Investing in smart home technology and DIY security is, ultimately, just like any other expense; You must measure its value by the way it improves your life and your situation. This value can come in the form of a contribution that a device or a digital home security system makes to the comfort, convenience and security of the space of your home. For anything to have a true value, it must have more than just one value today, it must maintain its value over time.
In simple terms, the smart home is an ecosystem of connected devices that work together and, in some cases, depend on each other to fulfil their purpose. The ideal device or digital home security system would serve its purpose not only at the present time, but also to adapt to changes in the overall smart home ecosystem to remain relevant and, therefore, valuable.
It is inherent that when we think about innovation, we think about growth and development. Innovation can increase the ability of a digital home security systems to manage smarter home devices, can improve the speed of transmissions between devices and, in some cases, innovation can lead to a total paradigm shift in the way we relate to ourselves themselves and with others, such as the smartphone. When we look at what other innovations could lead to a new kind of paradigm shift, the Internet of Things and its sustained potential for smart home technology and the security of smart homes come to mind.
Although the value is a combination of objective and subjective, certain factors continue to be a reliable barometer of the factors related to the smart home that we must take into account when determining which devices to buy and, perhaps, in what order. These factors are interoperability, expansion, new threats and vulnerability.
Interoperability is the ability of a digital home security system or device brand to work with devices and systems from other manufacturers. Internet of Things, or IoT, uses different methods of wireless communication to connect devices, such as Zigbee and Z-Wave. These communication protocols may sound similar, but they vary greatly in the way they operate and, most importantly, they do not communicate with each other natively, which creates barriers between some security devices for the smart home and for the home.
There are many advantages for IoT and DIY Security, but the possibility of total customization remains one of the most attractive features. No two people or their security needs are similar, and naturally, we find value in having an option that allows us to customize for our unique situations. For example, Scout’s decision to integrate the Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless platforms allows the digital home security system to connect and communicate with smarter home devices than anyone else, providing more long-term value if any of the Communication protocols becomes the only player.
Capacity limits are a frequent reason for obsolescence in a high-tech device or system. Many buyers try to spend as little as possible to meet their needs and satisfy the preferences of operation and style. When their needs change, the device or system may lack the ability to expand to meet changing needs. Capacity limits may require the replacement of a useful or otherwise useful security device or system.
Manufacturers have emphasized flexibility and versatility in their systems. When you can adapt your smart home devices and security settings to multiple unique needs, such as a lighting system that works for both enjoyment and security, the purchase maintains a high value. Adaptation and the ability of a device to adapt to changing situations and needs of life is key to maintaining value over time.
Threats in Expansion
Any digital home security system is designed to keep external threats at bay. But if the security system that is designed to protect it is easily attacked and defeated, then it has essentially bought a system that has become obsolete because of inefficiency. While no system is perfect or bulletproof, it can not be so easy to defeat or evade that it does not fulfil its fundamental purpose. Due to the fact that the field of home security technology increasingly involves wireless communications and smartphone connectivity, the keys to resistance to these threats are research and redundancy:
- The research carried out by the sponsors and manufacturers of smart home devices and systems is the main resource in the fight against new threats. To remain effective, research and development must continue in the post-marketing / customer purchase phase to provide reliable software updates and hardware modifications as necessary.
- Redundancy is the ability of a device to continue functioning despite efforts to interrupt it. System redundancy is a feature that can extend the life of a system or device when threats evolve. Often, the efforts of criminals to enter a home will focus on defeating or hijacking the security system through an essential feature, such as a power line or telephone line. With the security of the smart home as a Scout, redundant systems have been established to protect against Internet and power failures and ensure that communication is not lost when it is most needed.
System or device vulnerabilities can occur when one device connects to another. Interoperability and the expansion of the system carry the additional risk that each new device or connection increases the potential for the connection to be exploited if it is not designed properly to defend against these major risks. If a product is well designed, the likelihood that these threats will be successful, both in the short and long term, is practically reduced to zero.
Engineering is an area largely beyond the control of the consumer, except to obtain information and maintain some awareness. Many tech-savvy consumers invest in learning and keeping up-to-date. Many manufacturers routinely use threat alerts and notify consumers of potential vulnerabilities, security patches and prevention steps.
Increasing Life and Decreasing Obsolescence
The selection can make a big difference in the lifespan of DIY security and investment in smart home security. To obtain the maximum value of a device or system, it is necessary to maximize its useful life. If you value the longevity and usefulness of a product, emphasize the potential for system expansion, compatibility with major platforms, and manufacturer support when making your purchase decision. Ultimately, the value is in the eye of the beholder, and the best digital home security system will always be an option that meets your individual needs and matches your specific preferences.