Home Security Systems: Then and Now

Whether you start the clock back in the early 1700s, when English inventor Tildesley created the first intrusion detection mechanism, or in 1857 when Edwin Holmes bought the rights from Russell Pope to commercialize the burglar alarm, home security systems have been around for a while. The world of home security systems changed significantly in the past five years, not to mention the drastic developments over the past few decades.

Today, we’ll highlight just how different things are now, and what features your modern system should include when considering the future.

Tech rising


What started out as locks and peace of mind evolved into actual safety increases in the 1960s and 1970s, when research became available to consumers that the latest heat and smoke detectors could save your life. Armed with capable tech and education, fire deaths in the U.S. decreased by 50 percent. This was the first of many tech driven trends in the world of home security systems. After this, the introduction of the video camera to monitor the home became the next big thing. In the 1970s and 1980s it became common for the first time for homes to be equipped with smoke alarms, door locks and video surveillance. However, the cameras were expensive, large and primitive.

Safe and affordable

What’s Next in Home Control?

These security systems of the past were a good start, but many were too primitive to do any real good, and often, too expensive for the average consumer. Security systems of today are truly a world of difference. They are now more affordable and they’re becoming more capable and helpful than ever, which is why it’s such a good idea to invest in them. What homes in the past would accomplish with multiple devices we can achieve now with a single device, or a single integrated system that’s not only connected to the outside world but connected to us at all times via an app on our smartphone.

Smartphone revolution

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We have the cloud integrating into nearly anything these days, so no wonder modern home security systems are coupled with the benefits of the cloud. With this comes much needed improvement in the smart home space—our home security systems are not only smarter because of this, but they are safer. These tool collect data and make decisions for us.

Five years ago, a centralized, touch control panel would be considered top of the line to manage the security of your home. But thanks to the cloud and innovations in app development, your smartphone or tablet has replaced the central console in terms of usability, simplicity. and even mobility. We can now lock our doors, turn off lights, turn down the thermostat and check our security cameras (like netgear arlo) on the go with ease.

Arlo Smart Home Wireless Security Camera System

Buy smart

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Forget old security products. You will save time, and potentially money, by looking at current trends. Don’t spend money where you don’t need to. Invest in your home in smart way—good internet, a good router and forward-looking future proof devices. Don’t fall for gimmicky items that’ll become obsolete with newer devices doing more jobs than old tech.

Smart home DIY trends are on the rise. Things are becoming modular and interchangeable, which is good news for consumers.

The next wave of smart home security will involve more intelligent devices that can be managed more efficiently with your voice (using devices such as amazon echo), increasing the usability and your ability to program them to work for you and your family. Stay tuned to InfiniGEEK for more home security tips and trends as they evolve right before our eyes.

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