security

  • Forget your door keys and go keyless

    Posted on 19th September 2013 by Andy.

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    The day when you can finally get rid of a cumbersome bunch of keys is almost here thanks to the Kevo keyless entry system from Kwikset. Much like a keyless car entry system Kevo uses an app on your iPhone to communicate with the lock via bluetooth. When it knows an authorised user is close they simply have to press the Kevo pad for the door to unlock. You can manage access through the phone or a desktop app so you can share keys with your family members and friends by setting them as administrative users, normal users, one-off entry or even specific scheduled access. It’s also clever enough to know whether you’re in or out so it won’t leave the door open simply because the phone is nearby. The Kevo system is currently available to pre-order in the US with an expected launch in late October. Find out more here: http://www.kwikset.com/kevo/default.aspx

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with door, kevo, keyless, kwikset, security

  • People Power's Presence App

    Posted on 17th July 2013 by Andy.

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    If you’re looking for a reasonably priced but effective security camera and have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hanging around then app developer People Power has the answer. Its new app, Presence, can turn your Apple device into a security camera for free. Simply install the app on a device that’s connected to the internet and also on your regular iPad or iPhone. With both devices logged on to your account you now have access to a video camera with real-time video and audio streaming. So you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and elderly relatives, and even have a two-way conversation with someone at home via the app. The best bit is that the app also features motion detection, so if someone or something is moving about your home it’ll take a video clip and send it to you as an alert. It’s an effective and affordable way to get some peace of mind when you’re out. Presence marks People Power’s biggest bid so far for taking over your home. The Silicon Valley based company has also recently joined with a US electronics firm, Monster Power, to produce an app that monitor the power consumption going through specially adapted multiplug extensions. You can log on at any time of day and see how much power is being consumed as well turning off appliances or programming what times they should be active. People Power aims to make further deals with technology manufacturers whereby its energy saving and security software can put you remotely in touch with your home. While it is facing off against similar systems from giants such as Google, Verizon and AT&T, People Power’s simple and affordable wireless options have the potential to define the market. Find out more: http://peoplepowerco.com/ Get the app: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/presence-by-people-power/id618598211?mt=8

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with app, camera, people, power, security, Smart Home

  • A phone that answers the door for you

    Posted on 18th June 2013 by Andy.

    Siedle-Scope

    What at first glance looks like a very smart cordless telephone is actually hiding a few neat tricks up its sleeve, as the Siedle Scope can also control a lot of your home technology.

    While it connects to your landline and works just like a regular phone, including caller identification, its other main strength is security. The full-colour screen on the handset can be used to access and control remote security cameras located about your property. So if you hear the doorbell you can look to see who it is and even open the door for them, all via the handset. It will even let you control your electric blinds, lights and garage door.

    The Scope is from German design firm Siedle, specialists in home technology with products ranging from intercoms to thumb-print scanners. Prices for the Siedle Scope start at £600.

    Find out more here: http://www.siedle.com

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with control, home, scope, security, siedle, technology

  • Has Anyone Seen The Keys?

    Posted on 4th August 2011 by Andy.

    When it comes to home security, Controliss automatically operated electric blinds can offer significant peace of mind. When controlled with a Controliss programmable remote control handset, your window blinds will operate automatically at a specified times of the day, giving the impression that you are at home, even if you are miles away. Of course, the typical way we cast our home security fears aside is by locking our doors and security system. Developers are continually trying to establish a better system than the everyday, often hard to find, house key.

    Say hello to your new front door key! It’s not a key as you would normally remember, that’s because Yale have invented the Keyfree locking system. It’s very similar to the system we now use to unlock our cars, which is remote control. It’s incredibly easy to use and is great for peace of mind, especially when you’ve just got back from the weekly food shop and it’s raining. Trying to find your keys in the bottom of the bag, whilst holding a load of shopping bags that are ready to burst, and getting wet, isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. With the Yale Keyfree, you can sit in the car, unlock the front door from your seat and, hey presto, you’re straight in with minimum fuss. The key will even talk to you if you want it to. So no more rummaging for keys in your bag, no more key cutting for spares, it is one simple system, which is battery powered. Even if the batteries fail, it still works with its backup emergency power. If you head upstairs and forget to lock the front door, not a problem, one press and you’re safe and secure. The Key Free Locking system comes as part of the handle and locking mechanism inside a multipoint locking door. You have a keypad on the inside, which also works as an alarm, so you can enter a code to lock and unlock, and the alarm sounds if anyone tries to tamper with the door. The remote key fob can lock and unlock from 10 meters away, and there is a slot for a normal key, which will override the system. So you have your remote control key for your car, your TV remote, your Controliss blinds remote and now you can lock and unlock your front and back doors with the Yale Keyfree Remote!

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with automatic, blinds, controliss, door, doors, home security, locks, remote, Remote Control, security, system, window

  • The Right To Protect Your Home

    Posted on 8th July 2011 by Andy.

    Last week, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that home owners would have the right to protect their homes using “reasonable force”, which would void them from prosecution. In the past decades, stories have made the headlines of innocent home owners trying to protect themselves, their families and their homes, and then coming under legal fire for using force. Now this has changed, but who would really want to be faced with that situation in the first instance? It’s an incredibly frightening thought. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the top security available in today’s market for your home. ADT is one of the biggest names in security, offering a range of products including continuous monitoring and key holder response. When your installed alarm is activated, ADT will respond quickly and contact you to make sure everything is in order, they even filter out false alarms in case the cat has set it off. Packages start from 99 for total peace of mind. Wireless home security has moved with modern technology, offering you a package with remotes that you can switch on and off in any room, so if you go to bed and forget to set the alarm, not a problem, with on touch of the remote, your house is secure. As a preventative measure, Controliss electric blinds could give the impression of a home owner's presence, which is likely to deter anyone who might be considering your house as their next target for a break-in, since it is usually an empty home that they are looking for. The Controliss Air 30GMT can be programmed to operate our 240V mains powered roller blinds and wood blinds at any time of the day, on each day of the week, and so will make any room look occupied whether you are elsewhere in the home, at work or even on holiday. CCTV is another option for intruder detection, monitoring entrances and grounds, and recording every minute, you can keep the recordings for a long period of time and even control the cameras' movement from an in-house set up. High tech security at your fingertips. If you feel that none of these will quite cut the mustard, security guards can be appointed to residential properties. Guard Corps offer bespoke residential security including static guarding for the entrance to your home and security officers, plus key holder response, so someone can always be around on your property, which allows you to relax, safe in the knowledge that you are totally protected.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with alarms, blinds, Electric Blinds, home, home security, house, residential, security

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