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Can Video Surveillance Eliminate Doubt?

Ecommerce retailers face many challenges as consumers become more dependent on the convenience of online purchasing. Beyond the mere logistical challenge of effectively managing an e-commerce transaction, retailers are also challenged with the increased number of package theft which hits their bottom-line. Current home security solutions are missing that delicate dance between effective solutions and convenience.

Video surveillance and smart home technology are two of the most common forms of security that homeowners rely on to reduce theft, but are they doing enough? Or, do these solutions provide a false-sense of security to homeowners? In order to understand theft and security better, we must first take a look at the most common forms of home security – specifically, video surveillance.

In the public domain, there is empirical evidence that CCTV surveillance systems are effective in reducing the instances of theft where cameras are placed. However, there is debate over the impact these systems have at reducing overall theft. Simply put, criminals continue to commit unlawful acts, just outside of the camera view. When it comes to home surveillance, the proliferation of easy-to-install, DIY cameras and surveillance systems would suggest that they are effective in deterring theft. However, if this is the case, then why do we still lock our doors and windows when we leave our homes? Maybe it has something to do with the nuances in video surveillance – sometimes appearing active, while mostly acting as passive security. For the average homeowner, home surveillance solutions, methods and technologies fall into the category of passive security.

Most of us know that the term “security” is fairly broad, with surveillance being no exception. Video surveillance cameras consistently fall into the category of security, yet they are disproportionate to what security actually means – which is freedom from danger, risk and fear. Video surveillance presents a sense of security, but passive functionality means that crimes can and still do occur in plain view of cameras. This is not a claim that home surveillance is not effective, but rather a reinforcement that we need collective measurements of active security in order to take us closer to the freedom and peace of mind we all desire.

It is unrealistic to assume that everyone who is worried about their security has the means to afford or equip their homes with traditional notions of active security, such as privately contracted security guards. However, there are other active security measures individuals can take to experience peace of mind in the home. Active security expands far beyond the scope of security guards. Active security is discriminant. It allows approved activity based on user, time, and even frequency. This form of security is a closed loop system that is “actively” providing real-time feedback and alerts for an intrusion. With that being said, there are cases to be made for an active form of video surveillance. This is because it can perform active security so long as it has a process for monitoring. However, if there is no dedicated person assigned to actively watch the surveillance, then the monitoring is rendered useless.

As traditional video surveillance appears to be quite limited, it requires a more intelligent approach. As myriad of video surveillance systems storm the market, it should be expected that traditional video surveillance adapts in order to become a more active means of security. When done correctly, active video surveillance utilizes technological advancements in motion detection, real-time alerts, IoT technology and remote-control access. This enables users to constantly interact with their video surveillance, while simultaneously giving them autonomy to go about their day without having to constantly monitor a screen. Video surveillance has the opportunity to do more than just store videos and images of theft. When coupled with complementary systems, video surveillance can be a form of active security, and eliminate doubt at doorsteps across the globe.

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Video Surveillance and the Evolving Needs

Video Surveillance and the Evolving Needs of the End-User: Update, Integrate, Analyze, Act

Video surveillance has long been a critical component of facility management and security plans, and it is only expected to grow. Being able to use this video surveillance footage in relatively new and helpful ways is becoming more and more important.

The Global Video Surveillance Storage market generated $28.52 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow by 18 percent by 2023. With so many resources being devoted to storing video data, it will be more crucial than ever to maximize returns on that investment by increasing capabilities to use that stored video. Based on the massive amounts of data gathered by surveillance technologies, it is becoming increasingly possible to take informed action grounded in analysis of the information gathered.

Demand for these capabilities is increasing and the market is responding with more innovative video surveillance technology than ever. End-users expect their technologies to protect and optimize their businesses and facilities; however, the path to this transformation is a two-way street. The technologies to support the users’ desired needs exist. It is a matter of investment and proper implementation to arrive at a place of optimization for facility security and operations.

Updating Systems: The First Step

When discussing the improvement of end-user experiences, updating outdated technologies may seem like a rudimentary and even obvious step. However, many facilities still rely on simpler systems such as analog cameras that keep footage only for a limited period of time. A video camera is no longer just a static piece of equipment meant to be monitored in real time. They also do not take the step that many have come to expect of providing actionable insights based on data gathered.

Thirty cameras, during a 24-hour period, throughout 30 days, will record 21,600 hours of video. That is a massive amount of data that goes nowhere and is essentially useless with a ‘traditional’ video surveillance system. There is a real and valuable return to be made in the form of insights that can be gathered from all this data to understanding where customers linger, how to improve workflow and increased security capabilities. These insights can even be monetized for interested parties, such as brands selling products in a store, thereby helping the facility’s bottom line. Updating outdated video surveillance equipment is the first step to unlocking the potential of integration and analytics.

Next Up: Systems Integration

Once systems are updated, it becomes possible to unlock the next steps in the optimization of a facility, resulting in increased overall security and better day-to-day operations.  Integration with other building and security systems such as lighting, HVAC and access control allow for a more complete picture of the “pulse” of the building. It also improves the experience and comfort of occupants, staff and patrons.

Let’s take lighting, for example. There are several ways that lighting and video surveillance can work together—the simple replacement of regular light bulbs with LED bulbs can improve visibility for video surveillance systems, while also driving down energy costs. Add in motion-sensor technology, and the lights and cameras can work to deter intruders and capture their image more effectively for law enforcement. By making these changes, it is no longer on the facility manager to look at grainy, poorly lit footage to try and decipher what is going on in the event of an incident. By integrating lighting and video surveillance, the facility manager is empowered to work smarter, not harder with a basis in intelligent data they can rely on.

Analytics, Security and Operations

The ability to analyze endless hours of video footage in a realistic and intelligent way has completely changed the game. Being able to define search parameters when reviewing footage can turn an hours-long review process into one that takes minutes, saving precious time in the event of an incident and allowing personnel to make the best use of their resources. For example, knowing the gender or clothing color of someone they are hoping to identify and being able to search footage accordingly can shave hours off a search.

By integrating analytics with other systems, such as access control, users can gain insight into things like the flow of occupants through a space and who is attempting to access restricted areas. In addition, these technologies can learn patterns and establish what is the norm for the facility they protect.  When something outside of their learned patterns occurs, such as someone trying to access a building after hours, they can detect it and relay that information, as well.

Security has never been the only use for video surveillance. As analytics are being more widely implemented, operational intelligence gathering has also been affected. Some of the most important uses for video surveillance are improving sales or customer service, examining and managing employee productivity and analyzing customer behavior and patterns. Analytics increase the ability of users to examine traffic flow, wait times, the efficiency of retail floor plans and much more. This information can then be utilized to address vulnerabilities and improve the operations of the facility.

Building on existing video surveillance systems (or implementing them from scratch) gives employees the support from technology they have come to expect in other areas of their life. By prioritizing upgrades and layering in integration and analytic technology, facilities can increase productivity, safety and efficiency, while also seeing significant ROI in the form of valuable, usable data, streamlined operations and a better overall experience. Technology is the first line of defense in many cases, but it can also be a support, enabling security and operations professionals to do their job more effectively and with the knowledge that their actions are driven by data.

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Is your technology spying on you?

Is your technology spying on you?

Google Says Unlisted, Built-In Microphone on Nest Devices Wasn’t Supposed to Be ‘Secret’


It’s barely two months into 2019, but Nest has already had a bit of a year. After some hacking scares involving its line of home security cameras, Nest’s latest headache involves its modular Nest Secure security system. More specifically, a microphone that customers weren’t aware was included in the base device. And while Google admits it messed up, it’s definitely not convincing users the company has their best interest at heart.

Google, which owns Nest, announced earlier this month it was adding Google Assistant support for the Nest Guard—one of three products that make up its Nest Secure system. Overall, you’d think that’s a helpful feature but Google’s failure to disclose the Guard hub had a built-in microphone detracts from any benefit and has led to plenty of criticism of the company’s intent on Twitter.


When Nest Secure was announced back in 2017, the microphone was suspiciously absent from any tech specs for the product. And while you could technically issue voice commands to enable and disable the alarm, it required owners to have a separate Google Home device.

“The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs,” a Google spokesperson told Gizmodo. “That was an error on our part.”

So have Nest Secure owners been unwittingly spied on all this time? Google says no. “The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option.”

As for why the microphone was included in the first place, Google said it’s common for security systems to use microphones for features that rely on picking up different sounds. It also said the company “included the mic on the device so that [it] can potentially offer additional features to our users in the future, such as the ability to detect broken glass.”

All of that makes sense, but it’s unsettling in the wake of Nest’s recent privacy and security issues. A California family recently received false warnings through their Nest camera that North Korean missiles were about to strike, while last year, a woman was told through her cam that a man was going to kidnap her baby.

Google has since tried to urge Nest users to practice better security, including turning on 2FA and reseting potentially compromised passwords. But these efforts, while good in theory, put the onus on consumers when it wouldn’t be that difficult for Google to build better security into its products in the first place. Plus, it doesn’t help frazzled Nest users trust Google when it can’t be trusted to fully disclose the tech in its products to begin with.

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Top 10 Reasons to Install Home Security Systems

Installing a home security system can be costly, but not installing one could cost you even more. Below we will take a look at the top ten reasons to install a home security system or upgrading your existing home alarm system.

1. Protect Your Home and Family from Intruders

The biggest reason a home owner should consider installing a home security system is that it offers protection to family members from intruders. According to “Securing Home and Business” by Simon Hakim/Erwin Blackstone, homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. This indicates that the mere presence of an alarm system is enough in most cases to protect the home and its occupants from break-in. In some cases, burglars may still target a home either knowingly or unknowingly when members of the family are inside. For the burglar who enters the home expecting it to be empty, finding members of the family inside can cause enough shock and panic to facilitate aggressive behavior. Having a security system in place often provides family members with enough warning to get to a safe location in our outside the home while the alarm system dispatches local authorities. For burglars that enter a home knowing that family members are inside, their intentions are often much more malicious and the home alarm system again serves as an early warning system and calls the authorities.

2. Protect Your Home and Family from Fires

The mention of home security systems tends to bring to mind home intrusion scenarios; however, these alarm systems also provide additional protection barriers for homeowners. While many homeowners rely upon smoke alarms to warn them of a fire outbreak, home security systems offer an early warning system.

Monitored home alarm systems will not only warn home occupants of the presence of smoke in the home, but they will also warn of sources of heat and contact authorities. The saying goes ‘where there is smoke, there is fire’ but it is also true that where there is heat, there could be a fire building which is why it is important to incorporate heat detectors into a fire prevention technique. While heat detectors can be purchased without the installation of a home security system, using a heat detector alone will not signal authorities.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in just thirty seconds a small flame can turn in to a full-blown fire. In just minutes of a fire breaking out, the home will be filled with thick black smoke that makes it impossible for family members to breathe. These two facts alone are enough to reinforce the importance of having a home security system that will signal authorities to respond to a house fire. Time is the biggest factor in any emergency, but in the case of fire, time is of the essence. A few seconds of a fire safety concern could mean death or the complete destruction of a home and all of its contents.

3. Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by a colorless and odorless gas that is found in combustion fumes. Within the home, carbon monoxide can be released from stoves, burning wood or charcoal, heating systems, and gas ranges among other things.

Since carbon monoxide is undetectable by the human senses, individuals are often blindsided by carbon monoxide poisoning that has been building up over time. In the human body, carbon monoxide is picked up by the red blood cells much more rapidly than oxygen is. As these blood cells release carbon monoxide into the blood, it begins to replace oxygen and this prevents tissues and organs from receiving necessary oxygen. The most severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can result in death. Other symptoms may include: dizziness, headache, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and confusion.

Carbon monoxide leaks can be discovered via carbon monoxide detectors. These small devices resemble smoke detectors and can be purchased alone or as part of a home security system. Similar to a home alarm-monitored smoke detector, the benefit of having these devices installed as part of a home security system is that it provides emergency service dispatch as well as calling paramedics able to treat symptoms of CO poisoning. The faster individuals are able to leave the home and receive medical treatment, the less severe CO poisoning symptoms will be.

4. Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind

The presence of a home security system provides many families with a peace of mind knowing that their home is protected from a variety of devastating scenarios. When homeowners are elderly, incapacitated in some way or frequently left home alone, this peace of mind is invaluable. For the elderly who may be unable to get out of a home with the speed required in many dangerous situations, home security systems dispatch authorities that are capable of assisting. For those who are incapacitated and unable to leave the home, home security systems not only monitor all areas of the home but again, they dispatch authorities when needed. Some home security systems also provide medical alert pendants for users to wear that are designed to call for help for specific medical situations. Finally, home alarm systems are beneficial for families that often leave family members home alone. Whether it is children of working parents being left alone, or whether it is spouses of the military who are frequently left alone for extended periods, home security systems provide peace of mind.

5. Protect Your Valuables

Throughout our lifetimes we collect and purchase a slew of items that have meaning to us. From sentimental inheritances to big ticket purchases, these things represent who we are and the accomplishments we have made. When burglars enter our home however, our feelings towards our possessions are the furthest thing from their minds, as they focus on the retail value of what they are taking. Each year it is estimated that there are some two and a half million burglaries across the United States. These burglaries cost homeowners some $3.1 billion with the average loss per burglary at around $1,700. For most homeowners, the presence of a home alarm system is enough to deter burglars but when it is not, it serves an additional function. As well as signaling authorities that the home has been burgled and increasing the chances that intruders will be caught, the cameras installed with many modern alarm systems catch the intruders in the act. Having visual documentation of the home intrusion increases the likelihood that the burglar will be identified for the crime committed. Video footage also helps homeowners create a record of what has been taken from their home during a burglary.

6. Having Someone Else to Monitor Your Home

One of the biggest benefits to having a monitored home security system is that it provides constant monitoring even when you are unable to do so yourself. Leaving town for business or going on vacation can be nerve-wracking even with a home security alarm, but with monitoring services, there is always someone to respond to emergency situations.

These services do not act like house sitters, but they do track significant events and dispatch emergency personnel when needed. Home security systems are able to respond to alarms triggered as a result of a house fire, a carbon monoxide leak, a significant temperature drop or increase, an intruder, or a natural disaster such as a flood. Without the watchful eye of a monitoring company, the damage caused by these tragic events could be much worse than they otherwise would be.

7. Save on Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is a mandatory part of becoming a homeowner in most circumstances. The cost of this type of insurance coverage varies on location, coverage, payment plans, insurance company, type of house and a few other factors. Some people see homeowners insurance as a waste of money, those who have ever had to use it (or wish that had had it to use) will disagree.

Homeowner’s insurance is designed to cover private homes and the possessions therein from losses or damage that can occur as the result of a number of devastating events. Homeowner insurance covers most events such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Flood insurance is generally not included and must be purchased separately since floods are a more common occurrence. The cost of homeowners insurance is generally not taken into consideration by first-time homeowners when buying their home, but a significant discount is generally given to homeowners with home security systems installed. The total discount given as a result of homes having security systems differs based upon the features of the system (for instance, a system monitored by a central monitoring station should provide a larger discount compared to one that is not monitored) and the amount of coverage purchased initially and the company offering the insurance. In general, homeowners receive a 10-20% discount on their insurance by having a functioning home alarm system installed.

8. Keep an Eye on Your Home Remotely

For some homeowners, the ability to keep an eye on their home even when they are away is one of the biggest perks of having a home alarm system. As technology has improved, many home alarm systems now allow users to log on to the internet via their computers or smartphone and access their home security system remotely.

This type of system allows the home alarm to be remotely armed or disarmed, cameras to be monitored, household lights to be turned off and on, air conditioning or heating to be turned on or changed, and motion detectors to be monitored. All of these functions not only allow homeowners to watch for intruders, but they also help to protect the home remotely. Turning on lights at a specified time through remote access can help to give the illusion that someone is at home even when they are not. Accessing the heating or air conditioning can help to prepare the home for sudden temperature changes to prevent pipe damage and can also help to save on electric or gas bills. In most cases, remote access comes with a small fee, but it offers homeowners the opportunity to take charge of their home even when they are out of town.

9. Get Medical Assistance When Needed

Medical conditions are a real concern for many homeowners and many home alarm companies offer medical alert pendants or emergency pulls. These types of devices are designed so that individuals can press a button or pull a cord and immediately have emergency services dispatched to their home. Most commonly these types of services are requested by children of elderly parents, family members of sick individuals and those living with loved ones who have special needs. One of the biggest concerns for family members of the elderly is the potential of falling; fortunately, with a medical alert feature, if an elderly person falls at home when they are alone, they can signal the authorities for help immediately. For families of sick or special needs individuals, this service can be used in a similar way, signaling authorities or medical professionals that assistance is needed in the event of seizures or other medical emergencies. This feature is not standard on many home security systems but is common enough that it can be obtained for a fee. Or, click on over to see our recommendations for the best medical alert systems.

10. Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Home

Home automation is a relatively new concept and as such it is not offered by many home security companies yet but is becoming more popular. This service allows users to access and control the lighting, thermostat and, in some cases, small appliances of the home through remote access. Some homeowners utilize this feature to shut down heating and cooling when no one is home and log on to start it an hour or so before heading back to the home so they arrive to a comfortable home. Other homeowners use this feature to turn on lighting in the home before they leave their office so they do not have to enter an unlit home. This feature is also beneficial for deterring intruders since it allows homeowners to make it look as though someone is home when they are not. Jump on over to see our top recommendations for the best home automation systems that will help reduce the energy consumption in your home.

Additional Reasons Why You Should Install a Home Security System

  • Security systems not only protect family and possessions, but they also provide protection for pets. If a fire were to break out when no one but the family pet was home, without a home alarm system that pet would be doomed.
  • Home security systems allow for homeowners to secure less frequented areas of the home such as the basement and the garage. This makes it more difficult for intruders to take their preferred methods of entry into the home and go unnoticed.
  • Home security systems mean that homeowners do not have to depend upon neighbors to watch over their home when they are away. There is less chance of human error with alarm systems.
  • Home alarm systems prevent home intruders from staying too long if they do gain access to the house since there is a higher likelihood of them being scared away when an alarm is sounding loudly.
  • Modern wireless alarm systems are affordable and much easier to set up and maintain than the wired systems of the past.
  • Having a home alarm system installed actually increases your home value when it comes to selling your home. As an added bonus, it also keeps your home protected throughout the selling process where a number of strangers will be inside your home.
  • Homes with security systems installed have a quicker emergency response time because they cut out the middleman and directly contact authorities for faster dispatch.
  • The majority of large home protection companies offer 24/7 monitoring and support of their alarm systems which reduces the likelihood that the alarm system will fail and your home safety would be at risk.
  • Some home alarm systems that come equipped with outdoor cameras allow for homeowners and their families to see who is at the front door without going close to it. This feature is particularly useful for families with children of working parents who often have to leave children at home alone.

Facts to Consider

If you still have any doubts about whether or not your home or family could benefit from purchasing a home alarm system take a look at some of the following facts:

  • Approximately every twenty seconds a home fire is reported.
  • House fires are the third leading cause of fatal home injury in the nation.
  • Each year fires kill more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined.
  • 39% of residential fires and 52% of residential fatalities from fires occur in homes with no smoke alarms.
  • 70% of all burglaries occur in residential properties.
  • Every 14.5 seconds a robbery is reported.
  • Most burglaries take place between 10am and 3pm when the majority of homeowners are at work.
  • 8% of robberies are committed with a gun according to the FBI’s crime statistics.
  • The majority of burglars gain entry to the home via the front door, back door and first floor windows.
  • FBI crime statistics state that during 60% of reported burglaries, someone was at home.
  • Only 13% of reported burglaries are solved by the police.
  • Only 15% of property that is stolen in burglaries is ever recovered by the police.
  • Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths between 2005 and 2009 were the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

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Home Security Apps and Smart Home Apps

When considering a home security and home automation system, one of the things you should consider is how well their associated apps function.

Today’s home security and automation features are most often controlled using an app. Therefore, the app is the one feature that needs to perform exceptionally well. Otherwise, you could find yourself wasting valuable time and possibly risking the safety of your family. Especially if the app is either too hard to use or doesn’t work consistently and like it is supposed to.

So what exactly are home security and home automation apps supposed to do?

Let’s find out…

Home Security Apps

If you have a smart home security system, an app can be used to monitor, access and control your system remotely through the use of a mobile or other web-enabled device.

If you want to see who is at your front door, tap your app. If you want to see what your kids or pets are doing, tap your app and select any given security camera for a live update. Did you forget to lock the doors, turn off the lights, or shut your garage door? Tap your app to find out, then you can remotely handle any necessary tasks using that app.

Those are just a few of the things you can do using a home security app. But there’s more…so let’s go over the most popular home security and home automation apps in a little more detail. We’ll first start with the home security apps and finish with the home automation apps.

Here are the top 13 most popular home security apps along with their features and uses.

Xfinity Home App

With the Xfinity app, you can view your entire system. You can also arm and disarm the alarm, control the lights, appliances, thermostat, cameras, and manage the zones and sensors. You can also sign in and out, change the rules and scenes, as well as view any and all activity and/or system alerts.

SimpliSafe App

With the SimpliSafe app, you can control your entire security system. It also allows you to view your security cameras live, arm/disarm your system, receive home entry alerts, and watch recorded video clips. You can also monitor your home for leaks, floods, and home temperatures (to alert you to the possibility of frozen pipes). In addition, you can check on your kids, pets, babysitters, or anyone else who might be in your home, as well as monitor gun, alcohol, and medicine cabinets, or anything else for that matter. However, SimpliSafe doesn’t offer any home automation features so neither does their app.

Vivint Sky Mobile App

With the Vivint app, you can control your entire security system, which includes viewing doorbell and indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras, monitoring window sensors, and smoke detectors. You can also remotely control your home automation features such as the thermostat, lights, door locks, garage door, and more.

Canary App

With the Canary app, you can monitor your entire home and control all your security devices via your phone, or any other web-enabled device. You can watch surveillance videos (live or recorded) during the day or night. You can also receive activity alerts along with a video clip of the event, as well as arm/disarm your system. The Canary app is customizable so you can set your own notification and privacy rules. In addition, you can trigger the siren and/or be connected to emergency responders. You can also monitor the air quality, temperature, and humidity of your home.

Ring App

With the Ring app, you can monitor and control your security features from any web-enabled device including video doorbells, security cameras, and your entire security system, all from one dashboard. That means you can view videos, use the built-in microphone and speaker to hear and talk with anyone on your property, receive motion detection alerts, crime/safety alerts, and share videos with your neighbors.

Arlo App

With the Arlo app, you can view your live camera feeds and time-stamped recorded images, activate push notifications based on your chosen triggers, motion, and sound detection alerts, and review daily cloud recordings. You can also arm/disarm your system, create a custom mode, adjust individual camera settings, and receive automatic system updates.

Nest App

With the Nest app, you can arm/disarm your system, view your Nest cams to see who is coming and going from your home and receive alerts and notifications if you forget to set your alarm or if an event triggers your system, etc. You can also control your home automation systems including the locks, thermostat, check your energy usage, and receive extreme temperature alerts to help prevent frozen pipes. This app will also send you an alert if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected and it will provide you with instructions about what to do. In addition, it will also run a safety check to test your alarms once a month.

Moni Smart Security App

With the Moni app, you can view and control almost every part of your security system and home automation features. You can easily interact with your alarm system, arm/disarm your system and remotely control your security cameras (live or recorded), lights, locks, thermostat, garage doors, or interact with the video doorbell. This system uses geofencing which detects your location so the app can send you useful alerts if you left your garage door open, to adjust your thermostat, or turn off the lights. The system also relays information to the app in real-time when your kids get home from school, if there has been a break-in, and even equipment failures, etc.

Alarm.com App

With the Alarm.com app, you can remotely monitor and control your entire home in real-time. When using this app you can access the live video feeds and cameras or watch recorded clips, as well as arm and disarm your system. You can also control and manage your home automation features including your lights, thermostat, door locks, search the system’s event history, and more. This app will send you alerts when your kids get home from school, the housekeeper arrives, if you left your garage door open, if the system detects flooding or a water leak, or even if your kids open your medicine cabinet or enter any other restricted area.

ADT Pulse App

With the ADT Pulse app, you can arm/disarm your security system, turn your lights on before you arrive home or off if you forgot. You can also turn off your small appliances, adjust your thermostat, receive alerts or view live video feeds of when your kids get home from school. You can even lock and unlock your doors so you can let someone in remotely if you need to. Additionally, you can setup custom automation and schedules that include your vacations and other events.

Frontpoint Security App

With the Frontpoint app, you can monitor, access and control your security and home automation systems remotely. This app allows you to arm or disarm your system from anywhere, view a live camera feed or watch recorded video clips. You can also control your lights, locks, thermostat, and receive real-time alerts for any event based on your exact specifications. And much more!

Protect America App

With the Protect America app, you can control your home security and home automation systems from the palm of your hand. You can arm/disarm your security system, view live or recorded video clips from anywhere, including from your bed if you hear a noise, and view your event history anytime. You can also lock or unlock your doors for easy access and to control who comes and goes and when, as well as adjust your thermostat, and more.

Scout Alarm App

With the Scout app, you can create custom security modes and monitor the status of your home remotely. You can also receive custom alerts, allow instant access to approved visitors, and be immediately alerted when an event occurs. In addition, you can monitor and control your home automation features which are easily integrated with many popular smart home technology and devices, such as Zwave, Alexa, Nest, Google Home, and others.

Now let’s take a look at the home automation apps.

Smart Home Apps

Home automation apps work the same way as the home security apps. In fact, most home security companies offer both home security and home automation features which can both be remotely monitored, accessed and controlled from one dashboard on the app. So let’s take a look at the most popular home automation apps.

Here are the top four most popular smart home apps along with their features and uses.

WeMo App

The WeMo home automation app is currently in beta mode. However, it’s able to control your lights, appliances, thermostat, or any whole room in your home from anywhere in the world. This means you can pair the app with the WeMo Mini, Nest, Amazon Echo, Google Home, or other compatible devices to control your smart home features. This will allow you to turn on your lights before you get home, or set them to turn on and off automatically. This will also make it look like your home, even when you’re not. In addition, WeMo is also compatible with IFTTT so the possibilities are literally endless.

Wink App

The Wink home automation app is compatible with hundreds of different smart products and any one of them, when paired with the Wink app, will allow you to remotely monitor, access, and control your lights, door locks,  thermostat, as well as receive sensor alerts. These alerts will notify you when an event is detected,  such as motion, opened windows or doors, fire, smoke, front door visitors (so you can unlock the door remotely), unlocked doors or garage doors(so you can lock them remotely). And, this app lets you control these features from anywhere. In addition, you can also customize shortcuts, set up schedules, and even Robots to work with your smart features.

SmartThings App

The SmartThings home automation app, you can monitor, access, and control your home’s smart features including the lights, locks, garage door, doorbell, motion and water leak sensors, and other devices using the Samsung SmartThings Hub. In addition, it’s compatible with a variety of other Z-Wave or ZibBee chipped devices.


The IFTTT (If This, Then That) app works with over 400 apps, including Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, Google Drive and more. In addition, IFTTT also works with devices such as Alexa, Nest, Philips, Google Home and others. This applet helps to access all the smart features around you using voice controlled devices. It also helps keep you informed using major publications such as The New York Times, etc. You can also receive the weather, message your friends, receive Craigslist (and other) alerts, home security alerts, streamline your social media, backup important files, pictures and other valuable information to a cloud storage option such as Dropbox or Google Drive. You can also remotely control your thermostat, and trigger events based on your current location.

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Fire Protection Systems

The seconds it takes for a fire to spread and intensify can mean the difference between life and death and destruction. It makes sense then, that your home’s fire protection system must be up to speed. Wireless fire protection and alarm monitoring is the fastest, most reliable option to protect your family, home and valuables, even when you are not there.

How Fire Protection Systems Work

Wireless fire alarms throughout your home are programmed to signal an alarm at the first sign of fire to alert occupants, contact the homeowner, and/or alert the monitoring service. Without fire monitoring, when the alarm sounds in the home, it is up to the occupants to assess the situation and call the fire department. If the system is set up so the homeowner is remotely monitoring the home security system, the homeowner receives the message and determines whether to contact the fire department. If the fire protection system is monitored by a customer monitoring service, the agent on duty dispatches emergency services to your home.

Benefits of Wireless Fire Alarms

The preservation of family, home and valuables are benefited enough for anybody to have fire alarm protection and monitoring, but there are a few other built-in perks.

  • Save money—the cost of property loss exceeds billions of dollars every year, and save up to 20% on home insurance.
  • Save time on installation—wireless alarm installation makes it an easy do-it-yourself project with no harmful drilling through walls.
  • Stay connected—by always being “on call” with your monitoring system or service, you will know of a fire threat immediately
  • Fastest dispatch of emergency services 24/7, even when nobody’s home

How to Choose a Fire Protection System

Once you’ve determined the specific needs of your home and family, choose several reputable products and monitoring services to investigate and compare. Among the first questions to ask is whether the service will work with an existing home and fire protection system.

Options to consider:

  • Does the service provide annual testing and inspection of the system?
  • Are the fire monitoring service agents professionally trained to handle emergency situations?
  • Does the service offer convenient homeowner contact methods such as web-enabled smartphone, pad, computer, cell phone, or keychain?
  • Can additional protective devices be added later?
  • Is the monitoring system easy and convenient enough for even the youngest and oldest family members?
  • Are alternative power and communication back-ups and routes available?
  • If your home is empty for long hours or you travel frequently, a monitoring service is likely best.

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