When a panic room is no longer enough: The ‘billionaire bunkers’ in America with recognition software, hidden passageways and enough provisions to sustain families for three generations
dailymail.co.uk / PUBLISHED: 22:47 GMT, 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 GMT, 29 November 2013
Wealthy families across the country are shelling out millions to protect their loved ones from intruders, natural disasters or the apocalypse as home security goes increasingly sci-fi.
Companies that provide concerned homeowners with futuristic gadgets – and a priceless peace of mind – have revealed the growing demand of costly bunkers, passageways, panic rooms and recognition software.
Chris Pollack – president of Pollack+Partners, a design and construction adviser in Purchase, New York – told Forbes that, while security has always been important for the wealthiest clients, the spending on home security has noticeably grown in the past five years.
And the options available on the market are like something from a Bond film.
Hidden: Wealthy families are shelling out millions for advanced home security, including these secret bunkers that are hidden beneath staircases, behind furniture or in wallsHidden: Wealthy families are shelling out millions for advanced home security, including these secret bunkers that are hidden beneath staircases, behind furniture or in walls
Former Israeli major general Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash has spent three years creating software that merges facial, voice and behavioral recognition technology, allowing the system can recognize the approaching person – so the owner has no need for a house key.
‘It transforms you into the key for your building in under two seconds,’ he told Forbes.