In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most basic human needs are physiological. This includes making sure food is in your belly, air is in your lungs, and you catch a decent amount of Zzz’s. The second layer of human needs are security-based, including having peace of mind that you have a roof over your head, and your family is protected.
Perhaps the area where home automation has had the greatest impact so far is in Maslow’s second most basic need: security.
We’ve talked before on the blog about how Kickstarter-backed Peeple makes your front door more secure, but what about the things that aren’t so obvious? How do you stay protected even while you’re sleeping?
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Meet Benjamin Nye, husband, father of three girls, tennis and golf enthusiast and Internet of Things technology consultant. Benjamin and his family recently moved from a traditional security system with a panel on the wall to the wireless Helix platform. We asked Benjamin to share what home security– specifically wireless home security– means to him and his family.
Here’s Benjamin to share his experience–
With a growing family and a new home, I bought a security system for peace of mind and safety for my family about six years ago. Over time, the system became rather antiquated and limited. I wanted a system that could do more. Being in the technology space, I know and trust the knowledge of the people who built the Helix. Because they were a part of its creation, I knew it’d be nothing less than a rock-solid solution, so we decide to go with it.
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Innovation has rapidly changed the home security industry, and we’re proud to be a part of it. We’re able to play a role in this evolving world because of our team of engineers who find creative solutions to improve the businesses of the security dealers we partner with and the lives of homeowners who have our products.
The Helix platform, launched in December 2014, is the first professional security panel designed to deliver interactive security and home automation services from a customer’s mobile device.
In the past, Resolution Products has been well-known for making compatible sensors, but not the full system. Over time, dealers started suggesting, “You guys should build a panel. You should do what all the other guys are out there doing, but do it right. You guys get it.” With the dealer voice in mind, our engineering team set out to create something new for the market, instead of just another panel.
How the Resolution Products Engineering Team Took on the Creation of the Helix. Read the Full Story Below.
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Installing an alarm system can be a sophisticated process, requiring trained and experienced professionals to ensure a properly working unit and a safe install. Due to advances in security technology and the availability of information online, including how-tos and support forums, self-installations are possible for many homeowners.
With self-installation, the work and responsibility lies in the hands of the homeowner. This can be a challenge for security dealers, but it also presents a great opportunity.
In DIY Security Real Deal but Not for the Faint of Heart, security industry expert Peter Giacalone provides insight on the profitability of providing do-it-yourself security solutions as a security dealer, and the challenges that come along with the territory.
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With the home automation and smart home market expected to increase from $4.4B in 2013 to $21B in 2020, consumers are welcoming more technology into their lives. In fact, smart home technologies are now a desired feature sought out by families looking to purchase a home.
In “Smart home tech sells listings faster” on Inman.com, Paul Hagey shares the results of a survey that polled over 500 Coldwell Banker Real Estate agents. The survey asked agents about the impact smart home technology has on the real estate market and how it has changed over the past five years.
Here’s a breakdown from Paul Hagey on the findings:
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Ryan Boder is an experienced security and automation expert, engineer, and the President of suretyDIY security and automation. Ryan founded surety DIY with a single goal — to shake up the security industry and show customers that if can be done differently, that it can be better.
Ryan’s experience in home security includes designing and installing custom security systems for the high-end residences of the rich and famous. Ryan’s areas of expertise are security and automation systems, the cohesive integration of heterogeneous devices, QoS in wireless networks, internet and web based software, and more.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Ryan about hot topics and trends in home automation and security.
Read Ryan’s thoughts on the smart home and the future of home security and automation below:
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If this year’s International CES was any indication, 2015 will be the strongest year yet for the smart home category. As many startups focus on creating innovative gadgets, a bigger battle is taking place for the platform that will control the smart home.
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