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Don’t Automate Cooking That Turkey, Here All the Things In Your Home That You Can

by Cassie November 24, 2015

Safe Cooking TurkeyWhen you bought that monster poultry, you were excited, all wrapped up in cozy thoughts of family and belly-warming holiday meals. Now, that gargantuan turkey’s looming in the fridge, taunting you. Reminding you that you’ll have to wake before dawn, if you want to put Thanksgiving dinner on the table before Black Friday.

Don’t you wish you could automate your turkey dinner? At least the 5 a.m.-wakeup-on-a-holiday part?

My friends, the bad news is that we can’t cook your turkey dinner for you. (Not yet, at least. Check back next year!) But we can automate the rest of your home, with MyHome®, so you can have a happy, safe holiday. Check it out:

Remote Arm/Disarm

Did you know that you can arm and disarm your security system with the swipe of a touchscreen? Even better, you can double-check that your home alarm is armed and at the ready, even if you’re hours away, eating turkey at the relatives’. (No more panicked meals or worse, rushing home to check that all is well.) And hey, if you find you did forget to switch the alarm on, just a touch of your smartphone and you’re good to go. Now that’s peace of mind.

Lighting Control

There’s nothing quite like lighting to set the holiday mood, is there? Now, automation lets you create the perfect setting with lighting schedules (dinner mode, anyone?), timers, and set routines that mirror your moods and behavior. All you have to do is light the candles.

Climate Control

There’s a difference between waking up on Thanksgiving morning to frigid toes and freezing floors, and waking up on Thanksgiving morning to toasty toes and cozy floors. The difference is called automated climate control: settings to keep your home at the perfect temperature, morning, noon and night – even if that means responding to sudden dips in outdoor temperatures.

Video Monitoring

Want to check that your kids got home safely the day before the holiday? Or that nothing’s amiss while you’re visiting family? That’s what live video streaming is for. (Oh, and also for warding off burglars and letting police know if there’s a problem.)

Real Time Alerts

The final piece of the puzzle is real-time alerts – customized app alerts that respond to events in your home. You set ’em, we honor ’em.

Your Home in Your Pocket

The best part of your system is having it in your pocket, always. Your smartphone gives you full access to controls and monitoring, so you’re always in control, always aware of what’s going on. It’s the best thing to happen to home automation. Until we figure out a way to automate turkey roasting, that is.

Sleepless in Seattle Because I Can’t Stop Using My Alarm.com App

by Cassie September 9, 2015

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We may not want to admit it, but we’ve all lost sleep over the newest, greatest gadgets. And it’s not usually in the pre-purchase phase, it’s not because you’re yearning for them; it’s because you already have them – you’ve lost sleep because you’ve been too busy testing, playing, enjoying that new flatscreen, new game console, new tablet, or new anything. They’re just too fun to put down.

Bet you didn’t know your home security system could reach that level of fun.

But it can. Oh, but it can. Welcome to the Alarm.com app, which comes standard with all My Alarm Center offerings. And it’s so fun, it’s guaranteed to make you lose sleep.
Home Automation at a Touch
The integration of home security and automation has never been more seamless. Home alarms have gone smart, and have dragged the rest of your house along with it: not only does automation include controls over window, door and motion sensors, but it loops in your thermostat, door locks, lighting, and other customizable controls.

And it’s all available with just the swipe of a finger, on your smartphone or tablet, thanks to the Alarm.com app.

What Can My Phone Do to My Home?
The near-magical connection between your home’s smart alarm, automated features, wireless signals, and smartphone means that your phone can control just about everything. Think of it as a mobile command center, able to monitor your home’s every move.

• Windows: Check that your windows are secure, and receive alerts if a sensor is triggered.
• Doors: Ditto your windows. Also, you can quick-check that all doors are closed and locked. (And that your teen hasn’t tried to sneak out.)
• Motion: Not only will your phone alert you to unexpected movement in your home, but smart sensors will also send you triggered-image (photo) alerts. You can also use your phone to peek into camera-monitored rooms.
• Garage: You’ll never again have to get off the sofa for a late-night garage door check: your phone will tell you if the door’s closed (and send an alert if it’s not), and with just a touch you can close it. All from the comfort of the couch.
• Thermostat: Use your phone to adjust temperatures up or down.
• Lights: Remotely control, check and automate all connected lights in your home. In other words, never again leave your warm bed to check if you left the kitchen light on.

But That’s Not All…
Home automation isn’t just the ability to lock doors and turn off lights with your phone (although that is pretty cool): the power of a connected home is in adaptive learning. Now, you can train your home to follow your schedule, performing automated tasks like a nightly lock check, or turning off all the downstairs lights at a given hour.

What’s more, you can enable your smart home to passively learn your behaviors. Yes, your house can use its own sensors to know when you usually turn off lights, or do a last-minute run through of the house, or leave for work, and perform other routines, so it can automatically lock doors, secure windows, close the garage, and complete other safety tasks, so you always have peace of mind. You can view several of the benefits of home automation in our infographic.

Now, quick! Use that app to turn off the lights. It’s bedtime, and being sleepless in Seattle is only a good thing in Hollywood.

The History of Home Automation

by Cassie July 23, 2015


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If you think home automation is a new invention, you’re only partly right.

Science fiction that has fixated on smart home technology (remember Rosie from The Jetsons?) since, well, the beginning of science fiction – but it’s not just that. For centuries, the world’s greatest minds and most innovative inventors have been working toward technology that can almost think for itself. Here are a few of our favorite highlights:

1785: Less than a decade after the U.S. declared independence from England, Nikola Tesla invented the first remote control (to remotely control a boat).

Early 1900s: Fast-forward a few centuries, and the Industrial Revolution has paved the way for the invention of the first home appliances. Granted, they weren’t smart but they were absolute game-changers for early 20th century folks – at least, the wealthy ones. 1901 saw the introduction of the first vacuum cleaner, and over the next few decades, the world’s minds rolled out the washing machine, clothes dryer, clothes iron, home refrigerator, electric dishwasher, garbage disposal, and many other home appliances that today we take for granted.

1930s: By the 1930s, inventors had already turned their imagination to home automation. Although the technology was still many decades off, the World’s Fair introduced the concept of automated home and smart appliances. Spectators were, unsurprisingly, fascinated with the idea.

1950: Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce invent the computer chip – the building block for today’s smart home technology.

1951: UNIVAC I, the world’s first commercially available computer, is introduced to market. Consider UNIVAC I the great-great-great-great granddaddy of today’s smart controls, which are all, essentially, mini computers.

1964: The Uniscope 300, one of the first computer monitors, hits shelves. And what would computers, smart hubs, and smart device controls today be without digital displays?

1966: Though never commercially sold, ECHO IV was the world’s first home automation system. Invented by Jim Sutherland, the “Electronic Computing Home Operator” (hence, ECHO) could store recipes, relay messages, control a home’s temperature, churn out a grocery list, and turn appliances on or off.

1969: DARPA introduces ARPAnet, the world’s first network – the precursor to the modern Internet and with it, all our Internet of Things (IoT) smart technologies.

1981: A precursor to today’s wireless (802.11) technology is invented.

1980s: Home automation becomes commonplace, in the form of garage doors, home security systems, motion-sensing lights, fiber optics, thermostat controls, and other technology.

1991: Ad van Berlo pioneers the field of gerontechnology – technology to improve the lives of senior citizens and the infirm. (Remember the 90s-era commercials, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”?) These early technologies form a firm base for the smart, life-enhancing features we love about today’s smart systems.

1998-2000s: Smart homes became a thing. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, smart technologies emerged, with gadgets and devices becoming more common and more affordable.

The future: Only time will tell, but experts predict that soon, smart homes won’t be so far from The Jetsons as we once thought!

5 Things About Having a Smart Home That Your Husband Would Love To Know

by Cassie July 16, 2015

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So you want to upgrade to a smart home, but your husband’s not convinced. Maybe it’s the cost. Maybe it’s the complication. Maybe it’s just the perceived hurdle of learning a new system.

Ladies, we’re with you. Smart homes (and smart security) are the future. They’re the present, in fact. They’re how you know your kids are home safe from school. They’re how you protect your family not only from break-ins, but also from fire, flood and other disasters. They’re how you never, ever get locked out again (and how you finally, FINALLY say goodbye to the hide-a-key poorly camouflaged in plastic dog poop).

But back to the point: your husband’s not on board. Yet. But he will be, once you run these 5 awesome facts by him:

1. It Can Save You Big Bucks
We like to start with this one, because it’s such a convincing reason to go smart: Automate your energy – thermostat, A/C, lights, etc. – and you can save big on your electricity bill (and save our planet in the process).

You can easily program your system for energy savings, by turning the a/c up or the heat down while you’re out, always turning off the lights, etc., but it goes beyond that: with new IFTTT (if this, then that) controls, you can also tell your smart home to automatically adjust the a/c up if the outside temperature goes down. And that translates to savings, every month.

2. You’ll Never Get Locked Out
Anyone who has ever waited for someone to deliver an extra key (or worse, had to wait for – and then pay – an emergency locksmith) will love smart locks. With just a tap of your smartphone, you’ll be able to lock and unlock your doors at will. Even when you’re not there, so if your kiddo forgets her key, you won’t have to rush home, either.

3. You’ll Never Panic Again (at least, not about house stuff)
Has your husband ever had that horrible, panicked moment of, “Did I lock the front door?” “Did I turn off the stove?” “Is the garage door closed?”

Yeah, so have we. And so had the people who invented smart homes, so they did something about it. Now, smart locks and smart appliances/outlets make it easy to remotely access your home, to double-check that your doors and appliances are locked, turned off, and completely safe.

4. You Can Keep Your Kids Safer
A smart home not only makes life easier, but also makes life safer. Today’s greatest systems can send you text alerts for almost anything, like letting you know your kids have gotten home from school. But beyond that, your smart system can warn you if a child opens a cleaning cabinet, medicine case, or other do-not-open door. Program your home to fit your lifestyle (and concerns).

5. Can You Say, Sports Night?
This is the cherry on top of the smart home package: preset functions. With the push of a button – or, in the newest and techiest systems, a simple voice command – you can activate a world of presets, for example, auto-locking your doors, closing the garage, and turning off the lights when you go to work.

But that’s not all. Now, you can also set some pretty sweet entertainment presets. Teach your system to go low on lighting and auto-play some romantic tunes for an evening in, or turn up the lights and blare the speakers when your favorite team (or movie) is on. You can even couple your entertainment presets with basic security, like locking all the doors, so you can enjoy your downtime with nary a care in the world.

Do you know what Home Automation Is?

by Cassie April 30, 2015

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Smart home technology is not new to the marketplace. But only recently has it made leaps and bounds into the realm of serious improvement. Gone are the days of installing a few connected appliances or light bulbs. With today’s technology, you can have remote access to any outlet, appliance, light or electronic device in your home.

In 2015, a smart home is so much more than the sum of its parts: it’s a WiFi-enabled, access-from-anywhere, almost-intelligent home that not only keeps you and your family safe, but also ensures you stay comfortable, connected and entertained. It’s finally living up to the moniker, “smart,” with innovative, intelligent features that will wow even the techiest members of the family.

What Is a Smart Home?

First things first, what is a smart home? The Oxford dictionary defines it as, “a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by smartphone or computer.”

And they’re right, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. A smart home today is capable of so much more than just flipping the lights or turning up the thermostat. Today, you can control every appliance, every electronic, every light and every outlet from your smartphone, anywhere you have a signal. You can program sophisticated presets: automated actions for when you leave for work, get home, or cue date night. You can improve your home’s energy efficiency (and reduce your power bill) by automating your lighting and thermostat based on motion-detection and daily routine. And you can increase the resale value of your home in the process.

Smarter Security

But smart homes are about more than convenience and lifestyle: most importantly, they’re about keeping your family safe. Enter the advent of Internet-connected home security systems, which are revolutionizing monitored and unmonitored alarm service.

Smart home security takes many of your traditional alarm accouterments–and new-to-market add-ons–and improves them with Internet connectivity and smartphone access. That means you can monitor and control your system from anywhere, and what’s more, your system also connects with you. So not only can you check on your home, but your system can now notify you, via text, of your preferred emergency and non-emergency triggers, such as a flood sensor going off, your kids arriving home after school, or a visitor ringing your smart doorbell.

And not only that, but you can also manage  your system from your phone, tablet or computer. With a swipe of the finger, you’ll activate or deactivate your entire system. You’ll open keyless smart locks if your kids forget their keys. You’ll avert disaster by responding quickly when your carbon monoxide detectors text you an alert. Internet connectivity, cell phones, and sophisticated technologies have opened up a world of possibilities.

Moving Toward the Internet of Things (IoT)

This world is known as the Internet of Things, and even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, chances are you’ve experienced the technology.

The Internet of Things marries home security with WiFi-enabled options, like the above-mentioned smartphone system access, smart locks, or Internet-connected security cameras. It also enables powerful “if this, then that” (IFTTT) recipes, which let you set your own parameters. For example, you can program your smart surveillance to text you a streaming video link if they sense motion; if you determine a prowler’s casing your home, a smartphone swipe will then notify police.

The marriage of smart homes, connected living, sophisticated security systems and power mobile technologies is changing the way we live. So hop on board, because it’s going to be a fascinating ride.

25 Home Security Stats You Need To Know

by Cassie March 2, 2015

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If protecting your home and the loved ones inside are top priorities, it may be beneficial to know about the potential dangers that are lurking. By being aware, you can make informed decisions and be able to protect the people and things that matter to you most.

 

Here are some important home security statistics that you need to know:

 

Security

1. 81 percent of intrusions occur through the first floor. (source: My Alarm Center)

2. In 2013, there were an estimated 8,632,512 property crime offenses in the nation. (source: FBI)

3. 34 percent of intruders enter through the front door, while 22 percent enter through a back door. 12 percent of burglars enter through an unlocked entrance. (source: My Alarm Center)

4. Property crimes in 2013 resulted in losses estimated at $16.6 billion. (source: FBI)

5. 9 out of 10 burglars avoid homes with alarm systems and said if they did encounter an alarm, they would not attack the home. (source: Yahoo!)

 

Automation

6. About 17.23 million wireless embedded smart home monitoring devices, ranging from contact and motion sensors to smart thermostats and smart plugs, sold in 2013, nearly twice as many as the previous year. (source: iWatchLife.com)

7. By 2016, the home automation market is estimated to grow to $36 million. (source: My Alarm Center)

8. Estimates from research firm Gartner predict that an average home could remotely connect up to 500 things in your home. (source: CNBC)

10. 12 million home automations systems are expected to be installed by 2016. (source: My Alarm Center)

 

Fire

11. In 2013, there were 487,500 structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage. (source: NFPA)

12. One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds. (source: NFPA)

13. Each household has a one in four chance of having a home fire large enough to be reported to a fire department during an average lifetime. (source: NFPA)

14. Cooking is responsible for almost half of household fires. (source: USFA)

15. The majority (62 percent) of home fire deaths resulted from fire in homes with no fire alarm systems or non-working fire alarms. (source: My Alarm Center)

 

Flood

16. 70 percent of failures are due to water tanks bursting or leaking. (source: My Alarm Center)

17. Water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible was paid. (source: Disaster Safety)

18. Up to 93 percent of the cost of water damage could have been prevented or minimized if an automatic water leak detection and shut-off system had been present in the homes. (source: Leak Defense System)

19. The average cost for repairing flood damage is $15,000. (source: My Alarm Center)

20. The age at which a water heater tank failed due to leaking or bursting was available for 32% of the claims. Water heaters up to 20 years old accounted for 95 percent of these claims. (source: Disaster Safety)

 

Emergency

21. Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly population. (source: Spark People)

22. Over one in every eight, or 13.3 percent of the population is an older American. (source: AOA)

23. Around 28 percent or 11.8 million elderly live at home alone. (source: AOA)

24. One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year. (source: CDC)

25. The number of people aged 65 and older is projected to reach 83.7 million by 2050, compared with 43.1 million in 2012. (source: Health Day)

Share these stats with those you love – because together, we are safer.

If you want more information, check our our handy infographics that feature Fire, Flood and Home Automation facts and stats.

What Is A Smart Or Connected Home?

by Tammy February 11, 2015

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You know the feeling. You leave for work, get halfway to the office, and wonder, “Did I lock the door?” Then, you contemplate your options. You could head back home to check the door or drive to work risking that the door might be unlocked and an intruder could get inside, steal everything you own, and you wind up coming home to an empty entertainment center, gutted house, and a missing dog. That is, unless you have a smart, or connected, home.

The connected home is becoming more common as technology evolves and changes how we live our everyday lives. A connected home is one that quiets all those little worries you have when you walk out the door. Are the doors locked? Did I turn out all the lights? Is the air conditioner still running?

Simply put, a connected home is one that uses the technology of the Internet of Things (IoT) and has home appliances and accessories that are connected to the Internet.

This year at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the connected home showcase occupied a sizeable amount of show floor real estate. Although this category made its big splash last year, this year it evolved from its preliminary conceptual stages and moved deeper into implementation by featuring products that homeowners could consider and add to their homes right away (in other words, the uses became more applicable and prices more affordable).

From automated sweepers to smart locks, the gadgets at CES impressed and overwhelmed. Through the featured products, we discovered that almost anything electric – lights, heat, locks – can be connected to a home automation system, allowing the devices to communicate and be controlled remotely by any array of digital devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets, etc.).

Here are a few categories that are now a part of the expanding world of the IoT and the associated products that are making their way through our front doors.

Appliances. When it comes to appliances, there are refrigerators connected to the Internet and even dog food bowls that can be controlled through a couple taps within an app. Other appliances include microwaves, ovens, and interestingly enough, slow cookers.

Lighting. A connected home can absolutely help you save money and conserve electricity by utilizing the features of smart lighting. With smart light bulbs and corresponding apps, a lighting schedule can be planned so the lights are turned on and off, avoiding wasted energy. The bonus is that you can even create a lighting schedule so you don’t have to install multiple timers into your electrical outlets just to appear as if you’re home while you’re out for the evening or enjoying a vacation.

Temperature Control. And back to saving money, temperature controls can help you save by controlling and regulating your home temperature, even from afar. By pre-setting temperatures and monitoring any fluctuations, you can easily change the temperature through an app, even if you’re across the country.

Smart Locks. To protect your loved ones (and all your new smart home gadgets), smart locks will keep your home locked while allowing you to set specific codes for anyone entering your home. By activating this sort of locking system, you will always know who walked through your front door, what time he/she entered, and through which door he/she exited.

A connected home is a smart home and one that can actually help save money, provide protection, and offer peace of mind. And while we may not have Rosie from the Jetsons (yet) to help us with our chores, with all the new home automation solutions and gadgets helping our homes operate on their own, a real life Rosie could be on the horizon.

The Benefits of Home Automation [GUIDE]

by Cassie February 3, 2015

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Walk into any home improvement store and chances are, you will see a display with an array of product offerings and ways to sync everyday home activities with your smartphone to make your home “smarter.”

With our on-the-go lifestyles, the growing interest in home security, and concerns about protection, having a smart home and access to home automation capabilities are becoming top of mind for most homeowners. Homes using home automation hit 1.8 million installations last year and that number is expected to grow to 12 million systems by 2016. With all these new shiny bells and whistles, it makes sense to take some time and understand what the smart home and home automation can do for you and/or your family.

With home automation, you can control your home remotely with just a few smartphone screen taps. You can remotely control your security system, interior and exterior lighting, internal temperature, and more. So not only does home automation give you peace of mind with the benefit of home security, but it also can save you money and be a convenient way to monitor your home so you never feel you are too far away to protect it.

Here are some highlights of the benefits of home automation.

Save money. Automating your home can save energy (read: money) by controlling lighting and heat settings. A single bulb can last 2.28 years when dimmed at 50 percent, which is 20 times longer than the average light bulb lifespan – so less energy consumption equals longer use. With 56 percent of energy payments accounting for heating and cooling, the total savings accrued by being able to change settings from afar can really add up. Overall, those who invest in a home automation system will save an average of 15 percent on energy bills and 20 percent on home insurance.

Enjoy convenience. When leaving your home for work or vacation, there is always that funny feeling something was forgotten. With home automation, you can put your mind at ease by being able to check on your home and control your garage doors, lock and unlock doors, and check up on the family pet if he/she didn’t join you on vacation. There’s also the convenience of being able to control the lighting, temperature, and doors for the times neighbors may be stopping by to check in or when “housesitters” spend the night.

And of course, while saving money and having the convenience of control at your fingertips are important, no one can put a price on the safety of you, your home, and/or your family. Depending on the amount of security needed, home automation systems can offer everything from remotely locking your exterior doors, to door and window monitoring, and even advanced motion detectors, cameras, and sensors that detect when something is wrong – even alerting you at the sound of breaking glass.

While we know uncertainties are a part of life – from that unexpected flat tire in the midst of a thunderstorm to a potential robbery – the goal is be prepared. And in the 21st century, that means using the technology we have at our fingertips to make life easier and safer.

Consider home automation as part of your security strategy. For more information, review the popular Guide to Home Automation that provides more information about each of these aspects of this technology.

10 New Year Resolutions to Make Your Home Safe

by Cassie January 6, 2015

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With the New Year upon us we thought we’d share 10 resolutions you can make to improve your home security. Sometimes a few easy steps are all it takes to keep you safe and secure.

  1. Remove all flyers from your doorstep right away.

Some burglars will case a home by placing a flyer on the door to see if someone picks it up. Don’t let them build up on your doorstep and arrange for a neighbor to pick them up if you are away.

  1. Use timers for indoor and outdoor lights.

Automatic timers on lights make your home look occupied and can even be part of your home automation system. Use energy efficient bulbs to keep your energy costs down.

  1. Don’t leave electronics boxes out on the curb or visible to others.

These boxes are like an advertisement to thieves that you have new goodies in your home. Take these boxes to a recycling center or cut them up in small pieces so they fit securely inside a trash receptacle.

  1. Don’t post on social media that you’ll be away from your home.

You’d be amazed at the number of home break-ins that happen from trip announcements on social media. Share with your friends all the news about your good time AFTER you get back home.

  1. Reinforce your door jams if you have weak door frames.

More than 70% of home break-ins come by someone kicking in a door. Watch this video to see how to reinforce your entry doors for under $10.00.

  1. Secure the sliding glass doors and windows.

Put a wooden dowel or metal rod in the door or window track so they can’t easily be pried open by thieves.

  1. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Protect your home and family members from death by smoke, heat or poisonous gas. Monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors keep your family safe while summoning the fire department for assistance.

  1. Get a home security system that allows you to control and monitor your home with your smartphone.

Home security systems are an effective deterrent to crime.  Get one that allows you to control home security and home automation functions right from your smartphone and make sure it’s monitored by a reputable alarm monitoring center.

  1. Make a secret hiding place for your valuables.

Check out this list of 22 do-it-yourself hiding places to keep your stuff.

  1. Make your security measures known to the bad guys.

Display protective window stickers and yard signs throughout your property so the bad guys know you are secure. Many will simply choose to go to a home they feel is unprotected.

At My Alarm Center, we want 2015 to be a safe and secure year for you and your loved ones. Keep reading this blog for more information and contact us if we can help you.

 

The Internet of Things

by Cassie July 15, 2014

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There is a big debate taking place among technology companies today.

These big conglomerates are developing technologies to use the internet to network and connect everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data.

The technology is being referred to as “the internet of things” (IoT).

It all sounds kind of cool – everyday devices like coffee pots, thermostats, lights, TVs, hot tubs and just about anything you can think of could communicate and interact with one another using the internet. They could even work in conjunction with each other, and send useful data to users.

Experts argue that the internet of things would allow you to track and measure virtually everything. This will reduce waste, costs and loss. You’ll know when things need replacing, repairing or recalling, and if devices are past their prime.

You’ll also be able to control all these devices and access their information from your smartphone, tablet or any web enabled device.

There are a couple of hazards with the internet of things as well.

The big one is security. If your system gets compromised, people have access to your “things” and home. And in this era of data breeches (remember the credit card hackers that attacked Target?) that’s a huge risk.

The other big concern is personal privacy.

Many of the technology companies behind the internet of things also sell online advertising and other ad products. The more data they have about your behavior (from when you drink your coffee to when you flush your toilet), the more information they have to sell to advertisers. This potential invasion of personal privacy is also a real concern.

This technology is in its infancy and developments with it are happening regularly. Keep reading the My Alarm Center blog for trends and developments.

What do you think about the Internet of Things? Do you think you would use this technology? Leave us your comments in the space below.

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