The development of artificial intelligence allows us to assimilate human capabilities into everyday technology products. Some of these products have the capability to ‘talk’ to us, as evident with Satnav systems or the Cortana personal assistant avatar.
But what if it was us humans who were doing the talking? Exciting technological improvements will allow us to communicate with certain electronic items, using basic commands to operate the system.
When it comes to home security, this ability to ‘talk’ with such equipment as intruder alarms or CCTV systems will revolutionise how we safeguard our property.
How does Artificial Intelligence Work?
Commonly abbreviated to A.I, artificial intelligence is a broad term that seeks to define how machines can develop an ‘intellectual conscience’ and react as a human would do.
These machines need to be equipped with an abundance of information in their specific field to respond sufficiently. Although this part of the process is relatively easy, teaching the technology to adapt common sense and problem solving skills, as well as reacting to environmental variations, is much tougher.
Security companies are looking for ways to integrate A.I into their products, completely changing the way we operate our home security. This highly sophisticated level of protection may not be far off.
Algorithms will learn the daily routine of the user over time, minimising false alarms and ‘knowing’ if we’re likely to be at home at a particular time. CCTV will also include face-recognition capabilities that will detect and catalogue facial features of visitors.
Devices can be programmed to identify sounds, distinguishing between familiar noises and those that are likely to be hazardous. This could include the sound of breaking glass or a large bang, particularly if heard at night time, and then alerting users to a potential breach.
Being able to ‘talk’ with your security system will make it much easier to arm and disarm various equipment around the home. This could include burglar alarm systems, CCTV cameras, door locking controls, light switches and window shutters.
Of course, the notion of actually ‘talking’ to our home security is limited to making specific commands and using the voice-recognition feature to make instructions. This software will pick up on the voice idiosyncrasies of frequent users and become familiar with what is being said.
For example, a simple pre-set command of “Returning Home” could disarm the main alarm, unlock the front door and switch on the lights automatically as you enter the property. An instruction of “Empty House” could do the opposite for when you’re about to leave.
These systems will usually require some sort of ‘voice training’ so the program begins to recognise the individual analogue waves and pitch of your voice. This prevents just anybody deactivating the alarm system and entering your property illegally.
It is expected that over the next decade or so, voice control systems will become more accessible to the average buyer and improve the efficiency of our home security.
A.I may not just be the future of home security, robots could also soon replace security guards.