Feathering The Nest

Dec. 18, 2019

A revolution in the security industry has occurred during the last year and locksmiths were not included. If you type "Google Nest" you will find a lengthy website showing dozens of Nest products and options. Nest is basically a DIY doorbell system which includes a camera. Since mail packages are now being delivered to doorsteps when residents are not at home, thieves have often followed the drivers and stole the packages before homeowners arrived.

Google acquired Nest Labs which is a manufacturer of smart home products. One Nest product is the camera/doorbell system which has apparently sold very well to residential consumers. Thousands of homeowners have purchased a Nest doorbell/camera system to the point where whole towns have Nest cameras installed almost door-to-door.

After enough Nest cameras were installed, it was not long before apps were available to connect residential cameras together so neighbors could check out local happenings. Police soon discovered ways to remotely view Nest cameras in a local residential area to watch a burglary in progress or to watch videos for evidence at a later date. At this time there is some question about police having access to residential videos as an invasion of privacy.

The Nest website offers dozens of options including added cameras for interior or exterior use, thermostat controls, an alarm system, smoke and CO alarms and finally locks. Options can run the cost of Nest into the hundreds of dollars. Since so many customers have decided to make the purchase, at least the future looks good for selling any kind of electronics products in the locksmith industry. One value of Nest systems is that owners can check on their residences or operate Nest products on cell phones via the internet.

Hackers have found ways to discover private passwords and used them to operate some private Nest systems. This is the point where demand and supply meet. People are demanding simple- to-use products and companies making electronic products are happy to supply these needs. But until a completely foolproof system is devised to make keyless systems free from hacking, there will always be mechanical lock systems ready to be the final, no questions asked, solution.