Fingerprint scanners on the front door, blast resistant windows and a helipad for emergency evacuations: How the super-rich keep their homes secure
The rise of the ‘internet of things’ has brought about a new era of personal security, especially for the super rich.
Artificial intelligence and connected smart devices now allow wealthy homeowners unprecedented control over their properties, with high-tech cameras and locking systems to help regulate exactly who goes in or out at all times.
But, while some have taken to extreme safeguarding measures, with rooms that can seal themselves off during a break in, and even plans for emergency evacuation via helicopter, lack of cyber security still leaves many customers ‘sitting ducks,’ experts warn.
Wealthy homeowners in London are turning increasingly to smart technologies to keep their properties secure, the Financial Times reports.
This is especially the case for those moving from areas with higher security considerations, including Russia and eastern Europe.
Many are turning to artificial intelligence systems and facial recognition to monitor their homes, including devices from Paris-based start-up Netatmo, which learns to recognize regular visitors based on facial cues.
If an unknown visitor is detected, the owner will be alerted through a mobile app and can even view the person in question.
Machine learning has also made it possible for cameras to distinguish between a possible intruder and movement that may just have been caused by an animal.
As progress continues on deep learning algorithms, which Google and Facebook have both turned their sights on, capabilities in this domain are expected to improve to make homes even safer.
And, some of the sharpest security measures play out right at the front door, experts say.
Heyrick Bond-Gunning, chief executive of security company S-RM, tells FT that fingerprint-activated locks are ‘a must.’
For those who employ staff around the house, programmable keys can control exactly when, where, and for how long these individuals will have access to the house.
Along with this, some homeowners are equipping rooms with security shutters, which quickly block off certain rooms in the event of a break in, FT reports.
Some have even added vinyl polymer coatings to their windows, making them blast resistant.
But, the experts warn that these defences don’t keep you safe against hackers, who can easily gain access to home devices to monitor emails and other accounts.
Cyber criminals now carry out roughly 83 percent of internet security attacks using just guesswork and information from social media, Bond-Gunning tells FT.
Despite the high-tech measures taken to protect physical property, the experts say many still remain lax in their cybersecurity.