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Why Alarm.com Is a Modern Travel Essential

Are you planning a trip this month? Why not take a little piece of home - and some extra peace of mind - with you? 

By keeping you effortlessly connected to home, Alarm.com's smart home security app frees you from worry so you can enjoy your trip more. Here's what makes it a modern travel essential for any vacation or trip. 

BUILD A BETTER SMART HOME FROM SCRATCH

Building a new home is an exciting time for a family. Just like buying a new car, you get to be the only people who have a say in the configuration from the very beginning. You get to explicitly specify what it looks like, how many rooms it has, what those rooms do, and best of all, the optional equipment it contains!  Buying a used home, again like a used car, is all about finding the best option available that suits your “wants and needs” criteria. Certainly they both can be fun processes, but when you get to build something from the ground-up, you inject your own personalized touches and characteristics that truly make it your home sweet home.

Research: What Do Homeowners Really Want From the Smart Home?

Alarm.com recently conducted a survey to better understand consumer preferences and perspectives on the smart home.  Our survey focused on homeowners and families: what they want and need, how they prefer to get it, and how they expect the smart home to work for them. 

A Back-to-School Checklist for Smart Home Parents

Back-to-school time comes with big changes to schedules and new concerns for parents.  With smart home security from Alarm.com, your child coming home safely is less likely to be one of them.

If you're a working parent with older kids, you're not going to be there every night when the bus drops them off. Traditionally, that would mean a routine of check-in calls and keeping tabs on their whereabouts. That can be a hassle for everyone in the family.

Not so with Alarm.com, which easily provides the perfect back to school awareness solution to keep you worry free. If you're already a user, here's how to do it. (If not, here's why you should be).

1: Add a Smart Lock

Keys are small and easy to lose. Kids can be absent minded - particularly with all that homework on their minds. Combine the two and there's a good chance you might be making a few trips to the hardware store for extra keys this fall.

Wait—you hid a spare key under a planter? That's a solution that a burglar will thank you for. A better way to go is a smart lock for your front door. It's a permanent solution to lost (and poorly-hidden) keys. They open with easy to remember four-digit codes or from anywhere with our smartphone app.

2: Set Up User Codes

User codes don't just open doors, though. They provide peace of mind, even when the security system is disarmed.

With your smart lock integrated into your Smart Home Security system, your child's user code can trigger an instant alert when they use it.

That means you'll know exactly when they arrive home. There's no need for them to text, no need for you to call, and no need for you to wonder—it's completely automatic. For additional awareness, you can create a no-show alert, which lets you know if they're not home by a certain time. Then you know to follow up.

3: Add an Image Sensor

So who else is home? If you don't want your home to turn into a neighborhood hangout in the afternoons, then it's a good idea to keep tabs on who's there.

An image sensor is a motion sensor with an onboard camera that lets you visually verify who's coming in and out of your home. Positioned in the hallway overlooking the front door, it can take a snapshot right when your kids arrive home so you can rest assured that they're following your rules on after-school guests.

4: Program Your Smart Thermostat

Kids have more exciting things to worry about than keeping the energy bill down, so they often overlook closing doors and windows when the AC is running.

You can rest easy about your kids ‘cooling the neighborhood' with an Alarm.com Smart Thermostat, which can automatically set back to ‘savings mode' if they leave the door open for any length of time.

You can also keep more control over the temperature settings in your home, even when you're not there. Set a schedule on your Alarm.com Smart Thermostat and create an alert so you'll know if anyone makes an adjustment on the thermostat. You can even restrict temperature changes so they can only be made from the mobile app, not the device.

 

The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization

Last year, we saw a dramatic rise in smart home reports and surveys popping up everywhere. As a manufacturer with over 180,000 smart home systems in the field, we receive a ton of great information from our customers when we issue our own surveys. Our feedback shows that homeowners desire personalized experiences in the home with regard to entertainment, comfort, security, and more. In fact, we estimate that 60 percent of them want their homes to react according to their predetermined preferences, just as they walk through the door.

Personalization is what sets Control4 apart.

Take the keypad, for instance. One of the most compelling features of home automation is the ability to press one button that spawns multiple actions. Outside of the archetypal lighting control, the keypad presents many advantages that a homeowner may not be aware of. Once a homeowner knows exactly what they want their scene to do, it's fairly easy for a Control4 dealer to create it. And while it may seem like a minor convenience in thought, once lived with, it's quick to realize how much value it really adds in the home. For instance, pressing one button as you leave the house that turns off every device, every light, locks every door, and arms the alarm. Pretty amazing, right?
 
Control4 has seen a consistent rise in homeowners adding whole-home audio into their homes. And while the keypad offers an ideal interface for smart lighting, it’s also perfect for the music-loving customers. For example:

 

  • Each member of the household can have a personalized button in each of their most frequented rooms that is set to their own playlist.

  • Up and Down arrows can act as volume control or be programmed as “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” for Pandora.

  • Music and lighting can be tied together easily, when you want to relax or create a specific mood.

Homeowners have spoken. Rather than one-off devices and one-off apps to control them, they want personalized experiences that are tailored to their lives. Visit our keypads section to find out more about personalized scenes.

If you have any questions or would just like to get a free smart home assessment, please feel free to give us a call at (386) 789-5555.

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SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Many tasks that previously required human intervention have been made easier thanks to automated smart home technology. But what is smart home technology and what can it do for you? Guest author, Matt Powell, from Broadband Genie lists a few ways in which smart home technology will help change lives for the better in 2016.

 

Saving money, not just time

Smart home technology is all about the automation or management of your home and daily life. This could be anything from lights that can be controlled remotely or on a schedule, to connected home entertainment systems for streaming media to multiple screens, or added features to enhance your home security.
 
To some, smart home technology might seem like an appealing concept for gadget-gurus. But in reality, a big selling point of smart home technology is that it can actually save money, in addition to making life more convenient.
 
For instance, a great way to save energy and reap some monetary benefits on your bill is by utilizing a smart thermostat. Rather than simply operating from a timer or standard temperature setups, a smart thermostat has adaptive scheduling and pre-sets which are programmed to match your life and always keep your home comfortable. They can even be controlled from your phone—or even from your wrist—while you are away.
 
Smart lighting control is also a great way to save money. This can be as simple as motion sensors tied that turn off all lights in rooms that have been unoccupied for a certain amount of time, to lighting pre-sets that never turn lights on at more than 75% brightness, thus extending bulb life and using far less electricity.
 

Smarter home security

In addition to making your energy usage more efficient, smart home technology is enormously beneficial for home security. Smart lighting can activate in patterns while you are away from home, making it appear that your home is occupied. Blinds and video entertainment can also join in on the fun, giving the house and even more lived-in feel.
 
For surveillance, indoor and outdoor cameras can be viewed remotely from a smartphone for live monitoring. You can even receive alerts when movement is detected.
 
Door locks can be made smart, too. Companies like Yale, Kwikset, and Baldwin offer locks with keyless entry and integration with your smart home. They provide a greater level of access control—so you can, for instance, set a limited use entry code for visitors coming to your home when you’re not there. You can even remotely unlock your door if you need to grant access for a delivery, and lock it right back up again.
 

It’s good to talk

A key aspect of any smart home is how well it integrates with other products or systems in the home. Control4 does this better than any other home automation company because of their focus on interoperability. There’s a growing amount of very cheap DIY smart home hardware, but you’ll find that anything which lacks support for a wider ecosystem of smart home technology is going to become quickly outdated, and oftentimes is much harder to install than you’d think. Not to mention that the plug-and-play devices do not work over one platform, often requiring multiple apps and devices to use each.
 

What is Smart Security?

Every security company right now is offering remote services through a customer’s smart phone. All of them offer the ability to are and disarm. Most offer remote camera viewing and storage. Some offer basic lighting and lock control. Only a few select companies offer all of these solutions and create a fully automated security system.

Remote Arm & Disarm

This feature is all about convenience. If you ever have to let someone into your home while you are away, you can do so without giving that person a user code. Just in case you at work and can’t remember whether or not you armed the system you can just login and check.

Text Message Alerts

With text message alerts you can know exactly when your kids get home. You can even know who disarmed the system right after it happens. If you have a liquor cabinet or a gun closet in your home, you can get a message every time it is opened. You can even get a snap shot picture of who opened it.

Cameras

No security system is complete without cameras. Cameras protect you from the “just in case.” If your house gets broken into and for some reason the cops don’t show up in time to catch the burglars, you will have video footage of the burglars’ faces. Cameras are also great in vacation homes. You can look in at any time from your phone and know that everything is good with your property. Today not only can you pull up cameras on your smart phone, but all the footage can be stored in the cloud. You can also have motion alerts send you text messages when the camera detects motion.

Locks

Automated locks are a great addition to any security system. They give you the ability to go keyless. You can have the lock automatically disarm your system when you get home and which can also trigger your lights to go on and adjust the temperature. Another great feature of automated locks is that you can create temporary onetime user codes for people that just need temporary access to your home. You can also create schedules for when a code is supposed to work; that is great for the housekeeper.

Lighting Control

I personally love lighting control and so do most people who have it installed in their homes. In fact, over 70% of homeowners who have had lighting control say it is the first thing they would install in a new smart home. There are so many scenes you can create with lighting control. You can have a goodnight scene that shuts off all the lights at home or a movie scene that dims the lights to a minimal level. One of the most important scenes you can have is a Mockupancy Scene which can be done through Control4. A Mockupancy Scene makes it look like you are home when you are actually away. It learns your patterns and when you are away it replays them at slightly random times. This deters burglars because it makes it look like you are home.

These are just the most important features you should look for in a smart security system. Other nice features that we offer are automated temperate control and Geo-Fencing which lets your system know when you are home or away. We offer all of these solutions and can help you automate your home. If you have any questions or want a free assessment, please feel free to give us a call.

 

Seamless Whole House Audio

One of my favorite features of my Control4 home automation system is the whole home audio. I have the ability to either the same song in all the rooms or a different song in each room. Control4 integrates with all the large internet radio apps so I can listen to all my favorite artists with ease. Some of the internet radio providers that it supports are Pandora, Deezer, Tune-In, and Rhapsody. It also integrates with 3rd party devices to provide you XM Satellite radio. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years then you know at least a few of these big names in the music world.

 

Just in case you can’t find what you are wanting to listen to on these sources you can always stream any song or playlist from your smart phone with Control4’s Share Bridge.

Control4’s wireless speaker point makes it possible to have distributed audio in existing houses that would otherwise be extremely hard, if not, impossible to run wires to ever speaker. If you already have an existing wireless Sonos system in your house Control4 can control that as well.

With digital music streaming throughout your house you can have scenes created to access your music at all the right times with ease.

               Party Scene - Your Control4 Dealer can create a party scene for you to execute at the click of a button. This Party Scene can set your favorite playlist to play throughout the house at a preset level. If the patio has a dance floor for your party, you can have it playing louder than the rest of the house where you might just want to have quieter background music. In addition to the audio control the Party Scene button can also trigger things like lighting control and set the thermostat to a lower temperature. When you are done with the party all you need to do is press the button one more time and the music shuts off and your house returns to normal.

               Wakeup Scene - If you hate waking up in the morning as much as me then you need all the help you can get. With a wakeup scene you can have a sequence of events triggered at the time you set the night before. So if you have to be up at 6:00am you can have the temperature in your house drop a few degrees starting at 5:30am. Then at 6:00 your music and lights can start slowly ramping up. You can even have your TV turn on to your favorite channel. When arm your alarm system before you leave for the day, your TV will shut off and the music will stop playing.

If you have any questions about Control4 or would just like to have a free consultation, please feel free to contact us. 

 

The Home Automation Backbone

A home network is the backbone of any and all AV systems. Whether you are installing a home automation system yourself or having a professionally installed system, it is vitally important to have professional grade networking equipment for the automation to run smoothly. If you want your lighting scenes to be triggered exactly when they are supposed to, to control your home theater, or to turn on your favorite music you need a strong network.

Consumer grade routers that you get from your Internet Service Provider or the ones you get from your local electronic store, cannot handle the amount of data traffic that will need to pass through and will prove to be unreliable. When too much traffic passes through your router the CPU and memory get overloaded and your router will crash. The magic fix is to reset the router but how many times will it take for you to do that before you get sick of it?

What all home automation systems need is an enterprise grade router. These routers are not created in China with cheap parts or designed just for the highest possible profit margin in mind. They are not just good enough for the mass market consumer. Enterprise grade routers have the fastest CPUs and the most memory and they are designed to be future proof. They are not only going to support the devices you have now but the new devices that might be invented five years from now. These routers will be able to stream UHD/4K contents, music, and allow you to surf the web all at the same time all through their gigabit ports.

One of the biggest benefits of getting an enterprise grade network device is the support you will receive. You will be able to go directly to the installer that you bought your router from with any issue instead of having to wait on hold with tech support for an hour to get someone that does not really know what they are talking about. This installing dealer will not only be trained but certified to handle almost any problem you run into. If there is ever an issue that you run into that cannot be quickly fixed, then the installer will work directly with engineers with the manufacture to make sure the issue is resolved.

At J&J Security we offer enterprise networking solutions for both homes and businesses. If you want to discuss your network needs in more detail, please feel free to give us a call.

 

Alarm.com and Amazon Echo

Tired of your kids and pets not listening. What if I told you that your house would listen to anything you told it to do? Pretty cool, right?

I would like to introduce you to Alarm.com’s integration with Amazon Echo. A skill can be added to Echo to give you complete control over anything that your Alarm.com alarm system controls. That means that you have control over not only your alarm system but your lights, thermostat, locks, garage door, and much, much more. You talk to Echo and address it by the name Alexa. Just say, “Alexa turn off the family room lights” and just like that, they are off. It’s that easy.

Imagine this: you are going to sleep at night and you can’t remember whether or not you locked the front door. Say “Alexa did I lock the front door?” In a second she will respond and if you forgot you can have her lock the door.

With Alarm.com you can even have Alexa execute different rules. So if every time you arm your system to stay you want the doors to lock, she can do that. If it’s night time you can even have the lights shut off with it. The possibilities are nearly endless.

These skills are not just for security though they are also for comfort. If you want Alexa to adjust the thermostat you can tell her and not have to get up off the couch while you are watching your favorite team play.

If you have any questions on Alarm.com please feel free to contact us.

 

Ways to Save on Those Hot Summer Days

Summer is here and the heat is going into full effect. In Florida we all know how unbearably hot it can get and cooling yourself off indoors can mean expensive energy bills. With our smart home, energy management solutions instead of wasting money, you can use your home’s power in the most efficient ways so you can save on those costly summer bills. You will be able to save money every month without even raising a finger.

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How much exactly can you save by adding smart devises to your home? Studies have shown that consumers can save 10% on their monthly summer cooling and winter heating bills.

Through platforms like Alarm.com and Control4, J&J Security offers a wide range of smart home solutions including; thermostats, lighting control, and control over your appliances.

Save When You Are Not Home

Let’s face it, most of the day when it is the hottest outside, we are not home therefore we are wasting money when the thermostat is left at 75 degrees. Sure you can manually adjust the thermostat before you leave but many people will forget to and even if you don’t you will come home to a uncomfortable house. That’s never fun after a long day of work.

With our smart thermostats your home can detect that you are home or away in two ways. The first is we can integrate the thermostat into your alarm system. That way every time you are your thermostat to away the thermostat adjusts up and then when you disarm the system it adjusts back down.

The second way your home will know when you are home or away is through geo-fencing (through your smart phone). Your system will know your location and whether you are in your home. When the last person leaves with their smart phone the temperature adjusts up. When you are your way home the thermostat will go back down and by the time you return home your house will be at a cool and comfortable temperature.

Why did you leave the door open? Were you raised in a barn?

Growing up I heard this phrase all the time when I would leave the door open. Kids are always running in and out of the house during the summer and constantly forget to shut the door behind them. Don’t waste money trying to cool your house while these doors are open.

Don’t worry, there is a smart solution that can help you. With Alarm.com’s auto-setback feature your home will know when an outside door is left open and will adjust your thermostat temperature up. Then when the door is shut again the temperature will go back down and your home can cool off efficiently.

Don’t Do the Impossible

During the hottest of summer days, it can be nearly impossible to keep your home in the mid to low 70s. The lower you want the temperature in your home, the harder your AC unit has to work. If you would like, on those days that are 95 degrees or hotter your system can stay just a few degrees higher saving you tons of money on your electrical bill. Even though your home is a few degrees warmer than normal you will hardly even notice the difference since it will still be much cooler then it is outside. When it cools off at night the system knows and will adjust your thermostat back to its normal level. 

More Ways to Save

With additional smart home devices like lighting control and appliance modules you can save even more on your monthly bills. Smart lighting can even be set up to know when you are in the room and when you are not so the lights can turn on and off automatically. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on ways you can add smart home solutions to your home.

 

Total Home Automation is Just a Button Press Away

Over the past couple of years there has been a rapidly growing trend of wearable smart devices. People are wanting access to the hundreds of thousands of apps they can download to their phone quicker and so the smart watch was developed. Forbes estimates the in the year 2019, 245 million smart watches will ship to people around the world.

With this new technology and the home automation industry expecting to hit 58 billion in 2020, you better believe that home automation companies like Control4 have developed apps so you can have total control of your home right from your wrist, no matter where you are in the world.

A Deeper Looking into Smart Watches and Smart Homes

 

Control4 quickly noticed the trend of smart watches and developed an easy-to-use app that gives you control over the most important things in your house. So what exactly does the Control4 Andriod, and Apple apps do?

One of the coolest features of the Control4 app is its ability to have custom actions programmed into it. This means that you can set custom lighting scenes, the ability to turn on the TV and select your favorite station, or just turn on the music to a certain level throughout your house. Frankly the possibilities are endless.

The next button that you will find on the app is Media. This single button gives you full control over the audio and video sources in every room. This means that you can change the channel, skip to the next track or adjust the volume. Pretty cool if you ask me…

The third button on the app is, Thermostat. This button allows you to control not one but all the thermostats in your home. Now you can set the temperature in your home from even the comfort of your bed.

Is that all? Nope. The following and last button on is Security. You can check and make sure your front door is locked when you are away from home or even open and close the garage door.

But wait there is more… You can not only control all of these features while you are home but also from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in finding out more about these features or Control4 as a whole, please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to answer any questions that come up.

 

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Smart Solutions to Simplify Your Life.

Home automation is now simplifying people’s daily lives and does tasks that used to require human intervention. You may be asking yourself right now how exactly can automation simplify your life and that is what I am here to tell you.

 

Saving Time and Money

Energy management is becoming a growing trend in today’s homes. Energy efficient homes not only help reduce carbon emissions, which is good for the environment, but it also saves you money every month on your power bill. Through Control4 you can control anything from smart lighting you’re your thermostats, or even control all those media devices like your TV or cable box.

Let’s take a look at the smart thermostat… First generation smart thermostats required you to program in specific times that you wanted to have the thermostat either set to a higher temperature when you were away or a lower temperature to cool off your house when you are home. The problem with this is, what if you go on vacation or come home early from work? Your thermostat will run at the predetermined times and you will either be losing money when you are not home or be uncomfortable in your home when you come home early. Today thermostats have become much more advanced. Now you can have occupancy sensors can intelligently know when you are home. For example, when your security system is armed to away you can have it execute an away scene. Energy sensing devices and motion sensors can also be used to monitor when you are home. Just in-case you ever want to adjust the thermostat on the fly you can do it from your smart phone or watch.

 

Smart lighting is another way you can save on your energy use. Smart lighting scenes be executed to go into an all off scene when you are away so you never have to worry about forgetting to shut off the lights again. Occupancy sensors can also be used to sense when you enter and leave a room so your lights will not be left on all day in those rooms that you are only in for a short period of time. In addition to these smart lighting scenes you can also set your lights to only go up to 75% brightness. Studies have shown that there is such a small difference in how bright that will make the room and most people cannot even tell there is a difference in the brightness.

Smart and More Secure Homes

Automation is also now making for smarter and more secure homes. In the past most people just protected their homes with a security system and some even used cameras. The problem with this is that burglars can tell when you are away from home because there is no activity in the house. With the smarter more secure systems that are out today you can create active lighting patterns to make is seem like you are home. Your shade control and TV’s can also be joined to these scenes to give your home a more lived-in feel.

Cameras can now be integrated to your smart home systems so you and/or your monitoring company can view your cameras remotely. This reduces false alarms because you can make a more informed decision on whether or not to dispatch the police.

Smart locks can also be added to your systems as well. This allows you to create certain times that people can access your home or even one-time user codes. These codes are great to give to your dog walker or house keeper that are only supposed to be in your home at specific times.

Wrap Up

These are just a few of the ways that smart home technology can simplify your life and save you money. If you would like to talk in more detail about what a Control4 home automation system can do for you, please feel free to give us a call. We would be more than happy to come out to your home for a free home assessment

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Is getting a “smart home”…smart?

 

I remember years ago there was a movie that came out about a family who got to move into a fully automated dream home. This house did everything from cleaning, cooking and even played with the dog. Are you feeling like a mango and banana smoothie for breakfast? This house would have you covered and you could just sit back and enjoy without having to do the work. While technology has come a long way over the last 15 years…we aren’t exactly there yet. However the capabilities you CAN have for your home are amazing and can help make life a little easier, safer, and even a bit more fun! Plus it’s more affordable now than ever. What used to be an option only for the wealthy is now found in homes across America.

Alarm.com allows you to not only interact with your security system from your smart phone or tablet, but can also control everything in your home from lighting, televisions, audio equipment, air conditioning, and more. We all know the feeling of worry and questions that run through our mind when we are away from the house…

-Did I remember to arm the system before we rushed out the door?

                (Just check the virtual keypad on your phone. It allows you to arm and disarm your system remotely. There is no more need to give out your code to a babysitter or housekeeper. Just swipe to disarm the system when they arrive and arm it again when they have left.)

-Did Mia get home safe from soccer practice?

                (Motion activated cameras can show you when the kids arrive at the front door)

 

-Did I remember to shut off the lights?

                (Turn your lights on and off as needed with just a swipe of your finger on your phone.)

 

-Is the babysitter doing a good job keeping an eye on the kids?

                (Just check on one of your live streaming cameras in the play room)

-Did we leave the air conditioning down low when we left for the vacation?

                (Turn the temperature up and down as needed, even when you are away. You can also get text alerts in conjunction with temperature or water sensors to help alert you in case of a flood or fire)

 

All of these questions and more can be answered with the help of Total Connect 2.0. Call our office today to learn more about what’s smart about making your home smart! 877-532-SAFE

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Smart, Security, and Safe Homes

The FBI reports that there was an alarming 1,121,416 burglaries in the United States in 2014. That amounts to a burglary every 28 seconds. While this number probably seems really high to most people it is actually down over 10% since 2013.

Why the sudden decrease in home thefts? As wireless alarm monitoring advances more and more people want to add it to their homes. A security system is no longer just a siren that goes off and a monitoring center that notifies you and the police of an alarm event. Now your security system is the central hub of your smart home. It controls features such as lighting control, door control, image sensors, thermostat control, and remote video monitoring. These features not only add convenience to the home owner but also deters criminals.

With lighting control you can set up always occupied lighting scenes for when you are away. This makes it look like someone is home as lights will turn on and turn off automatically. Burglars who as casing homes look for homes with no activity. When they see lights turning on and off throughout the day they think someone is home.

Alarm.com’s Image Sensor will give you a snapshot of someone as they walk through the door and/or when someone disarms the alarm system. This reduces false alarms because you can verify why the alarm is going off and you can make an informed decision on whether or not to dispatch the police.

When you integrate door locks to your security system you can have total control of who is coming into your home. Through Alarm.com’s easy-to-use web interface you can set up temporary user codes, user-codes that can only be used at certain times, and also specific user codes for each person in your home. This allows you to give your neighbor a code to open your front door to check on your home while you are on vacation. You could also give your dog walker a code to access your home just during the hours they are supposed to walk Fido. When a user enters their code to the front door, it not only unlocks the door, but you can have it disarm the alarm system. This prevents you from having to give out a code for your alarm system. One of the coolest features of the door lock is that you can get a text message notification of who unlocked the door.

Cameras are another safety feature that deters the criminals. When a burglar sees cameras on the side of a house they know that not only will the alarm go off and the police will be dispatched but also they will be caught in the act on the cameras. Today you can even set up motion triggers on your cameras to send you a snap shot when the camera detects motion. You can set up time parameters of these motion triggers so you will only get alerts when you are away. When you purchase cameras through J&J Security you also have access to your cameras from any smartphone or computer, so you can view your cameras from anywhere in the world.

 

Some people might think that this is a lot to manage but it is not. We can program your system to trigger all of these security features from just the click of a button. When you arm your system to away your system will intelligently know to activate your always occupied lighting scenes, activate your cameras for recording, and even adjust your thermostat to a more energy friendly setting. If you would like to find out more about turning your home into a smart home give us a call at (866) 532-7233 for a free in-home consultation.  

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What Exactly is an Automated Home?

Today more and more people want to simplify their lives. Homes are getting smaller and more of the space in being utilized for daily life. Some might think that automating your home will complicate things and it will be expensive. Those people could not be more wrong, it is the complete opposite.

Home automation is becoming the norm in peoples’ homes now as it becomes more and more affordable with solutions from companies such as Alarm.com and Control4. These companies were the first to make it possible for the average American to turn their home into a smart home. They integrate things like smart lighting, door control, wireless audio distribution, home entertainment, and control over your security system.

All from the touch of a button you have complete control over your home. When you are away you still can control your home from Control4’s smart phone app, or even from any computer. Imagine you are away on vacation and have a feeling you forgot to shut the lights off, lock the door, or arm the security system. If you have a smart home, you can have the peace of mind knowing you can check and correct all of these problems right from your phone.

These features are make life convenient but wait there is more. When you have an automated home when you sit down to watch a movie you can automatically have the lights dim and the volume on your TV or surround sound system to set to your favorite level. In the mornings each room can have its own wakeup seen, where the lights dim up over time, the thermostat adjusts to a cooler temperature, your favorite music starts playing and the TV turns on to the morning news.

At J&J Security we want everybody to be able to afford a smart home; that is why we have smart home packages starting as low as $99. If you are looking for something more custom like centralized lighting, a home theater, or even automating your business, we have a design team that can guide you through sales process. We have solutions that can fit every budget, and every need, no matter how big or how small. Call us today to find out more (866) 532-7233.

 

Control4 Vs. Crestron... Which is the Best Automation System?

The battle between two of the top home automation companies, Control4 and Crestron, is over. And the winner is… Control4. Both these platforms have a lot to offer and are extremely versatile. Crestron has been on the market since 1971 and for a long time was the top choice for corporate board rooms and large custom homes. Control4 on the other had was started in the early 2000s by three technology moguls, Eric Smith, Will West, and Mark Morgan. At first Control4 had its problems like most other technology companies when they first start.

 Their first controller, the Home Theater Control, moved at a snail’s pace compared to its competition. Despite it’s slow processing power it’s interfaces were easy to use and programming these systems took a fraction of the hours that a similar Crestron project would have. Control4 pricing was another major advantage over Crestron. Crestron’s pricing made it impossible for the everyday home owner to have a home automation system. Control4 on the other hand put affordable home control in the hands of thousands of people.

Still though with the limited capabilities of the first generation C4 home automation systems, Crestron had them beat. Control4 was quick to their feet with the release of the second generation HC-300 and HC-1000 which blew away their predecessors in terms of speed and capabilities. More and more integrators started moving over from other automation platforms to Control4. This soon became a movement and large players in the audio video market, like Sony, started integrating Control4 into their products.

I think one of the biggest indicators of Control4’s rapid race to the top, was when MGM Grand in Las Vegas decided to install Control4 controllers in all of its new rooms. There are two BIG reasons why Control4 was selected to be their automation platform. First off Control4 is so easy to use anyone can do it. On the other hand, its competitors require you to demo the equipment to a user so they can figure out how to control everything. The second reason MGM chose Control4 is because of their price. Since Control4 is just a fraction of the price of Crestron, and requires less programming time, MGM was able to keep their budget inline.

In the past couple years since Control4 went public they partnered with and bought several technology companies to advance their product offering. They purchased LeafAudio, an audio and video matrix company; Pakedge, networking company; and Extra Vegetables, a driver development company. Control4 paid top dollar for all of these companies because they knew it was just being what they need to perfect the home automation for everyone from your average Joe to your billionaire clientele.

With its newest release of the EA line of processors, competitors cannot compete on price, quality, or speed. The EA-5 boasts five independent audio outputs—two digital coaxial, two RCA stereo analog, and one HDMI—with an audiophile-grade signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB. A built-in music server delivers immersive, multi-stream, high-resolution audio with five built-in simultaneous audio streams from your local music collection, a variety of streaming music services, or from AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology.

I personally have owned, installed, and programmed both Crestron and Control4. With Control4 you not only get a price that cannot be beat but a system the is unmatched in speed, versatility, and ease of use. Control4 is so easy to use a 4-year-old can do it. I did just that when I taught my little niece how to use our home theater in just a few short minutes. Don’t over complicate your life with a system like Crestron. Why overpay for something just because it has been around longer. How many of us chose Google over other search engines like AOL because it just works better? AOL was around years before Google and we all know it just can’t compete. When you make the decision automate your life go with a product not “like Control4” but only Control4. You will not be disappointed… I guarantee it. 

 

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in getting a quote on us to design and/or program your Control4 system. We offer programming of Control4 systems nationwide. If you enter you information below you will receive 25% off your programming labor. 

 

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