthermore, people want to be able to access all these functions remotely through their mobile devices. All of this also means that the companies who create home security systems have to develop as well. For instance, staff is having to be trained in various technical points relating to the system that are more IT based than home security based. Customers want systems that are unique to their needs, rather than being generic. It is for this reason that the majority of systems now offer a range of different communication options.
Two new developments are more important than any other. These are geo-location and management of home energy usage. Through geo-location, people can link their mobile phone to their security system. If the alarm were to go off, users will immediately receive an alert on their mobile. This also makes it possible to control the alarm remotely. There are now some systems that switch off automatically as soon as they detect the mobile phone. These systems also arm automatically as soon as the mobile is away to a certain distance. Energy management is equally important. This allows people to control the temperature in their home, as well as how much energy various devices use. Furthermore, the system itself will indicate how much energy each device uses, so that customers can switch certain things off.