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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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Z Wave Technology Appears in Apple’s iPhone Commercial

A recent Apple commercial features some of the benefits you recieve with Z-Wave Technology

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system uses Z-wave technology to control your lights, thermostat, locks and even appliances from anywhere. It is a standard feature of the system.

To learn more about this unique system call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www,burnsandmcbride.com

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Home Security 101 – What is “Z-Wave”?

Z-Wave: The New Standard in Wireless Remote Control

Z-Wave makes any home a “smart home” – quickly, easily and affordably! Z-Wave is a wireless system that lets all your home electronics “talk” to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets – sort of like a baby monitor. 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.


Z-Wave ties all your home electronics into one integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be  added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your device gets joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers.

And Z-Wave lets you control these devices in ways that give you complete command even when you’re not at home yourself. You can control your Z-Wave household remotely from a PC and the Internet from anywhere in the world…even through your cell phone!

• Z-Wave Is Simple – Z-Wave control is easily added to almost any device in minutes. Simply plug the device you want to control into a Z-Wave module, and “join” it to your Z-Wave network!

• Z-Wave Is Modular – With Z-Wave, you can add as much or as little home control as you want over time.  You can add Z-Wave to a device, a room, a floor or the entire home, according to your needs and desires.

• Z-Wave Is Affordable – Unlike costly whole-home control systems that need special wiring and professional installation, Z-Wave is accessible and easy for the do-it-yourselfer.

• Z-Wave Is Powerful – Z-Wave’s intelligent mesh networking ‘understands” the present status of any enabled device, and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual control commands you want.

• Z-Wave Is Versatile – Z-Wave can be added to almost anything in your home that uses electricity, and gives you the power to control or monitor them from your home or away from home.

• Z-Wave Is Intelligent – Z-Wave enabled devices can work together as a team.  Have your garage door turn on your house lights when you come home. Have your door locks notify you when your children arrive home from school. Turn your downstairs lights off from upstairs.  Create your own intelligent control “scenes” with Z-Wave!

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. 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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Kwikset Locks Gives Smart, Safe Home Customers Remote Access and Better Security

Burns & McBride’s acclaimed Smart, Safe Home system combined with the electronic lock know-how of Kwikset offers customers a hard to beat package of services combining the best of residential technology and security.

Burns & McBride is a leader in providing affordable home automation and security to Delaware Valley homeowners. Now they’ve improved the product even more by adding Kwikset’s leading edge Smart Code Signature series lock with wireless Home Connect technology to its home automation offerings.

Through this partnership homeowners can monitor their door from any web-enabled mobil device or internet connection, even if they’re on a business trip or vacation 5,000 miles from home. Additionally, teamed with Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system, Kwikset’s Home Connect enabled locks can wirelessly communicate with other “smart devices” in the home such as lights, thermostats, smoke detectors or the burglar alarm.

For a local family with several young children, being able to combine Burns & McBride’s system with the best in electronic door locks meant convenience and peace of mind. They tell us that accessing their home’s system is easy – a task quickly done on their smartphone:

My mother in law stays with our family. If we aren’t home when she arrives, we use the Burns & McBride mobil phone app to turn the lights on, turn the alarm off and unlock the doors. The convenience and simplicity of the technology is amazing.

The SmartCode lock with Home Connect features a unique, patented technology with the first one-touch locking motorized deadbolt on the market.

  • Ability to override an electronic code with a traditional key
  • SmartKey re-key technology, allowing homeowners to re-key their lok in seconds and negating the need to call the installer if the keys are lost
  • Kwikset’s patented BumpGuard, which protects homeowners against “lock-bumping” a technique commonly used by burglars during break-ins

Burns & McBride’s Smart, Safe Home system connects the door locks with other security, convenience and energy management features through Z-Wave wireless technology.

For more information on the Smart, Safe Home system or Kwikset locks call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com

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