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The Attractive Capability of Connectivity

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When Technology and Home intertwine… 

 Life, for most people, is moderately mundane. It is busy and constant and it is not uncommon for important things, such as switching the landing light off, to fly right above our heads in the suddenly rushed moments that everyday life seemingly gifts us with each morning.  

 If you often find yourself thinking, in the midst of rushing out of the door, that you wish things could just get ‘done’ without all the fuss and hassle that these small, forgotten about, household duties often cause, then you are in luck; the modern era has provided a solution for us all; Home automation.  

 From sensible smart security such as home CCTV, smart door bells and home alarm systems, to the thrilling smart lighting, smart hoovers and hidden smart sound systems; the smarter your home the smarter your life becomes.  

 Picture it; you wake up in the morning. Outside the window isn’t a very inspiring sight, its grey, damp and dull.  Now you walk to the kitchen, straight past the smart vacuum that has just got to work in the hallway. As you walk past it, the overhead light gradually turns on. It isn’t dull and it doesn’t remind you of a bulb that needs replacing; it’s a soft bright glow that isn’t too glaring but is comfortingly bright. The central heating is already switched on, but it hasn’t cost you the earth because it hasn’t been on and off all night. You’re listening to the radio that’s just turned on at your touch of the glossy touch-pad situated on the wall. Just as you do that, the coffee machine simultaneously heats up and pours you your morning poison and now you’re sipping a nice steamy, hot mug of coffee in a warm, brightly lit room that is helping encourage the best start to your day.  

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 Now stop picturing it. Think back to your own morning this morning and ponder on what could help make your morning a better morning.  

 Would it be a complete control system that would connect to devices such as a nest thermostat to help heat the house to your optimal temperature at the perfect price? Or how about some Phillips hue smart bulbs that can be scheduled to sync in with your alarm clock, giving you that realistic mimic of a natural awakening?  

 Whatever the desire may be, you can be almost certain that there is a smart home device out their that will be ready to help ease the little stresses of everyday life at the swipe, touch or scheduling of a button.  

 

So why not be smart and start your smart home journey here by discovering what Smart home device we here at Northwest Security can offer you.

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How to Smarten Up Your Home On A Budget

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It has never been so easy to be so affordably Eco-friendly and sustainable when it comes to running your home.

The Smart phenomenon has been taking the worlds of interior and security by storm over the last 10 years and today it is now easier than ever before to transform your home into an almost self-running haven.

From simple devices that allow you to change the color of a room by voice to sleek doorbells and cameras that allow you to see who is buzzing your front door on your phone, the past 5 years alone have seen multiple technological advances that make our consumer lives that little bit easier.

And while in the past the Smart Home dream seemed only within reach of movie characters, today it is more affordable and accessible than ever before for us mere mortals to get a slice of the convenient pie.

Here a quick glance of 3 most affordable smart home gadgets that will help to really smarten up your home on a budget and save you some hard earned cash.

  1. IKEA smart bulbs (£15+)

After recently switching to only selling LED lighting within their stores, Ikea have since introduced a range of smart bulbs to help change the atmosphere of your home with the touch of a button. You can Dim them, turn them on or off, and switch their glow from warm to cool all from the comfort of a simple app.

“Smart lighting at IKEA is an expandable system you can add on to as your lighting needs change. Our smart lighting range offers wireless LED bulbs, panels, and doors for furniture. “- IKEA.com

Ikea Smart lighting

  1. Amazons’ Alexa (£90 +)

Costing just under £90, Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audio-books, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub, allowing you to voice control your lighting among other cool things. Save time and money by utilizing your voice to organise your life instantly.

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  1. Nest learning Thermostat (£150+)

This one is a little pricey, but this is more than just a light color change gimmick. With the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can save real cash on your heating bills! As the smart device quickly learns your routines and user habits it begins to automatically follow that routine, allowing you to come home to a nice warm and cosy space. You can also control this heating device via the smart phone app, just in case you decide to switch up the working week and stop out late. And this little device has the capability to connect to others devices meaning your smart home journey has only begun!

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Check out our previous post and discover The Attractive Capability of Connectivity

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LightSYS 2 Is Secured By Design.

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 LightSYS 2, the only hybrid security system that offers smartphone app control and communication flexibility, is now officially Secured by Design accredited.

Secured by Design is the official UK Police initiative that combines the principles of ‘designing out crime’ with physical security and acknowledgement of relevant quality products and crime prevention projects.

This means that LightSYS 2 can provide additional reassurance as it is currently the only UK intruder alarm system to have the preferred UK police specification.

 

“Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of national police projects focusing on the design and security for new and refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as the acknowledgement of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.

Secured by Design works with the industry and test houses to create high-level security standards, responding to trends in crime, and has given input on a number of key standards. The principles of the scheme have been proven to reduce the risk of crime and the fear of crime.”- Secured by Design.com

 

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lightsys2  Benefits & Features

LightSYS 2 is a versatile professional hybrid intrusion system that can be successfully installed in diverse environments from residential to commercial.

LightSYS 2 also offers:

  • Cloud connectivity – use the Smartphone App for easy system control via the RISCO Cloud
  • Easy Installation using RISCO Bus, EOL, Star or wireless – all on one panel
  • Remote service capability via simple configuration software
  • Flexible communication with IP, GSM/GPRS and PSTN – all within the main housing
  • Wide range of compatible RISCO Bus and 2-way wireless devices – now including 2-way wireless
  • keypad and wireless sounder

To find out more, get in touch today.

 

 

 

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The Importance of Having a Security Alarm

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According to police.uk, during the month of March 2018, 106 burglaries were reported in the town of Huddersfield alone. That is 106 more lives that have been affected and changed by crime.

Obviously, it is extremely hard to measure a count of occurrences that didn’t happen, due to the presence of an alarm system. So how can we assess whether home security systems deter crime? We can go straight to the burglars themselves.

Reported by safewise.com, a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, researchers interviewed more than 400 incarcerated men and women who were convicted for burglary;” About 60% of the burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. This was particularly true among the subset of burglars that were more likely to spend time deliberately and carefully planning a burglary. • Most burglars would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary. Among those that determined that an alarm was present after initiating a burglary, about half would discontinue the attempt.” (1) (Kuhns, 2018)

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The study may not be concrete proof that having a security alarm will stop a burglary altogether, but there is no guarantee that you won’t get injured in a car just because you have airbags. The function of a security alarm is to alert a crime is taking place, not to stop the crime from taking place, but it is an extra layer of security that will make the criminal think twice before proceeding which ultimately increases your chances of not getting burgled.

With modern advanced technology, this first layer of security that a security alarm provides can be built upon. Smart CCTV cameras, for instance, can be incorporated to connect to security alarms, providing an instant visual if the alarm is triggered. Push notifications detailing the event, along with a snapshot of the incident will also be sent straight to your mobile phone to alert, which in turn provides a faster response to the incident.

Modern Security Alarms also off the ability to securely enable and disable an alarm remotely, so on those busy mornings where you’re rushing out the door before your coffee has cooled and forget to set the security alarm, you can do so securely and confidently via your smartphone with ease and peace of mind.

The benefits of having a security alarm must not be underestimated and a good system will last for years with regular maintenance, providing your property with a deterrent that could one day save your home from being violated and your valuables from being stolen.

While you are here why not check out the shop to see what we have to offer.

 

1 http://airef.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/BurglarSurveyStudyFinalReport.pdf

Did you know…
We also offer CCTV and Smart Home Automation installations as well?

As UK leaders in professional security systems, Northwest security are offering high quality intruder alarms and home automation systems with industry leading support.

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Rural Crime on the Rise

Here at Northwest Security, we have many different options that are available when it comes to protecting you, your family and your agricultural assets and after a recent rise in rural crime, we feel it is necessary to bring the topic to light.  

A recent NFU Mutual report found that Rural crime cost UK farms more than £42 million in 2015. As well as the cost of having to replace equipment, for small farms losing pieces of kit can have serious impacts on their productivity and ultimately their bottom line.’ -(Stocks, 2017)  

Cost of UK rural crime in 2016 

  • England £33.8m 
  • Northern Ireland £2.5m 
  • Scotland £1.6m 
  • Wales £1.3m 

Source: NFU Mutual 2017 

Featured on the BBC News and on the BBC News website (14/08/17), the report sheds light on an issue that many people outside of the industry fail to notice.  

Speaking to the BBC ‘Tim Price from the insurers said: “Countryside criminals are becoming more brazen and our annual survey of attitudes indicates that many farmers now feel under siege. Across the country they’re turning their farmyards into fortresses to protect their homes, families and property.” 

‘Some farmers were “turning their backs on farming altogether” due to crime, added Mr. Price.’  Below are NFU Mutual’s top 5 tips on how to protect your farm;  

  • ‘Tips for protecting your farm; 
  •  Use SmartWater to identify your property 
  •  Fit heavy-duty padlocks to outbuildings 
  •  Make sure hinges and latches are bolted from the inside – not screwed – so they can’t be removed 
  •  Don’t leave items on view 
  •  Keep external gates locked 
  •  Consider outside security lighting and CCTV 
  •  Display signs which advertise your security measures’  

The annual rural crime report was based on claims data from more than 300 NFU Mutual branches. 

 

sources:
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40900442 

https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/news-and-stories/five-farm-security-risks/ 

www.nfumutual.co.uk/news-and-stories/rural-crime-report-2017/ 

 

 

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Pet friendly CommPact

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 A highly cost-effective security system which boasts a professional level of security and offers a wider range of features in comparison to a standard alarm system.  

The latest Risco product features a fully wireless, Wi-Fi enabled system  that offers a quick and easy installation in any location with just a one button, automatic configuration, meaning less mess and inconvenience  to you  when a member of our team comes to complete the install 

This is a complete solution for the home or business and the system also offers a wide range of accessories including motion, magnet, smoke and vibration detectors which all help to provide a whole new layer of security and safety. 

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The CommPact system is nothing but a convenience and provides peace of mind for you and your family with the power to protect up to 36 zones! 

CommPact also features a market-leading Smartphone and web app which enables you to retain full control even when on the go, any country, anywhere, anytime. 

There is also an optional live video verification and the system boasts live video on demand when using IP cameras and this new system is also pet friendly, meaning that the alarm can be set even with your beloved pets about!  

 

To find out more, get in touch today! 

 

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Why Are Smart Alarms Becoming So Popular?

Smart alarms are here and the future is looking far more secure, simple and well, smart.

The rise of smart technology has been long coming and has been empowering consumers with new forms of control regarding their safety. Consumers can now arm their homes, offices and shops with alarm systems that can be accessed remotely at any time but, more importantly, they can be accessed securely creating a new form of remote self-monitoring that hasn’t been seen before.

There is no question as to whether or not smart alarm systems are on the rise, they are, and this is partly due to their advanced capabilities. However, perhaps their recent steady growth in popularity is also due to the ease of installation they provide. If desired, an engineer can fit a smart alarm system in a far more efficient length of time than ever before.

  We install a range of Intruder and safty alarm systems for business and home in West Yorkshire

Although, if preferred, most standard systems are now simple enough for the consumer to install themselves. Gone are the days when extended lengths of cable had to be drilled through walls and floors. Most modern systems now have a wireless options alongside the choice to have the system wired in.

But, as with most devices these days, the technology within can be complex, so it is always advisable to opt for an engineer to install systems. This is so a professional is at hand to smooth out any hiccups that may occur during the installation and set up process because we all know complexity often hides behind supposed simplicity.

Smart alarm systems also boast the attractive capability of connectivity. This allows the smart alarm system to be connected to other smart devices and systems in the property such as smart doorbells, CCTV, smart lighting, smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors and many, many more. If a smart device is already installed in the same property, there is a very high chance that a smart alarm can connect to it and work with it to help keep the property safe and secure. However, if you’re unsure whether or not your device can connect to another, we have put together a list of brands that embrace cross-brand connections.

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Smart Alarm systems do range in price but, here at Northwest Security, quality is not compromised by price so you can be certain that you are getting the highest quality for the lowest price.

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