Every month, it’s a good idea to test your Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors by pressing the test button. If you’ve been in your home long or bought a new home, it may be time to replace the detectors. Depending on the model, you want to have them replaced every 10 years. While some detectors are directly linked up to a power source, they all have a battery for either power or backup power. So here’s your reminder! Pick up some batteries today and before put your detector alarms to the test.
Diane and I just returned from Las Vegas where we attended ISC West 2015; the largest security trade show out there. If it’s happening in security it was shown there.
A few things we took away:
Automation is where it’s at!
Why just have an alarm that alerts you when someone breaks in when you can also see what’s happening in your home or business with connected video, lock or unlock your door remotely, turn up or down the heat, turn on and off lights,…..
You get the idea, alarms are becoming part of what’s called the “internet of things”.
What’s the IOT? To put it simply, everything’s connected and accessible through the cloud. And it’s getting easier to use and less expensive!
Video is evolving rapidly.
The last couple years have seen video moving from analog to digital or IP based. This year we saw that continuing with pricing getting closer so that IP cameras are now a viable choice for even small systems, but I didn’t expect to see inexpensive analog systems now approaching digital quality picture.
Something I will be offering and am quite excited about are new products that allow local storage of video as well as notification by email of events and cloud storing of clips. And best of all it integrates with your alarm through a new service we will be offering.
Sound like something you could use? Give us a call or an email, I’ll fill you in on the details!