The world of home security is on the precipice of something new. We’re beginning to see literal robots as security tech, with the potential to replace static systems. Amazon, it appears, is at the forefront of bringing these innovations to our homes, whether it’s their Astro household robot or Always Home drone security system. However, while these innovations are both technically available now, they’re only purchasable by invite, meaning they're not realistically up for grabs for your smart home today.
So while they may be the best home security systems of tomorrow, what about now? There are some equally clever things that home security systems can do in 2024, making using (and let’s be honest, not tripping) your alarm, easier than ever.
1. Easy disarm
The blind panic of trying to enter your pin number into your home alarm system before the beeps run out is largely a universal experience, but there are brands out there innovating in ways to make disarming a system easier.
The likes of Arlo’s new Security System include NFC technology, meaning you can just tap your phone to your system to disarm.
2. Smart arming
Most so-called ‘smart’ security systems are only smart in the way that you can control them remotely via app. However, Alarm.com has introduced ‘smart arming’ to its systems, which uses your existing smart home tech to determine whether or not your system needs to be switched on.
It’s not AI, rather it uses information from your security sensors to understand whether you’re actually at home or not in a pre-set window of time. The idea is that you shouldn’t have to arm or disarm your system manually again.
3. Retrofit smart locks
Smart locks are undoubtedly going to become more common, the solution to ever forgetting your key and getting locked out, and allowing access to tradespeople, for example. Yet, there are a few hurdles in the way of everyone wanting to adopt even the best smart locks.
First up, you’ll need to completely change your locks with complex installations, while they also tend to have a super modern look that doesn’t suit every kind of home. However, security brand Lockly has created a fingerprint lock (it can also be controlled by app) that can be retrofitted onto an existing deadlock. It’s small and unobtrusive, too.
4. Easy install cameras
It might not be the most complex piece of security kit, but ‘lightbulb cameras’ are a clever way to increase security coverage of your home without having to resort to wired-in or rechargeable systems. Think of it as an easy-install wireless security camera that uses your home's existing power sources.
They fit in standard lightbulb fixtures, and can be accessed by app to monitor your home. It also means you can easily move them around if you need to.
Be The First To Know
The Livingetc newsletter is your shortcut to the now and the next in home design. Subscribe today to receive a stunning free 200-page book of the best homes from around the world.
Hugh is the Editor of Livingetc.com. From working on a number of home, design and property publications and websites, including Grand Designs, ICON and specialist kitchen and bathroom magazines, Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture, impactful interiors and green homes. Whether moonlighting as an interior decorator for private clients or renovating the Victorian terrace in Essex where he lives (DIYing as much of the work as possible), you’ll find that Hugh has an overarching fondness for luxurious minimalism, abstract shapes and all things beige. He’s just finished a kitchen and garden renovation, and has eyes set on a bathroom makeover for 2024.
The 'Kitschens' Trend is Replacing Minimalism — Designers Say It's "The Perfect Antidote to Bland"
Playful, colorful, and whimsical, so-called 'kitschens' are slated as this year's next big thing. Designers talk how to curate this personality-filled vibe at home
By Brigid Kennedy Published
4 Genius Smart Home Security Trends That We're Going to See in More Homes in 2024
At CES 2024, we saw some interesting home security innovations. Here are four of them
By Alan Martin Published