PC Doodle announces its latest software product: Alarm Integrator. By turning your existing Insteon home automation devices into alarm sensors and arming devices, alarm keypads and ugly panels are a thing of the past. When your motion sensors, I/O Linc Sensors and door open close sensors report Insteon messages while your away, Alarm Integrator can generate Skype Video Calls, Automatically Dial Landlines and Cell Phone along with text messages containing links to your CCTV system. If you’re looking for forensic level security footage, alarm integrator can interface with Canon EOS Cameras and take flash photographs of the perpetrators and upload the evidence into the cloud. Visit AlarmIntegrator.com for more information.
Check out the following cool infographic by Monitronics.com – This infographic has some really good facts and statistics about how to keep your home and family safe and secure. Take a look at this infographic to better understand why home security systems are essential to protect your loved ones and the things you value most in life.
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Safety and security has never been more important nowadays, especially if you happen to live in a high-crime area. Fortunately, there are ways to easily discourage criminals from pushing through with their plans. One of those is by installing an outdoor wireless security camera.
The presence of cameras are often enough to stop individuals from entering homes. In some cases, they can be used by the family to check out an individual before allowing them to go inside, to keep an eye on your pool or packages left on your porch. Note though that with this very important function, it makes sense to purchase a high-quality outdoor wireless security camera. Here’s how you make this decision.
Since they’re wireless, outdoor security cameras rely on batteries. However, how long exactly do those batteries last? Look for something that can last for months and hopefully with a flashing sign that tells you when the batteries are nearing empty. This way, you’ll never have to guess or worry about whether the batteries will burn out while you’re on vacation.
Installation and Relocation
Installation of the camera should be easy. More often than not, it only takes a small adjustment to adhere it to the wall – but what about relocation? Look for something that you can easily remove and reinstall should it become necessary.
Angle and Screen
Ideally, cameras should be able to capture a wide angle with a head that can be tilted to the side for adjustment purposes. Your minimum target must be around 104 degrees with a capacity of capturing images from 40 feet away. The best view however would be around 360 degrees if you want to get as much clearance as possible.
You should be able to get a camera with a resolution of 350 to 400. However, if you’re aiming for High Definition, look for something around 480 to 800 which should produce excellent accuracy in the images. You also have the option between colored or black/white cameras. For residential purposes, a black/white type would do fairly well.
This is incredibly important when it come to outdoor settings. Ideally, the camera should be able to adapt to the changing light, allowing you to still see clear images even during night time. There are also cameras using the Infrared LED technology, shining light on a specific area so that the device can capture the grounds better.
Since they’re wireless, there’s a good chance that you can do video streaming with an outdoor wireless security camera. The main question is whether you’ll be using an Analog type or an IP type. The IP basically relies on the internet connection, which means that it will be consuming precious bandwidth. If you’re on a residential-type of internet connection however, an Analog would be a better choice. They take in analog, convert it to digital and then process the video for hours worth of recording.
Of course, don’t forget to consider the cost of the product. Keep in mind that high-cost doesn’t equal excellent quality. Take a good look around and make comparisons between models. Read reviews and take warranty into consideration before pushing through with any purchase.
I spent more than a few weeks researching home security systems from local and national providers. It became clear to me that I wanted the following:
- The latest technology: To me, the “must haves” included cellular connectivity (no phone lines or internet cables to cut), anti-smash and crash technology, control from the web and mobile devices, and adequate protection against a glass-break entry (motion detectors vs. glass-break sensors).
- Expert consultation: In this case, an in-home consultation from someone with a law enforcement background and years of experience in the home security business without false promises or a hard sell on unnecessary products or “upgrades.”
- Affordable pricing: How about a FREE installation that actually includes all of the components that you need to protect your home rather than just the panel and contacts for the front door and one or two windows? Reasonable monthly monitoring charges, too? Yes, please!
In short, Jim and JPG/AZ Alarm Co. provided all of the above, making the final decision pretty simple.
Jim himself was knowledgeable and easy to work with. He did a complete evaluation of our home and explained the components that he recommended to protect it. He also offered general security tips and guidance toward some products not sold or installed through his company.
Once we decided to go with JPG, getting set up was easy. The installer came out the next day. He was courteous and competent and was able to accommodate our requests with respect to placement of the equipment. The 2gig touchscreen panel was clean and modern-looking, and the motion sensors were likewise of a nice appearance and inconspicuous enough to blend with the interior decor of our home. They also provided the requisite sign and stickers to let would-be intruders know that the home is alarmed–another nice deterrent.
Living with the 2gig security system has been easy so far. The alarm.com app connectivity is a huge bonus. You can arm/disarm remotely and set it up to send you an email or text when the alarm is deactivated. You can also set different passcodes for different individuals (kids, houseguests, house workers) to know who’s coming and going and when. So far, we’ve not yet had any false alarms from the motion sensors with our active 20 lb. dog in the home (I will update this review if we encounter any problems, but Jim assured us that the sensitivity of the motion detectors could be adjusted if any issues arise).
All in all, I’m glad to have a new home security systems phoenix. I have no illusions that the presence of an alarm system alone will keep a determined criminal out of my home, but the relatively small amount of time and money spent to substantially reduce that threat by signing up with JPG was absolutely worth it. And, to top it off, I had a very positive consumer experience with this company. Jim and his team are completely deserving of this 5-star review. Keep up the good work, guys!
Buying an alarm system for your home could be expensive, but not buying an alarm system will could cost you even more. Here are 4 reason to install an alarm system in your home:
1. Protection From Break Ins
The #1 reason that people get an alarm system is to be protected from intruders. Having an alarm system installed reducing your risk of even being considered as a target by intruders. Recent studies show that you are 3 times less likely to be broken in to if you have a security system installed. Sometimes buglers will break in without knowing whether or not you have a security system. If this happens while you and your family is at home, it puts you at great risk. If you do get broken in to, your alarm will blare the second the break in occurs, giving you plenty of time to get to a secure location while the authorities are being notified.
2. Peace of Mind
Having a properly installed security system gives you and your family peace of mind. You don’t have to worry about break ins, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc because your security system does that for you. Sleep well at night knowing that you and your loved ones are safe.
3. Protection of Valuables
Everyone has a few valuables that mean something special to them. It would be devastating to lose your wedding ring, vintage hand-me-downs or other expensive items that you’ve invested your money in. When a break in occurs, the intruder is thinking about one thing: What is the most valuable possession I can steal? On the other hand, you and your family are thinking about your safety. If a break in occurs, the likelihood of your prized valuables being stolen is very high. Unless, of course, you have an alarm system installed. In that case, when the alarm goes off, the intruder will likely panic and flee the scene. If not, the local authorities will be on their way shortly.
4. Keep Watch On Your Home Remotely
In this day and age, you don’t have to be at home to keep at eye on your home. This is one of the best things about having an alarm system. With Kentucky Alarm Services mobile app, you can monitor your doors, windows and garage door from your phone. This is fantastic if you are going out of town for any reason. You don’t have to wonder or worry about your home because you know what is going on. You can even get video monitoring as an added feature.
These are a few of the many reasons you should consider installing a home security system. Kentucky Alarm Services recommends that every homeowner install an alarm system.
How many times have you come home, with grocery bags in one hand, a squirming child on your hip, the mail in your other hand, only to realize you forgot to get your keys out to unlock the front door? The frustration happens to any of us, and it’s even worse when it happens at night. Thankfully, keyless entry locks provide a solution that combines convenience with security. Read on to find out why you should make the switch to keyless entry and simplify your life.
They Are Secure
If you need to get inside quickly, whether out of fear for your personal safety or not, keyless entry systems are the perfect option. Imagine this scenario: You get that uncomfortable feeling that someone is watching you, maybe even following you, as you approach your front door. The anxiety increases as you search for your keys, hoping you ca get inside in time. Now imagine that same scenario, except with keyless locks, that you can unlock as you approach with just the click of a button, and quickly secure one you’re inside. Keyless entry locks are an important part of complete home security system.
They Can Be Automated
If you have a home security system in place, incorporating keyless entry locks into the mix is a perfect way to maximize your home automation. You can put the locks on a timer, or set up the lights to turn on when the door is unlocked. Compatible keyless entry locks can provide home security integration that goes above and beyond traditional door locks.
There Are Many Options
Everyone has a different need, which is why opting for keyless entry locks can be a great idea for your home. For instance, those who live in Colorado may opt for one of the Denver entry systems geared for that community while those in the partying city of Daytona Beach, Florida may have different needs. From aesthetic tastes to actual security demands, there are a wide variety of keyless entry locks to choose from. The important thing is to decide what you need before you go shopping, otherwise you can become overwhelmed at all the choices. Ask yourself some basic questions to help you find the keyless entry you need:
- Do you want a traditional style doorknob and lock, or something more advanced?
- Do you want remote operation? If so, how many “remote keys” will you need?
- How do you want your system to be powered? Battery or Electric?
- Do you want to add other features like turning on the porch light when the door is unlocked?
Having a general idea of what you want from your keyless lock before shopping is a good idea. This way you can definitely find the solution that fits your budget and needs.
Three common types of keyless entry locks used in homes include touchpad entry, electric door strikes, and remote control locks. Some of these options can be monitored using your own computer or cellphone, and really take the concept of home security to the next level.