There was a time when security cameras were just that: Simple standalone cameras that captured video of the area in front of them. For years, this technology remained quite unchanged even though there were rapid technological changes occurring in other industries.
But that is officially beginning to change. The high-tech roar is coming to the security industry, and consumers are hopping aboard the train.
Couple these developments with the rise of cyber security solutions, and it’s safe to say the security industry as a whole is enjoying a high-tech renaissance. And not even the lowly security camera is exempted. As evidence, look to these seven innovations that are revolutionizing security cameras and helping to drive the entire security industry into the 21st century.
1. 360-degree fields of view
2. Facial recognition
It’s a bit creepy, sure, but Netamo Welcome has ushered in a new era of security camera tech with its facial recognition feature, which allows the camera to identify members of the camera owner’s household and send out personalized updates when they arrive home.
The feature is proving popular among parents of latchkey kids, who derive peace of mind from knowing their kids have arrived home safely. But the camera doesn’t just recognize familiar faces, it also notifies users if a stranger attempts to enter the home.
3. Night vision
What good is a surveillance camera if it can only survey in daylight? Night vision capabilities have taken care of this concern by providing users with cameras that can see just as well in the dark as they can during the day. Most of these cameras are designed to survive challenging weather conditions thanks to moisture-resistant and durable exteriors–so come hell, high water, or nighttime, users can capture high-quality surveillance footage outdoors.
4. Smartphone integration
We’ve all seen the criminal justice shows in which police officers huddle in a company’s security room, reviewing footage from multiple cameras on several different screens. But that image may soon be replaced with officers seizing the business owner’s smartphone instead.
5. Solar power integration
Many businesses put off installing security cameras because wired systems rely on laying cables, which can be enormously costly and time-consuming. By powering cameras with solar energy and connecting them to wireless systems, some companies hope to make security cameras more accessible to a broader range of businesses.
6. Two-way talk
Cameras don’t just see any more. Now they can talk. Or rather, they can provide a medium through which people talk to each other. Nest Cam is helping to pioneer this kind of feature, which is proving especially popular among parents and pet owners who want to communicate with their children or pets remotely.
7. Voice control
The phrase “at the touch of a button” used to signify the ultimate in convenience and ease. These days, that phrase should probably be amended to “at the sound of your voice.” Voice control technology allows for completely hands-free management of security cameras and their related systems. From turning on the camera to locking up the house, closing the garage door, and so on, users can make it all happen at the sound of their voice.
From the use of solar power to two-way talk functionality and facial recognition capabilities, the security cameras of today are mobilizing a high-tech renaissance throughout the security industry.