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How would you like a reminder that you forgot to arm your system?

One of the biggest problem with any alarm system is that people forget to arm it when they leave home. All the benefits of energy management and home security are lost if no one turns the system on. How about if it could send you a note reminding you that you forgot to turn it on?

We are please to announce the launch of Geo-Services technology, powered by Alarm.com as a standard feature of our Smart, Safe Home system. This free service enhancement allows you to make “geo-fences” – radius’s  – around your home, through the use of an iPhone or Android device. The technology sends reminders to users’ iPhone or Android devices to arm their security systems when arriving in or leaving  the preset area or tells you that someone has left the area. You can even set up different sites – maybe work or your child’s school.

With industry technology evolving so quickly, there are many great services available to home security customers. Customers sometimes leave their homes unprotected even though they have a security system in place because they don’t arm it, putting them in harm’s way. This new feature and the convenient one touch app is another layer of protection for users. It is one more way to take advantage of technology simply and afford ably too make your life a little easier.

After creating the “geo-fence,” users customize automatic geographic and time-based arming reminders that are sent to their handheld device when the preset radius is entered or exited. Users can enable this feature through the latest Alarm.com iOS app (v2.1), and the latest Alarm.com Android app (v1.4).

Alarm.com’s initial set of Geo-Services will include a location-based version of the company’s popular Arming Reminders feature, allowing users to receive an alert if they leave their home “geo-fence” without remembering to arm the security system. More features are on the way. Alarm.com’s Geo-Services will be a user set option and also support applications where multiple mobile phones are used to trigger a rule. For example, when both Mom’s and Dad’s mobile phones are outside of the Home geo-fence on a weekday morning, a Geo-Services rule can be triggered to arm the security system, lower the thermostat and turn off all the lights. Users will also be able to define custom geofences around other significant locations like a second home, child’s school, or workplace, enabling more sophisticated rules in the future that look at multiple phone locations relative to multiple geofences to decide whether to change system settings or trigger notifications.

“We are very excited about the applications we can enable by layering location-based services into our security and automation platform,” said Rebecca Davenport, Senior Product Manager at Alarm.com. “By expanding our rules-based automation and notifications to look at location, in addition to other inputs like schedule and device status, we can offer our end user customers greater system flexibility, efficiency and overall value.”

Once this technology is enabled on the customer’s account, a default geo-fence is set up around the system address; you have the option to create additional geofences as well. Arming Reminders, tailored to the customers’ individual needs, are then created for each geo-fence. Customers can specify dates, times, and the recipients of the reminder. To preserve the battery life of the phone, Alarm.com minimizes the use of GPS and relies on cell towers where possible to provide accurate location information.

Here’s how it works:

You can use the Geo-Services page to set up geo-triggered rules based on your phone’s location. To add a geo-device, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the latest version of the Android or iPhone mobile app onto your mobile device.
  2. Log in to your mobile app on any supported phone and enable Geo-Services from the Settings menu.

Once enabling Geo-Services on your phone, you can set up and manage your Geo-Fences, Geo-Devices, and Geo-Features by logging onto your alarm.com web page. Go to the Mobile tab and select Geo-Services

Geo-Fences – By default, a geo-fence is set up around your installation address. From this screen you can edit, add and delete geo-fences.

Edit ~ To edit a geo-fence, click on the fence name or the for the fence you want to edit. Here, you can update the fence location, name and radius. To edit a fence location, click and drag the to a new location on the map or type the address into the text box and click . To edit the fence name, type the new name into the text box under “Fence Name.” You can edit the radius of the fence by clicking and dragging the boundary markers       () to increase/decrease the radius or by manually entering a value in the “Radius” text box. Make sure to click “Save” before navigating to a new page.

  • Add ~ To add a new fence, click on “Add a Fence” and define the location, name and radius as outlined above before clicking “Save.”
  • Delete ~ To delete a fence, click on the fence name and select . Note that deleting a geo-fence will delete any rules or notifications that depend on the fence.

Geo-Devices – Once enabling Geo-Services on a device, it will show up in the Geo-Device list where you can then edit or delete the device.

  • Edit ~ To edit a geo-device, click on the device name. Here, you can edit a device’s name by typing into the text box and clicking “Save.”
  • Delete ~ To delete a geo-device, click on the device name and select . Note that deleting a geo-device will disable Geo-Services on that device and remove it from any rules or notifications that depend on its location.

Geo-Features – the following geo-compatible features are available.

  • Arming Reminders ~ set up an arming reminder to check the arming state of your system when you cross a fence boundary. Go to the Security/Arming Reminders Tab. The Arming Reminders screen allows you to be notified if your system is not armed by a certain time each day.

Add an Arming Reminder

To add an arming reminder, go to the Security tab and choose Arming Reminders. click the “Add a Reminder” link. For each reminder, you need to specify the following parameters:

– 1. Condition: You can set up an arming reminder to check the arming state of your system at a particular time or when you cross a geo-fence boundary. A geo-fence arming reminder can be set up for when you cross a fence at all or specified times.

– 2. Day(s): Check the box(es) under the day(s) of the week you would like to be notified if your system is not armed by the specified time.

You will also need to specify Arming Reminder Recipients. Check the boxes corresponding to the recipients/addresses that should receive Arming Reminders. (Note: To add a new person who can receive notifications, or to add a new email or text message address for someone, go to your online Address Book located under the Notifications tab.)

Be sure to click the “Save” button if you make any changes.

Delete/Edit an Arming Reminder

To delete an Arming Reminder, click the “Delete” link in the row corresponding to the Reminder you would like to remove. To edit an Arming Reminder, click on the “Edit” link in the row corresponding to the Reminder you want to change. When you’re finished editing the rule, click the “Update” link to apply your changes.

Once you’ve setup the geo-fence, you’ll want to create a way for the system to automatically remind you to arm the system. Click on the picture below to see a brief video.

There are some excellent videos on your alarm.com website that explain just how geo0fencing works.

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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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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Advantages of a Wireless Security System

 According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a home robbery occurs every 12 seconds.
While there are many types security system options available in the market today – traditional telephone lines, internet and cellular. Which is best for you?
Burns & McBride can offer five reasons why a wireless home security system using cellular technology is the best. It is the superior option when it comes to providing homeowners with the peace of mind that their homes can remain safe, secure, and connected at all times.
1. Easier to install – A wireless interactive system is much simpler to install than a traditional wired system. For starters, there’s no hassle with running wires and the chances of drilling holes into walls, ceilings, woodwork or concrete are slim. The installation of a wired system can be time consuming and invasive. Also, when choosing to go wireless, the motion detectors, door and window sensors and other equipment products are easy to place wherever you want to keep track of activity.
2. Offers flexible options– For decades, even dating back to the old “tin can” systems, security systems have often been a purchase that only property owners could justify. Not today; wireless systems are so convenient to set up that even as a renter the assurance that your residence is secure with a top of the line system is available. Plus, there’s an added benefit of easy portability enabling homeowners and renters alike to take the complete system with them when moving to a new location. With a wired system, if moving, you’re out of luck.

3. Less vulnerable – Traditional wired home security systems expose the consumer to significant vulnerabilities associated with the power grid, phone lines, or Internet connections. That means whenever there’s a line cut or power outage a wired system becomes inoperable. Wireless security systems are not vulnerable to such scenarios and even have built in battery back-up that continues to keep the home secure even when the power is out. Not only are wireless systems resistant to savvy criminals cutting phone and power lines, the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe home system features patented ” crash and smash protection” and is able to still alert professional monitoring stations even if the security panel is damaged or destroyed.


4. Provides a foundation for whole home solutions – Wireless systems utilize wireless communications over dedicated, secure networks making them ideal for both homes and vacation properties without a land line. With today’s technology your Burns & McBride Smart, Safe home system also provides text notifications and system alerts that keep you aware of what’s happening at home while you’re away.  You can even control your home’s lights, thermostat and door locks through the security system.  Plus you can control all of those features from free mobil apps.

5. Simple to troubleshoot – An added benefit of wireless systems is that if there is an issue that needs attention, it can most frequently be identified and fixed by the installer remotely. Over-the-air system tools enable quick troubleshooting access to the system to find the cause of the problem, without even needing to schedule a technician’s visit. Also, many wireless alarm systems do their own troubleshooting and pro-actively notify you of the problem component, such as low battery alerts for wireless sensors.
Your home is your castle, a place to go at the end of the day to rest, find comfort and have peace of mind. When considering the type of security system to keep your home secure and connected, keep the advantages of a wireless alarm system in mind.

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Your Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home System Can Do That!

With your Go!Control panel and alarm.com account Burns & McBride provides superior wireless security, advanced mobile and web features your old-fashioned alarm could never dream of adding, all 
at a cost in line with traditional alarm systems. And it has never been so easy to use with the new 2gig Go!Control color touch screen control panel. You will love using your system.

What it does

  • Check when the little ones get back from school, or what time your teenager came home last night.
  • Receive instant notification if a medicine cabinet, gun cabinet, liquor cabinet or other dangerous area is opened unexpectedly.
  • Add water sensors to your basement to detect a flood in time to prevent costly damage.
  • See what time the house cleaners arrived and how long they stayed.
  • Turn your thermostat back automatically every time you leave home and arm the system.
  • Unlock your door from work to let the HVAC technician repair the heater.
  • Find out if your teenager spent the afternoon playing video games in the basement or upstairs (hopefully) doing homework.

You can place an activity sensor anywhere inside your home:

  • Front/Back Door
  • Garage Door
  • Teenager’s Bedroom Window Pantry/Food Cabinet
  • Cleaning Supply Closet
  • Medicine Cabinet
  • Gun Cabinet
  • Liquor Cabinet
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Home Office Door
  • Patio Door
  • Pool Gate
  • Tool Shed
  • Home Jewelry Box
  • Safe/Legal Cabinet

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Make Your Home a Burns and McBride “Smart, Safe Home” Today

We at Burns & McBride are delighted to be offering our new Smart/Safe Home program. Using the state of the art Burns & McBride Go!Control panel with Z-wave technology the system opens endless possibilities for home management with amazing affordability.

What is Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a next-generation wireless system that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, through your Burns & McBride Go!Control smart home control panel.  It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets. 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.

How it Works

Z-Wave ties all of your home electronics into an integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be effortlessly added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. Connect any device to the network in seconds and you can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and your Burns & Mcbride Go!Control Smart Home Control Panel.

And Z-Wave lets you control these devices in a way that gives you complete command even when you’re not at home. You can control your Z-Wave household remotely from a PC and any mobile device with internet access from around the world.

Enjoying your smart home

Using your Burns & McBride Go!Control panel you can program your lights to shut off when you’re at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, saving energy and money. When you leave, the system automatically turns the thermostat bask – saving you money. Just add Z-Wave modules to your garage door, your home locks, and your home security system. When you arrive from work, push a button and all your Burns & McBride Smart Home 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?

You can have all this with one button. Your new system is inexpensive and easy to install. No new wiring required. Burns & McBride’s  system gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions to meet your needs and your lifestyle.

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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Home Security 101 – What does a Carbon Monoxide Detector do?

Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent, invisible byproduct of incomplete combustion, so it’s often associated with furnaces and portable heaters. At only medium concentration, CO can cause death in as little as 15 minutes, while much lower levels can harm pregnancies and cause long-term health issues. Death caused by CO inhalation is on the increase. In fact, the AMA (American Medical Association) names CO as the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America.

With over 62 years of experience in the heating and cooling field, we can attest to the importance of a quality CO detector. Any heating equipment, no matter how well maintained, can fail. When it does a properly working CO detector is a must,

Monitored CO Sensors are Best

While the cheaper “plug in” sensors are readily available, there is no substitute for a wireless monitored carbon monoxide detector.Just like a monitored smoke and heat sensor, a monitored CO sensor will send the alarm to the 24 hour monitoring center, which can dispatch help immediately. If you have passed out from CO poisoning, just having a loud noise is not going to save your life. A monitored system has a much better chance of making that crucial difference – by summoning help.

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system is designed to monitor for much more than intrusion. There are sensors for CO, smoke and heat, water, and even low temperature. It just makes sense to add one or more of these to any monitored alarm system – and with the right alarm company, you won’t pay any extra monthly fees for the additional monitoring services. Your insurance company will appreciate it too, and may reward you with a lower premium. A full range of sensors goes hand in hand with interactive, wireless home security – the kind you find you find at Burns & McBride Home Comfort Security,


The Burns & McBride carbon monoxide alarm is built on an electrochemical detector with a five year sensor life. With these features, it can detect increased levels of carbon monoxide early. And unlike standard, store-bought alarms, it is supported by the Burns & McBride Go!Control panel and central monitoring station, giving you 24×7 assistance and support.

Dimensions and weight
  • Diameter: 5″
  • Height: 1.87″
  • Weight (including battery): 7.09 oz. (201 g)
Part numbers
  • CO1-345
Regulatory Listing(s)
  • ETL to UL 2034, CSA 6.19-01; FCC part 15 and industry Canada
  • Electrochemical detector
  • Two status indicators
  • Built-in 85 dBa sounder
  • Five-year sensor life
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Burns & McBride central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
  • Material
  • UL 94 V-0 poly-carbonate
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 40° to 100°F (4° to 37°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 15-90% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • One (1) Panasonic CR123A, or equivalent Lithium battery
  • Included Accessories
  • Mounting hardware package

For more information on carbon monoxide detectors or other add-ons to the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com.

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Home Security 101 – How are Locks Controlled?

Control Your Locks From Anywhere

Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset automatic door locks are where home automation meet home security in the perfect universe. We can provide you with complete control and security over one of the most fundamental aspects of your home, your doors. These keyless‐entry electronic locks can communicate wirelessly with your Go!Control panel, allowing you to check whether or not your doors are secured and automatically arm and disarm your security system. They also feature true remote locking and unlocking features, courtesy of a motorized deadbolt. This means you can now monitor and manage your locks using either a smart phone, an Internet browser and your Go!Control panel.

Our automatic door locks are unique in that they also include two‐way functionality—that is, your door lock can directly and wirelessly control your Go!Control panel, and vice versa. So essentially, your door lock can act as a secondary keypad that has access to your Go!Control panel. You can use up to 30 customizable codes to arm your Go!Control when the door is locked and disarm it when the door is unlocked.

Need to let a repairman in while you’re at work? Just unlock the door using your telephone and then lock it when they leave.

Would you like to add Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset locks to your system?

Our door locks will add an incredible new dimension to your home. We’re confident you’ll not only be satisfied, but we can promise you’ll be amazed at the simplicity, ease & peace of mind you’ll experience with your new Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system

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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