Staying up to date on the latest security systems and techniques makes it far easier for security companies to provide state-of-the-art service and advice
- Home security is constantly evolving
- Staying up to date on the latest trends is essential
- Managing the security of an HOA community brings unique challenges
- Working with HOAs can be beneficial if you’re committed to the job
Security companies have a duty to learn about the latest home security trends to pass this information on to their clients. After all, you may be responsible for the safety of multiple properties around your city, so staying ahead of potential thieves is part of your job.
This duty is even greater if you’re working with community managers because you’re responsible for keeping dozens of homes within each neighborhood safe. Failure to learn about the industry’s latest trends could put numerous homeowners and their belongings in danger, so you’ll want to take the time to do so.
Fortunately, technology streamlines much of the security processes we have today and makes community safety far easier to maintain.
Here’s a look at seven home security trends you should be aware of as a security company in 2022. Knowing these important trends will allow you to make the best recommendations to your community management clients.
1. Smart home security
One of the most straightforward ways to improve home security within a community is by integrating smart home security devices.
Things like video doorbells, smart locks, smart lights, and biometric devices add another layer of security, making individual homes less likely to be targets of crime.
Recommending these home security devices to residents or community managers can go a long way toward making individual buildings within the neighborhood safer.
2. The Internet of Things integration
You’ve probably heard the term the Internet of Things (IoT) before, but how does it apply to home security?
The gist is that IoT allows various electronic devices within a space to work together to reach a common goal. In the case of home security, multiple devices, including sensors, cameras, and smart devices, “speak” to each other using an internet connection, which creates a fully-integrated security system.
When applied to an HOA community, the system could warn homeowners if another house in the community is broken into, ensuring all residents are on alert.
This system could also notify a community’s residents if something out of the ordinary shows up on someone’s surveillance cameras, once again providing advanced notice of a threat in the area.
IoT uses the information one security method gathers and applies it across the network, maximizing security throughout the entire community.
3. The use of artificial intelligence
Perhaps the most significant technology emerging in the home security industry in 2022 is artificial intelligence (AI), which service providers are applying in new and exciting ways.
You can now use AI to monitor the video feeds around your community, reducing false alarms and response times while automating much of the security process. You won’t need employees to watch the video around the clock, either.
Although AI isn’t perfect, using sensors and high-tech security equipment allows you to integrate futuristic concepts like machine learning, people counting, facial recognition, and suspicious event detection into your security system.
4. Video analytics software
You can integrate AI with video analytics software to predict events before they happen within a community, as well.
For instance, if you install cameras that can read license plate numbers, the AI software then knows to pay closer attention to vehicles that shouldn’t be in the area. The AI system monitors these vehicles and their occupants for suspicious actions, automatically triggering an alarm or blocking access to certain parts of the community, if possible, when the activity meets specific parameters.
Predictive data analytics are still in their infancy but they could become a more significant part of home security as we move through 2022.
5. Remote-controlled security
A security guard doesn’t have to be on-site to deal with a situation because remote-controlled security systems are becoming more common. You can ensure doors and windows are locked, check video footage, examine the status of your sensors, and visit the log history without leaving your office via these systems.
It’s even possible to lock gates, turn lights on and off, and adjust cameras remotely, providing unparalleled access to these communities when you can’t be on-site.
6. Upgraded security cameras
Consumers in all walks of life now expect more from their video files, as ultra-high-definition televisions and cameras are becoming the norm. This technology, along with the 5G networks popping up everywhere, makes it possible to record and transmit higher-quality images and videos as part of your surveillance strategy.
High-quality video is crucial because it provides more vivid pictures of anyone who might be breaking into homes within your communities. It also offers better video quality in various conditions, including heavy rain, fog, and snow, and uses low light imaging technology to broadcast colorful images at night.
Investing in better cameras can work wonders for your security solutions, and they’re becoming more widely available in 2022.
7. Cloud-based security
Cloud-based technology is everywhere, but did you know you can apply it to your security systems?
Keeping video footage on a cloud-based service makes it possible to store larger files. It’s also more secure than traditional security systems that store these files on-site because it is next to impossible for criminals to access the footage and destroy it.
Cloud-based security footage is available on-demand globally, making it easy for security companies and homeowners to keep tabs on it.
Working with community management companies
Improving the technology your security company uses will make you popular with homeowners and could attract the attention of community managers in your area. It might also pay to seek out community management firms to let them know you’re up to date on the latest home security trends.
VendorSmart operates a platform that brings service providers and community managers together. We make it easy for community management companies to find your services, and we’ll vet you ahead of time to streamline the process. Contact VendorSmart today to learn more about how our platform works.