Home security gets connected as CES surveys latest tech trends

Home security and connectivity around the house were some of the biggest takeaways from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest technology exhibition held each year in Las Vegas.

This year’s event saw product launches including 4k televisions, augmented reality apps and virtual reality headsets.

It also had previews of new technology, with self-driving technology at the forefront of the queue to win consumers’ hearts and minds.

But the event was also notable for the advances in home technology, utilising the number of smartphones and tablets in households and how they connect wirelessly to everyday household objects and devices, with particular advancements in smart home security.

Here’s lock specialist Yale top three trends from this year’s CES:

  1. There is a significant increase in companies developing secure routers and networks to protect connected home devices. As concerns about hacking and products breaking become more widespread amongst homeowners, companies are putting security at the forefront developing more sophisticated software and protocols to protect property owners.
  2. When it comes to home security, cameras and smart CCTV systems lead the way. A shift in how these are made has also been witnessed with many embedding cameras into other products such as in outdoor floodlights and light bulbs.
  3. Connected smart security devices are increasingly being designed with the DIY market in mind. This is so that homeowners can pick and choose their own products ensuring what they buy is compatible with existing home hubs and other devices. However, research has shown that professional installation is still favoured with 79 per cent of smart home customers preferring a tradesperson to fit devices.