Monthly Archives: June 2012

Introducing the Smart, Safe Home iPad App


Our new iPad app has launched!  While the app doesn’t offer any additional functionality (because the current app offers full control already), it does make the experience a lot better by taking advantage of the full resolution of that beautiful new display on the iPad. Here are some of the reasons why we like controlling our home from our iPad:

  • The big screen: Let’s face it; the iPad screen is beautiful and offers a lot of room to have multiple controls and notifications on one screen. Now you can navigate your system remotely without having to tap through multiple screens, which makes the experience a bit faster and more fluid.  The app also works seamlessly in landscape and portrait mode.
  • Multiple video feeds: Now you can view all your video feeds simultaneously and enjoy much easier access to pan and tilt controls and recordings. You can quickly open, delete, or protect triggered video clips—all on the same screen.
  • Centralized access: Along with multiple video clips, the iPad also allows you to control everything in your home all at once. You can check the status of your locks, thermostat, lights, and appliances and change their status quickly, each  on their own screen. You can also see all of your lights and Z-Wave appliances with limited scrolling.
  • System history: As you click around on the app, it will show you the history of related items and help you remember where you’ve been and what you’ve changed. The app also allows you to sort your saved video clips with event and video filters.  The system history will automatically adjust and scroll to show the history events related to the screen you are currently viewing.

Nothing can take the place of a picture though.

Security

You can arm or disarm your home right from your iPad. You can see the history of what has happened with the system on the right side of the screen.

Thermostat

Raise or lower your thermostat remotely.

Locks

Lock or unlock the door remotely. You might want to let a serviceperson into your home while you are away. You can also see when the door was locked or unlocked in the right side of the screen.

Electrical Items Such as Lights

You can control lights and other electrical items from your iPad. Turn lights on or off – or even dim the bulbs. Or you might want to turn a coffeepot on before you come home.

Video

Cameras can be added to your system very easily. Check on kids or pets while you’re away.

Our job is to provide essential services to homeowners. one of those essential services is home security and automation. We provide affordable home automation to help protect families, allow them to use energy more wisely and simplify their lives.

About Burns & McBride

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. Burns & McBride has been providing essential home services since 1949. 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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Z-Wave Wireless Home Control Module Goes Incognito


To connect lamps and appliances to your Z-Wave network, you used to plug a module into your power receptacle and then plug your lamp/appliance into the module. Now, Z-Wave has an in-wall receptacle, making it unobtrusive.

z-wave receptacle

Wireless Control In-Wall Split Receptacle

The Evolve Wall Receptacle replaces standard wall receptacles. The receptacle contains one Z-Wave AC outlet and one standard AC outlet. An LED shows feedback that the controlled device is working.

The duplex receptacle enables wireless control of on/off functions for standard incandescent table and floor lamps, fluorescent table and floor lamps, and small appliances. It replaces your current electrical outlet, uses your existing wiring, and provides a Z-Wave enabled outlet for the lamp/appliance that you would like to control and a regular pass-through AC outlet for other electrical devices.

The receptacle requires in-wall installation with hard-wired connections.

Any device displaying the Z-Wave logo can be incorporated in your Z-Wave network. Since Z-Wave operates on RF frequencies and every device is a repeater, the more devices you use, the better your network functions.

About Burns & McBride

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. Burns & McBride has been providing essential home services since 1949. 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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What the Heck is “Z-Wave”?


Z-Wave lets you build your home control system as your needs grow.

Z-Wave Video

Start with one module

As just one example, let’s say you started by adding Z-Wave remote control to your home lights. You can easily program them to shut off when you’re at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, saving energy and money.

Add more modules as needed

You could then introduce more functions to this basic setup. Just add Z-Wave to your garage door, your home entry, and your home security system. When you arrive from work, push a button and all your Z-Wave devices will work in concert — the garage door will open, your entryways will light up, your security system will recognize you, and your front door will unlock. How’s that for remote control?

Easily build to a complete home control system

Once you’re inside, your home can welcome you with just the mood you want. Z-Wave can have your favorite music playing for you on arrival, and the thermostat set to your preferred temperature. While you were away, Z-Wave made sure the lawn sprinkler watered your lawn on schedule. If it had rained, you could have bypassed the sprinkler from work, from a PC or even a cell phone. When you’re ready to call it a night, a single button could turn off your house lights, activate your security system, turn down the thermostat, lock the doors, turn on the bedroom humidifier, and set up the coffee pot to greet you with a fresh cup when you awake.

All with one button. All added easily and inexpensively to your home. All with no new wiring. And all according to your budget and timetables, to meet your needs and your lifestyle. Z-Wave gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions.

About Burns & McBride

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. Burns & McBride has been providing essential home services since 1949. 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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How to install a Kwikset Z-Wave Lock


Kwikset electro-mechanical locks feature wireless connectivity using Z-Wave. Z-Wave enables the door lock to wirelessly communicate with other devices in the home such as 2GIG’s Go!Control Wireless Alarm.

Installation

Z-Wave locks are LOW POWER devices and must be learned in within 12 inches of the Z-wave controller so that all encrypted data is passed between the lock and the controller. This will insure that the lock is successfully registered.  The inclusion or ADD process should be performed as follows:

  1. Install the keypad portion on the exterior of the door and pass the wiring harness through the deadbolt or lever set hole in the door on the UNDERSIDE of the latch
  2. Place the wire through the appropriate hole in the back-plate per the included installation instructions
  3. Mount the steel back-plate to the interior section of the door and install the two bolts that will sandwich the keypad and back-plate to the door
  4. BEFORE plugging in the wiring harness, take the INTERIOR SECTION of the lock that houses the Z-wave card and the battery pack over to the installed Z-wave controller for local programming
  5. Install the battery pack and wait 10 seconds for the beeps to complete
  6. Place the controller into “ADD DEVICE” mode
  7. Hold the interior section of the lock within 12 inches of the controller
  8. Press the top left little white button on the rear of the lock for 1 second and the red light on the Z-wave card should illuminate through the paper labeling
  9. Once the lock is successfully added and shows up on the controllers display, KEEP THE LOCK WITHIN 12 INCHES of the controller for 60 seconds. This will allow for all of the locks data and encryption information to be successfully passed to the controller.
  10. After 60 seconds, install the INTERIOR SECTION of the lock by attaching the wiring harness and installing the two screws that secure it to the back-plate
  11. Perform a test of the lock by attempting to lock and unlock the lock via the controller or via alarm.com to confirm successful communication

Please keep in mind that Z-wave is a “Wireless mesh network” and that all Z-wave devices only have a typical range of 30 feet or less depending upon the homes construction and communication path.  It may be necessary for the installer to install a repeatable or beaming Z-wave device (lamp module) to assist in the communications path with the controller.  The more Z-wave devices installed in a home, the more robust the Z-wave network. This is true for locks, lights and thermostats and is not lock only specific.

Troubleshooting

The above process will prevent communication failures between the lock and the controller or erratic operation caused by the installation of a lock that hasn’t been fully programmed and completely recognized by the controller.

On occasion, a lock may fail to operate as designed or programmed because the data transmission during inclusion or “ADD DEVICE” was not 100% successful and the lock may be operating with a controller that does not completely recognize the data being transmitted by the lock.

Utilizing this information, as well as the previous technical bulletin, should help to eliminate most if not all Z-wave lock related issues that an installer may experience when in the field.

Should an installer have the issue described above and experience poor response, erratic operation or no operation, remove the interior section of the lock and take it over to the Z-wave controller.  Initiate a “REMOVE DEVICE” and then initiate an “ADD DEVICE” to reinstall the lock as outlined above to ensure proper and complete communication between the controller and the lock.

Home Connect Information from Kwikset

Available Kwikset Locks

Kwikset Locks Brochure

New Kwikset Locks Contemporary Brochure

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