But it can sometimes be difficult to know what it really means and how it can benefit you and your customers.
IoT, a network of physical devices that can connect and collect data, has had a significant impact on home security in the past year more than ever. According to Google Trends, at its peak, over 60% more people searched for ‘smart home’ in 2017 than comparatively in 2016 UK wide.
IoT for home security allows people to connect their ‘things’ such as security devices, locks, lights and security cameras together to monitor how safe your house is from just about anywhere in the world. Approximately 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ are expected to be in use during 2017 and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
That is a lot of connected ‘things’ but what does it mean for the security industry?
IoT and Security Industry
With the growing technological advancements in IoT, home security systems are set to be pivotal in allowing homeowners to control their devices and save the cost. Another advantage of IoT enabled devices is their compatibility with mobile technology and apps.
For example, the Texecom Connect is a cloud-enabled control panel app that is not only compatible with Texecom’s own products but also works universally with the majority of alarm systems, household appliances, video surveillance, heating and lighting systems making it an ideal replacement for any old connectivity technology.
The corresponding Connect App and Connect Hub can be accessed and operated from any location, giving the whole control to the homeowners. Not only that, with Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity and no extra wiring, it is extremely easy and quick to install making installers’ lives much easier.
But, How Secure is the IoT?
While the IoT phenomenon has made home security more accessible for homeowners and has added practicality for installers, this modernisation does have some hiccups. Automated systems that rely on cloud or Wi-Fi can still be intruded — both virtual and physical. Given these security flaws, IoT manufacturers like Texecom are working hard to improve our systems and releasing timely updates to keep these smart devices secure for both installers and end users.
The Future is Here
Thanks to the IoT revolution, the number of smart sensors and devices is only going to increase as technology develops. Smart home security and automation systems are going to revolutionise the way we live and will make sure you get even smarter and user-friendly connected living.