Could the Smart Doorbell Be Changing the World?
Wi-Fi Protected Access II protocol should be used, as it is more secure than the Wired Equivalent Privacy. Having two different Wi-Fi networks is also recommended, one for your computers and tablets (all those devices that are used for storing personal files and online banking) and the other for all your smart devices. Of course, good passwords should be in place – nothing obvious! And, where you can, install network security technology and anti-malware utilities as they play a large role in defending your devices from a cyber attack.
The proof is in the pudding
According to the FBI, in 2017, there were an estimated 1,401,840 burglaries across the United States. While that might sound like a lot, it was actually a 7.6 percent decrease from 2016, and 27.4 perfect when compared with 2013 data*. Could the smart doorbell be playing a part in the decline of unlawful entry? Amazon and the Los Angeles Police Department believe so.
In 2015 Ring (which has since been acquired by Amazon) partnered up with the LAPD with the aim to reduce home burglaries in a local neighbourhood. According to Ring* they ‘donated their Video Doorbells to one out of every 10 homes’. After six months, the neighbourhood saw a 55% reduction in burglaries.
A more recent example of these clever devices in action was highlighted in the news of late. A homeowner in Edmonton, Canada received a motion alert on his phone while he was at work. He activated the live view feature from the app and saw two men dressed as utility workers trying to pry open his front door. Using the two-way function, the homeowner was able to tell the thieves to leave the property, which they did with haste. And, as the whole incident was caught on camera, he had footage to share with police.
On the horizon
I think it’s safe to say we’re still in the early stages of the evolution of the smart doorbell, with more features continuing to be released and others on the horizon. Face recognition technology will identify a visitor by name and enhanced motion sensing will be able to differentiate between people, cars and animals. Rotatable or moveable cameras could provide a wider view of the surroundings and AI technology may be used to discern between a stranger and thief and trigger alarms when a user is away from their mobile. Incorporating Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant enhances a smart devices’ capabilities by enabling voice control.
The original doorbell, once a device for letting someone know a visitor is at their door, has now become a security fail for home owners. One unanswered ring and a burglar will know the house is unoccupied. The smart doorbell really is the first line of defence in home security, as you can know when someone is approaching the house and answer the doorbell whether you’re home or not. Another benefit is that visitors can be identified as a friend or stranger immediately without opening the door and you have video footage of any suspicious characters or activities.
We believe the smart doorbell really is changing the world. Statistics already show its success and with more features to come, we think home burglary numbers are only going to decrease. Up to a few hundred dollars a pop, the smart doorbell is an affordable price for peace-of-mind and security.
Here at Season Group, we have extensive experience in developing smart doorbell devices and are excited for what is on the horizon. We’re on standby to hear your smart doorbell wish list.