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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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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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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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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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