This year has already been full of surprises, and smart security automation continues to evolve to meet the needs of homes and businesses. From touchless technology to smart health bubbles, here are some security trends we believe will continue to define the year.
More time at home means more home security
A large number of companies shifted to remote work in 2020, and according to Forrester Research, 53% of employees want to continue working from home even after the pandemic ends. Because remote work and schooling have increased, many families are experiencing a full house even during work and school hours. We may not be super aware of our surroundings during Zoom meetings, but your security system should always be prepared. It’s important to invest in security, whether it’s through home improvements or security upgrades. The home security systems market is projected to reach $78.9 billion by 2025 as more homeowners are viewing home security as essential, not just a luxury.
Customers cut the cord in favor of WiFi and Cellular
With more people working and learning from home, your WiFi is probably straining under the number of devices. This year, the security industry will focus on wireless capabilities and WiFi solutions that are continuing to develop, such as mesh networking. Smart home security systems are now focusing on utilizing WiFi and cellular to power and connect devices, which eliminates the potential of cut phone lines that interrupt your service, so your alarms and video systems can keep chugging along no matter the situation.
“Health bubbles” stay enclosed through home security
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has forced us to tighten our social circles to reliable family and friends who agree on safety precautions and preventative measures to protect each other, known as health bubbles. Whether you’re trying to follow social distancing or shelter-in-place guidelines, smart home security is making it easier than ever to protect our homes. Video doorbells make it possible to see who’s at the door and even interact with mailmen or neighbors in a way that doesn’t endanger anyone. Furthermore, spots in your home that may be touched often, such as doorknobs, light switches, or thermostats, can easily be controlled through voice commands or an app on your mobile phone, further reducing the spread of germs.
Businesses utilize touchless service and access control solutions
Although millions of Americans now work from home, there are many essential businesses and institutions that require employees and customers to go to a physical location. Contactless service is one of the biggest trends that has arisen in the past year, and we’ll likely continue to see this even after the pandemic. Contactless access control keeps employees secure in commercial facilities; no one needs to touch a pin pad, turnstile, door handle, or fingerprint reader. A few new solutions include voice control, mobile access, Bluetooth, facial recognition, motion sensors, and automatic turnstiles.
2021 is shaping up to be a year of security upgrades that keeps our physical health at the forefront of its priorities. Lucky for your home and business, our team at iWired offers a plethora of security solutions for commercial and residential buildings. Contact us today to make your 2021 safer and simpler.