Smart Home Automation: Security Alarm Monitoring and Energy Savings at Home and Away

smart home automation

You want more control. You want to know what is happening at your home or business when you’re not there. That may involve accessing live camera feeds, being notified of any type of entry through a door or window, or setting temperature and light schedules to conserve energy. What’s nice is most alarm control panels allow you to set and check these aspects directly from the panel. What’s even nicer is alarm dealers are offeringmobile apps that allow customers to control and monitor every aspect of your security system from your smart phone, tablet, or computer. As with anything nowadays, there are several flavors of smart home automation and remote access services. Below is a brief overview of the service in general, what to expect, and how Capital Connect’s interactive service offers our customers more control over their home or business compared to the competition.

Smarter Security makes Homes and Businesses more Fun

Before proceeding, we would like to pose a question: when researching security alarm systems, have you ever considered how much ‘fun’ your prospective dealer’s alarm is to use? Feel free to respond in the comments section, but we will continue under the impression that such a thought hadn’t crossed your mind. Not to worry! Allow us to explain: alarm systems, and especially the main control panel, are commonly thought of as complex, hard to learn, and not user friendly devices. Customers often complain about never being trained to use their panels, leading to a complete neglect in testing the alarm signal to ensure that in the event of an emergency the central monitoring station is properly notified.

All of this spells out an experience that is the exact opposite of what many would call ‘fun’. A fun experience is opening a new toy and playing with the buttons, learning quickly and easily how something works so you can move on to using it for yours or another’s benefit. A fun experience typically puts a smile on your face to signify that you understand what is happening and enjoy the outcome or results. So, how exactly does an alarm system become ‘fun’ to use? Well, much in the same way other forms of technology or entertainment become fun: through interaction.

Interactive Services: Home Security Made Fun Again

As we mentioned earlier, there are several different companies that offer interactive services for security system automation. These are the industry leaders at the time of this writing:

  • Alarm.com
  • Total Connect
  • AlertMe
  • OpenHome

The type of service available to you is based on the alarm dealer you choose. Total Connect is a Honeywell product. AlertMe is a UK company. OpenHome is offered by iControl.  Each of these services offers the same basic features for controlling and monitoring your home or business. Capital Connect partners with Alarm.com to offer our customers the most user-friendly, comprehensive home automation toolkit currently available. Alarm.com works directly with our Go!Control panel through advanced Z-Wave technology. Now, here’s where the fun starts.  While Alarm.com offers a fully-featured web portal for use on any laptop or desktop PC, there is also a mobile app available for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry devices. With this app installed, you can control and monitor every aspect of your security system from any mobile device just by logging in to your account.

Peace of Mind in the Palm of your Hand

Armed with a fully wireless, completely cellular, monitored alarm system and theAlarm.com mobile app, your smart phone or tablet device instantly becomes your mobile access point and viewport into your home or business. Quickly arm or disarm your alarm, check which doors or windows are open, search activity histories and manage multiple users (i.e. housekeeper, babysitter). More advanced features include:

  • Send custom notifications or alerts for any activity to specific users
  • Watch live video feeds and recorded clips from your installed security cameras
  • Keep track of important system events including power outages and floods

Beyond all this, Alarm.com offers an impressive feature that adds an extra level of defense, as well as a complete energy management system, also fully accessible from any mobile device.

Feel emPowered

The features listed above are great, don’t get us wrong. But we felt our customers deserve even more control. It was not enough to be able to control the alarm and check cameras, windows or doors. We want our customers to live more conveniently and feel completely secure at all times, at home, on vacation, or at the office. That’s why we love – and our customers agree – Alarm.com’s emPower service. With emPower from Alarm.com, you can easily:

  • Remotely lock/unlock your doors*
  • Set temperature schedules for any time of day**
  • Create light schedules to fit your daily routine***
  • Get real time text or email alerts when any setting has changed

Demand a Security System that makes you Happier

Several foreign words have been thrown around in this article: Remote access, Interactive Services, Z-Wave technologies, to name a few. While it is recommended you have a vague understanding of what they mean, only one thing is truly important: We here at Capital Connect realize our customers demand a higher quality of security, one that is safer, easier to use, and more approachable than what is typical of the home security industry. You need a way to ensure that everything is alright at home or at your business, no matter where you are. And more importantly, you’d love for the experience of checking in to be enjoyable, fun even! With an alarm system from Capital Connect and the Alarm.com interactive services, we give you complete control over your family, your home, and your life. So what are you waiting for? Go have fun!

*Requires automatic keypad door lock
**Requires smart programmable thermostat
***Requires small appliance/smart light module

If you are considering adding a home security system, a security camera or home automation; contact the security experts at Capital Connect Tucson. Capital Connect Tucson can help you with all of your home security needs.  Call (520) 209-2525 today. Request a Quote online or come by the office located at 6400 E Grant Rd #270, Tucson, AZ.