Interactive Security and Home Automation

Interactive Security, Home Automation... Whats the difference?

At a high level there is very little difference. Both will do the following:

  • Arm / Disarm your security system from your mobile device.
  • View the status or your security system (i.e. Ready, Not Ready, Zone / Door status).
  • Interact with door locks, lights, thermostats, etc.
  • Create a use "scenes" for lighting control. Press one switch and have all the lights in the room adjust to that perfect level.
  • Create and use rules. When the front door is unlocked or opened, turn the light on.
  • Setup notifications. Send an email or text when the door is opened during the week between 3:00 and 4:00 letting you know that the kids are home from school.

When you start to dig deeper the differences become more obvious. You need to look at what you have today, what is the ultimate goal and what are the costs. Intelligent homes Canada has the ability to offer you the right solution for your situation. In many cases you don't need a new security system. The security companies will tell you that you do need a new system because that is the only way they can add interactive security features to your home. If your security panel is less that 10 years old, there is a very good chance that you can add a low cost home automation controller such as the Clare Controls Cliq Mini and surpass many of the features offered by the new security systems. With no monthly fees.

On the other hand, if your security system is too old or you just want a new panel that can control door locks and simple automation, then we can install a new panel.

Our Solutions

Clare Controls provides one of the most capable platforms with connectivity to almost 2000 devices. It is designed from the ground up to be easy to install and maintain resulting in a lower overall cost to the home owner. Clare Controls can connect to your security system, locks, garage door, lighting, cameras and even control media such as whole home audio, TV's distribution systems and more. Start as small as you like with the controller starting at $499. The system is expandable beyond what you can imaging and will grow with you as your needs evolve.
 

Alarm.com is the leading provider of online interactive security solutions and is used by some of the biggest names in the business. We combine it with security panels from 2GIG for a best in class interactive security and automation platform. Accessible from almost any mobile device. It does not connect to as many devices as Clare Controls but it is well suited to security focused installations. It connects to door locks, garage door controllers, lighting, thermostats, and more.

How do I decide?

This is where we come in. As an authorized dealer for both platforms we can help you assess you needs, your existing hardware and your long term goals. One solution does not fit all and we can customize a solution to fit your needs. We have no long term contracts, no hight pressure sales, no gimmicks, and no desire to convince you that you need to replace everything. We take what you have add a few devices to give you a single system to make your home an Intelligent Home.