Imagine this scenario. Your son has come back home from school and the front door is locked. The child calls you and you are able to unlock the door through your phone to let him in. Sounds bizarre? Well not really. This is what a new age home security solution can do. An important aspect of home automation, security solutions is fasting gaining ground as the most preferred smart home solution.
Single sensor alerts, standard security system alarms, wireless security cameras, DVRs and recording kits are a few new solutions for home security in the market. Artificial Intelligence and deep learning technology enabled surveillance cameras, thermostats and smoke alarms are some of the new age home security solutions in the market. These help send automated alerts to home owners via email, push notifications on any activity, motion sensors, mobile app connectivity, control of security systems from anywhere around the world through smartphones, tablets or laptops and cloud stored data to access at any given time. Pankaj Tyagi, Division Manager, Renewable Energy Division, 3M India Limited says, “window films are one of the new additions to home security solutions. Hurricanes, tornadoes, severe winds, bomb blasts and even earthquakes can cause glass to shatter and send shards flying, especially in high-rise buildings. During these disasters, safety and security window films help keep flying glass from harming inhabitants and, in many circumstances, will help keep out wind and rain.”
Automation is a step forward to the term called “Internet of Things”, in which, everything has an assigned IP address and can be monitored remotely. The system provides the ability to schedule events for the devices on the network. Says Pramoud Rao – Managing Director, Zicom, “home security solutions is also experiencing increased interest of integrating home automation, sensor and IP/analog, MAVDP (multi apartment video door phone) and CCTC. Large apartment blocks are also taking perimeter security and integrating that with building management solution.” Ajay Agarwal, Partner, Geopreneur Design Studio adds, “intrusion alarm system for windows-doors, compound walls, car-parks etc., CCTV cameras, video door phones, electrically and electronically controlled locks and latches, digital locks which can be controlled by password, smart-card, thumb input-impression, smart-phones, I-pads, swipe cards etc. while key-less excess control and locking is the latest trend.”
The market for home security solutions today is continuously evolving and includes monitoring options that accentuate user experience and allow for real-time tracking. FTTH (Fiber to the Home) is revolutionizing communications and security with the use of fiber optic cables for delivery of multiple advanced services such as telephone, broadband, Internet and television. “Fibre optic cables ensures superior internet speeds supporting next generation services like video on demand and home automation that adds value to the life of residents. In terms of security this technology enables integrated video based visitor management system through which residents can track a visitor right from the gate of the township to the main lobby right up to their doorstep. The radio frequency identification (RFID) system is capable of managing the movement of the car. For instance, if a resident is out of town he can disable the RFID which will block the car at the entrance itself if anyone else tries to take it. This gives an extra layer of defence against any potential intruders,” says Surendra Hiranandani, Chairman & Managing Director, House of Hiranandani. Since the late 90s, the instrumentation of the homes have been happening with conventional burglar alarm system, CCTV systems and EM locks. It had the basic limitation that the systems were not interconnected. “With change in technology the concept of Security has changed and technology based security that can be integrated and can be remotely accessed has become an essential part of our homes and personal life. From being discrete systems Home Security Systems have now converged,” opines a spokesperson from Tenon Group of Companies.
One can control the entire home security by means of a combined in-built monitoring system or digital technology. It involves the integration of technology in home security. “This modern home security solutions comprises switches and sensors connected to a central hub called ‘gateway’ by which the entire system is controlled with a user interface that interacts with smart phones, tablets, web interfaces and wall mounted terminals. As a result, the user can manage everything from anywhere using their smart devices through the internet,” says Akhil Kumar Sureka, Managing Director, Sarvome Developers. Avinash K Gautam , CEO, Silvan Innovation Labs adds, “smart sensors to detect events like door intrusion, unwanted motion, LPG gas leakage, fire and wet floors. A smart gateway to sense these sensors, decide when the triggering of a sensor can be considered as a real risk, and interface with a central monitoring system for systematic logging of events and centralised monitoring. Smart cameras allow you to check out visually the situation in your house and lastly a Centralised Monitoring system which monitors the status of your house and enables monitoring by a security agency.”
The best part of home automation solutions is that the new technology can be easily installed without much intervention as most of the products are wireless. So, one does not have to worry about extensive wiring and networking. “For example, wireless camera system only has to find the points of placement to cover areas like doors, garage, windows, etc and mount camera on the desired location both indoors as well as outdoors. Most of the technology products for home security are wi-fi enabled. We can download the concerned mobile app in our smart phone and can directly surveillance and control the entire home security system. These home security products also have a feature of cloud-stored data and are hassle-free. They have battery as well as plugged cable installation for outdoors,” says Prasoon Shrivastava, CEO & Founder, Helpmebuild.
The security requirement in the real-estate sector, largely for its three categories of buildings- retail, residential and commercial demand a different security protocol because their environments differ. “The Indian real estate market is expected to touch US$ 180 billion by 2020. The housing sector alone contributes 5-6 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the period FY 08-20, the market size of this sector is expected to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent. Retail, hospitality and commercial real estate are also growing significantly, providing the much-needed infrastructure for India’s growing need. At the same time, India continues to be an attractive offshoring destination for global players, which is likely to lead to increased investments in commercial real estate such as in IT and ITES, thereby leading to an increase in demand for security systems,” concludes Rupan Sidhu,Director Corporate Affairs, G4S, India.
This appeared in Deccan Herald’s Homes & Interiors here.