With the recent news of Google filing a patent for its Security Score home system, one can’t help but wonder of the plans the company has for the home automation and security system. There are reports that DropCam Nest will be integrated in the system as well as Nest Protect which are both smoke detectors.
The patent’s title is called “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home”. It is said to be detailed with diagrams of various parts of the system such as the smart outlets, smart door knobs and home networks. The patent is said to focus on how devices inside a home can be connected and how “security scores” are going to help homeowners in their security systems. The patent also discusses the possibility of a notification service that could last for a month or a lifetime. The notification will be delivered to the homeowner’s device whenever an intrusion occurs and agencies handling emergency management will also be notified.
An excerpt from the patent states:
“This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security objectives.”
Venture Beat reveals that the Security Score is obviously going to adopt the same learning algorithm that Nest thermostats use. In a nutshell, the device will work like a smart alarm clock and learn the amount of time homeowners get ready before leaving their homes and around that time period, the alarm will be activated. Venture Beat also assumed that the technology used for Nest thermostats such as the motion sensor will be used on the Security Score for its learning mechanism. It also reported that Google is developing a plan that will include all the smart homes in a certain area and connect them together. This way, whenever a break in or a fire happens in a nearby home, the neighbors will be alerted at the same time.
The application for the patent was filed last year 2014 on September 17. The report was only made public this March. The patent as revealed includes the device’s schematic and its hardware description such as smart doorbell and doorknob. While the doorknob has a lock that can be controlled remotely, the smart doorbell is programmed to recognize a person and the homeowner is then alerted by the system with information via voice and visual. Unlocking is made easier because homeowners can use a mobile device as long as it is registered in the system.