REM Times speaks to two industry experts to analyse how IoT can be used to enhance security services in properties
The role of technology in real estate cannot be understated. Right from searching of homes to streamlining of paperwork, tech is being used in every possible way by realtors, developers and home buyers to ease the entire process of property purchase. However, even a plush residence with state-of-the-art amenities could fall short if there is a lag in its security services.
With buildings and cities increasingly becoming smarter and technology advancing at a galloping pace, it’s crucial that security services of properties are cutting-edge as well. In fact, as per a study by Statistica, the smart home market amounted to $139 million in the first part of 2023 while according to Exploding Topics, there are approximately 15.14 billion IoT devices in the world today.
The two factors combined prove how essential it is for technology, more so internet of things (IoT), to be used in every aspect of the security system of properties – both residential and commercial. REM Times speaks to a leading manpower supplier and a trusted integrated FM services provider to learn more.
Several organisations are providing a comprehensive range of high-tech solutions that could be used to improve security – from smart sensors to advanced monitor systems. Concordia DMCC, an FM services provider that offers services like multi-vendor IoT management platform, intelligent security solution, intelligent safety solution, smart padlocks solution, smart parking solution to name a few, believes that IoT in smart buildings has the potential to significantly reduce operational costs, improve occupant comfort and safety, and contribute to sustainability goals.
Says Unmesh Basheer, Director Innovation & Technology Division, Concordia DMCC, “Functions like iris detection, face recognition, video analytics, video tampering, false alarms, intruder detection etc. can be done at an improved pace and accuracy with efficient IoT devices and sensors. These devices can also enhance access control systems by enabling multi-factor authentication and real-time identity verification. AI-powered IoT systems can sense security system storage failure at an early stage and send alarms to the users.”
Leading manpower supplier Transguard Group too offers solutions that encompass every aspect of security services such as site survey, conceptual design and implementation, testing and commissioning and even final regulatory approvals as per the UAE’s guidelines and regulations. “We have smart surveillance cameras with built-in security features such as motion detection, facial recognition and the ability to remotely monitor from smart devices. Our smart access control systems and locks can be configured to grant access to certain individuals and be monitored remotely, as well receive alerts,” says Adam Gerber, Senior Manager, Systems Integration, Transguard Group. “Our intrusion detection sensors sense motion for doors, windows, garage doors or any other entry points; while the smart perimeter monitor system detects unauthorised access around walls or fences and can be configured to trigger alarms to the security team. These are designed so that businesses and direct consumers can have the peace of mind knowing that their assets and people are protected at all times,” he adds.