Since then, the security system industry has exploded as technology leads the way in breaking down barriers and increasing effectiveness in the most mundane of security features. Today, home security systems are as advanced as professional systems and more accessible than ever before.
Digital IP Surveillance CamerasOne of the most exciting developments has been in the field of digital IP surveillance cameras. Traditional surveillance has relied on analog CCTV which requires a dedicated digital video recorder on site but camera development as outgrown the capabilities of this traditional surveillance system. IP Camera’s send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet.
There are two kinds of digital IP surveillance cameras: centralized IP cameras which need a network video recorder (NVR) to control the video recording and alarm system, and decentralized IP cameras which have a built-in recording function and can record the video directly onto an SD card, NAS, or a computer/server.
Camera technology has lunged forward in capability and this is seen most easily through digital IP surveillance cameras. They are capable of recording and seeing color in near darkness without any supplemental light, they can process blinding light and dark shadows to produce a clear picture regardless of the environment which allows constant accurate security to take place 24 hours a day.
These options were once only available through professional contract corporate security providers but today can be bought through amazon for as little as $249 USD. Security system companies like Seico Security offer these security systems with custom integrated capabilities.
Advancements in Home Security SystemsIn today’s home security systems market, a single family can have the same amount of physical and digital security as a large corporation at a dramatically cheap price. Many of today’s home security suites offer motion detector, entry sensors, sirens, and IP camera’s that all interconnect through the internet to a central hub.
Some home security systems such as GetSafe offer a centralized and secured hub which will manage all of the aforementioned systems. With nothing more than an mobile app on your smartphone, you can wirelessly monitor every aspect of your home security system, automated locking schedules, and these features have become standard for most providers. MyAccess home security system is a great example of platform with such capabilities.
Integrated Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)Along with the IP Cameras, there is also the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera. The FLIR have traditionally been used by military and civilian aircraft because of their thermographic and infrared sensing capabilities, but the cost of producing FLIR cameras have decreased to the point that they are purchasable by anyone who wishes to include these capabilities into their security systems.
FLIR produces a wide range of FLIR cameras for both personal use and for emergency services; the thermal sensing capabilities are an incredible advantage for black environments that result from extreme weather conditions where an IP sensors can become swamped in “noise” such as falling debris, heavy snow or rain conditions, and harsh environments. These cameras capabilities have also extended into being able to sense chemical environments, radiation, biological, and even explosive devices.
Web-based Security SystemsToday’s security technology has grown in allowing decentralized monitoring through the internet. Whether you are sitting in the building in question or halfway across the world, you can monitor the security system with a simple WiFi connection.
Protecting this connection from outside intrusion and manipulation is important; one of the ways this is accomplished is by the user pre-approving, or pairing, specific devices to the security system. This means that only devices, computers, or specified people can receive alerts, change settings, receive alarms, or shut the system down.
In the end, the growth and accessibility of security systems continue to grow and become more refined with each passing day. There is no limit to how fast or far security will progress in keep our homes and our business secure and safe.