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5 Big Trends in the Best Wireless Home Security for 2014

by Amy February 18, 2014

A number of best wireless home security trends will make their mark in 2014. Driving these trends are advancing technologies, declining costs and changing lifestyles.

In 2014, home security service means more than just burglar alarms. Here are the five trends in home security systems that impact you:

Home Automation Features in Most Homes

Consumer demand and lower costs make home automation systems practical in most homes. Two driving factors are wireless technologies and increased consumer interest.

With home automation services, lighting, security, heating, cooling and much more can be automated or remotely controlled by smartphone, tablets or any web enabled device. Lower energy costs through automation and lower technology costs make home automation a growing trend. In fact, it’s so big that Google just bought home automation technology.

Remote System Access from Web Devices

You can now perform most home security alarm system functions from any web enabled device from anywhere in the world. Turn your alarm on or off, control your temperature and turn on lighting, all from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Home security camera surveillance systems are often viewed by homeowners through these devices for added convenience and security.

More Home Camera Surveillance Systems

With lower costs, improved appearance and multiple uses, home security camera surveillance systems are prevalent in many homes across America.

Indoor and outdoor home security camera systems reduce crime. They improve police department response times in emergency situations. They can identify intruders and thieves so they may be apprehended and prosecuted by authorities. Home security cameras also offer conveniences like checking in on the kids to make sure they are behaving when you aren’t home.

One of the other big things increasing the popularity of home security camera systems is the improved appearance of the security system cameras themselves. There are camera models to fit most any décor.

Better Use of Interactive Services

Many Americans are using two-way voice communications with their alarm monitoring company. This allows the homeowner to communicate with professional response personnel at alarm monitoring centers. In the event of an alarm, homeowners can tell alarm monitoring personnel what is happening at their home. If it is a false alarm, special codes are communicated by the homeowner to monitoring personnel to cancel the alarm. For a true emergency, response times are greatly improved by this verification process.

Elderly Americans also benefit from this two-way voice interaction process. Many wear pendants with emergency call buttons they can activate when needed, like if they’ve fallen or feel they need medical attention. Once they’ve activated this personal emergency response system, emergency response personnel can interact with them to determine the type of emergency and the appropriate response.

Another example of interactive security was mentioned earlier…remote system interaction from web enabled devices is another example of interactive security features used by homeowners.

Increased Use of Cellular Alarm Monitoring

About 1 out of 4 households in the U.S. have no traditional telephone line in their home. That number is increasing every day as more and more people rely on their cell phone as their only telephone.

The home security industry has responded to that trend by developing technologies that allow alarm system communications via cellular networks. It’s a more secure method of alarm monitoring than traditional phone lines and it’s the perfect solution for homeowners relying on cellular communications. Expect to see much more of it in the coming year.

In 2014, you can also expect to see more calls for in-home fire sprinkler systems and detection for water leaks, carbon monoxide, and temperature control.