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Smart Home Security: Smart Locks, Mockupancy, Cameras, and More

By Crystal Watts

A smart home means more than just convenience—it means safety, as well. Secure your loved ones and your home by monitoring and controlling security cameras, locks, alarm systems from your mobile devices. You could even have your home simulate occupancy to deter mischief and crime ​while you're out of town.

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.

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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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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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New Security and Entertainment Experiences for the Smart Home

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It’s a given. Demand for smart home technology is growing at a rapid pace and consumers from around the globe are integrating Control4 to enjoy the magic of living in a home that can automatically respond to their hectic lifestyles and families’ needs. Today in Dallas at the CEDIA Expo (the global showcase of all things related to the connected home), we rolled out Control4 OS 2.8, the latest version of our smart home operating system. For Control4 customers, this means a BIG boost in the areas of home security and entertainment.

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9 Ways Home Automation Systems Can Help Working Parents

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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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Home Automation. It Ain't Just About Lamp Control.

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I can remember the exact moment when I started in home automation. My wife and I were much younger and she had “inherited” a lamp timer; you know, one of those plug-in-the-wall, hog-the-whole-socket, ugly-as-sin, monstrous things you plug your lamp into so you can...

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The Control4 Experience

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Over the last several months, our development teams have been busy— working diligently to deliver stunning new capabilities and features, along with several elegant changes to our user interface, to enhance the Control4 experience for both our customers and Dealers. Tonight, we unveiled all that’s new to over 1000 Control4 Dealers at the CEDIA Expo...

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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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Top 5 Reasons Why Home Automation Customers Love Smart Door Locks

By Crystal Watts

Most homeowners who are looking to invest in a home automation system tend to put a major focus on security and peace of mind. Therefore, one of the many products they consider a major benefit to their home automation systems are smart door locks. We have compiled the top five reasons our customers love having door locks incorporated into their Control4 smart homes.

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Taking My Smarthome for Granted

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We had houseguests this week, and watching their reaction to my smarthome was really a fun experience. It served to remind me how much home automation has already changed my life, and how much it could change the lives of others.

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Need a Little Summer This Winter?

By Shanan Carney

As we're nearing Winter solstice, I am blown away that somehow the summer came to a close without me sharing the details of a very special visit I made to a girls' summer camp in Pennsylvania this past July. I must be jonesing for some sunshine.

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