HOME SECURITY GETS SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED

By Jamie Corpuz

When integrated as part of a home automation platform, a smart security system can provide extraordinary peace of mind and help your home run like a well-oiled machine. In addition to controlling more obvious security-related devices such as electronic door locks, surveillance cameras, and motion sensors, they can also keep your home safe from environmental dangers and infrastructure-related issues with sensors that report flooding, power shortages, and extreme swings in temperature.

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CHECKLIST: Some Helpful "To Do's" Before You Take Off

By Guest

Going on vacation is all about getting away from reality. When you’re sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand, you don’t want to spend a single moment wondering if you emptied the trash or left the lights on deter would-be burglars back home. As important as it is to be prepared with everything you need for your trip, it’s just as important to be certain things at home are taken care of at home while you’re away.

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How to choose the right home security system

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According to FBI statistics, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in 2015. As a homeowner, this might be alarming—especially for those who have families. There are several measures people take to help keep their homes and families safe.

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5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017

By Guest

With the coming new year on the horizon, it’s a great time to audit your home for easy safety and technology improvements. There are many simple upgrades you can make to improve your home’s safety—all you’ll need is a few smart devices and some tried-and-true hacks.

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The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization

By Crystal Watts

Last year, we saw a dramatic rise in smart home reports and surveys popping up everywhere. As a manufacturer with over 180,000 smart home systems in the field, we receive a ton of great information from our customers when we issue our customer surveys. Our own feedback shows that homeowners desire personalized experiences in the home with regard to entertainment, comfort, security and more. In fact, we estimate that 60 percent of them want their homes to react according to their predetermined preferences, just as they walk through the door.

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Smart. Safe. Secure.

By Guest

The FBI reports that in 2014 we had 1,121,416 residential burglaries nationwide. Spacing those out evenly across the entire year gives us one burglary every 28 seconds. But here’s the good news: that number is down 10% from 2013. In fact, that statistic has been steadily dropping each year since 2011. Not coincidentally, by 2011, more than 75% of U.S. homes were connected to the Internet. Wireless home monitoring was the new trend...

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Top Home Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

By Guest

Home burglaries and break-ins are common, far more than you may think. Though property crime has come down in the United States in recent years, a report released by the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI says that 1,121,416 residences in the country were burglarized in 2014. Fortunately, home burglaries are much easier to prevent if you follow a few simple safety rules and guidelines...

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Keep Your House Dry, DAM-it!

By Guest

Every year nearly one million families have their homes ruined and their lives overturned by water damage and the subsequent repairs. These incidents are always unexpected and the cost of repairs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Even after the damage is repaired, you can still suffer from side effects—such as mold—that are invasive and hard to track down.

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National Child Safety and Prevention Month: 8 Ways a Smart Home Helps Keeps Kids Safe

By Crystal Watts

With November being National Child Safety and Prevention Month, we thought we'd share 8 tips on how home automation can help keep your kids safe at home.

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9 Ways Home Automation Systems Can Help Working Parents

By Guest

As a parent, your first priority is certainly the safety of your kids. And if you are a working parent, the thought of your kids’ safety is sure to bother you while you’re away at work too! A home automation system is not just an essential security feature, it can do much more for you and your family. Here are 9 ways a home automation system can help...

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Alerts from your Smart Home on your watch and mobile! [VIDEO]

By Brad Hintze

Control4 is excited to announce push notifications. Now it’s easier than ever to communicate with your home—or better yet, for your home to communicate with you. Receive proactive alerts on your mobile device or smart watch that inform you of important events happening at home, whether something is urgent and needs your attention immediately or just a simple status update to let you know things are safe and sound.

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Not Your Grandad’s Door-Phone: Introducing Control4’s High-Definition Video Intercom

By Guest

Intercoms a great way to monitor what’s happening in and around your household. You’ll not only hear the baby cooing in the nursery, you’ll also be able to admire her from a touch screen mounted in the kitchen or sitting on the countertop while making dinner. Then, of course, there are the security benefits. By tying in stand-alone surveillance cameras, you can see who’s knocking before you open the front door, and in crisp, clear, full-color video on an generous-sized screen...

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Why Should I Add a Home Automation System to My Home?

By Guest

Think back. Can you remember what it was like to change the channels of your TV manually? When channel surfing and volume tweaking meant bouncing back and forth between couch and console? Although folks from the generation that remembers these antiquated modes of control may not have realized it then, this was highly inconvenient. Fast forward to the era of handheld remote, where we have all the necessary buttons for finding and enjoying a TV program right at our fingertips.

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How Control4 Saved My Marriage

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...So how did Control4 save the day? With Bond like reflexes, I reached into my dress jacket pocket, pulled out my Android device and fired up the MyHome mobile app. Within seconds, I was automatically connected to my home over 4G service. I handed the phone to my wife, and with a quick tap of her finger, she locked the front door. The door lock icon on my screen confirmed it was locked and we received another confirmation when the sitter called , a bit startled that the door had just locked itself...

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