How Apps Can Improve Home Security?

Home security is a prime concern for house owners. It has increased with technology advancements. Today, we have alarm systems integrated with motion sensors around the house. You can control them with a central keypad and maintain adequate security around the clock.

But will that be enough?

We have with us today Chitraparna from Esmee Network to share with us her 2 cents.

Take it away Chitraparna!

As technology advances, so does the level of threat!

The concept of home security systems is evolving rapidly as the Internet of Things (IoT) creates a whole new universe of connected devices. Several companies are leading the innovation in the home security segment.

The future will be a completely different picture with connected devices that can be controlled by centralized apps on your smartphone. Machine learning powered by Big Data will help these devices to learn proactively and adapt to changes in your house ecosystem.

We are already seeing devices like remotely controlled lighting, remote home surveillance, window and door sensors and what not.


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A great example is the Lutron Homeworks System. It has an intelligent lighting system that allows all lighting in your property to automatically switch on or off based on the parameters you set.

You can also code them to flash multiple times when an intruder is detected or switch on all lighting at regular intervals while you are on vacation to fool interested burglars.

Another beneficial aspect of home security video monitoring. Products like Belkin’s WeMo and NetCam HD offer homeowners to see what’s going on in their house at any instant over an active Internet connection.

Other examples include devices like Piper or Canary that needs to be plugged in. These allow you to monitor various variables including movement, temperature spikes, and abrupt sound anomalies. They also connect with other smart devices to allow centralized control over your entire household.

In the time to come, advanced home security systems will use integrated technologies and motion sensing to pro-actively help you. Their algorithms will not be static but constantly evolving.

Perceptive Security with Intelligent Heating Systems

Recent experiments by companies like Honeywell, Tado and Google’s Nest clearly outline the importance of geofenced heating systems in home security.

Jeremy Peterson, GM, EMEA Home Comforts & Energy Systems, recently pointed out that in the future, home-locking systems can be automated based on thermal heat maps. This means that your house will lock and unlock automatically depending on your presence.

Centralized Movement Tracking with Apps

Take Lightpad for instance. It is an intelligent light switch launched last year by a company called Plum. It allows you to track your movements around the house using your smartphone and a Bluetooth connection.

The device has a capacitive multi-touch interface controlled by multiple gestures. An app-enabled screen gives you notifications and messages in case something is wrong.

Utz Baldwin, CEO, Plum explains that integrating with Bluetooth amplifies the functionality of automated lighting. For example, the Lightpad would know you are approaching and then automatically turn on the lights as you walked through the door.

Another interesting example is Nest’s Protect. It uses a complex combination of sensors to detect carbon monoxide or smoke. If you have the smart thermostat (from Nest), then both can be integrated over Wi-Fi, and inform devices like boilers to turn off.

Commenting on the IoT advancements with higher adoption of apps, Siddharth Garg from Quytech, says that with advanced apps, one can easily integrate hi-tech smart devices including alarms and motion sensors over the cloud and provide increased control of home security directly into the palms of the owners.

Fibaro is another company that takes things even further offering a central hub that numerous sensors can wirelessly connect to. It can track everything from water, smoke, temperature, light, and movement if you’ve installed the right sensor.

Intelligent Doorbells

A UK based company i-Bell is producing app-enabled smart doorbells for Android phones and iOSsystems. It connects with your smartphone and lets you know who is at your doorstep at any time.

Successfully backed by Kickstarter, the wireless enabled doorbell sends notifications when someone is at the door. You can view the live feed on your smartphone and even talk to the person outside from the phone itself.

This can be done even when you are not at home. This is an example of how one can leverage the maximum potential for home security through app frameworks and cloud technology.

Anyone that does knock automatically gets his or her photo taken so you’ve got a record of who has visited your house. The company doesn’t stop there. It has indoor tech like iBeacon that can track movement.

Do these apps work? Check out our category of Caught in the Act about thieves and robbers busted by home security apps.

Are you prepared to live in a house full of sensors controlled by you?

With great power comes great responsibility.

After you install such an advanced home security system relaying information and surveillance over app frameworks, you instantly feel greater control over the safety of your household.

With automated frameworks and minimal human admin interference, we are looking at home security that is intelligent, dynamic and detailed.

Modern technology, machine learning and human innovation today are dynamically revamping every sector. It is natural that home security will see similar disruptions. As we can fathom from the examples, it already is.

Motion, sound and heat sensors, coupled with AI will allow security frameworks to distinctly identify home occupants, strangers, owners and even animals.

Much of the innovation in such areas is yet to go mainstream but as we saw, companies are churning up smart products for home security every day.

The likely next step is the integration of all these systems into unified and complete home security systems and with recent developments in the field of robotics, it is not beyond imagination that we will live to see the day when intelligent robots protect our homes.

Do you think Appification of home security through the cloud and AI will prove to be beneficial?

Author Bio

c-sinhaA columnist at international publications, a voracious reader and an occasional speaker. On her private moments she enjoys checking tech news and home automation/security stuff. ChitraparnaSinha is the Director of EsmeeNetwork.


Becoming a dad ignited my interest in home security. I started with security systems and quickly fell in love with the fast-evolving internet of things (IoT). I love to review home security and smart home products, and learn about new technologies in the IoT space.

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