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Home security has become about much more than just security.


Trends in the Home Security Industry

15-20 years ago people paid a huge, upfront cost ($3K-10K) for their home security systems, and the technology they used was a basic, hardwired panel over a land line that would notify the central station of the emergency through a dialup connection. At this point, only about 5% of homes had security systems. Then, about 10 years later, APX Alarm and others came along and made home security more affordable, but the technology had remained basically the same, with the only major upgrade being wireless technology.

But in the last 3 years, technology has exploded. Now everyone is doing everything on their smart phones, like money transfers, Facebook and Skype; but until recently, the security industry had remained the same. This was mainly because upgrading the technology would require the larger security companies to go out and make those system changes for all of their millions of customers, and there was enough pressure on the industry that nobody wanted to change.

Our Vision

When we chose 2-Gig and Alarm.com as our partners, we asked ourselves, “What do we believe is the future for home security?” Since so many people have ditched their land lines for cell phones, we wanted to use a cellular technology that would allow people without a land line to:

  • Communicate through a two-way voice panel
  • Have the peace of mind that their system would never be disabled because someone cut their phone line
  • Receive automatic updates to their system software without having to schedule an appointment with a tech

When we designed our “Safe, Smart” home security system, we envisioned a beautiful color touch-screen panel that would become a platform in the home to serve the family and allow them to conveniently control their home. In other words, we wanted more than a mere home security system; we wanted a service system that would be able to do many different jobs for the customer.

We wanted our customers to be able to use their computers and smart phones to arm and disarm their system, check on their kids, receive notifications, view video surveillance, adjust their thermostat, turn the coffee pot on, and control their lights and door locks. we wanted a simple to operate, affordable system which would let homeowners take advantage of our years of HVAC experience to reduce their energy footprint.

Living the Dream

What started as a dream is now a reality for our customers!

Have your kids ever forgotten to lock the door when they run out? Mine do. But right now on my phone I can check to make sure all my doors are locked, and I can turn off all my lights and appliances with a touch of a button. Getting locked out of my house will never be a problem for me again. I can program a timer on my lights when we are gone on vacation.

The energy management, 2 way voice, home automation and severe weather alert services have added a lot of value to the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe home security system. People are experiencing this value and embracing it and, because of this, other companies are adopting similar technology. The percentage of people who have security systems in their homes has now grown to around 20%

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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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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Smart, Safe Home Package Is Now Standard on Burns & McBride HVAC Installations!


We are delighted to announce that the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system is now a standard feature on our heating and cooling equipment installations.

This system makes any new HVAC system better by improving energy savings when you are away from home while at the same time offering protection from burglary, fire and other life safety events.

Among the energy saving features of the Smart, Safe Home system are:

  • Automatically turns the heat down or the cooling up when you leave home and arm the system to perfectly match energy savings with your active lifestyle and save money on energy bills
  • Sends you a text message if there is a problem with the heating or cooling while you’re away
  • Turns the furnace blower off if the smoke alarm goes off to prevent smoke damage
  • Provides 24/7 life safety monitoring for life safety issues like burglary, fire or carbon monoxide dangers.
  • And more…

The Smart, Safe Home system includes the Go!Control control module featuring the latest and most advanced security and home management solution in the industry featuring:

Color touch-screen interface

Intuitive, user-friendly interface is found on the Go!Control panel, your computer (internet) and web-enabled phone – providing you with access when and where you need it.

GSM (cellular) radio

The most reliable communication option available in the industry.  No more concern with cut phone lines or the elimination of residential phone lines altogether. Exclusive “smash and grab” protection sends an alarm signal even if a burlar tries to destroy the Go!control panel.

Integrated two-way voice

Go!Control allows the central station to listen in and talk to the homeowner when a signal is received.

(3) Thin Door/Window Contact

(1) Passive Infrared Motion Detector

(1) 4-Button Key Ring Remote

(1) Honeywell Programmable “Smart” Z-Wave Smart Thermostat

(1) Yard sign and set of window decals

Switches, locks, light controls and other Z-wave devices can easily be added.

We Install It –  Unlike some Do It Yourself security systems who send you the pieces in a box, your equipment new system will be installed by a trained Burns & McBride technician. These systems are very simple to operate but they are sophisticated – particularly when it comes to tying them into your heating and cooling equipment.

We Support It  – with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the equipment during the first year, we will remove the equipment and return all of your money.

For more information on this program, call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com

The Smart, Safe Home system is just one more way that we at Burns & McBride are helping homeowners save money by using energy as wisely as possible while making their home’s safe and comfortable.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Why Invest in a Smart, Safe Home System?


Our job here at Burns & McBride is to help homeowners save money by using energy as wisely as possible while making their home’s safe and comfortable.

Our Smart, Safe Home system can make any HVAC system better.

By taking advantage of the energy management features in the Smart, Safe Home system we can match your energy use to your active lifestyle by automatically turning the heat back every time you arm the system. We can do that for any customer – whether they have solid equipment or older equipment. If you have older equipment, we can install the Smart, Safe Home system now so that you can start saving today. The system can be transferred at no charge to most new systems when you are ready to upgrade the HVAC equipment

imageTake a look at these pie charts from the U.S. Department of Energy, the biggest chunk of energy consumption in the average U.S. home is devoted to heating and cooling systems at 43 percent. That figure represents a strong opportunity for us to effect change for our customers’ bills with smart thermostats.

Eleven percent of all electrical consumption is devoted to lighting. Obviously, lighting control can cut those bills. Finally, 7.4 percent of usage comes from electronics, so use of Energy Star components with low phantom power draws is another way to help clients.

Take a monthly energy bill of $450 – what would savings of 15 percent in lighting ($6.66/month), 10 percent in electronics ($2.96/month) and 16 percent in HVAC ($30.96/month) be over time?

In addition to the benefits of home security, fire and carbon monoxide protection and other interactive features – you can see dramatic energy savings

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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What is the Smart, Safe Home Package?


We have smart phones and smart cars, but smart homes have seemed out of the reach of the average person. But now new technology coupled with our 62 years of experience in home services has brought affordable, home management to the public.

Burns & McBride is pleased to introduce the most technologically advanced security and yet affordable home automation solution available today.

Taking advantage of the experience we’ve gained in home comfort since 1949, our Smart, Safe Home System protects your family from life safety emergencies such as fire or burglary, controls your heating and cooling system to help to reduce your energy bills with “Smart” thermostats and lets you manage your home remotely. Our state-of-the-art system offers you the versatility and peace of mind you need to secure your home and protect your budget with the touch of a button – even from your mobile phone.

Simply More than Security

As a Burns & McBride home security customer you’ll enjoy all of these valuable benefits:

  • Simple, affordable technology saves money on your energy bills and provides 24/7 security monitoring
  • Home automation – You can remotely control your thermostats, lights and other appliances to minimize your energy use, so that the energy savings can pay for the system!
  • Around-the-clock 24/7 monitoring by one of the country’s leading central stations with a 60 second response time for emergencies like fire, burglary or carbon monoxide
  • Remote Security – You can control your system and receive real time notifications about activity in your home from almost anywhere, even your mobile phone
  • Savings of up to 10% on your homeowner’s insurance premiums
  • Text messages for things like doors opening or closing (know when the kids got home from school)
  • Monitored Heating and Cooling Sensors – Your system automatically notifies us of heating or air conditioning problems, even if you aren’t home. As a home security customer, you move to the top of the list, and the next available qualified technician will be sent to remedy the problem.
  • No long term contract required

We Install It –  Unlike some Do It Yourself security systems who send you the pieces in a box, your equipment new system will be installed by a trained Burns & McBride technician. These systems are very simple to operate but they are sophisticated – particularly when it comes to tying them into your heating and cooling equipment.

We Support It with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the equipment during the first year, we will remove the equipment and return all of your money.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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