Smart Home Security Using IoT

IoT and Home Security

The smart home environment integrates several IoT devices and services for collecting, processing, and exchanging data. It gives users several options to control and adjust the status of their home manually or automatically. For this purpose, smart home devices and related services exchange data with internal and external participants. These interactions take place with mobile applications on the end-user device (such as a smartphone) and remote services in the Cloud.

Because of their networked nature, Smart Home devices are exposed to remote security threats from attackers or from the Home Area Network. In addition, these threats not only affect users’ data but also their health and safety: This changes the accepted notion that their home is usually a safe place to live in. The smart home environment is an emerging field which puts it at risk of security danger. Since responsibilities are not clearly defined, it is very important for all people involved, the user and the service provider, to formulate customized security measures to prevent cyber threats. For this reason, it is necessary to protect the Smart Home environment and effectively reduce threats.

The Current Scenario

It is expected that the national security systems market will grow dramatically in the coming years, reaching $3.2 billion worldwide. The latest connected security systems have expectations to offer new levels of service and efficiency, while remaining easy to use.

Basically, a security system cannot be considered safe if connectivity is not reliable or intermittent; therefore, 24/7 connectivity is essential. Security systems cannot be left on their own, i.e.,  “install and forget”.  Advanced security systems must be constantly monitored and maintained to ensure maximum effectiveness and reliability.

Market Challenges for Security System Suppliers

Familiar names and huge companies in the high-tech sector have entered the home automation and safety market, with their mass market appeal to influence the home security trends. Meanwhile, many startup companies are also finding a niche in a market already full of competitors. Security alarm manufacturers and notification systems, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDs), access control systems and video surveillance systems face numerous challenges. To overcome that and stay headstrong in a challenging field, it is crucial that these companies improve the reliability of their products and manage economic pressures, while rationalizing at the same time its production, implementation, and logistics.

Some important points to note are as follows:

  • It is estimated that by 2023 outdoor video surveillance cameras will account for 33% of the 5G modules installed
  • The number of US households with a home security system by 2024 will rise to 63 million
  • 56% of consumers said that if they have the option, they will switch home security providers if it means they can monitor their home via the comfort of their smartphones

How IoT Can Contribute to Smart Homes

Keep Safety in Mind

The transmission of advanced security data is fundamental for today’s market as cyber threats have increased. Once rogue parties discover a weakness in any security system connected with the IoT, it offers them a great advantage to remotely monitor and disrupt the structures, causing damage to reputation and loss to the security systems supplier.

It is important to opt for cellular products that offer improved security features along with complete security advice for the entire device. Always prefer a proven and experienced security partner to ensure the highest safety standards.

Cultivate the Benefits of Network Evolution

Take advantage of network evolution. While 2G and 3G were originally relative, mobile standards inside 4G and 5G provide a world of new opportunities that were previously difficult to perform. From highly efficient low power standards to high-speed low latency connections, 4G and 5G support new business opportunities for connected security system providers:

  1. Low power remote sensors
  2. Advanced surveillance video with Smart Video analytics
  3. Biometrics
  4. Advanced Security
  5. New Interworking Cloud

Decrease Marketing Time

The choice of correct Connectivity Solutions helps system suppliers cut down and reduce their time to market!

Improves Supply Chain and Delivery

We are aware of the complexity and needs of an industrial market. Short delivery times and continuous supply are increasingly important. Safety device suppliers can benefit from this multi-factor service and multi-strength strategy, guaranteeing a solid chain, as well as the availability of long-term products.

Simplify Logistics and Rollouts

Cellular connectivity offers intrinsic advantages of security systems compared to alternative technologies, such as Wi-Fi. An independent alarm panel that does not depend on in-prem networks reduces the attack surface and simplifies the communication path.  However, the use of cellular networks means that safety device manufacturers must manage card logistics sims and ensure that the equipment is reliable on a cellular network during installation and remains connected along its active life.

Manage and Optimize Remote Devices

If you offer a do-it-yourself model for the installation of the system or provide installation services for your customers, the discomfort of repeated manual updates or unnecessary service trips by the installation technicians should be avoided. Therefore, it is essential to provide better visibility of your installed device base to help the operating team, state monitoring, performance, and network-related information through automatic real-time notifications. Anomalies and connectivity problems can be detected before they impact your business!

Wrap Up

The absolute buyer interest generated by smart home innovations means that the world’s largest technology companies and trendsetters have started to outperform each other. All these future advances have resulted in bigger and better smart home technologies and innovations in a tremendous upward direction that are now increasingly looking at the security aspect as well.