Everything we thought was impossible 15 years ago, is now controllable from your device. You’re entire home is now accessible through the sound of your voice. With the emergence of the Alexa voice product by Amazon, our system has become even easier to navigate. Do you want to have your air conditioning turned on simply by saying so into the ether? Now you can. Would you like to be able have your doors locked by simply saying, “Alexa, lock my doors?” That’s now possible.
Our lives are now more filled and busy than ever. If viewed and utilized correctly, our smartphones, iPads, and other wearable devices can take some of the complexity and burden out of our lives. Used incorrectly these things only add more to the already full plate.
Should I get a home automation system?
Good question. At this point we are assuming you are a smartphone user at the very least. If you aren’t, you won’t derive near the value from this system as someone who is. We find it a good practice to ask yourself one or more of the following questions:
If you answered yes to any of the questions posed above, you’re wasting your time. If you hate technology, don’t get more of it. Granted this is incredibly easy to use stuff, you will find every excuse to point out the one or two times it doesn’t work. It’s technology, remember it’s like people, it’s not perfect. At times stuff fails, stops working, or doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. It’s part of this world for now and you need to accept that up front.
Unfortunately we have seen a negative correlation between those that hate change our full home automation systems. Why? This will change everything about the way you behave around the home. For most of us, this is not only a great thing but a fascinating, exciting opportunity. We feel like we’re living out things that we never imagined possible. Those that hate change aren’t ever happy about any improvements in anything, much less the way they interact with their now smart home.
Lastly if you feel like someone is constantly trying to watch you and steal your information this is going consume your thoughts and make you very unhappy. Let’s all agree on something on this note: there are bad people in the world, with no standards, trying to do bad things. Some of these individuals will be so hell bent on making sure your information is compromised, there is nothing you can do. Rest assured the one thing our smart home system won’t do is make that process easier for them. If you think everyone’s out to get you, you’re probably subconsciously bringing that negative energy on yourself.
Have some self-awareness about who you really are as a person and if our smart home system package would add value to your life or take it away. LV Security Systems promises you’ll love it!
Full Home Integration
Wouldn’t it be cool if every device in your home was connected and communicated with each other? What if you could push one button on your phone that trigger your front door to automatically lock itself, which then sent a signal to your light module to shut the light off, which in turn activated all the security sensors in your home. It would feel way too futuristic wouldn’t it? Well that technology is here and it’s precisely the technology we offer our customers. Using Z-Wave technology, one push of a button can trigger an event that will start a chain of events that will dictate how the entire house is maintained.
The example used above is one of many combinations our system has the capability to perform. If you have pets, you will love the follow option:
Using one of our smart fire alarm, it is possible to set our system up (very easily of course) so that when a fire is detected in the home, the door with our smart lock is also automatically unlocked so that the fire department has easy access to the front door. At the same time all of that is taking place, if done ahead of time, our dispatcher will let the fire department know the name of your pets and how many of them there are in the house. This allows your beloved pets to have a much better chance at staying alive and being saved during a horrific accident such as a fire.
A last example that has helped many families is the ability to set rules and actions to happen at specific times. Your smart system will allow you to decide a time on certain days (of your choosing) where your door locks will automatically lock. If you are the one that locks up every night around the house, you’re welcome. You can now look your spouse in the eyes when they ask if you locked the door and smile as you swipe inside the app and secure the home. This can be done while at and inside the home and can also be done from afar, from anywhere in the world really.
Anything you dream about being possible back when you were a young lad, is now possible with the help of LV security systems. Don’t worry, our tech professionals can and will help you with any questions relating to such a problems. We look forward to earning and keeping your business.
Home Security Industry History
For years and what sometimes probably felt like decades, the home security industry was antiquated and saw very little change or innovation. When you go far enough back you will remember the times when the only way to get a security system was to have it pre-wired before the home was completed. In fact burglar alarms were rare enough that it was a big deal to find a home that actually had and used a system. Similarly to the uniqueness of a home having a full-sized indoor basketball court, this occurrence was rare and typically correlated with a wealthy homeowner. Like every expensive and revolutionary product that has ever come to market, as time goes on, and as more and more competition enters the market, the price of the home alarm was significantly reduced. These basic systems were no longer a big deal or something to talk about. The technology remained the same, but the cost was driven down immensely.
Fast forward to the first breakthrough in home security history: wireless security systems. For those that thought they had missed the boat when they didn’t pre-wire their homes, this was an option that caught the attention of millions of homeowner that previously were unable to install such systems. This innovation brought with it an increase in monthly monitoring costs. This came at no surprise to many, but the adoption of the technology wasn’t as great as hoped for. For the homeowners given the choice between the hard-wired alarm system or the wireless, the low cost of the hard-wired monthly monitored won the hearts of most. And on and on the updates and innovations have happened. A special new feature called ‘two-way voice’ was available just over ten years ago. This feature allowed the monitoring station to speak directly into a customer home after an alarm had been triggered, cutting out the need to be close to a cell phone at all times.
Around 2010 home security providers began integrating home automation devices. Beginning with the smart thermostat. A thermostat that linked your heat and air with your alarm system, allowing the temperature to be programmed according to when you were at home or away from the home. This device was viewed as revolutionary, and in fairness it really was. Shortly after the smart thermostat came a host of other smart, integrated products including remote-access cameras. Today a system doesn’t quite feel complete without at least one integrated camera.
The most recent innovation has been the doorbell camera, which we previously mentioned and talked about. The doorbell camera was the most popular home automation device to hit the scene since the smart thermostat a few years previously. The device got everyone talking, and for good reason. We’ve all been through the disheartening event of getting spending a week waiting excitedly for our package from Amazon to come. In fact it may have even been the time that you were waiting for that gift that was supposed to arrive just in time. After a few days of patiently waiting the package arrives, and you spot it on your porch as you pull up to the house. You quickly exit the vehicle and take off for the front door. After rushing inside and located the nearest knife to open the package, you find that the glass vase you got for your mother is no longer a vase. Instead it is a heap of broken glass shards that resemble a pile of rubbage rather than a pretty vase. “This very well had to be the UPS man,” you shout. You spend the rest of the night fuming and cussing UPS and the driver and deliverer of that package, when you don’t even know if he or she was actually the culprit. The worst part is, you will never know either!
The doorbell camera solves all this. It is motion activated so anytime someone or something approaches the door, the camera is triggered and begins recording a 30 second clip. That sends a notification to your phone and other devices, allowing you to quickly see live what is happening. In an instant you can watch the next move of whoever or whatever is at your door. What’s even better is that with the press of a button you can carry on a full conversation with the individual standing at your door, and it’s as clear as speaking with someone in person. There are a million different uses for such a device. Let’s say you or someone you know is a single woman that isn’t comfortable answering the door at night. Before the only option was to quietly approach the door and try and peer through the peephole. Now, from the comfort of your bed you can find out if it’s someone you are expecting or if you need to call the cops. Also don’t worry if it’s pitch black outside, the camera includes infrared technology allowing you to see clearly even during the darkest hour of the night.