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Home Automation and Security Systems

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Automation and Security Systems

The advancement in technology has seen the creation of smart automated homes. All functions of the home are slowly being connected to the Internet.  Home automation is closely linked to the newest craze in the tech world, “Internet of Things” (IOT). Security systems play a big role in the home automation process. It is a means by which valuables, homes and offices are secured by a series of interlinked security equipment. If a house is automated, then the security system is also connected to the backbone of the home security system. What to Look for in Security Systems. Monitoring: The two available monitoring options are remote control and self-monitoring. With remote control, the owner can view what is going on in the home at their convenience. Self-monitoring triggers an alarm and has to be disarmed physically. Installation Method: Some systems are easy to install and do not require expert assistance, while others need a professional company to do a site study and a proper installation. Home Automation: Is the security system compatible with your current or future home automation? It should be and should not function as a stand-alone system. Components of a Security System Depending on the system that you are using, a typical security system should never miss the following components: Control Panel: A control panel comes in the form of a dial pad, which is the nerve of all communications. It is from the panel that all configurations, programming, arming and disarming occurs. The control panel is the connector between the security system and the phone, or the security firm that handles your security detail. Sensors: The work of sensors is to detect any motion that occurs beyond the authorized time. There are door and window sensors that would detect any interference. Motion detectors or sensors are always on the lookout for any movement in the house or the compound. When the sensors are disrupted, they send a warning signal to the control panel that either alerts you or triggers a high-decibel alarm. High-Decibel Alarm: This is the siren that notifies anyone nearby that there has been an intrusion. It is triggered by the control panel when the panel receives a warning signal. It should be loud enough to notify neighbours. Warning Stickers: Warning potential burglars of the availability of a security system reduces the chances of your home being picked on. The stickers should be placed strategically around the yard and on the windows. Security Cameras: These will record and store any movements in the house. There are those with motion sensors that will be triggered whenever there is movement. They notify the control panel, which then transmits the images or clips to you or the security system...

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An Insight into Security Systems and Technology Advancements

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on An Insight into Security Systems and Technology Advancements

One of the largest worries for home and business owners is security. Security concerns differ but mostly they are burglary and home invasions. However, concerns also extend to fire safety and protection from carbon monoxide omissions. Whatever concerns you have, there are security systems to alert and protect you from any events that occur. How they protect and alert will differ dependent on the security system you have in place. Protection begins with the sensors For home security systems, sensors will be located at windows and doors. They will face each other to form an invisible contact line that when broken, triggers the alarm. Those are for protecting your property from burglary. Technology in smoke alarms work the same way. The sensors are programmed to recognise changes in the environment. Where advancements are in modern security is sophisticated presets that can tell the difference between intruders entering your home or your cat using the cat flap. The technology is there to workaround different requirements. Wireless technology Decades ago, the only way to install a sophisticated security system was to have a professional company do a complete overhaul on your electrical wiring. Cables would be installed behind your walls, ensuring the system was operational and connected to your telephone line if required. Today, that is done wirelessly and it is the most used means of installing security systems of any type. Even parameter security systems designed to control gate access are handled remotely. Real-time monitored security systems This is the latest and most robust security system you can have. The installs are wireless, they work just the same as the traditional systems with sensors and control panels, but the difference is the external connection. You can head away on holiday, log into your account and access a live video stream of your home. Cameras can be installed wirelessly, and then remotely controlled to get a complete view around your home. It’s peace of mind from anywhere in the world. Staff-monitored security services The additional service of monitored security systems allows for any events registered at the control panel in your home to trigger a silent alarm to alert staffed offices, where agents can then look into your system, and activate the appropriate actions. That could be alerting police to a burglary in progress or the fire service of a fire in your home. Security systems have a come a long way, but the one thing remains the same. They all have easy to use interfaces and put you in control of your own security. For more information on different options for security systems, contact a company like Barwon Security Pty...

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Tips for any kind of Security System

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for any kind of Security System

There are all kinds of security systems out there, simple ones, highly sophisticated ones, ones meant for homes and ones meant for work sites. However you can use a home security system as a form of construction site security as well. Below is more information on security systems overall and tips with using them, taking care of them and more. Security System Tip One: Have a plan for your desired security system – All members of your family and or your crew should be involved in figuring out the security system that is needed. Start out by making a list of exactly why you need one and why you want one. Then make a list of what your expectations are for the system such as what you want it to do and what you don’t want it to do. Start checking out companies like Pro-Tect Security Management to see what they offer. Security System Tip Two: Figure out what you will need to complete the system – Any issues and concerns that there may be should be addressed; mark down the essentials for security that you will need such as all the windows, the doors, if there is a garage or not; how many locks there and what kind of lock, who all has a key to the locks and more. Consider your neighbors, prepare for possible medical situations and figure out lighting around your house at least and then the neighborhood next. Security System Tip Three: Your approach should be integrated based on the needs of your lifestyle – You can have storage servers, you can have intercoms all over the place, you can have cameras and video cameras wherever, have the ability to connect to it all with smartphones, have shades for the windows motorized, be able to control the lighting with a dimmer, protect certain things such as a safe, a gun rack, special tools and equipment, etc. Security System Tip Four: Compare and Contrast the models that are available – Once you have figured out what you need look at what is out there and compare and contrast them; you want the best of the best and of course the most you can get for the least amount of money, even if money is no issue. Before you decide it is best recommended to at least narrow it down to three and get quotes for them. Security System Tip Five: Installing the security system – Be sure to read every word on the contract before signing it, this includes all of the fine print. You don’t want to be distracted with extra fees later on or rules about early termination and what not. After you have it installed, try it out by testing it; practice with your family or your crew as if there was a real emergency going on. It is better to be prepared and to know what to do then to be in a complete state of...

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Don’t Ignore These 2 Signs that Your Home Needs an Electrician

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your home’s power doesn’t need to fail completely for it to need the services of an electrical contractor, as often there are certain repairs that need to be done even if you’re still getting power to the outlets. Ignoring signs of these needed repairs can mean allowing them to get worse, and in some cases it can also lead to the increased risk of electrical fire. Note some common signs that your home needs the services of an electrician and why it’s so important that you call an electrical contractor as soon as you notice these signs. 1. One circuit keeps shutting down A circuit that keeps shutting down often means that your electrical devices are demanding more power than the wires can manage. They get overloaded and in turn, the circuit shuts down in order to protect the wiring and appliances from an electrical surge. While an occasional shutdown can be expected in a home, when a circuits keeps shutting down this is often a sign of this constant overload. This puts your home at risk of an electrical fire, as wires that are overloaded with electricity can become frayed. An electrical contractor can test the wires of that circuit and note if they are able to support the amount of electricity demanded by all the appliances to which it’s wired. You may need to upgrade the wiring so that it can easily support the electricity running along the circuit, or you may need to have certain outlets taken off that circuit so it doesn’t get constantly overloaded. 2. You can hear electricity behind the walls Electricity itself makes no sound as it travels along wires, so if you hear any noise behind your walls when you turn on an electrical appliance, this may be a frayed or bare wire. The electricity will make a popping sound as it reaches this bare spot on the wire and the circuit stops. The same is true if you think you can smell electricity; it actually has no odor, so you may be smelling something being singed as it comes into contact with electricity itself. In both cases, it’s good to call an electrical contractor company like E.T.C.S Electrical & Fire to see if you have bare wires that are allowing electricity to come into contact with building materials such as drywall or insulation. Your home may be at risk for electrical fire in these cases, or the electricity may continue to do more damage to your home’s building material if you ignore the...

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3 Ways Security Screens Can Protect You

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Security screens not only keep out pests and dust, they also protect you from intruders and burglars. This article discusses how these security screens can protect you, and your loved ones. They Deter Burglars Burglars prefer breaking into homes quickly, getting what they can lay their hands on (like jewelry and cash) and getting out as soon as possible. To them, time is of the essence because the longer they stay the more they risk being discovered. When they are staking out a property and they notice that there are security screens on the doors and windows, they will be reluctant to attempt to break into that home. You will therefore be safe because the security screens will have deterred these burglars from targeting your home. They Buy You Time as First Responders Are Coming No security system can claim to be 100% foolproof. There will be determined burglars or intruders who will attempt to break into a home even if there are security screens on all doors and windows. When that happens, the security screens can slow down the burglars from quickly breaking into your home. The security screen makes it hard for the burglar to reach a window or door glass pane to break it in order to open that door or window from the inside. This is because the security screen blocks the burglar from stretching his or her hand to reach the side of the window or door where the screen is absent. As the burglar struggles to open the door, it gives you time to call first responders like the police and the burglars will be intercepted before they make their getaway. Those precious minutes that the burglars take struggling to breach the security screen can be the defining factor between being robbed or surviving a robbery. You Retain Your View of the Outside Without Compromising Security Security screens allow you to retain your view of the outside (the ocean, a golf course, a public park or your garden) without having to install burglarproof bars that would make it difficult to see outside your windows. This is because security screens allow you to see outside from inside the house but those outside cannot easily see inside your home. As the discussion above shows security screens protect you and your family without making the home appear to be like some kind of prison. You should therefore consider installing these security screens in your home so that you can also enjoy the benefits that they offer. Use resources like to connect with experts or...

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Security Systems for Private Properties

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many homeowners feel safer once they have a security system fitted in their homes. However, deciding on the right system can sometimes be confusing. All home security systems have advantages and disadvantages, and once these are understood and compared, choosing the right system becomes easier. This article looks at some different types of security systems, and examines their pros and cons. Un-monitored Security System This type of security system is basically an alarm system, that is triggered when an intruder tries to gain access to a property. Once detected, the system will then trigger a loud siren, accompanied by a flashing light. This type of security system is dependant on the intruder being moved away from the property, due to the light and the noise of the alarm system. It is not good for properties that have neighbors that are far away. Pros Easy to install No monitoring fees Draws attention to your property if an intruder is present Cons You are not notified if the alarm is triggered Relies on your neighbors to hear or see the alarm, and then to call the police Unsuitable for lone properties Monitored Security Systems These systems are set up to trigger an alert to a security company, who will then contact the police on your behalf.  However, it is common practice for a determined intruder to cut the telephone wires from your property, thus preventing the security company from being alerted. Pros Police automatically called on your behalf Genuine peace of mind when you are not at home Security centers operate twenty four hours a day, every day of the year Cons Monitoring fees can be expensive Relies on the property’s phone line to contact the security center Can be a fairly big time gap from when the police are called and actually attend the property. Electric Current Security System This type of system is wired directly into your property, and monitors the doors and windows, using an electric current. An audible noise is issued by the system when it detects that a window or door has been opened. This is a modern type of security system. Pros Every single window and door is monitored Wired to your property, so no need for battery replacing Reasonably priced Cons Outside electrical currents can interfere with this type of system Lightning can also prevent the system from working Can be complex to install It is important to select the security system that is most suited to your property; this will give you increased peace of mind. For more information, contact Alltronic Security Pty...

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