The home security sector is shifting to a cyber-centric model, with pronounced emphasis on developing less-complicated, self-powered, connected devices. This shift has spawned the need to secure the entire lifecycle of the product. The changing definition of a “breach” is further compelling solution providers to secure their smart home security solutions from end to end.
“The growing use of cloud-based wireless IT systems in smart homes is prompting tighter integration between operational and commercial services,” said Frost & Sullivan TechVision Research Analyst Sitanshu Shastri.
“Leveraging the Big Data generated by the IoT will help improve the decision-making process and enable delivery of advanced functionalities such as predictive insights. Future businesses will be dependent on communication networks as well as endpoint devices, and intelligent cyber security solutions will be needed to bolster protection in these areas.”
Home Security: Technology Assessment and Concerns is part of the TechVision (Sensors & Control) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan has identified five key areas within the home security segment that can alter the entire market with their disruptive technologies: access control, perimeter protection, surveillance, lighting and cyber security. Additionally, the study explores the roadblocks to technology implementation.
Current home security devices have several limitations. For instance, traditional biometric-enabled fingerprint devices are unable to accurately authenticate the user due to their low resolution. Technologies such as body thermal heat mapping offer accuracy and reliability, but are often expensive. There are substantial challenges in integrating these technologies for large-scale identity and access management applications.
Many of the deficiencies of the earlier generation of security solutions are being addressed by the new IT-intensive solutions; for example, self-powered wireless sensors significantly lower the price and set-up period for consumers.
They also decrease power consumption by harvesting energy to enable wireless switches, sensors and controls. Plus, the security process will be highly scalable and flexible due to the autonomy of the device.
“Overall, the large-scale adoption of home security devices will depend on the enhanced lifetime, resolution and stability of the devices,” noted Shastri. “Innovators and start-ups should partner with device manufacturers to develop specific solutions for targeted applications.”