3 Creative Way to Use Wireless Cameras

When having a home security system meant installing an alarm and just hoping for the best, gone are the days. Today, wireless security cameras are integral to keeping your home safe. Are you getting the most out of your system?

New cameras, such as Vivint’s Ping, do more than just take pictures. Ping is the first indoor camera that enables true two-way talk with the ability to both call in and call out, making it easy for families to communicate and connect.

These features are great for home security, but that’s just the start. Here are a few other creative ways you can use Ping:

1. Getting teenagers out of bed

With Ping, you can see whether the kids have gotten out of bed and traipsed their way to the bathroom to brush their teeth. Use Ping to remind them to get up for the second (or third) time if they’re still sleeping. Your kids can also use Ping to talk to you, so expect to take your morning coffee with cream, sugar and some good old-fashioned teenage attitude.

Mornings can be rushed when you’re trying to get yourself and your kids up, dressed, fed and out the door in an hour. Who has time to go back and forth between various rooms to make sure teens don’t sleep through their alarms?

2. Monitoring pets

There won’t be as much two-way communication in this case, but Ping is a great resource for getting your dog off the couch. Its camera and voice capabilities let you check to see what your furry friend is up to at any given time. And, thanks to the video clips, you can check to see whether the dog really did tear or break that vase up those couch cushions.

Monitor your pets

3. Practicing better home care

Ping could be a big help to both you and your loved ones if you have elderly family members living with you. You can check on them no matter where you are inside or outside the house. They can use Ping to talk to you and ask for help if they need it if you’re caring for people with mobility issues.

Gone are the days when having a home security system meant installing an alarm and just hoping for the best. Today, wireless security cameras are integral to keeping your home safe. New cameras, such as Vivint’s Ping, do more than just take pictures. Ping is the first indoor camera that enables true two-way talk with the ability to both call in and call out, making it easy for families to communicate and connect. If they’re still sleeping, use Ping to remind them to get up for the second (or third) time.

Wireless security cameras like Ping are the next step in home security, but they let you do more than keep an eye on your home. Smart technology makes your home camera a multi-functional tool you can use to make sure everyone in your family is safe, healthy and on schedule.

Contact Velocity today for more information about how security cameras can keep you productive and safe.

Smart Locks Are The Best

Have you ever forgotten to lock your door? While it can be easy mistake, leaving doors unlocked can have detrimental consequences. until recently, I had no idea that a simple technology could eliminate the risk of leaving our door unlocked.

Electronic door locks are extremely practical for busy, modern lifestyles. this feature of the Velocity Smart Home system allows you to remotely lock and unlock your doors in a way that’s most convenient for you. There are numerous ways to use electronic door locks, whether using the keypad in person, the automation app or you can even program doors to lock and unlock automatically every time you arm and disarm your system!

Another perk of electronic door locks is being able to leave and enter your home without keys. I love that when I walk our dog, I don’t need to carry around a bulky keychain! I can travel live and light simply.

Perhaps the best part is that you can lock and unlock your doors from any remote location with a tablet, computer, or smartphone . Whether you need to let the kids in after school or let a neighbor stop by, this is quite useful.

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Everything You Need To Know

For those of us who didn’t grow up with technology at our fingertips, the concept of a smart home can be overwhelming enough that it may seem the trouble outweighs the benefit. If you’ve ever shied away from home automation because you weren’t sure exactly what it was, this article is for you. It can answer some basic questions you were too afraid to ask about the future of smart homes.

What is it?

Simply put, a smart home is one where an array of important household components– such as HVAC, lighting, security and appliances– speak to one another and provide a programmable, customizable experience. These are controlled by a single device– usually an app– that can be accessed from anywhere you are.

What makes it smart?

Truly smart automation learns your behaviors and routines. A smart thermostat that learns your routine and determines how often you use different areas of your home can automatically adjust itself accordingly to ensure maximum energy conservation and savings.

When your app alerts you to a water leak back home, Picture yourself on vacation miles from home. When you return, remote monitoring provides you with valuable information that can save you from the cost and headache of an unpleasant surprise.

What can it do for me?

A significant home automation benefit is it allows for a customized approach that can boost security, save costs and provide convenience and time-savings to your family. Whether you need to unlock the door remotely for your child who forgot their key or shut off the iron you left on from your desk at work, having the ability to control your home from anywhere can provide that peace of mind.

Smart home technology isn’t strictly about monitoring your home in a robotic fashion; it’s about living your life to the fullest with the confidence that your home is running smoothly at all times and having that stress off your plate can help you focus on the most important things in life.

What about the cost?

Most people assume that because all the cool things home automation does, outfitting your home with smart technology must be cost-prohibitive. Of course, as with any technology, the sky is the limit, but a basic home monitoring package with access to home security, heating, appliance and lighting control is more than affordable.

Is it confusing to operate?

The beautiful thing about most consumer technology on the market today is it’s easy to use and can add a much-needed aspect of ease to our everyday routine. In a world where life tends to move at the speed of technology, a little help goes a long way.

Speak with a Velocity Smart Security representative to learn more about how you can outfit your house with smart home technology.

For those of us who didn’t grow up with technology at our fingertips, the concept of a smart home can be overwhelming enough that it may seem the trouble outweighs the benefit. It can answer some basic questions you were too afraid to ask about the future of smart homes.

Most people assume that because all the cool things home automation does, outfitting your home with smart technology must be cost-prohibitive. Of course, as with any technology, the sky is the limit, but a basic home monitoring package with access to home security, appliance, heating and lighting control is more than affordable.

Because smart homes are controlled by a single source, there’s only one control center to worry about, whether it be a hardwired control panel in your home or a mobile app.

Any person who can operate a microwave can operate a smart home. Because smart homes are controlled by a single source, there’s only one control center to worry about, whether it be a hardwired control panel in your home or a mobile app. The best part is many smart home apps are user-friendly by design.

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Don’t Just Baby Proof Your Home- Make it Smart

Welcoming a new baby to your home is a wonderful time, but have you started to think about babyproofing your home? Before you bring your new bundle of joy home, think about using smart technology to improve your babyproofing.

Security Cameras

Have you given any thought to baby proofing now that your new baby is home?

To keep an eye on your baby while they’re asleep, add a security camera to their bedroom or nursery. If you hired a nanny to care for your child, think about concealing the security camera in an area that’ll let you check on her when you’re not at home.

Door and Window Alarms

Baby proofing your home will help keep your baby safe.

Even before your child is mobile, a door alarm will alert you whenever someone goes into or out of your baby’s room. A window alarm is especially necessary if your baby’s room is on the ground floor.

Have a medicine or chemical cabinet under the sink not for kids? Put an alarm on it to notify you right away if someone was to break the “lock” you’ve put on it. It’s amazing how smart kids are. Don’t be caught by surprise.

Pool Alarm

It’s very important you install an alarm on the door that leads to your pool if your home has a pool. That way, you’ll receive an alert if your baby finds his way to the swimming area. You should also install a pool alarm, which monitors the waves in your pool and will alert you if they detect motion in the water– whether it’s your child or your pet.

pool door alarm

Smart Medication Timers

Consider using a smart medication timer if someone in your home uses medication or you need to give your baby medicine. It locks the medication until a specified time, at which point it’ll release the lock and send you an alert to your smartphone. This will prevent your child from getting into your medication and stop you from accidentally giving your baby the same dose twice.

 

Door sensors, indoor cameras, and smart locks all help to make your baby and your home safer, giving you an added piece of mind at the same time. No mater your child’s age, keeping them safe and secure is your number one priority. Utilize these smart tools to help make your job easier.

Of course, even after you consider your technology needs, it’s still important to take care of traditional babyproofing tasks such as adding door latches, installing corner protectors for sharp table edges and tying cords up and out of the way. You’ll have more time to spend reading your baby bedtime stories every night once these are taken care of.

Let Velocity Smart Security help you better baby proof your house! Call us for a free quote today!

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4 Reasons to Consider a Home Security System With 24/7 Monitoring

There’s protection– and there’s 24/7 monitored protection when it comes to installing a home security system. While any security system is an important part of stress-free living and convenience, having the option of around-the-clock live response has some pretty significant– and potentially cost-saving– benefits.

1. Experience proven performance

While any security setup is a deterrent to potential burglars, home security systems with 24/7 monitoring and live response are proven to have faster emergency response times than those without. Knowing help will be on the way, especially if you’re unable to respond to an alert, is one of the biggest reasons to choose a monitored home security system.

2. Get confirmation of alerts

Security professional answering a call

With increasing technology comes the ability to receive alerts about the status of your home, wherever you may be. While this is a fantastic function for any alarm system, missing a text or app alert about a broken window or burst pipe could spell disaster in the long-run. With a monitored system, you’ll always be contacted directly by a security specialist to confirm any alert or alarm event, which means the probability of you missing out on crucial information is slim.

Call Center

3. Gain reduced premiums

Many home insurance companies will offer discounts for a home security system, but if the system has the benefit of 24/7 monitoring, those discounts can add up. Before installing any type of security system, contact your insurer to see just how big those discounts can be.

4. Hear a calm voice

No one wants to deal with an actual emergency in their home, whether it be medical, security or otherwise; but having a calm, confident professional who can walk you through a crisis and dispatch emergency help is a priceless addition to security. Additionally, many live-monitored systems can tie into a panic alarm or button, which can alert security professionals to an impending emergency.

Discuss your home security options with a Velocity Smart Security representative today.

No one wants to deal with an actual emergency in their home, whether it be medical, security or otherwise; but having a calm, confident professional who can walk you through a crisis and dispatch emergency help is a priceless addition to security. Additionally, many live-monitored systems can tie into a panic alarm or button, which can alert security professionals to an impending emergency. This technology can provide freedom from worry, and set the stage for infirm or elderly relatives to remain independent in their homes for a longer time.

Any home security system needs to be a good fit for your family and your lifestyle. There are distinct benefits to having a live voice on the other end of the phone and being personally alerted of an event in your home, even if you’re away, You can sleep comfortably knowing your home is in the hands of security professionals who make it their business to keep your home, and your family, secure and safe.

While this is a fantastic function for any alarm system, missing a text or app alert about a broken window or burst pipe could spell disaster in the long-run. With a monitored system, you’ll always be contacted directly by a security specialist to confirm any alert or alarm event, which means the probability of you missing out on crucial information is slim.

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4 Home Security Innovations to Watch This Summer

As you get ready to hit the road for a summer vacation, it’s a great time to think about how to secure your home while you’re away. When keeping home security smarter than any intruder, innovation is key. Here are some trends that will make it easier to keep your home safe.

Control with your voice

Keep your home safer with the sound of your own voice.

When no apps or buttons are needed to control your appliancehs and home security system, full home automation will finally be achieved. Voice control will usher in a new era of truly hands-free control so that when you’re busy chasing down your kids for bath time, you don’t have to fumble around for your phone to check if you remembered to close the garage door. Your automated home security system will be able to interface with voice control devices, such as Amazon Echo, to help you secure your house with nothing more than a verbal command.

See a better picture

4K resolution isn’t just great for making your home videos look amazing, it can help keep your home safer by capturing surveillance footage that you can actually decipher. It can be hard to identify intruders with dark and grainy videos, but thanks to more advanced cameras, features like night vision and high resolution can make footage crystal clear.

Use two-way communication

Wireless security cameras that allow you to communicate with someone on the other side of the camera are the simplest new first line of defense for home security. The best part is, you don’t even have to be home to do it.

Lock doors the smart way

Keys will become a thing of the past with smart door locks.

Wireless security cameras that allow you to communicate with someone on the other side of the camera are the simplest new first line of defense for home security. You don’t have to worry about lost keys and family members getting locked out, while at the same time, you’ll keep your home safer from strangers while you’re away.

Old Metal Keys

It’s now becoming an optimal choice for securing your home. This is an especially useful home security function when you have kids going all day and coming during the summer months. You don’t have to worry about lost keys and family members getting locked out, while at the same time, you’ll keep your home safer from strangers while you’re away.

Contact Velocity Smart Security today to learn more about upcoming home automation trends.

With so many new innovations, it’s important to keep up and make sure your home security system doesn’t become obsolete. With a modern security system like Velocity’s, the integrated software allows you to easily interface with multiple smart devices and continuously upgrade and adapt to the newest technology.

Innovation is key when keeping home security smarter than any intruder. Full home automation will finally be achieved when no apps or buttons are needed to control your appliances and home security system. Your automated home security system will be able to interface with voice control devices, such as Amazon Echo, to help you secure your house with nothing more than a verbal command.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Wireless Security Cameras

When having a home security system meant installing an alarm and just hoping for the best, gone are the days. Today, wireless security cameras are integral to keeping your home safe. However, are you getting the most out of your system?

New cameras, such as our Ping Camera, does more than just take pictures. Ping is the first indoor camera that enables true two-way talk with the ability to both call in and call out, making it easy for families to communicate and connect.

These features are great for home security, but that’s just the start. Here are a few other creative ways you can use Ping:

1. Getting teenagers out of bed

Mornings can be rushed when you’re trying to get yourself and your kids up, dressed, fed and out the door in an hour. Who has time to go back and forth between various rooms to make sure teens don’t sleep through their alarms?

With Ping, you can see whether the kids have gotten out of bed and traipsed their way to the bathroom to brush their teeth yet. Use Ping to remind them to get up for the second (or third) time if they’re still sleeping. Your kids can also use Ping to talk to you, so expect to take your morning coffee with cream, sugar and some good old-fashioned teenage attitude.

2. Monitoring pets

There won’t be as much two-way communication in this case, but Ping is a great resource for getting your dog off the couch. Its camera and voice capabilities let you check to see what your furry friend is up to at any given time. And, thanks to the video clips, you can check to see whether the dog really did break that vase or tear up those couch cushions.

Black Great Dane

3. Practicing better home care

Ping could be a big help to both you and your loved ones if you have elderly family members living with you. You can check on them no matter where you are inside or outside the house. If you’re caring for people with mobility issues, they can use Ping to talk to you and ask for help if they need it.

Wireless security cameras like Ping are the next step in home security, but they let you do more than keep an eye on your home. Smart technology makes your home camera a multifunctional tool you can use to make sure everyone in your family is safe, healthy and on schedule.

Contact Velocity Smart Security today for more information about how security cameras can keep you safe and productive.

Gone are the days when having a home security system meant installing an alarm and just hoping for the best. Today, wireless security cameras are integral to keeping your home safe. New cameras, such as our Ping, do more than just take pictures. Ping is the first indoor camera that enables true two-way talk with the ability to both call in and call out, making it easy for families to communicate and connect. If they’re still sleeping, use Ping to remind them to get up for the second (or third) time.

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The Essential Components of Modern Home Security Systems

Home security systems offer you and your loved ones peace of mind. Today’s security system is not the same as it was five years ago. Modern systems are comprised of multiple components that work together to protect your entire house.

What Makes Up a Modern Home Security System?

These components are what protect your home from intruders, fires and even flooding. While some are add-ons, others come standard with a new home security system install.

  • Panel – This is the center for your alarm system. It communicates with all of the sensors installed in your home, allows you to arm and disarm the system and is used for maintenance.
  • Door and Window Sensors – These are the most basic pieces of a home security system. They are strategically placed on your doors and windows and when the alarm is active, will set off the security system if a sensor detects an opening.
  • Motion Sensors – Motion sensors recognize heat and movement within a 25-foot range and 90-degree arc. They can supplement where door and window sensors may not reach and can help complete the coverage your system provides.
  • Surveillance Cameras These are often an added feature. They can be placed inside and outside the home for added peace of mind and they let you check-in on your home no matter where you are.
  • Panic Buttons – These are designed to arm and disarm your alarm, but if you use the panic mode, they automatically alert the authorities without calling you first.
  • Automation Controls – From turning lights on and off to securing doors and even turning off the television, home automation controls can be integrated with your home security system for added convenience.

Velocity Smart Security can help you find the right home security system and add-ons to suit your residence. We offer free in-home estimates and can discuss the components of our latest security panels and monitoring options.

Call Velocity today. We can help you customize the right home security system to fit your needs and budget.