Top 15 Home Security Trends in 2021

Staying up to date on the current trends in the home security industry can be a hard thing to do. There are so many different startups, and on top of that, technology changes at an incredible pace.

Over the years, we have seen how the home security industry has evolved.

It all started with the old hardwired home security systems that consisted of fairly simple sensors. Today we have smart wireless home security systems that can work with a number of different sensors, cameras, and devices and provide high levels of home automation.

But what holds the future? Let’s take a more in-depth look.

Home Security Trends

Home Security Powered By Artificial Intelligence

Over the past several years, there has been a massive increase in the number of businesses using AI to improve their services. The security industry is no exception.

We have seen a number of home security businesses implementing AI into their systems and monitoring.

In fact, AI is considered the number one home security trend for 2021, according to the Security Industry Association (SIA).

Systems that are being monitored by an AI have a great potential for cutting down on response times and false alarms and automating the whole process of alerting both the homeowner and monitoring company or the relevant authorities.

This can make the process a lot more streamlined and effective while lowering the need to rely on human interaction.

Of course, AI technology is not perfect, but, that being said, we are likely to see better working security equipment, devices, and sensors. A lot of the emphasis in the home security field is put on things like machine learning, facial recognition, suspicious events detection, intelligent tracking, and people counting.

Overall we are bound to see systems offering more control, automation, customization, and efficiency.

 

Integration and Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is among the top trends in home security simply because it lays the fundamentals for how home security systems work.

In simple terms, IoT refers to a system of devices, sensors, and other “things” that work together. They are all connected through the internet, gather information, analyze and transfer it over the internet.

IoT is also connected to the whole concept of device integration. Customers over the years have always been demanding better integration and the ability to use different smart devices together. Because of that, cross-platform security device integration is going to be big in the coming years.

This also brings us to AIoT (artificial intelligence of things), a mixture of both AI technology and IoT systems, which is likely to slowly get more and more integrated into the home security systems of the future.

 

More Smart Home Security Devices

Home security providers are expected to improve and increase the number and types of different home security devices they offer.

Video doorbells are increasingly getting more popular among homeowners as they provide peace of mind. Other security devices like smart locks are also becoming more popular.

However, things don’t end here. Home security companies offer many different devices that homeowners can use like smart lights, outlets, garage door openers, CO2, fire, flood sensors, biometric devices, and so much more.

 

Predictive Data Analytics

With the expected trend shift in how home security systems operate, we are likely to see companies adopting systems that allow them to use advanced video analytics software.

For example, they can introduce CCTV cameras that can identify and read license plates, count people, use visual recognition, spot suspicious or hazardous activities, automatically trigger an alarm, block access to specific areas, or notify the homeowner and security center.

 

Home Automation

As the popularity of smart homes and demand for smart home devices increases, we are likely to see an improvement in the way smart home security devices work.

Over the past years, there has been a serious shift towards smart home devices that offer high levels of home automation.

Automatic locking and unlocking of doors, automated changes in security modes, automated alerts regarding open doors and windows were just some of the features we have seen up until now.

 

Remote-Controlled Security Systems

Already we see many home security systems that offer varying levels of remote-controlled access and operation.

Nothing beats being capable of remotely checking if your property is locked and secured by examining the status of sensors and checking the video footage and log history. Such features are only bound to expand further, offering more capabilities and ease of use.

 

DIY Smart Home Security Systems

Smart home security systems that are easy to install and do not require professional help have been growing in popularity. The focus on providing such systems will most likely continue to increase.

Plug-and-Play security systems are the preferred way to go by many owners simply because they are versatile, flexible, not associated with installation and removal costs, and easy to set up.

Thus the demand for DIY home security systems will continue to grow. This may also allow companies to run their businesses more cost-effectively and offer more competitive prices.

 

Voice-Controlled Smart Home Systems

The demand for and use of smart home speakers has been steadily increasing over the years. And these trends do not show any signs of stopping anytime in the future. Over time we are likely to see smart home speakers that have different security features and properties.

This marks one of the trends in the home security niche of moving towards devices that can be controlled using one’s voice. Moreover, since these devices do not have to be physically touched, they can help in reducing the chances of spreading germs.

 

Cloud-Based Home Security Systems

Slowly but surely, we have seen how cloud-based services have been on the rise.

Cloud-based services allow for on-demand remote access to information and security footage by the homeowners or the home security company.

Cloud-based home security systems also allow for storing larger video footage files. Having everything stored remotely also means that criminals will not be able to easily access and delete any of the security footage and alerts.

 

Network and Device Security

Smart devices are a vital part of people’s everyday life. Especially today when many people work from their homes. So it is only natural to expect a bigger demand for better data privacy and security.

It is no secret that, although much safer, today’s smart home wireless security systems and networks still do have their vulnerabilities.

The information between the different devices, homeowners, and the security centers is handled mostly wirelessly and over the internet. With that, the demand for networks, protocols, encryption, and overall devices with better security is also increasing.

It is no coincidence that in December 2020, The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act was signed which aims to establish a standard in increasing the security of IoT devices.

 

Data and Personal Privacy

People are becoming more conscious of how their data is being collected and used.

Over the years, we have observed that our data online can be used in different ways. This also calls for better data privacy and protection. 

As more Americans work and live in cities, there has been an increase in the use of home security systems. These systems have been in place since the 1970s to protect domestic criminals and children. However, crime has shifted from violent crimes to property crimes and the use of these systems has become more common due to this shift.

Many Americans are unsure if they should be giving up personal information such as their home address to a security company or government agency.

 

High-Speed Connectivity

The latest Wi-Fi standard is Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6 allows for faster and more efficient connectivity. But reaching its speed limits is highly unlikely anyway. The new-gen 6 excels at working simultaneously with multiple devices, which makes it extremely useful for owners who have home security systems operating a high number of devices.

5G is growing in popularity, and companies can benefit from its low latency and high-speed capabilities compared to 4G. This means that security devices capable of faster communication and higher video quality streaming might be expected to slowly push their way into the market.

Eventually, with the introduction of the 5G, we will see Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be). The Wi-Fi 7 will provide faster speeds and the ability to control a higher number of devices.

 

Focus on Mobile Users

In this day and age, smartphones are rapidly growing in popularity, and more and more people use them.

The shift from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and tablets has created a whole new set of security challenges. The biggest security threat to today’s consumers is not hackers or nation-states but their own devices. Mobile devices run faster, react faster to threats, and can be very private.

Study after study has shown that mobile users store their personal information at higher risk than their desktop counterparts.

It is thus not a surprise that more companies are focusing on integrating their security systems with smartphones. That way, owners will be capable of fully managing and operating their home security systems through mobile apps.

 

Move to Subscription-Based Business Models

Slowly but surely business models which required their customers to sign long-term—read, anywhere between 12 to 36 month—contracts are being replaced by subscription-based business models.

Nobody really enjoys signing such long-term contracts. Subscription-based services allow for greater freedom and the ability to cancel at any time.

 

Brand Accreditation and Certification

Last but not least, people are starting to recognize the importance of brand accreditation. This, of course, encompasses everything the company stands for and how they conduct their business.

Trusted companies that are known for their expertise and professionalism will be more sought after. With so many different companies lacking in their customer support, the way companies conduct their business will be more important than ever.

 

Conclusion: Home Security Trends 2021

The importance of home security has never been more apparent. Home invasion and break-in incidents are increasing by the month; burglars find it nearly impossible to carry out their crimes without being discovered.

As we have seen, each year we see more and more home security systems being installed all around the world. While video surveillance cameras have been used for decades, they are evolving towards being less noticeable to visitors and more user-friendly. Also, there are many interesting future developments that we can look forward to in the coming years.

From drones and computers to biometrics, there will be cameras everywhere! That’s just a glimpse into the future we live in – one that will be fully automated and filled with sensors. In fact, it might already be here…and we don’t even know it!

We hope you’ve found this article informative and useful. It covers some of the top trending topics in home security as well as industry publications, tools, and resources.

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