Smart buildings and smarter security

Smart security is a close ally of intelligent buildings. It uses the same technologies—wireless networks and the internet of things—that give users the ability to customise and monitor their security systems in the home and manage security over a wider area and respond to threats in the workplace.


It also applies to cybersecurity, where automation is becoming more commonplace to swiftly and efficiently respond to attacks and eliminate threats.

How do smart security systems work?

Basic home and business smart security systems typically centre on a mobile or computer application, which the user can use to monitor and manage their building security. It can be linked to an internet of things-enabled security system that detects entry and exit, the status of smart locks, whether doors are open or shut, lighting, heating, water systems and much more, providing the user with a holistic view of who and how their building is being used.


For home security, for instance, this means that users can remotely detect whether their house has been broken into or interfered with while they’re at work or on holiday. They will receive information if a door has been opened, lock broken or light turned on, which can then be automatically or manually relayed to the police. It could also proactively warn users about potential security flaws, such as doors that don’t shut properly or smart locks that have developed a fault. Other smart security systems might be programmed to alert the user or the police if it is smashed or deactivated.


Smart doorbells are also becoming more common, which let users know when someone is approaching their front door and can let them speak to them remotely—they’re also the fuel of a million horror stories of mysterious figures approaching doorways in the dead of night!

Can smart access control increase security?

More sophisticated access control systems add an extra layer of security. In the home or workplace, unique smart codes can be sent to each user, eliminating the need for physical keys. This can send information to the alarm system, telling it to switch off when a recognised person has used their smart code.


In an office environment, employees and visitors can be give smart keycards that provide them only with access to areas for which they permission to enter, direct them to the right lift to get them to their destination. In this way, building managers can better control who enters a building, and where they are permitted to enter.

Learn more at Intelligent Building Europe 2021

At Intelligent Building Europe 2021, you can discover best practice when it comes to smart buildings in a full programme of seminars and presentations. Better still, you can complement that with converged security knowledge at the co-located IFSEC International 2021, which you can enter for free with your event badge. Register your interest today and don’t miss out!