When the Internet and digital connectivity first came out, they were limited to desktop computers. You had your one-home connection, and that was it. Then laptops and later smartphones put the Internet in our hands wherever we went. Digital technology was getting smaller and more mobile every year. Smart Home automation has arrived.

For the last few years, digital and Internet technology has been expanding into a new frontier. Or, rather, an old frontier: Back into the home! Only this time, it’s not just your personal home computer.

More and more household devices and services are being upgraded to take advantage of smart technologies and internet access.

    • Mobile apps that help secure your home

One of the biggest trends we’re looking forward to in 2015 is a higher amount of home security. and smart home automation. Many companies now have mobile monitoring available where you can wirelessly connect with your home’s security system to watch a real-time feed of your home. That way, whether you’re across the street or across the country, you’ll have peace of mind that your home is secure.

    • Clearer home security videos

Many home monitoring systems don’t include video surveillance and those that do often produce low-quality videos. Thanks to recent technological advances, home monitoring systems are becoming more progressive, offering clearer videos of your home.

    • Voice command

Smartphones have had voice control software like Siri and Google Now for a few years now. So it should be no surprise that home monitoring systems will likely be able to understand voice commands in the upcoming year.

    • Bluetooth control

Bluetooth-enabled smart home monitoring control means that installing new security configurations will be a breeze. Instead of having to tear out the drywall to install a hardwired system, you’ll be able to stick a Bluetooth system anywhere you want simply.

    • Low-power devices that can connect to Wi-Fi®

Low-power devices like smoke detectors used not to have enough energy to take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity. With new low-power Wi-Fi, this will no longer be the case. Although fires aren’t as big of a concern in unoccupied homes as thieves are, this will still give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe and sound. This technology is also promising for battery-powered wireless security cameras.

    • Smart power outlets

From detecting unused devices and shutting them off to only powering on when an actual plug is inserted (as opposed to a child’s finger or a utensil), there are several ways that smart outlets can improve the efficiency and safety of your home’s power consumption, as well as the safety of the family members in the house.

While advanced technology seems alluring to most people, the best protection for your home and your family is to equip your house with a trusted security company. Places like PROTECTION PLUS ® will allow you to keep your home safe and sound, even without all the bells and whistles that 2015 may bring.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.