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Wireless Home Security: A Brief History

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To understand the current state of the wireless home security industry, it is nice to have a background in the history.

The first home security systems meant for wireless installations operated on difficult to understand proprietary programming protocols. It required training and deep understanding of electrical systems to be able to install one of these first generation wireless home security.

The cost of requiring a professional installer did come with great benefits. The security systems were able to run longer in the event of power outage, and were able to bypass phone-line communications for more secure over the air transmissions.

The traditional security industry moves at trudging speeds when it comes to embracing new technologies, and as the wireless security needed to be professionally installed, more money was made selling wired systems. Wireless security systems took a back-seat until the do-it-yourself market opened wider.

Do-it-yourselfers took to these new wireless security systems slowly as the installation manuals required a high degree of techinical knowledge. Over time manufacturers have been developing new user interfaces and programming methodologies to penetrate the DIY security system market even further.

Of course, over time, the tides turned against professionally installed systems when the ease of use and technology surpassed the need for the installers. Companies, such as SimpliSafe, Inc., currently provide plug-and-play security systems that provide the highest level of security to a home, apartment, or business, without the need for a professional installer. These new wireless systems operate using rolling wireless frequencies and cellular communicators as the primary contact method to the dispatchers.

Cellular communications are blazingly fast, and the growth of the infrastrucure in the United States has consistenly outpaced the end-users needs. These new wireless home security companies are changing the face of the security industry, and installers are falling by the wayside.