Category Archives: Security

The Danalock V3 has Arrived.

We just received the first shipment of Danalock V3 units and it was worth the wait. These new smart locks are beautiful, smaller, stronger and faster than the previous version. They can be installed in about 5 minutes and works with almost every deadbolt on the market.

Once installed you can:

  • Autolock the door after a specified time. Never wonder if it is locked, it locks itself.
  • Auto unlock as you arrive home. No fumbling for keys or your mobile device, the door unlocks for you as you arrive.
  • Provide permanent, recurring, or temporary access to friends, family, cleaners, etc. No more handing out keys.
  • More…

To celebrate the release of the Danalock V3 we are offering a coupon for $50 off at our DIY online store. Simply fill in the form below and a coupon will be sent to you. Once you have your coupon, head over to the store and purchase your lock before we run out. This is the first production run of these 3rd generation units and we had to share it with the rest of the world, so supply is limited.

FREE Amazon Echo Dot.

 

We are giving away a
FREE Amazon Echo Dot with all new security systems!

The Ultimate voice controlled smart home can be yours.

With integration to Alarm.com, you can also ask it to turn on lights, unlock the door, adjust the thermostat, open a shade and more. Not sure if the door is locked? Just Ask Alexa.

“Alexa, Ask Alarm Dot Com…”

  • To Turn on the Kitchen Lights.
  • If the Front Door is locked?
  • Set the Thermostat to 20º.
  • Close the Garage Door.
  • What is the Temperature in here?
  • Arm my system.
  • more…

Supplies are Limited.
Get a Free security system AND a Free Echo Dot

We have a limited number of units available and those that inquire first are given first priority. Fill in the form below to reserve your unit before they are gone. There is no obligation to purchase.

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† Supplies are limited. This offer only applies to systems that support Amazon Echo integration such as Alarmforce Control or Command package, Alarm.com Automation plan, Ultrasync, and Clare Controls. Support for the Echo by Clare Controls is scheduled for Q4, 2017.

DIY Security Systems

 

smarthome_wphone_phoneihIntelligent Homes Canada now offers DIY Security Systems.

Due to popular request we now officially offer DIY security systems. Anyone can go to the “Big Box” stores and purchase all kinds of home automation, cameras, thermostats, light switches, etc. There are some security offerings, but it is difficult to purchase an industry standard system that can be connected to a central station for monitoring. Most suppliers / wholesalers will not sell to the public. Even if you find a way to source the equipment, you then need someone to monitor it, and many companies want a multi-year contract… Until now.

We work together

We help you layout the system, select door, window, motion, water sensors, etc. We program the panel, set up the communication to the central station, test it and send it to you. The physical installation is easy. Mounting the panel is like hanging a picture. Some sensors are “Stick on”. Once you are setup, we schedule a call to test it and verify communication to the central station. That is it. You now have a system just like ones installed by the “Pro’s” with no long-term agreements. If you move, you can take it with you. You can cancel at any time. We even provide a certificate for your insurance company so you can get your insurance reduced by up to 25%.

The system grows with you.

Now you are in control and can adapt the system as your needs change. Add smart locks, a thermostat, lighting and more. We will send you the installer code so you can make the changes. Want to be notified when a door opens to let you know the kids are home from school, or when the door to the liquor cabinet is opened. The possibilities are endless.

Have a system or moved into a house with a system?

2gig-cntrl2-345We can activate almost any panel. If yours looks like the one to the right, we can activate it for far less than the original provider. Some companies (I think the name starts with a V) assume that you believe they are the only option and want to charge you $70-$80 per month with a 36 to 60 month contract. We can activate that panel for as little as $19.99 per month, no contract. If you want interactive services (mobile device access), we offer Alarm.com starting at $19.99/month. They are the biggest and best in the business and the same provider that almost all of the other security companies use.

Insurance Discount – Monitoring Fees = Cash in your pocket.

If you go through the trouble of installing a security system, make sure it is monitored. Most insurance companies will reduce your insurance by 15% to 20% and in some cases give you a 25% discount. In most cases, the discount is more than the monitoring fee.

 

Check out our DIY Security page for more info.

Introducing UltraSync

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Introducing UltraSync by Interlogix.

This panel is truly a game changer in the industry. A security panel that connects to a wide range of wireless (and wired) sensors as well as your thermostat, door locks, garage door, lights, and more. All without the extra fees traditionally associated with “Interactive Security”. It also supports scheduling, automations rules & tasks, as well as geo-location.

This system connects to the UltraSync server via internet. If it is connected via wired, or wifi, there are NO MONTHLY Fees. You can interact with the system using your mobile device, adjust your thermostat, control your door locks, lighting etc.  If connected by cellular communication, there is a small monthly fee starting January 1st 2017.

You read that correctly, free cellular communication until the end of the year. We like the program so much, we decided to match it. Purchase an UltraSync package and there are no fees for monitoring or communication until January 1st, 2017. The system can be monitored by our central station or it can be “self monitored” where notifications are sent via email.

Have an existing system? No problem, we can easily swap the panel, connect all your locks and even re-use all your sensors. Our monitoring packages start at $9.99/month.

 

How old are your Smoke Alarms?

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We all know that it is important to test your smoke alarms regularly and replace the batteries annually. If the ones in your home are more than ten years old, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends replacing them, as well. This applies to units that do not require batteries as well.

Why? According to NFPA, aging smoke alarms don’t operate as efficiently and are often the source of nuisance alarms. Smoke alarms older than ten years old are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure. Newer smoke alarms work better, but should be replaced after ten years. When moving into a new residence, is also recommended to confirm the age of the smoke alarms and replace them if the age is unknown or they are older than ten years old.

According to an NFPA study in 2015, one in five home fire deaths in the US were in homes that had smoke alarms that did not function properly.
Dead batteries were only responsible for one in four smoke alarm failures.

What to do:
Look for a date or a replace by date on all of your smoke alarms and replace any that exceed the replace by date, are older than ten years old or if you do not know how old they are. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Increase safety even more:
If you have a newer security panel, you can have a smoke alarm connected and monitored. In addition, you and have the system interact with lighting, so specific lights in your home are turned on when the smoke alarm is tripped, making it safer and faster to evacuate your family.

For more information, or advice on any of the above, contact Intelligent Homes Canada Today.

Need a New Security System… Probably Not!

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People may tell you that you need a new system, you may think you need a new system, but there is a good chance that you don’t.

This strategy (technique, approach, method, racket, call what you will…) has been around as long as security systems and monitoring contracts have been around.

The idea is this:

  • You are contacted by a security company (phone, door knock, etc). If you have a system, they will ask how old it is. If your answer is 4 years or more, it’s game on.
  • They will then try to convince you that you need a new security system and they will give you one for free.
    • The new one will be more reliable.
    • The battery life will be better.
    • You should have this new “digital” system.
    • It has cellular communication incase the phone lines are down during a break in (This can also be easily added to existing systems).
    • The list goes on and on…
  • All you need to do is commit to this multi year deal (typically 48 months) where you pay an inflated monitoring fee to cover the cost of the free equipment.
  • It seems fair, you get a brand new system and pay for it a little bit at a time over 4 years.

What is the problem:

  • Chances are ( are they are betting on it) that you will forget the contract expiry date and continue to pay the inflated rate.
  • What will the fees be after the contract expires and the equipment is paid for? Few, if any will provide a price or even estimate prior to signing.
  • If you do remember to call them, they will often offer to upgrade you to the latest equipment and start new 4 year contract.

Here is the interesting part. You probably don’t need a new security system, unless your system is very old. I have a system that was installed in 2006 and it works great.  If it works fine, just ensure that it is monitored by a reputable company for a reasonable price. If you want to add additional capabilities like lighting control, door locks, smart thermostats, etc, all you need to do is add a home automation controller like the Clare Controls Cliq Mini and you will have the capabilities of the new security panels and much more at a lower cost.

A low cost home automation controller will connect to:

  • Your security system
  • Lighting
  • Door Locks
  • Garage door controls
  • Thermostats
  • Water sensors & shutoff valves
  • Shades & Blinds
  • AV Receivers
  • Audios systems such as Sonos
  • TVs
  • Mobile devices and remote controls
  • More…

If you are considering a new security system, or you have an “Off Contract” system, contact us first. We will help you by assessing your needs and offering recommendations. In most cases we can cut your cost by close to 50% with no long term commitment!

We don’t:

  • Try to sell you a new security system unless you really need one, and even then, we have a variety of options.
  • Offer free equipment based on long term contracts.

We Do:

  • Offer a variety of solutions so you can select the one that right for you.
  • Work with you to determine your long term goals, so you can select the right equipment and grow with it.
  • Clearly explain the pros and cons of everything we offer.
  • Provide best in class equipment, service and monitoring from the best in the business, all at reasonable prices.