Artificial intelligence is introduced to into more areas of our lives with each passing year. Most people already carry smartphones that have AI-powered voice recognition apps, and driverless cars will be a common presence on the road within the next few years.
When it comes to the home, we also have a variety of smart tech that can make our lives easier. In addition to that, smart home systems can be used to make the home more secure. More and more security companies are looking to hire a programmer to develop IoT solutions that help protect your house remotely.
How AI Can Improve Your Security System
With traditional home security devices, a system could be programmed to trigger a predetermined response based on certain events. As an example, if the system is armed, it would start a countdown when a door is opened. If you fail to enter the code on the keypad within the timeframe, it would then alert the police or an offsite security professional to the potential intruder.
While this system has potential for success, several problems could arise. The biggest issue is that it could lead to a problem with false alarms. False alarms are obviously inconvenient but have enough and they can lead to a lack of response in the event of a real security problem. If the police or security services receive too many false alarms within a short period of time, they may decide that future events do not warrant the same urgency of response.
The same can be true of CCTV cameras. Your standard security camera is mostly a passive measure. It can act as a deterrent, but if a crime occurs, they only act to record evidence; they don’t do anything to prevent the crime. Thanks to AI programming, this is starting to change.
With the security system of the future, every aspect of your home protection system is going to be connected through the IoT. Everything from CCTV cameras, door locks, lights, and audio sensors will collect data that can then be analyzed using machine learning.
By analyzing this data, the system can learn about the habits and activities that are common to the property. Once the system has a profile of regular activity, it can then use what it has learned to manage the home security process in a more effective manner.
You will begin to see things like locks which not only know the usual times different people come and go, but that can also integrate with the cameras to identify various visitors. This will allow a program to make informed access decisions.
The system could also notice that you forgot to lock your doors when you left the house, and send a reminder to your smartphone. Once you receive the notification, you could use the linked smartphone app to lock the doors without having to return home.
Smart Security Cameras
Security cameras are widely recognized as one of the most effective burglary deterrents. When a burglar sees cameras, they are more likely to choose another target. The effectiveness of these cameras has made them more common in home security. Their increase in popularity is also thanks to the fact that we’ve recently seen some significant advances in CCTV technology.
Features like HD recording, cloud storage, and remote monitoring are all common among modern security cameras. In addition to that, some newer systems have begun to use AI programming, making CCTV more effective. With machine learning, a security system can learn to recognize the people that belong in the home. This can help the system when it needs to decide whether or not to trigger an alarm.
Beyond facial recognition, security cameras could also be programmed to recognize objects. This could be useful for helping the system to tell the difference between a potentially threatening stranger and someone that’s approaching the home to deliver a package.
The old lock and key represents the traditional means for managing access control in the home. If a person has a key, they can come and go as they please. If they don’t, they need somebody with the key to provide access.
This is all set to change with the development of smart locks. With a smart lock, the physical key is a thing of the past. Instead, people can gain access using things like PIN codes and smartphone apps. With a smart lock, you can manage different levels of access for different people, and the system even goes so far as to maintain an access record.
Many of these systems also come with features meant to increase their convenience. Since the smart locks are connected to your home Wi-Fi, they can be programmed to unlock as you approach the front door. With some smart locks, you may even be able to use a digital personal assistant to unlock the door using voice commands. When a guest arrives, you could simply tell your digital assistant to unlock the front door.
The problem with traditional security systems comes down to programming. While they can be set up to respond to event-based triggers, they still need a human to perform many of the most important tasks. With the development of AI, there is less of a need for human security professionals. The smart system will be able to monitor itself and even become capable of doing things like contacting emergency services.
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