Automation vs Security Control

Yep. Here we go. Welcome to my soapbox. This is the part where my hours of reading, testing, interviewing and communicating come into play. This is gonna be a short article. The reality of this situation is that we have one side, the home automation side, telling us that security and home automation control can […]

Hardware First

We keep getting questions about motion detection and proximity lights and whether they work or not. The answer; Yes. Sort of. Personally I’m of the belief that security lights are only half as effective as they used to be. Most burglars approach your home expecting that you have them anyways. This allows them to show […]

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First Run Automation

So let’s talk locks. As in, locks as part of home automation. I’ve been experimenting with our new toy over the last couple of days. You probably saw the little starter video on our Facebook page. Yes, it does lock. Yes, it also unlocks. All the little features you’d expect are there, including the audio […]

Self Keying? Not for us thanks.

You run a business. You probably have employees. Or tenants. Or contracted staff. Or a combination of all of those. You also have multiple rooms. Some of those rooms are more sensitive than others. Some of those rooms are private. Some of them are occupied by tenants, some are used by employees, and others are […]

Access Control 2 – Z-Wave

It’s been a bit since I wrote anything here. We’ve been paying a great deal of attention to the Z-Wave compatible devices we can use with the Resolution panel and it’s getting in the way of the creative process. Which is fine, actually, because our focus is on your locks and those are kind of […]

Taking a Break

FYI, there are apparently new processing rules for interest rates on credit cards. Did you know that? I didn’t know that. Well. I didn’t know that until about 50,000,000 different processing companies called and told me they just wanted to make sure we were taking advantage of the new rates. Let’s answer these questions right […]

Access Control 1 – Homes

We aren’t quite at our home automation portion of the Helix roll out yet, but we’re getting there. Resolution is constantly adding new products to their home device lines. The engineers over there must be cyborgs or something. Would explain a few things…. It’s time now to talk about access control, though. This is a […]

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The Power of Surveillance

First of all, I’d like to personally thank the individual who claimed he’d “had his phone stolen” and demanded I empty my pockets behind our shop today. I’ve been struggling with how to write this article, and not only did you provide the inspiration for it to be written, but the content I need to […]

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RE920-Upgrade without Upgrading

So you have this 20 year old beast of an alarm system in your home. In twenty years you’ve had one service call, one false alarm, and you are so familiar with the system you probably know it better than the installing company does. In fact, you’ve probably been approached by the installing company or […]

Leverage

So when your manager is off for 2 weeks and your sales take up almost all of your time, something suffers. Fortunately for everyone, it’s just a week. And I’ve got stories. So many stories… None of which I can tell here. What I can tell you is that when one of your most knowledgeable […]