Using Electronic Door Locks

Using Electronic Door Locks

Security measures have become of vital importance in the postmodern world where we hardly stay indoors. This gives a massive scope to thieves to break into our houses during daytime to steal your valuables. Regular conventional locks can easily be manipulated and breached, hence no control of security. What is recommended at these times of technological control is a technologically advanced lock system that can secure your premises. In the age of massive smartphone dependence, it is seen that there are countless tasks that can be controlled or accessed via our smartphones and electronic locks are no exception.  There are a number of advanced security lock systems that give you the power to control the behavior of your door locks.

Having an electronic lock can not only ensure your safety but also allow you to have authority over the security you’re provided with, which is always better having an analogue security system. Some of the best door locks’ functionalities are listed below.

August Smart Lock

An easy replacement for the analogue deadbolts that consists of no physical key for the thieves to break into or any access codes to be decoded by a keylogger. Its connectivity resides with the Bluetooth or the house Wi-Fi and is independently battery-fueled to ensure that it is functional during a power cut. The virtual key system that it holds only provides the keys to the specific personnel which can also be limited to the number of weeks or hours, at will. It also keeps a log of the people entering and leaving the house and also a real-time log.
August Smart Lock

Kwikset Kevo

Another “keyless” wonder in the smart lock industries. This lock uses Bluetooth connectivity via smartphone to unlock and does not depend on the residing network which makes it safer from hackers. The product is both iOS and Android compatible and uses the Bluetooth link to even sense the key smartphone in the premise and unlocks the door, if wanted. Interestingly, the lock also comes with a programmable thermostat which allows you to control the temperature of the house via your smartphone.
Kwikset Kevo

Yale Real Living Electronic Touch Screen Deadbolt

This lock keeps the conventional key operation available along with a passcode combination of over 250 different settings. This lock allows you to connect to the different smart devices as it is compatible with the Zigbee and Z-Wave independent mesh networks which allows you to be connected with the lock via smartphone, tablet or PC without having to use the network of the house.
Yale Real Living Electronic Touch Screen Deadbolt

SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad Lock

An affordable starter electronic security lock that requires no connectivity but holds a reputation for its 8 programmable passcodes that can be controlled via a master code. It also comes with a low battery indicator which helps the users to replace and make it functional at the apt time.
SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad Lock

Samsung Digital Door Lock

Samsung lock allows you to be connected to your Samsung home appliances which automatically gives you authority over video cameras, security sensors and more. Even if you do not wish to use these functionalities, you can use it as an electronic lock that gives the facilities of passcodes, fingerprint access and also conventional key usage. It also allows the doors to be automatically locked after the user leaves the premises, ensuring maximum safety
Samsung Digital Door Lock

Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

Ranked highest in the lock security of American National Standards Institute, this lock provides an audible alarm and a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that ensures access to only authorized personnel. With Z wave automation, you can control the inner electrical with your smartphone and also allow service providers to enter the premises at specific dates and times at will.
Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

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Smart Home Technology Has Come A Long Way

Smart Home Technology Has Come A Long Way

Have you ever gotten into your car after locking up carefully and been suddenly hit with the dreaded uncertainty of whether or not you remembered to turn the stove off properly?

And then you’ve had to make the irritating trip back into your home when you’re already running late, only to see that of course, you had actually turned it off. But you couldn’t be sure if you hadn’t gone and checked, and it would’ve nagged at you all day. Well actually, now you can. Welcome to smart home technology of the modern day.

With a few quick taps on your phone, your worry is taken care of, all from within your car. And that’s far from the best feature of a smart home. You can set up cameras to monitor things around the house, while also keeping you safe from intruders. Any suspicious activity and a call will automatically be placed on local law enforcement, and they can be on the scene faster than was ever possible before.

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Smart Home Technology in Modern Days

Back in the day, even a rudimentary porch light timer was considered enough to classify property as a smart home. The technology has progressed leaps and bounds since then. Nowadays smart homes can do everything from maintaining a different temperature in every room of your house to ordering your groceries for you.

All the menial tasks you can think of, someone has created an app, patch or upgrade to have it automated by your home. Gone are the days when you pour your cereal only to realize you’re out of milk, or when you have to bundle up because someone else in the house has turned down the thermostat really low.

Security First is here to provide you with all your smart home needs. Although we focus on security, our smart home technology comes with the whole package.

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CMO of a major real estate agency, Sean Blankenship has said that a sizeable portion of their agents believed that smart homes sold much faster than their technologically slower counterparts.

This was also reflected in their reports. He further called out the industry for using the term too loosely to sell more houses and stated that a universally agreed upon definition should be established for the benefit of the everyday consumer. We here at Security First agree with that sentiment. After all, an automated porch light just won’t cut it anymore.

What Makes a Smart Home?

Creating a standard definition for a smart home sparked considerable debate in the industry. In the end, the definition that was eventually established was made by Coldwell Banker and CNET. It makes sense that it was born of a partnership made up of a real estate agency formed out of Silicon Valley and a renowned technological review website.

It was settled on after Coldwell Banker conducted a survey that revealed more than a quarter of consumers owned some form of a smart home device and that an astonishing nearly half of the 18 to 34 age group had all the bells and whistles already.

The definition in part stated that to be a smart home the property needed to be furnished with networked or “smart products” that provided functionality that could be controlled either remotely or from within the house using an independent system.

They further clarified that a smart home must have at least one smart security feature and also a secure internet connection, of course. Another requirement was having at least two of several smart security options, from cameras, sensors, alarms, etc.

Security First has been quick to comply with this definition and provided hundreds of happy customers with their smart homes for years now. Contact us for a free quote today.

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Home Automation – Smart People, Smarter Houses

Home Automation – Smart People, Smarter Houses

As modern technology is flourishing at a rapid speed, the concept of ‘smart’ is being incorporated more deeply into our everyday lives. From phones to houses, almost everything has now become automated and ‘smart’ for our ease, safety, and convenience.

Access to everything from one place and one device has become a reality that most people nowadays are choosing to achieve. This might seem slightly overwhelming and even confusing at times; a simple understanding will be enough to clear all your doubts and worries.

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So what is home automation, exactly?

Home automation involves, through a central hub, the control and automation of

    • Lighting
    • Heating
    • Air Conditioning
    • Ventilation and Climate Control
    • Kitchen Appliances
    • Home Security (cameras and devices)
    • Indoor positioning systems
    • Audio systems

Smart homes use the ‘Internet of Things’ to connect all your home devices and systems to a central hub for full control. You can access this network through your smartphone or another device, ensuring complete control at all times.

The homeowner can set a schedule, and rest is automated based off of personal preferences and patterns. A Wi-Fi enabled household will provide ease of controlling smart appliances and home systems.

Home automation is guaranteed to provide you with a comfortable home environment that saves money, time and energy. In a sense, a smart home will be a home that can take care of itself, with just the main instructions from the homeowner.

Security First’s Home Automation

At Security First, we believe in providing you with the best home automation system. Your phone, laptop or tab will allow you to instantaneously control and monitor all your smart appliances with one touch.

Settle down on your bed and regulate the temperature and lighting in one go. Walk around your house and use voice control to adjust the audio system. Take a road trip and use the home security system to keep an eye out for intruders (and even leaking taps!).  Come back home and watch how the gates open and rooms light up, sensing your arrival!home automation, smart homes, smart home technology, security first usa, security long island, security systems, smart home,

With home automation, home security will be a worry of the past. After the initial set-up and installing, monitoring and control of all home appliances will become a case of simple finger-touch. Home automation will give you an environment that you will choose with the click of a button.

Using the simple concept of “if this, then that”, the central hub can figure out how to put your smart appliances to use. If entering through the main door, then turn the living room lights on.

If dimming the bedroom lights, then set the air conditioning to room temperature. Your smart home will not only adjust according to your preference but will be energy-efficient and intelligent regarding usage of smart appliances.

Call Today to Automize Your Home into a Smart Home

Get instant updates on all your smart appliances when away from home; use immediate controls to regulate the same when you are in. A smart home takes away your home maintenance worries away, allowing you to monitor every smart appliance using just your phone. No need for any constant manual work, just check your phone, and you are good to go!

Security First will provide you with a convenient and efficient home automation system that will cater to all your home needs and preferences exactly the way you want. Life in a busy suburb will become cakewalk when your home is smart and cost-effective.

We understand that there is more to life than fussing over smart appliances and worrying about home security and energy-savings. A smart home will save you money and time, and will make your life easier!

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Smart Homes… How’s It Work?

Smart Homes… How’s It Work?

Our daily lives are getting busier every day. We can hardly stay home and scurry to our workplaces in the morning, returning late at night. We leave all our precious belongings and our dearest ones at home- be it children or pets. Hence it’s important to think about their safety as a top priority.

Plus there are the pesky little oversights such as not turning the lights off or not setting the security alarm. To solve all these problems, consider switching to smart homes.

Security First helps you install, maintain and offer complete solutions to your smart home needs so that you can remain tension-free at work or on a fun day out.

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Smart Homes Today

With a smart home system, all these worries can be taken care of with a quick look at your smartphone screen. All the devices and home appliances in your house can be connected so that they can be integrated and connected to you as well.

Smart homes allow you to check on the kids and pets, to see if they have done their homework or made a mess. These intelligent systems can protect your valuables from potential threats effectively. In usual smart homes, electrical and electronic devices can be made to work on remote commands by you.

These commands can be given using remote control, smartphone, tablet or voice; making the smart homes respond instantly. The lights, thermostat regulation, home theater, security etc. can be connected in this way. At Security First, we recognize that more and more people are concerned about the automation of their homes as well as safety.

Hence we can help with the installation of these smart devices. Previously, only the tech-savvy or rich could afford smart homes. However, they are becoming more common and affordable in recent times.

Security First has witnessed the current requirements of the customer base of smart homes and we are willing to help you out for 24/7 maintenance and surveillance of your home. More and more established technology organizations, as well as startups, are launching smart homes for a fast growing market.

By the current year, the industry of smart home automation systems can potentially grow to around forty-four billion dollars. This is attributed to the success and prevalence of smartphones and handheld devices.

Our smartwatches, phones, and tablet computers are an important part of our lives; we are always connected to the internet, meaning that they can be configured to control other devices. All this hassle of configuring and connecting the devices can be handled efficiently by Security First.

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The first smart home technology was developed in 1975 by a Scotland based company. Their revolutionary product, the X10 is still in use to this date. It allows products to communicate with each other using the existing electrical wires in a house.

While all the other home appliances are receivers, devices such as keypads or remote controls are transmitters. Turning the lights off in another room means that one of the transmitters will send a numerical signal with a code to turn it off. While this system is really fast, the use of electrical lines is not always reliable as it can react to outside electronic interference.

To solve this problem, many smart homes make use of radio waves, Bluetooth, WiFi or mobile network signals to be connected with each other and receive commands. There are two important radio networks used widely for smart homes, these are Z-Wave and ZigBee. They happen to be mesh networks; hence there is more than one path for the messages to reach the receiving home appliance.

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Today’s smart homes also make use of wireless networks to have more flexible command operations. However, if you are putting your security first, you should be aware that wireless networks can also have interference. A system of dual mesh network known as Insteon can solve this problem to an extent. If a command is not being received in one route, it will try another.

Manufacturers of smart homes as well as we at Security First have every thought of putting your convenience in their products. Installing of sensors in the doors and windows of the house and placing security cameras at crucial entry points allow you to not only to monitor who comes in and goes out, but it also works in keeping unwanted people out by sounding effective alarms.

Even if you go for a long vacation, you can still keep an eye on your home while enjoying your time. Hence, getting a smart home system from Security First is a worthwhile investment for your security.

Call us today for more information about how Security First can fully turn your home into a smart home.

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