How The Super-Rich Make Their Homes Super-Secure
by Janet Miller
When a person has a great deal of money and accumulated wealth, there is one thing that is absolutely constant and for sure: there will be someone, somewhere, who wants to take it, or at least some of it. Kidnapping and hostage situations are also not uncommon amongst the extremely wealthy, and security plays a huge role in seeing to it that it does not happen. So how do the rich secure their homes, valuables and loved ones?
Artificial intelligence plays a big role in their security and the AI is usually connected to, and sometimes run by, their smart phones. Software that employs facial recognition can, over time, learn to “recognize” the faces of frequent visitors and quickly pick out who is not.
They are then able to alert the homeowner of said stranger. If a stranger is detected, information is sent to the homeowner via smart phone app, which allows them to view the person in question right from their device. This same type of learning ability also gives some motion detectors the ability to determine whether movement was caused by an actual intruder or by an animal or some other nonthreatening situation.
Smart shutter systems are another form of security device that is often used. It can seal off entire rooms in the event of a break in and many of the super-rich have blast-proof windows. If there is employed staff in the home, smart keys often give them access to certain rooms, but can also determine how long they are allowed to stay in said room. In addition to all of this, some have installed helipads atop their homes in the event that emergency evacuation is deemed necessary.
Different Kinds of Security Devices
Infrared cameras are one device that makes securing a perimeter quite a bit easier. Reading thermal heat signatures from great distances is not a hard feat at all regardless of what time it is and even reads through atmospheric conditions such as smoke. Since humans have a much higher thermal heat signature than trees or animals, they can be picked out quickly and at great distances.
There are also home security systems for inside the home that emit smokescreens that can be mounted in inconspicuous areas and utilized to disorient intruders. Or you can move up a security level or so and go for the system that sprays out gases meant to disable the intruder, sometimes for as long as 24 hours after the event. Other gases still attach themselves to the DNA of the intruder and can be read under UV light and traced back to a specific home.
There has recently been a trend in a more old-fashioned type of security as well: the secret passageway. If all else fails, you can escape through an obscure doorway otherwise disguised as a bookcase, wardrobe or wall.
The address, One Hyde Park, London, is home to Sheikh Hamah, foreign minister of Qatar, and is the world’s most secure home. Some of this penthouse’s specific features include purified air, bulletproof windows, a panic room, various recognition scanners as well as license plate recognition software, which was the brainchild of, and designed by, the British Army’s special elite forces.
Coming in at a close second is the home of Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The $135 millon Hala Ranch is located in Aspen, Colorado and has surveillance cameras that keep an eye on every square inch of the 95-acre property as well as a staff that monitors everything that goes on there full time.
Al Corbi lives in a residence in Hollywood that features some outstanding safety features. Biometric recognition software means that they do not need keys to enter the home, steel reinforced concrete caissons lodged 30-feet deep protect against the threat of earthquakes and panic suite that is completely ballistics proof allows for an incredibly good night’s sleep.
These houses typically feature high-level security cameras and incredibly sensitive motion detectors, but they also have features that are not quite as readily heard of. One such feature is rooms that are safe from biological attack as well as ballistic steel, armor-plated building materials. All this is equipped with night vision surveillance recording at 240 frames per second with the ability to monitor remotely.
Janet Miller lives the RV life and is a survivalist and cofounder of JenReviews. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, MindBodyGreen, Tiny Buddha, The Huffington Post and Fast Company.