Monthly Archives: March 2012

2GIG’s “sleek” panel is “elegant,” The WSJ says


The Wall Street Journal just gave a nice nod to 2GIG, touting the 2GIG Alarm Kit in a recent technology article.

In the piece entitled, “Safe at Home,” which is about easy-to-install, tech-friendly security systems and written by Michael Hsu, the WSJ singles out 2GIG’s alarm system in this way:

You can’t judge an alarm system by how it looks, but the 2GIG Alarm Kit’s control panel is so much more elegant than any other security solution out there, it’s hard to justify devoting the wall space to anything else. Instead of a clunky keypad that makes you feel like you’re working the midnight shift at a convenience store, the 2GIG control panel is a sleek white box with a color touchscreen.

And Hsu says it’s easy to install and he also noted other features he likes about the product of 2GIG, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based home security systems developer, such as:

The best part about 2GIG is how it integrates with the rest of your house. By adding compatible devices, like a thermostat and lamp module, you can have the system lower the heat and turn lights on or off when you arm the system

The 2GIG panel is at the heart of the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system. For more information call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Crash and Smash Protection



Most security systems are programmed to have a brief delay before going off when you walk in the back door. This 30 second delay or more gives you time to disarm the system and prevent a false alarm.

What would happen if a burglar came into your home and heard the control box beeping? What if he knocked it off the wall or otherwise demolished it to prevent it from calling?

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system includes patented technology from its partner Alarm.com called “Crash and Smash” Protection

With Alarm.com’s exclusive technology, security system destruction can be detected during the entry delay, dialer delay or alarm dialing process, ensuring that even if an intruder is able to locate and disable a control panel in a “Crash & Smash” attack, Alarm.com will still be able to send a signal to the central station for help. Even better, Alarm.com’s advanced technology enables the use of important false alarm reduction features, without compromising security in the event of a real intrusion.

About Burns & McBride

Burns & McBride Home Comfort was founded in 1949 and is committed to providing dependable home comfort and safety services to homeowners throughout the Delaware alley. In addition to home security sales through its unique Smart, Safe Home system, it also provides homeowners with HVAC services, heating oil delivery and waste and recycling services. For more information on Burns & McBride please call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Severe Weather Alerts – Standard on Smart, Safe Home System


Customers will now be alerted by their Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home security control panel when severe weather is headed their way

Burns & McBride Home Comfort and Alarm.com today announced the release of new Severe Weather Alerts that provides customers advanced warning of impending severe weather in their area. Alarm.com tracks severe weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service and provides real-time alerts to customers when a severe weather warning is issued near their home or business. Things like flooding, thunderstorm, high wind  or hurricane warnings will be sent out to you automatically. The alerts are integrated with Alarm.com’s proven technology platform and are delivered directly to the customer’s security control panel giving them additional time to seek protection from dangerous weather conditions.

Alarm.com technology is standard on every Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system.

Since 2000, Alarm.com has been the leading provider of interactive security services for homes and businesses. This new capability extends beyond the traditional property line to alert people of external events which could put their families and belongings at risk. Many people are caught off-guard in severe weather situations because they are not listening to the radio or watching TV when a weather warning is issued. Alarm.com’s  Severe Weather Alerts ensure that if a person is inside their home or business he or she will be forewarned when a tornado, tsunami or fire is headed their way.

“Our goal is to use innovative technology to improve the safety and security of people and their property.  With Severe Weather Alerts we recognized a very valuable way to leverage our capability of having the security system in the home be connected with external events like severe weather conditions.” said Alarm.com CEO, Steve Trundle. “By developing new capabilities like Severe Weather Alerts we strive to give people more time to react and help reduce the number of people harmed during these unfortunate events.”

Burns & McBride, deployed Severe Weather Alerts throughout their customer base this spring and is including it on a standard feature on their Smart, Safe Home system.
Tom McBride of Burns & McBride, recognized the impact and benefit Severe Weather Alerts could have for Burns & McBride customers. “We worked closely with our partners, 2Gig Technology and Alarm.com on the release of this life saving feature to our customers. . This potentially life-saving feature is just one more way that we accomplish our company mission of protecting families.”

Burns & McBride and Alarm.com is committed to developing innovative products and features to increase security, safety and convenience for their customers.  For more information on Alarm.com’s products, services and technology, visit www.alarm.com.


About Alarm.com

Alarm.com, founded in 2000, is the industry leading technology provider of interactive security solutions. Through advanced wireless monitoring, mobile and web-based services, and a proven hosted services platform, Alarm.com helps protect hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout the United States and Canada. Alarm.com’s products and services are offered exclusively through a network of over 2,000 licensed and authorized Security Dealers. Alarm.com’s headquarters is located in Vienna, VA. For more information, visit www.alarm.com.

About Burns & McBride

Burns & McBride Home Comfort was founded in 1949 and is committed to providing dependable home comfort and safety services to homeowners throughout the Delaware alley. In addition to home security sales through its unique Smart, Safe Home system, it also provides homeowners with HVAC services, heating oil delivery and waste and recycling services. For more information on Burns & McBride please call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Z Wave Technology Appears in Apple’s iPhone Commercial


A recent Apple commercial features some of the benefits you recieve with Z-Wave Technology

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system uses Z-wave technology to control your lights, thermostat, locks and even appliances from anywhere. It is a standard feature of the system.

To learn more about this unique system call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www,burnsandmcbride.com

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Home Security 101 – What is “Z-Wave”?


Z-Wave: The New Standard in Wireless Remote Control

Z-Wave makes any home a “smart home” – quickly, easily and affordably! Z-Wave is a wireless system that lets all your home electronics “talk” to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets – sort of like a baby monitor. Z-Wave control can be added to almost any electronic device in your house, even devices that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as “intelligent,” such as appliances, window shades, thermostats and home lighting.

 

Z-Wave ties all your home electronics into one integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be  added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your device gets joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers.

And Z-Wave lets you control these devices in ways that give you complete command even when you’re not at home yourself. You can control your Z-Wave household remotely from a PC and the Internet from anywhere in the world…even through your cell phone!

• Z-Wave Is Simple – Z-Wave control is easily added to almost any device in minutes. Simply plug the device you want to control into a Z-Wave module, and “join” it to your Z-Wave network!

• Z-Wave Is Modular – With Z-Wave, you can add as much or as little home control as you want over time.  You can add Z-Wave to a device, a room, a floor or the entire home, according to your needs and desires.

• Z-Wave Is Affordable – Unlike costly whole-home control systems that need special wiring and professional installation, Z-Wave is accessible and easy for the do-it-yourselfer.

• Z-Wave Is Powerful – Z-Wave’s intelligent mesh networking ‘understands” the present status of any enabled device, and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual control commands you want.

• Z-Wave Is Versatile – Z-Wave can be added to almost anything in your home that uses electricity, and gives you the power to control or monitor them from your home or away from home.

• Z-Wave Is Intelligent – Z-Wave enabled devices can work together as a team.  Have your garage door turn on your house lights when you come home. Have your door locks notify you when your children arrive home from school. Turn your downstairs lights off from upstairs.  Create your own intelligent control “scenes” with Z-Wave!

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system uses Z-wave technology to tie things like locks, thermostats and lights together so that you can control them whether you are home or away. To learn more about Burns & McBride’s Smart, Safe Home can help you – callus at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Try the Smart, Safe Home System For Yourself


As we’ve talked with homeowners, we’ve learned that there is no substitute for actually trying the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system and finding out just what it can do.

Our technicians have put together a demonstration kit that we can bring to you. It shows you how the system can protect your home, lock and unlock doors, adjust the thermostat and even turn lights on and off.

The best thing is that you can run the system yourself and get the feel of how easy it is to use

Great job guys in putting this together

Call us today at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com. We’ll be happy to schedule a time that’s convenient for you to actually try this system out.

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How Can You See The Smart, Safe Home System In Operation?


The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system can do all sorts of things but at its core it provides affordable home security,  pays for the monthly monitoring cost with energy savings while not requiring any long term contracts.

We believe that the best way to understand how this system works is to spend 30 minutes actually using the system.

We’ve put together a demonstration kit that we can bring to anyone’s home. In 30 minutes, you’ll learn how the system can provide dependable home security for burglary, fire and carbon monoxide and also open and close doors, turn lights on or off by actually using the system. We think you will be as impressed as we are. with how simple it is to use

Call us today at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com. We’ll be happy to visit at a time which is convenient for you

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