Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 App Integrates Your Skybell Video Doorbell and Smart Lock

Smart Door Lock

Integrate your Skybell video doorbell and smart lock using the Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 app. Integrating Skybell with the Total Connect app is easy and gives you control over your security – locks and Skybell features – all from one screen.

Smart Door Lock

Forgetting the house keys and being locked out of the house is a common challenge for many kids going back to school. A smart lock allows your kids to be key free and instead enter in a code at the door.

Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 App

Unlock the door from your smart phone using the Honeywell Total Connect® 2.0 app. It’s an easy plan B if your kids draw a blank when attempting to enter the code for your smart lock. The Total Connect app integrates with other smart home devices, video cameras and security equipment to give you peace of mind and total control over your home.

Substantial Insurance Discounts for Security System Enabled Homes

Home Security Systems Result in Insurance Discounts

Former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine André Leon Talley said, “I like the idea of being warm and secure. That’s what home should be.” A home security system keeps your family safe, reduces the cost of your home insurance and more.

Home security systems provide essential protection for your loved ones and your home.  They may also give you access to substantial home insurance discounts.  See the Infographic below for compelling statistics on how much you will typically receive off your home insurance premium with an installed and monitored security system and more.

Home Security Systems Infographic

For more information on insurance discounts received for installing home security systems, click here.

 

 

The Difference: Smithville Security vs. The Other Guys

Discovering the Best: Smithville Security

When it comes to security, you want the best.  Depend on Smithville Security for top rated local customer service, tech support, and certified installers to help you every step of the way.  See the Infographic below for a comparison of how Smithville Security stacks up to the competition.

Smithville Security vs The Other Guys

What’s Growing This Season? Smart Home Devices

Smart home Forecast 2019

The sheer volume of Smart devices available for purchase today can be dizzying to the most savvy consumer, thrilling to the gadget-minded early adopter, or fall anywhere on the spectrum between those extremes.  

Smart Home Devices to Boggle the Mind

Narrow that market down to Smart home devices and the list may still be mind-boggling:

  • Video Entertainment Devices (Smart TVs, digital media adapters, IP-connected video devices)
  • Home Monitoring / Security (door locks, cameras, moisture sensors, door bells)
  • Smart Speaker (virtual assistants like Alexa)
  • Lighting (connected lighting systems)
  • Thermostat
  • Other Smart Home Devices (appliances, sprinkler systems)

dizzying vs thrilling

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), significant growth is forecasted between now and 2022 for key types of Smart home devices.  For those of you who delight in data, see the What’s Growing This Season? Smart Home Devices Infographic.  It summarizes the IDC article based on both anticipated billion dollar growth, as well as compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) percentages.

Smart Speaker Stats Show Increase in Usage

smart speaker

Dial it in further to Smart speakers alone and contemplate these two statistics from a recent article published by Contently.

30 percent

 

Americans are rapidly adopting and purchasing Smart speakers.  Andthose Smart speakers are disrupting the way we behave and spend our time.  Disrupting the way we behave and spend our time!  Fascinating!

stormtrooper

Park Associates reports a 66 percent year-over-year increase in purchase intentions for Smart home devices.  In another article by the same market research and consulting company, they cite household penetration of Smart speakers to reach 50-55% by 2021.  Did a picture of stormtrooper infiltration just pop into your mind?

Settle on a Smarter Home

Perhaps this information about the current and future state of Smart home devices is swirling around in your mind.  Maybe it is searching for a place to settle.  Hopefully, you feel more informed, even Smarter, about home devices compared to when you started reading this blog.  In any case, let us leave the topic on a lighter note with some wisdom from Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

Home Security Do’s and Don’ts – Precautions to Take (and Not Take) When on Vacation

Getting ready for vacation can be a hectic, even stressful time.  Generally, once you have arrived at your destination, circumstances improve rapidly.  That said, there are some easy and effective actions that you can take (and not take) to boost the odds of your vacation going down in the books as positive.

Vacation Do’s to Set Your Mind at Ease
  • Explore the USPS Hold Mail option before you go on vacation
    • The United States Postal Service provides a Hold Mail service at no charge for many residences
      • Check availability for your address
      • If the service is available, select the dates for your mail to be held
  • Take advantage of vacation patrol checks by local police
    • Some communities offer free vacation security checks if you are going to be away from your home for an extended time
  • Use your vacation time to unplug from social media
  • Don’t worry – you can plug back in the second you slip into the driveway after your vacation
  • Alert your neighborhood watch group
  • Let your neighborhood contact know what dates you will be away so that your property will be under the care of watchful eyes

 

Annoying Your Friends?

A report compiled by Aviva discovered that three quarters of social media users experience irritation when their friends post vacation videos.  The report goes on to suggest that you may be the only one who is enthralled with your vacation photos. Yikes!

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the data cited in the report, it’s worth taking note of the findings from a home security standpoint.  Keep the following don’ts in mind to maintain a secure home while vacationing.

Vacation Don’ts for Social Media

  • Post pictures on social media that make it obvious you are away from home
    • Feel free to post them the instant you return home
    • If you must post photos, disable the geotag option via your photo or phone settings
  • Tag fellow travelers on social media while you are away
  • Tag until your tank is full when you return to the homestead
  • Identify your location or use the Check in feature on Facebook
  • Providing an uber easy button for those who are up to no good is certainly not in your best interest

Join us at the BASCI Home Show and enter for a chance to WIN!

Come visit Smithville at the BASCI Bloomington Home Show on February 23-26th and sign up for a chance to win a Skybell video doorbell. (No purchase required.)

The Smithville booth (424-428) will have product demonstrations which will include security and automation, cellular, television, internet, and gadgets from our Technology by Smithville stores.

Smithville Media will also be on site to interview vendors and attendees.

 

Win a Skybell

Skybell video doorbell

So you can see who is at your door, whether you are away or at home. The HD video streams directly to your phone.

The Skybell is a $200.00 retail value and requires no further purchases or contracts. The winner will be drawn on the last day of the show.

$100 off Installation

Smithville Security will be displaying the Honeywell Lyric home automation and security system with add-on options. Come experience Honeywell’s Total Connect cameras, video doorbell, light modules, and thermostats.

If you sign up at the show and schedule a free, no-obligation home assessment within 60 days, you’ll receive $100 off your security installation.

The BASCI Bloomington Home Show is being held at The Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers St, Bloomington, IN.

Event is being held on February 23-26th, 2017 with the following show hours:

Thursday – Opening night *Chamber After Hours Reception 5:30-7:30pm

Friday 2-8pm

Saturday 10 am – 6pm

Sunday 12-5 pm
Additional details can be found at: http://homeshowbloomington.org/

*Chamber Members and employees of Member Companies

 

Protect Yourself from Ghost Apps and Fake Rankings

Android users, beware: over a million Android phones and tablets are being infected by Googlian, a new malware virus, according to cyber security company Check Point Software Technologies.

The replicating malware is used to steal passwords, install apps, adware and bloatware on your device, and then give fraudulent rankings to apps. Artificially inflated apps, advertising revenue, and subsequent downloads creates income for the hackers and benefactors.

The malicious epidemic has reached one million Android devices so far and is amassing an additional 13,000 more devices each day.
Affected G-Suite products include Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and G Suite. Operating systems, which have been compromised, include Android 4 (known as Jelly Bean and KitKat) and Android 5 (known as Lollipop.) Together these operating systems represent nearly 74% of Android devices in use today.

You can check your device’s security by visiting: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/

At this website, you will be able to check individual accounts as well as corporate devices.

To protect yourself, consider the following:

 

The Perfect Gift for the Person who has Everything

We all know someone who is impossible to buy for. When we see their name on our holiday gift giving list, our minds go blank.

But fear not! We have the perfect suggestion for the person hard to buy for: peace of mind and security.

Santa Recommends Security

Consider giving a security system or security product as a holiday gift this year from Smithville Security. Your loved ones will protected year-round as well as safeguarded from environmental disasters such as fire, flood, and carbon monoxide exposure.

Smithville Security is a proud Honeywell distributor with our own competent installation and maintenance staff. These quality home security products offer peace of mind as well as simplicity.

  • 24 hours a day, seven days a week security
  • Theft protection
  • Environmental sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Video monitoring

Go Big or Go Small

Even with an affordable monthly fee, a security system might be out of budget for several people on your list.

But you can even afford a security gift for their stocking with an affordable accessory such as the Skybell door bell, the smart video door bell; smart lights, or a connected, programmable thermostat.

Best of all, you don’t have to figure out what to give in future years. As connected devices advance and more devices are added each year, you’ll always have a new gift to give your loved ones.

Smithville Security protects your loved one from more than just theft. It can shield them from environmental disasters while communicating seamlessly with their mobile device.

Additionally, a home security system often decreases insurance bills and increases resale value when they are ready to sell.

So put a security system under your loved ones Christmas tree this year. You’ll never wonder what to get them for birthdays or holidays again!

Call (800) 742-4084 today inquire on pricing today.

Keeping an A+ Home

Did your parents ever display your school report card on the refrigerator, displaying all your A+ grades?

Earn an all As report card for your home with this simple security checklist:

  • Add lighting to the exterior of your home as the first step towards creating a safe and secure home. This deters burglars from targeting your home.
  • Trim back bushes so there are fewer places to hide or duck down, if cars approach. Prickly bushes positioned under windows is another approach, favored by horticulturalists.
  • Check your smoke detectors each time you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
  • Add a carbon monoxide detector to your home or a smoke/carbon monoxide hybrid detector. Both of these can be linked to your home automation hub and alert you to a problem, even if you aren’t home.
  • If you have a home security system, make sure your window decals and signage is prominently displayed. Signage is a top deterrent for thieves.
  • Review your escape plan with all family members. Cover details such as:
    -Where should everyone meet in the case of a fire?
    -What exits should be used? Are there alternate exits if one is blocked?
    -Where should you shelter during a tornado?

 

Aim for excellence with your home security by choosing Smithville Security as your partner.

Smithville Security – Your First Step Towards Home Automation

Thinking about a security system? You might be considering increased safety, peace of mind, and a warning sign for your front door. But did you know that today’s security platforms can represent the first steps towards highly convenient home automation?

The Hub of Your Home

What does it mean to “automate” your home? Home automation can be simple or sophisticated. You can control and unlock doors, set alarms, check video monitors, change the inside temperature of your home, monitor key appliances or record your favorite program. You can do this through your smartphone or desktop computer, and voice commands, even if you aren’t physically home. Increasing numbers of consumers want home automation because it can add new levels of security (and peace of mind), help manage your energy consumption, and offer you high levels of comfort, confidence, and convenience. 

So what are we talking about here? Home automation can access and control a variety of security features, environmental controls, and appliance functionality, with countless more features being added each day.  

Security Features

  • These security features offer confidence in the security of your home, even if you are on vacation or at work. Home automation allows you to unlock doors for a babysitter or service person. Video feeds allow you to check on your pets or an elderly loved one throughout the day.  And here’s more:Garage doors access
  • Doorbells cameras and notifications
  • Window and door sensors
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Remote-access locks and security
  • Live video feed

These security features offer confidence in the security of your home, even if you are on vacation or at work. Home automation allows you to unlock doors for a babysitter or service person. Video feeds allow you to check on your pets or an elderly loved one throughout the day.  And here’s more:

  • Garage doors access
  • Doorbells cameras and notifications
  • Window and door sensors
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Remote-access locks and security
  • Live video feed

Environmental controls

  • Multimedia controls
  • Scene selectors for specific events, including lighting, sound, ambiance, etc.
  • Thermostats and humidity controls
  • Whole house controllers
  • Sprinkler control

 Your home is your haven and the environment can be controlled through your smartphone or tablet. Set up scenarios for lively parties or a quiet refuge after a long day. Assure lights are controlled and thermostats are properly formatted. Never forget to water your lawn or turn off the sprinklers again.

Appliances

Many new appliances come with built-in Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, which is what helps make home automation work. These advanced appliances are immediately ready for home automation connection and activation.

 Through your home appliance control system, you can raise or lower temperatures in refrigerators or freezers, monitor your washing machine and dryer, and turn on the dishwasher.

 As home automation expands, you can expect a nearly endless amount of applications and IoT appliances. But here’s good news: you can build your home automation system with 21st century Honeywell products and functionality from Smithville Security.

 Have questions? You can contact me personally to discuss how to connect and secure your home through a Honeywell Total Connect System from Smithville Security. Send me a note through our contact page.