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Using home automation as a security tool


We often get asked what we think home automation is for.  Some of the answers we give are obvious: It allows you to access your home more easily. Or it lets you manage your energy use more efficiently. Both of these are good answers, but we’d like to explore one aspect of home automation that people sometimes forget: security.

Using home automation as a security tool is easy, and we aren’t just talking about the security system that may come with your home automation package. Here are five specific home automation technologies that have really enhanced the safety of your home:

  1. Door locks—Automatic door locks are good for much more than locking your doors from anywhere. It’s great to glance at your phone and know for sure that the house is locked up when not there. Your door locks can send me notifications if anything changes. If one of the kids unlocks a door, you get a text message telling you exactly who is home and which door they used. That’s the beauty of personal codes for your locks: each family member or friend has their own number to get in, so you know exactly who’s in your house and when.
  2. Lights—Can your lights be a tool to prevent break-ins? Absolutely. The biggest deterrent for intruders is someone being home, so you can program your lighting/small appliance controls to turn lights on and off automatically. Whether the family is on vacation or just out for the night, arming the system after dark triggers lights to turn on in different parts of the house at different times so it looks like someone is actually walking through the house.
  3. Motion Detectors with Built in Camera- A recent development is the general availability of Motion detectors with built in cameras, allowing homeowners to view “snapshots” of what’s happening in their homes from their smartphones or other devices. Now if the motion detector is tripped, you will get a photograph of what tripped it.
  4. Geofencing-See our article on alarm.com’s new “Geo-fencing” program which reminds you to arm your system when you leave home
  5. Cameras—Cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your home and always know what’s going on. You can check in on your kids or pets, take a look at the house while you’re on vacation, and much more. Your security system will most likely scare off an intruder, but having security camera footage increases your chances of knowing who broke into your house. That means you’ll be able to take appropriate action against home intruders and prevent them from breaking into other houses.

All of these tools give families and parents a valuable chance to stay connected with their homes. Home automation can help you experience the emotional safety of knowing what your kids are doing and when they’re coming and going.  Yes, home automation is about connecting technology and making your life more convenient and simple, but we want people to realize how versatile home automation can be. You can use your system in many different ways, so get creative and explore the possibilities.

About Burns & McBride

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.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 – call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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History Repeats: 2GIG Technologies Wins Top National Honors Again


2012 Overall Maximum Impact Award at Electronic Security Expo

2GIG also won Best Alarm Equipment: Wireless Alarm Systems for Go! 2.0 Panel.

After winning a host of major industry awards in 2011, including top honors at the Electronic Security Expo, 2Gig Technologies did it again, taking the overall prize at the 2012 maximum Impact Awardsheld at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX)  in Nashville, TN. The company`s Go! 2.0 next generation control panel was chosen as Best Overall Product by a distinguished panel of judges drawn from the leadership and ranks of ESX’s owner/sponsor associations, the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA). In addition, the Go! 2.0 was named Best Alarm Equipment in the Wireless Alarm System category.

“The products and services honored with a Maximum Impact Award this year are delivering true value to security integration and monitoring companies,” says John Cerasuolo, President of ESX All Star Host Company ADS Security and a member of this year’s voting panel.

According to Lance Dean, Co-Founder of 2GIG Technologies, “It is a little surreal but we are extremely proud to have won ESX’s overall Maximum Impact Award two years in a row. Our customers challenged us to continue innovating and to stay ahead of the competition. We answered with our Go!2.0 platform, and this award validates our efforts. This is another game-changer for our industry.”

2GIG’s Go! 2.0 panel includes a 7” color touch screen and expands upon the functionality and ease of use of the original Go! Control system. Go! 2.0 includes enhanced energy management diagnostics and home automation tools, support of multiple HD cameras, and an on-board DVR for storing and playback of video feeds. Go! 2.0 is the perfect solution for the step-up residential and small commercial markets.

The Maximum Impact Awards showcase products and services that help security integration and monitoring companies meet their customer needs and grow their profits, while placing a critical perspective on the impact that new and recently introduced products and services have on security integration and monitoring businesses.

The 2Gig Go!Control is the heart of the Burns &McBride Safe, Smart Home system.

About 2GIG Technologies. Formed in 2007, 2GIG Technologies designs and manufactures the most technologically-advanced residential security and home management solutions in the industry. 2GIG’s Go!Control — the first self-contained, all-in-one security and home management system — was named Security Product of the Year by the Consumer Electronics Association and received the Electronic Security Expo’s top honor, the Maximum Impact Award, in 2011. 2GIG Technologies is a Principal Member of the Z-Wave Alliance, which enables 2GIG to provide customers with one of the most innovative, interactive home security platforms on the market. 2GIG Technologies is committed to providing consumers with the flexibility and cost-effective technology necessary to manage their home automation and security functions from the panel’s LCD touch-screen display, the Internet, or their PDA. For more information about 2GIG Technologies, please visit www.2gig.com.

About CSAA. The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is a trade association representing providers, users, bureaus, and other agencies of UL-Listed and/or FM-Approved Central Station protection services. It is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress, regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry. Now in its 61styear, CSAA continues to serve its members’ interests in an ever-increasing variety of ways. The CSAA may be reached at 703-242-4670 or on the Web at www.csaaul.org.

About ESA. Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chartered chapters, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.

About Burns & McBride

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.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 – call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

Z-Wave® is a registered trademark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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Saving Money on Energy This Summer


Our Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system can save you money on your energy bills this summer – and for years to come

How?

With the warmer weather on us, people are switching their thermostats from “heat” to “cool.” We all know that the air conditioner is a killer when it comes to your monthly energy bills. You could probably get away with leaving a light on, maybe a fan but when your family leaves the home with the air conditioner running the entire time, you’re going to come home from your family vacation to a HUGE monthly bill and that’s no fun! As if family vacations weren’t expensive enough, the last thing you want to worry about is if you can afford to return home.

Burns & McBride is a leader in simple, affordable Home Automation. Our Smart, Safe Home System lets you remotely control your home from your cell phone, tablet or laptop.

Imagine if you will leaving your home for work in the morning while forgetting to turn off your coffee pot, hallway light or even the TV. No problem; pull out your phone, fire up the Safe, Smart Home app and turn them all off with only your thumb while stepping into your office 20 miles away. Yes, it’s that easy!

Energy Management
Remotely control your lights, thermostat, small appliances, large appliances and more with the click of a button through your iPhone or Adroid, iPad or tablet, laptop and even your work computer. Plus every time you arm your system, you can automatically raise or lower the thermostat with our exclusive energy management rules.

Savings to Smile
Most customers report an minimum average savings of $25 a month on their energy bill. Hot weather calls for air conditioning and with our Smart, Safe Home package you get a new thermostat that works seamlessly when controlled from your smart phone, tablet or even your laptop computer. Yes, you can control your thermostat from your cell phone while away from home.

Savings in Your Hands
It’s a hot one outside and you’ve been running errands ALL day long, now you’re looking forward to getting home and sitting in the air conditioning. You pull out your phone, access your thermostat from the  app and get the cool air flowing and ready for you while you drive home.

Playing Warden
You had to work late, and the kids are at home by themselves. They’re supposed to be doing homework instead they are on the XBOX 360 with their friends. You pull out your phone, access the TV / XBOX 360 from your Safe, Smart Home app and shut it all off. Next, give them a call at home and warn them that it’s now time to start their homework.

Added Bonuses
As if you needed another reason save money, the Safe, Smart Home package includes 24 hour Home Security. So not only are you controlling your lights, small appliances and the temperature of your home but you will also be able to control the cameras, the door locks and monitor it all from your phone, tablet or even your laptop.

About Burns & McBride

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.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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