Home Security – February 8, 2018

Beyond Burglaries – Multi-Hazard coverage

The Internet of Things has the potential to change home security forever, and consumers are starting to catch on. TechCrunch recently declared that home security might be IoT’s “killer app.” Smart locks that use networks to remotely monitor entrances and control access are popular security devices among rental hosts. Remote doorbells provide similar data, allowing residents to monitor who’s there without even having to be home.

IoT-based home security monitoring and alert systems are best-sellers. According to a recent Nielsen study, 57% of IoT consumers are purchasing wireless home security devices. But home security is more complicated than simply knowing who’s trying to get inside and who’s not. Too many consumers are buying security devices without considering the problem of home accidents.

According to A Secure Life, more than 18,000 people die in the U.S. every year from injuries that take place inside the home. Children are especially vulnerable – over 3.4 million children experience an accidental injury inside the home annually, and 2,300 children die from their injuries. Falls are a particularly big risk for this group. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury in children.

Elderly residents are also at greater risk for in-home injuries, a concern that’s only going to grow more and more as the U.S. population ages (according to the Census Bureau, the nation’s median age is rising). For senior citizens, getting quick help when in-home accidents occur is essential. According to the National Council on Aging, 25 percent of Americans aged 65 or older fall each year.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and non-fatal trauma hospital admissions among older Americans. And this danger is very present in the home: according to the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, 55% of fall injuries suffered by older people happen inside the home. Because getting up after falling can be particularly difficult for seniors with frailty issues or certain medical conditions, the degree of their injury can be exacerbated by the length of time it takes them to get help.

It can be easy to get a little paranoid thinking about the problem of home injuries – who likes dwelling on the fact that pretty much anyone could fall down the stairs at any time? WebMD reports that while often-deadly home injuries are strikingly common, over half of surveyed adults didn’t have a plan to reduce home dangers or make their homes safer. We simply don’t like to think about it, but these statistics make it clear that we have to.

Of course, many IoT devices can address different aspects of home security. IoT smoke alarms can alert homeowners when a potential fire may be in the house, while IoT surveillance systems can provide them with information on a suspected break-in. Many elderly residents invest in medical alert devices that can alert emergency personnel wirelessly when they can’t call for help themselves. Some companies are also exploring IoT-based solutions to minimizing home accidents in children, such as smart tracking devices.

These devices present solutions to major home security challenges. The problem is that obtaining a comprehensive coverage net that provides security from both interior and exterior threats requires using multiple IoT devices at once. The more devices a homeowner has to use, the more likely failure is in the home’s pieced-together security system.

If you have to open multiple apps on your phone to check in on your home, you run a greater risk of forgetting to open one of them. If you have to prime multiple devices before leaving in the morning, you’ll definitely forget one from time to time. Your devices may compete or clash with each other. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently listed maintaining connectivity among the sheer number of IoT devices as a major challenge for the field. And holes in your IoT network become even more dangerous when they promote a false sense of security. If your IoT smoke alarm fails to remotely alert you and your IoT security camera shows that everything is fine, you feel secure even when you’re not.

The best solution might be to integrate many security solutions – for all kinds of threats-into one device. Angee tackles multiple threats at once. When all authorized users are out of the house, Angee can detect and immediately notify users when an intruder is present. Advanced sound recognition technology allows it to pick up on suspicious noises, such as breaking glass or fire alarms. Your smoke alarm doesn’t do much good if no one can hear it and call for help, but whenever Angee is in a listening mode (either at night or when authorized users are absent), it can pick up on the noise and let you know.

Angee also has life-saving functionality for in-home accidents. Residents who need help can use voice commands to ask Angee to alert other family members. If a senior citizen household member falls and can’t reach the phone, they can use Angee to notify their spouse, even if their spouse is out running errands.

Protecting your home can seem like an overwhelming process, but Angee makes keeping the people you cherish safe, easy, and low-stress.


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