Home Security Systems / Smart Home

Setting the Valentine’s Day Mood with Your Home Security System

People often see their home automated system solely as a tool to promote their safety, but it’s a powerhouse system capable of much more. While it can certainly help you lock doors and monitor surveillance cameras, it can also help you control plenty of other appliances just for your enjoyment. This Valentine’s Day is the […]

Posted in Cameras, General Tips, Smart Home

Keeping Your Kids Safe During Summer Vacation

During the school year, your children are supervised almost around the clock. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., they’re in class, being looked after by teachers and school staff. If you’re lucky, some after school activity like sports or art class keeps them occupied and with adults until 5 or 6 p.m. Maybe by the time […]

Posted in General Tips, Monitoring, Outdoor Alarms, Smart Home

How to Keep Your Home Safe from Solicitors

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just opt out of receiving door-to-door solicitors? Some homeowners put up, “Please, No Soliciting” signs, but that doesn’t mean a few traveling salesmen won’t disrespect the sign and knock on your door anyway. When we think of solicitors, we tend to think of them as an annoyance, but […]

Posted in General Tips, Monitoring, Smart Home

How Your Home Automated System Can Simplify Entertaining

When you’re the host of a party, it can be difficult to enjoy your own event. You put so much time, energy and money into throwing this bash, and yet, the night just flashes before your eyes because you’re constantly changing the music and checking on cooking temperatures. Fortunately, a home automated system can help […]

Posted in Do-it-yourself, General Tips, New Technology, Smart Home

How Your Home Automated System Can Help You Rapidly Save Energy

Families budget for mortgage payments, groceries, insurance, children’s tuition and so much more, leaving smaller bills for things like utilities (which are still expensive enough to seriously interrupt financial planning) by the wayside. Even if you don’t consider your household a wasteful one, a high utility bill can still take you by surprise. The real shame is […]

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How a Smartphone Can Help You Make The Most of Home Security

A smartphone can make you feel closer to everything in your life, like your family via apps like Face Time, your business through conference call technology, and even your home through a wireless home security system. If you haven’t switched to a smartphone yet and you have a wireless security system, you aren’t getting the […]

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Securing Home Automation Against Cyber Criminals

The slew of celebrity phone hacks over the weekend has left many people looking to service providers and cellular tech manufacturers for answers. While authorities are not sure what exactly caused the security breaches, many reports point to weaknesses in the phone providers’ cloud based networks. On the surface, this is an issue of personal […]

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Home Automation Systems 101

We live in a very technologically driven world where much of what we do is on a smart phone, laptop, or tablet.  When you think of home automation, you might think of something like the Simpsons’ Halloween episode where the house could do everything imaginable for its residents.  The system could talk to the Simpsons’ family, control the […]

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Lowe’s Push for a Piece of the Smart Home Market

Since Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) January announcement of their upcoming release of a new smart home product, they’ve teamed up with UK based smart home technology company AlertMe to release Iris, an all-in-one solution to integrating household control systems. “This is an exciting development in the connected home space,” Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates, experts […]

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