Residential Security

Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements in Massachusetts

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There is little debate that working smoke alarms and smoke detectors save lives. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security cites that of the deaths that occurred in 2014 due to residential fires, nearly 25% of them happened in homes without smoke alarms and another 12% happened in homes with smoke alarms that […]

6 Security Measures That Improve Senior Citizen Safety in the Home

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Senior citizen safety is a major concern in the security industry. As a homeowner’s age rises, so do the odds of a household accident or emergency. We are often approached by elderly homeowners and their families or friends to help keep their loved ones safe and in their own home. These requests can take many […]

Smart Security System Design

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We’ve given a lot of advice for using a security system in previous posts. It goes without saying, though, that those tips only become useful once you have a system installed. In this week’s discussion topic, we’ll rewind to the start of the security system design process. We’ll dive into some of the basic decisions […]

7 Important Security System Add-Ons for Your Smart Home

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When it comes to security systems, most of you know the basics. Door and window contacts, motion detectors, and fire detection make up most home security systems. However, security systems have come a long way during this age of home automation. Security systems do a better job than ever keeping an eye on your home. […]

How the 2G Sunset Will Affect Your Alarm System

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What is the 2G Sunset? 2G refers to the 2nd generation of cellular communication networks that have been in use since 1991.¬† Since then, most cell phone networks have been upgraded to the much more powerful 3G and 4G technologies (4G is also referred to as LTE or VoLTE by some providers). ¬†Recently, AT&T and […]

Cameras: Choosing IP vs Analog

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So you’ve decided you want to buy a camera system for your home or business. Perhaps you need the cameras because you had a burglary you’re responding to or maybe you just want to deter an incident from ever happening. Either way, you’ll want to make sure you’re an educated consumer before making a purchase. […]

VoIP is a Poor Choice for Alarm Systems

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Over the past decade and a half or so, major communications companies such as Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter have begun pushing internet-based phone service as part of their communications and cable options. This phone service is often part of a “bundle” that allows you to pay one rate for phone, internet, and cable access. […]