2018 will surely bring even more changes and adaptations to the home security and smart home industries. Guardian pays close attention to industry trends to make sure that we bring both new and long-time customers the best, most reliable offerings possible. The following three trends have been growing throughout 2017 and will likely be guiding forces in 2018.
1. DIY Home Security vs. Professional Security System
In 2017, do-it-yourself offerings have become more popular in the home security and smart home market. Companies like Nest and Google have been expanding their smart home options to include affordable security. With these new players, a growing concern on what sort of service you want/need for your home security has arisen. Many do-it-yourself brands have focused on low prices and web resources meaning an individual has to do the bulk of the work to install and troubleshoot their systems. These systems often don’t include a security professional’s view when it comes to the vulnerabilities of a home and, in some cases, they don’t even include monitoring .
More traditional companies have been doubling down on what they offer providing expert installation and repair service to give you ease and peace of mind. Along with this, traditional companies differentiate themselves with the quality of their monitoring services, which provides contact between the alarm and emergency personnel. In 2018, choosing a security provider will be based on finding a provider that truly fits your needs and the level of service you desire.
2. Integrated Home Security Systems
Seamless integrations have become an important factor when it comes to purchasing home security and smart home devices. With the rise of voice control devices like Amazon Echo and Google home, consumers want their many smart devices to be able to work together. The security industry is no different. Guardian is one of many security systems that’s integrated with Amazon Echo and Google Home this year.
It’s easy to buy several cheap, smart devices to accomplish daily tasks more efficiently in order to make your life a little less hectic, but if each device only works individually and requires its own app, then their convenience decreases significantly. Security system and smart home providers will be looking for ways to expand integrations with popular devices so they work together more easily and effectively as part of a system. Another important part of these integrated systems is the ability for future upgrades and expansions. Security providers will likely be considering more a-la-carte/add-on items for their systems, which can be beneficial, but only if the individual devices are of high quality and truly secure.
3. Secure Cloud Options
Nowadays, more people are living with their information in “the cloud.” When it comes to security though, “the cloud” can be dangerous. When it comes to things like video security, the average consumer wants the ability to securely save a lot of video. Some cloud-based options may be more secure than others, and these concerns will continue to grow and be an important part of the home security and smart home landscape. Fear of hacking will only increase as more information is shared through the internet, and cyber security will become a part of many industries in 2018, if it isn’t already.
Options like the Streaming Video Recorders (SVRs) offer the accessibility and storage ability of the cloud but with the security of a local device when it comes to storing and viewing surveillance video. These kinds of options should grow in visibility and popularity in 2018 as information security becomes more important to consumers.