The Evolution of Alarm Systems
The practice of securing your home from intruders is nothing modern. It’s an intrinsic desire that has been with humanity since we learned how to establish domestic establishments to live in. This dates to pre-history, really, so it’s difficult to quantify. However, the history of home security systems is a lot more recent than pre-history and much more interesting. The evolution of alarm systems is an important part of history, but before we learn how security systems have evolved from the beginning, it’s important to understand what home security entails.
What Defines Home Security?
When we talk about home security, we’re not talking about a feeling or desire to protect. Home security involves the placement of hardware around any home not only to promote safety but also to physically safeguard the interior of a home from outside intruders. A home security system might include, but is not limited to, door and window locks, cameras, motion sensors, and many others.
Home Security in Early History
Before there were any modern technology, home security was achieved through the use of domesticated animals to safeguard doors. Around 3150 BC, the Egyptians came up with the idea for a moat to protect their homes. These moats are simply dug out trenches that were filled in with water. By the time the 1700’s came, human guards came into use for security purposes.
The very first home alarm first appeared in the mid 1800s. The electromagnetic alarm was used mostly by the wealthy population to protect their belongings. These sensors functioned quite similarly to the way alarm sensors work today. They were placed near doors and windows, and once any intruder crosses them, a loud alarm would go off to scare the intruder.
After World War I, the priority shifted from protecting belongings to prioritizing safety. Door shaking became a profession, in which someone is hired to shake your door at night to make sure it is locked. Not much developed then, until 1966, when a nurse invented the first video home surveillance system and remote control access to the front door. These were the first true technological developments that would eventually pave the way to modern home security tech.
Up until the last decade, most home security systems that have developed had to be connected to a landline. Security systems today are far more advanced, starting with the use of Wi-Fi connectivity. Cameras have also improved greatly from having only basic surveillance capabilities to being able to recognize faces. Alarm sensors have gotten stronger and longer lasting. We now have doorbells that have built-in cameras and security lighting that will only turn on when it senses motion. The evolution of alarm systems have gone from utilizing no devices whatsoever to being completely device-dependent. In the years to come, expect to have higher tech devices and a lot more functions. Future tech in the home security industry is being developed now and might end up in our homes sooner than we could ever imagine.