Know How Your Security Devices Communicate
Communication is important, especially so when it comes to assembling a smart home or smart security network. You need your devices to be able to communicate with each other, and so this blog is here to help you understand the different types of communication methods used throughout the automation and security industry.
Where Burglars Most Commonly Break Into Homes
Feeling safe with the assurance that our personal belongings are secure in our homes may be something we rarely think about. When we leave our homes, we tend to focus only on locking the front door, while forgetting at times that windows are left open, garage and back doors are left unlocked, and the trees and bushes along the house have not been trimmed, leaving plenty of places for burglars to hide. Why do we do such things?
Improve Home Security with Home Automation
Home security has changed for the better with the integration of home automation systems. There is so much you can do nowadays besides just having a video surveillance system installed in your home. With so many home automation controllers and hundreds of different smart devices available at your disposal, you can literally set up your smart home in many creative ways to work against unwanted intruders. Combining your home security system with other home automation devices allows you to create unique scenes to occur when certain security sensors are triggered. Plus, many home automation systems can be accessed, controlled, and monitored with a mobile app, which means receiving alerts and notifications over the phone of all the activity that is happening at home so you can react and notify the authorities if needed.
NVR vs DVR Surveillance Systems: What’s the Difference?
When it comes to setting up a video surveillance system for your home or office, you’ll need to decide on what type of system to use: NVR or DVR? Which is better, or more importantly, which system is better suited for your needs? Both types of systems pretty much provide the same thing – a video recording of an observed area – but each system goes about it in a different way.
Optimal Locations for Home Security Cameras
We will never be able to predict exactly how or when a burglary will take place. However, we can take preventative actions to avoid or minimize losses from these home invasions by adding security devices to protect our homes. Security cameras are one of the most important home break-in deterrents available and can also provide important video evidence to identify thieves and learn about vulnerable areas on a property.
Use Home Automation to Check On Your Kids
Besides making life easier and more secure at home, smart automation and security devices can also be used to help keep tabs on your kids. There are many parents, both single and married, that have to work full-time jobs and can’t always be home at the same time their kids are home, especially after school.
How Do I Build a Smart Home with Home Security?
Building a smart home with home security is not as hard as it would seem. There are plenty of home automation controllers that already include home security features that make it easy for you to connect to a variety of smart security devices. From smart door locks with keyless access control to door/window sensors that will notify you as soon as they’re triggered, there is a wide range of security devices to choose from that can easily connect to compatible automation controllers.
Protect Your Packages with Amazon and Chamberlain In-Garage Delivery
For many of us, receiving Amazon packages in the mail is a common occurrence, and we all often wonder how we can ensure our packages will be safe from drive-by package thieves and porch pirates. Some use surveillance cameras to keep an eye on their packages and others may have smart locks on their gates or patio doors to temporarily unlock to let deliverers drop off packages.
Introducing Ezlo Plus and Ezlo Secure: The Most Compatible Smart Home Hubs
Home Controls is proud to introduce Vera’s newest and most powerful automation hubs: The Vera Ezlo Plus and the Vera Ezlo Secure. These two smart home automation hubs feature groundbreaking automation features and the latest Z-Wave software to create two of the most powerful, versatile, and compatible smart home hubs in the industry.
Stay Safe at Work with High Temperature, Mask, and Face Recognition
Keeping employees safe at work during the Covid-19 pandemic has become a challenge for small and large businesses alike; and as the U.S. and other countries do their best to flatten the curve of this pandemic, unfortunately, it’s not going away any time soon. In the meantime, essential companies are looking for safer and easier ways to ensure everyone entering their properties is properly wearing masks and does not have elevated body temperatures. Speco Technologies has found a solution.
Available Now: Exclusive Surveillance Kit Including the Camect Hub and Seco-Larm Outdoor IP Cameras
Home Controls is partnering with Camect and Seco-Larm to provide an affordable surveillance system kit that is perfect for new or pre-existing security applications. The Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub with Weatherproof 5MP IP Bullet Cameras kit consists of the Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub, and either a group of Seco-Larm Enforcer 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Turret Cameras or 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Bullet Cameras.
Now Offering HAVEN Locks and Home Security Devices
Home Controls now offers home security and access control devices from HAVEN, the makers of the one-of-a-kind HAVEN Lock.
Tips for Installing IP Surveillance Cameras
Installing an IP surveillance camera system can be a daunting task, especially when it’s for a large home or business. There are a variety of things to consider, such as how many cameras (indoors and outdoors) will be installed and whether or not the cameras will be connected wirelessly or with cables. So before your start drilling holes and mounting cameras, we put together two lists of helpful tips for installing IP surveillance cameras so that you can avoid potential pitfalls and get the very best out of your video surveillance system.
How to Upgrade From Analog to IP Surveillance
Surveillance systems made up of IP cameras and networked recording equipment are rapidly growing in popularity over analog surveillance systems for numerous reasons. As such, homeowners who have traditional analog systems are wondering how they can make the upgrade from analog to IP.
Yale Digital Locks Make Keyless Entry Easy
Expanding our selection of top-quality electronic door locks, Home Controls is proud to announce that we now offer the latest Z-Wave deadbolts and leversets from Yale Security. As part of the Yale Real Living product line, these residential locks bring over a century of innovation to the modern, connected home.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for the Holidays
Smoke alarms save lives. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to tell you when to get to safety.
Add Smoke Detection to Your Z-Wave Smart Home with First Alert
Home Controls has expanded our collection of First Alert products with the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector. Now you can receive notifications for smoke and CO alarms through your Z-Wave system.
Fibaro Comes To Home Controls
Several innovative and select Fibaro Z-Wave Sensors and controllers are now available at Home Controls. With multiple award-winning products, Fibaro has become one of the leading Z-Wave manufacturers in the home automation and security industries. The company has been lauded time and time again for bringing uniquely innovative Z-Wave solutions to people across the globe. Introduce your home to your imagination through Fibaro.