The IoT and smart home security systems that revolutionised 2016

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IoT has had a significant impact on home security in 2016 more than ever. According to Google Trends, at it’s peak, over 75% more people searched for ‘smart home’ in 2016 than comparatively in 2015 worldwide.

IoT for home innovation and security allows people to control their locks, lights, radios, heating and camera security all from their phone, so you can monitor how safe your house is from just about anywhere in the world. And there are some key devices that have impacted the rise in awareness of, and desire to have, a smart home in 2016.

Smart home security

Smart home security has been key to people making their homes smarter, with over 90% of consumers saying that security is one of the top reasons to purchase a smart home system.

Smart locks have surged in popularity in 2016, with innovative solutions where you can access your house via a pin should you ever forget your keys, or unlocking your door using your phone, which also provides a live record of when the door has been locked or unlocked.

Smart locks and alarms

Launched in the summer of 2016 Kevo 2nd gen smart locks increases home security, can also let you set a timer to allow other people to get in at certain times, so no more waiting in for a delivery.

Perhaps one of the most exciting IoT advancements of 2016 is the Eyelock, the iris based authentication system. Not yet available to the broad home market, the Eyelock technology is currently available for businesses and governments, though in January 2016 they have planned to expand their technology to multiple applications; the sci-fi idea of scanning your eye to get access to your home is closer than ever before.

2016 has also been a year that traditional companies have embraced IoT and the desire for advanced smart home security. At the end of 2015, security stalwart Yale launched their smart lock and in 2016 launched a series of smart burglar alarms. Their current Yale Assure app uses a patent-pending digital key ring that’s swiped to easily scan through keys, so users can access their home via bluetooth.

March 2016 saw leading security company ADT launch ‘ADT Smart home’, allowing users to manage their home security remotely, stating that the launch of this technology “marks the security firm’s commitment to providing its customers with the most advanced security and its vision for the future protection of the ‘digital home’”.

Cameras and monitoring

Manything revolutionised the smart security space in 2015 with the launch of it’s, still in beta, Manything 4 app, which turns old unused smartphones and tablets into sophisticated video monitoring cameras. The app itself is free and comes with live streaming and motion detection for one camera free of charge. For cloud storage, and multiple cameras, paid subscriptions are required. Manythings can also integrate with If This Then That (IFTTT), a service that triggers an email or text alert when a specified event occurs.

At the end of 2015, iSmartAlarm team announced their newest development – Spot. Spot introduced innovative features such as sound recognition (the ability to notify users when carbon monoxide and smoke alarm sirens are detected) and time lapse custom videos. With the ability to set up in 3 minutes and an affordable price tag, this clever device, with wall mounting and twistable, turnable, expandable legs, can capture any angle of a home and made full home monitoring a practical reality.

According to Business Insider, the number of smart home devices shipped is expected to grow from 83 million in 2015 to 193 million in 2020.

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Michelo Mwanda

Although smart home security is a new thing in the security appliances market but it can be expected to be embraced at a very higher rate by people and organisations and people these days are smart enough in using the smart appliances as everyone is using the smartphone now. So smart home security can have a bright future.


Steve Reeves

Eyelock looks really cool!

I think that biometric passwords are going to really help with the adoption and security of smart home devices.

Nobody wants to remember their password or enter in long complicated strings.

Products like Eyelock eliminate a lot of the friction between devices and consumers. I think this is a big win!


Mack Rwanda

I own the 1st gen and really like it. Others have stated they’ve had issues with it but I have not had that experience. It is the primary lock to get into my house and is accessed many times each day. I’ve changed the battery once in the past year.

The new 2nd gen sounds like a great upgrade. I am always worried about the easy hack of the 1st gen. Good to know they solved that issue. Very disappointed in the pay-for-access function. They should include 5 smart keys, not 2. That’s ridiculous for such a high priced item. Otherwise, not much else to complain about.

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