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How Artificial Intelligence Is The Next Step For Smart Homes Security

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The high-profile launch of Chat GPT in November last year publicly announced the arrival of the age of artificial intelligence (AI).

Even though research and development on AI products have been ongoing for the better part of the last decade, and several AI features and aspects have already been integrated into other smart devices that we use in our day-to-day lives, the level of public awareness and excitement caused by Open AI’s product was unprecedented.

Now, everyone who keeps an eye on technology companies and trends, and even those of us who do not, have some idea of what Artificial Intelligence is and how it’s poised to change our lives, both for the better and for the worse.

GPT’s recent and burgeoning popularity has helped shed light on the role and importance of AI products and technologies, which many of us already use on a day-to-day basis.

Home Artificial Intelligence

One example of such sectors where AI had long been deployed was home automation devices and systems. For years several home safety gadgets and devices, smart lighting and especially surveillance cams have utilized cutting-edge Machine Learning models to enhance their effectiveness and efficacy.

And now that investors have taken a renewed interest in Artificial Intelligence, the integration of AI into safety gadgets and smart home technology devices is all set to accelerate beyond our imagination.

Fast-paced Broadband: An Essential Pre-Requisite

Before we jump onto our main discussion, it is important to point out that no matter how advanced your Artificial Intelligence-supported home safety is, it still relies on high-speed internet access to perform its tasks optimally. So, before investing hundreds, even thousands, of Dollars into your future home safety set-up, make sure to figure your internet situation out.

Instead of relying on a slug-paced cable internet connection to keep your home secure, make sure to upgrade to fiber-based internet service providers like Smithville Internet so that your smart home technologies and safety devices can perform the way they are designed to perform.

Key Benefits Of Smart Home Devices

Now, without further ado let’s take at some of the ways Artificial Intelligence is helping keep our homes and everyone inside them safe from a vast variety of dangers and potential security concerns and threats here.

1.) Motion Identification

Studies have pointed out that the U.S. home security camera industry will grow to a whopping 30.3 billion Dollars by the year 2030. In short, people are buying a huge number of surveillance cams. And who can blame them when home invasion remains the most commonly reported crime in the country.

So, it’s smart to rely on motion sensors and surveillance cams to keep our homes safe. But many of these gadgets end up being annoying. Motion sensors tend to go off even when a stray animal crosses the yard.

Similarly, most cams in smart homes are merely designed to record and transmit footage in bulk, which is almost impossible to actively monitor, unless you have a dedicated team stationed at your smart home itself.

Because of these reasons, manufacturers are integrating Artificial Intelligence technology into their cams so that home devices can be useful to homeowners instead of becoming an additional annoyance.

2.) Event Tracking

AI-supported cams are smart enough to distinguish between an imposter trying to break into the front door of your house and a baby raccoon hopping around your lawn. These cams also homeowners to identify certain events which they deem to be safety risks.

These smart filters increase the efficacy energy efficiency of alarm control systems because now the hooters will not go off needlessly.

3.) Facial Recognition For Seamless Security

Facial recognition technology has been a buzzword for quite some time now. But until recently the use of this technology was limited to high-security government buildings and corporations.

The AI boom has made this technology much more accessible.

Security cameras that can effectively recognize people allow homeowners to store the faces of their family members, friends, relatives, pets, and other routine visitors in their safety systems.

This means that the homeowner will not be disturbed if any one of these “safe” individuals were to enter the house secretly in the middle of the night.

Instead, the cameras will now only disrupt your sleep when a truly dangerous or life-threatening event like an imposter breaking into your house was to occur.

4.) Automatic Alerts To Local Police Stations

Modern AI smart technology-supported home security systems are smart enough to automatically call the police if a break-in occurs. Because homeowners cannot be expected to be available around the clock to respond to potential security threats.

Automatic alerts to local police stations help reduce the response time in cases of emergency, which could mean the difference between life and death in extreme scenarios.

It is fairly obvious that when it comes to keeping away would-be robbers, response time matters a lot. Because even the faintest of delays could mean that the robber might get away.

And even if a burglar is not caught a rapid response can save homeowners from undue and avoidable financial loss.

5.) AI Powered Synchronized Playback

AI powered cameras offer much more powerful playback options to their users. For starters instead of having to play each camera individually homeowners can get a parallel and synchronized view of all of their footage.

In simple terms, you can view the same event from multiple vantage points instead of having to rewind and forward multiple sets of footage repeatedly.

6.) Cloud Storage

Most traditional security cameras save footage either on memory cards or on large hard drives placed in physical boxes. This footage and data are always at danger of being stolen on damaged by those who break into your house.

AI supported cameras keep your footage safe by uploading everything to the cloud, far away from the evil hands of those who wish you and your family harm.

You can easily download this footage whenever you need it, without going through any hassle whatsoever.

7.) Smarter Stoke And Fire Alarms

Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are other important threats to the security of your home and your family members. And if you want your home to be truly safe, in addition to making your house burglary proof you must put in safeguards against these threats as well.

While traditional fire alarms are pretty effective at detecting smoke, they can be pretty dumb sometimes. Users have routinely complained about their fire alarms going off when they are cooking or enjoying the occasional smoke.

Needless to say, this can get pretty frustrating. So frustrating in the fact that several people choose to disable fire alarms, which is a very dangerous move.

AI-supported fire alarms offer a better way out of this situation. These fire and smoke detectors not only detect fires but also point to the exact location where the threat has been spotted.

Users are informed through their smartphones and if they deem the threat to be negligible, they can remotely disable their alarms without any hassle.

8.) Remote Patient Monitoring

Another important use of AI supported by smart home technology and security is monitoring and virtually taking care of patients who cannot look after themselves.

Hiring professional nurses or fulltime caretakers is not an easy task. Not only does it cost a lot of money, finding reliable people is also very difficult.

Similarly, people cannot be expected to quit their jobs and stay home to take care of their sick loved ones. The dilemma causes a whole lot of problems for Millions of people worldwide.

Luckily, artificial intelligence supported smart home technology and security gadgets have all but solved this issue. Smart locks and cameras that beam round the clock footage to smart phones help people take care of their loved ones.

And it's not just limited to relatives, Doctors can also use these technologies to take better care of their patients without having to visit far off place over and over again.

Using these smart cameras in conjunction with wearable smart devices, like smart watches which are designed to convey real-time health-related information like blood pressure, sugar level, heart rate, body temperature, and much more has brought revolutionary advancement to remote health care and tele medicine.

Do Not Be Intimidated By Technology

We have often heard the phrase that robots are going to take over the world. I personally don’t know if that is true or not.

In my opinion, the threat of terminators executing every human they see may have been blown a bit out of proportion by sci-fi authors.

But what I can vouch for is that the robots of today, far from terminating us, are effectively designed to keep us safe from a host of threats, including fires, natural disasters, and even other humans.

The Final Word on Home Artificial Intelligence

If you love your home and its residents as much as I do, I suggest you take a leap toward AI-supported smart home security as soon as possible. Because the future of smart home technology and artificial intelligence is here, and those of us who feign ignorance or choose to look the other way just to save a few bucks might have to suffer serious consequences. Because traditional home security systems are becoming very easy to avoid and cheat.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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