The Internet of Things (IoT) is radically transforming the face of family life across the globe. This means more people are looking for connectivity between devices to increase home safety, save money, and improve peace of mind.
According to a new report by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), approximately one in four people in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States already own and use some sort of connected device that makes their lives easier. These devices include smart meters, security systems, home automation, and health monitors.
It makes sense when you understand the wide-ranging benefits offered by such devices, especially when they’re connected to one another. Imagine being able to watch your kids come home from school on your smartphone, remotely unlock the door for them, then set a homework timer that helps you keep them on task while you’re finishing things up at the office. Thanks to home automation, which is typically integrated with home security systems, this scenario is a reality.
Today’s world is rife with multi-tasking and competing demands for our attention. Using home automation to help keep track of your life – and save money at the same time – just makes sense. In fact, saving money is one of the main drivers the GSMA identified when looking at why people are drawn to increased home connectivity. For example, smart meters help you control your energy use, which in turns gives you control over energy costs. Having the ability to control lights, temperature, and small appliances remotely also puts the power to manage energy use (and subsequent bills) right in the palm of your hand.
But savings isn’t the only thing that appeals to families. There’s also the added peace of mind that comes from owning a security and home automation system. With the addition of motion sensors, remote cameras, and remote monitoring from a control center, home security is more comprehensive and effective than ever.
“Peace of mind and protection against theft or hazards were also amongst the most important benefits of owning a smart security system according to owners, with nearly all confirming that their sense of security had increased since installing it,” the GSMA report stated.
Home security can alert you to a potential break-in and dispatch police to your home, but with broader home connectivity, it can also do a whole lot more. If you have a problem with a persistent leaky spot in your basement, you can set up a sensor that will alert you if the leak returns. Security systems can be linked to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors to help you sleep soundly, knowing these tools will help you know if there’s any threat to your family.
But today’s security systems don’t stop at helping keep out the bad guys or alerting you to household hazards. A system that is integrated with home automation not only helps to keep your possessions and loved ones safe, but also lets you control who can come in and out of your home, keep an eye on how the pets are doing when you’re away, and even lets you put sensors on potentially dangerous items like a gun safe, medicine cabinet, or liquor cabinet.
With the addition of a connected health monitor, you can also make sure an ill loved one gets their medication on time and never misses a round of physical therapy or exercise needed to keep them on the road to recovery. With all these bells and whistles, it’s no surprise that interest in home security, automation, and connectivity is on the rise.
According to the GSMA report, “research also indicates that the uptake of connected devices is set to grow rapidly over the coming years, with 89 percent of all respondents confirming that they would like all of their household devices to be seamlessly connected together in the future.”
To meet those demands, security providers are innovating and expanding their offerings. All you need to turn your home into a smart home is the right security system. If you haven’t lived with the convenience and peace of mind a home security system can provide, it might be time to give it a try.
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more