Full Home Automation
A topic and term that would have felt so foreign just five short years ago is now becoming a way of life. It feels like everyday there are new home automation features and products coming to market. It’s overwhelmingly excited for many and scary for so many others. For those of you who are new to this term and have no idea what we’re talking about, let us briefly walk you through what home automation is and what services ATX Security Systems can offer you here in Austin, Texas.
Without getting nuts and bolts and ultra technical, automation in a general sense is using technology to handle processes. That’s about as broad as it gets but for the sake of the different knowledge levels everyone reading may be at, let’s leave it there.
When you hear the term full home automation, it is referring to quite literally automating the entire home. That is, using technology to handle some of the processes that take place inside the home. That ranges from of course your home security system, to your lights, and even to your garage door. From any mobile device you can control your home from anywhere in the world with nothing more than a cellular or Wifi connection. Isn’t that fascinating?
10 years ago it would have taken someone highly exposed or very open-minded to really believe this would be possible just a few short years later.
Currently we offer automation over the following areas in your home:
Future of Automation
There are industry rumors that are claiming within a few years or even months, we will be able to control our sprinkler system, dishwasher, and many other devices inside the home. There are a handful of tech companies launched with money from venture capital firms and angel investors looking to take some of these products to market as we speak. What an exciting time to be alive.
The reason we decide to offer many of the automation features in addition to our already top of the line home security system, is because these products are all integrated thanks to companies like 2-Gig and Vivint Smart Home. Both have proved to be industry leaders and continuously put out incredible products.
Smart Home Integration
As mentioned above, it’s the integration of all these products that makes for such an attractive offering. Just imagine being out at lunch with your friends when you suddenly remember your mom is on her way to the house to grab her dish she left the night before. You send her a quick text message informing her that you are unlocking the door remotely from your phone. You then proceed to unlock the door and watch real time as she walked up to the door and inside the home. As she leaves the house you are sent a notifications from your doorbell camera and the history feature on your phone. You simply push one button and the door is locked and the home is securely armed.
Smart Home Features You Didn’t Know About
For those techies that have made it this deep into our website, this section is for you. If you are the guy or gal that likes to read articles titled “five things you didn’t know your smartphone did,” this is going to have you on the edge of your seat.
Really we are joking, but with a hint of seriousness we believe you will thoroughly enjoy these almost forgotten features. All of our smart home automation packages include custom rules and notifications. Anytime you hear the word ‘custom’ you probably either get really excited by all the possibilities or really nervous by the thought of having to deal with more technology. For us, we clearly love talking about it.
Picture the following scenario:
You’ve just had the technician put the finishing touches on the new smart home system, you are on your way to the grocery store to pick up those last few items for Sunday dinner, and grandma decides to show up early to the house. With a normal alarm this will inevitably turn to a complete and utter disaster and there is a high likelihood the cops will be at your home for a false alarm in minutes. With the old clunky Honeywell and DSC keypads, grandma would have had to open the door, walk inside and find where the beeping was coming from, then after remembering the alarm code within the allotted time slot, she would have to perfectly punch the code in.
If she failed to execute any of the before mentioned steps, the alarm was going off and the cops were showing up.
Now let’s talk about the simplicity of your new home automation system. Grandma is given her own unique code. As a hint, keep it stupid simple or she will forget. When she walks up to the door she pushes the four-digit code and like magic the door automatically unlocks, sends a signal to the panel to disarm the alarm, and at the same time you receive a notification that she has arrived. If you have a relative over to your home more than once a month, this feature alone is worth every penny you’ll pay for one of our systems.
If this still doesn’t sound feasible, have grandma give you a buzz when she arrives at the house. You can then manual unlock the door and disarm the system from your phone, allowing grandma a peaceful experience.