What do you want in a Security Product?


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ArjunYanti-Smith

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I am designing a security device for a project and I was wondering what sort of features people want in such security product. The device would be used by everyday people and at home (so an intuitive device).
 
Levi

Levi

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Um... for it to secure the house it's being used in/at....

You might need to refine the question you're asking because security devices range from a key to essentially a full on drop down metal box around the entire property.
 
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ArjunYanti-Smith

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I was thinking of an alarm system that's not too complex. Which areas at home or places need securing most?
 
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Levi

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Sounding even more like a school project than the original post.... is this a school project?

And whatever happened to using spider diagrams etc to find out your own solutions....
 
hankscorpio

hankscorpio

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I always thought a proximity sensor alarm would be a good idea. i know a guy who's house was broken into. The thieves climed up on a ladder and took the alarm apart on the side of the wall, no noise, no problem.

I always thought an alarm system that detected motion/heat etc. would be a good idea and that way anyway approaching your property that photos would be taken and emailed to you.

Anyway - I thought I was on to something, but it's already been done! Surprisingly....

Anyway - what research have you done?
 
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ArjunYanti-Smith

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I always thought a proximity sensor alarm would be a good idea. i know a guy who's house was broken into. The thieves climed up on a ladder and took the alarm apart on the side of the wall, no noise, no problem.

I always thought an alarm system that detected motion/heat etc. would be a good idea and that way anyway approaching your property that photos would be taken and emailed to you.

Anyway - I thought I was on to something, but it's already been done! Surprisingly....

Anyway - what research have you done?
That's a really good idea, I too thought of something only to realise it's already a thing. I like that idea of a motion sensor too. The story about the thieves and the ladder also makes a valid point about the weaknesses of normal burglar alarms.

So far I've read that most burglaries occur during the day when most people are out of the house. So I've thought that the design should send an urgent text message to your phone so you are alerted when you are at work. I need to hear more of other people's experiences to see the full picture. I'm currently completing an analysis of current devices and their advantages and disadvantages.
 
hankscorpio

hankscorpio

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I can log into my phone right now and see my whole house via a cam system.

One very good idea I saw on telly was a doorbell with a camera, and the camera activates when pressed, allowing you to see who is at your door and you can even speak with them, giving the illusion that you are at home, where you can be anywhere in the world with your phone.

Another very good idea I've seen is a plug that activates a light when a loud sound is made. For example, opening or closing your door activates the light in the hallway, handy if you're coming in with large bags or if there's an intruder the light activates potentially scaring them away.

Movement and sound alarms are already pretty much in place.


You're designing a security device for a project - I don't know if they expect you to change the world.

But a security device could be anything...



If you're looking for an intuitive device, perhaps something that an elderly person can wear around their wrist that monitors their heart rate, and if they get into distress it could alert a family member.

My wife's mother is elderly and lives alone and we have often thought it would be horrible if she slipped out the back of the house on ice on a cold day and couldn't mobilse herself to get up.


Perhaps the monitor could have a device that detects fast falling, if the wearer is upright or lying down, and the heart rate, perhaps a high and a low rating sets off the system.
 
Levi

Levi

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But that already exists...
Yep, my nan has a very simple 'press button' one but you can go the whole hog with fall sensors and the likes too....

Pretty much anything you think of will have something available for it because 'security' is a massive industry. Not to mention with the likes of amazon and google etc going into home 'automation' they're covering a lot of the 'techy' solutions.
 
hankscorpio

hankscorpio

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I find a lot of technology, especially for the elderly, based on my own experience, is far beyond them.

Like forgetting to wear the bracelet, or hitting a panic button by accident. For instance, my mother in law had button wore on the lapel, and press it if in a panic, but the base unit also had this button, and the cats kept stepping on it and setting it off.

You almost want the elderly person not to do anything, and everything remotely covered.

Perhaps a device that can monitor the house, sensors, movements, etc. around the house that are relayed back to a cloud based service that any member of the family can log into to check in on the elderly person.

Sensors that record movement, for instance, entering a bathroom, and after 5 minutes if the sensor is not triggered again it would send an email. Or whatever time frame you want to cover. You can then log in to see if there's any movement around the bathroom area.

Similarly if they are in the garden, or general movements around the house.


Or an even simpler idea - if there was an alarm clock and it's set to go off at 9.00 am each morning (or whatever time) if it's not switched off within 30 seconds it sends out a message.

But that could be problematic with power cuts, unless it had it's own powersupply built in...
 
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