10 Smart Home Features to Understand

A smart home is a system where most devices, systems, and components of the home get managed remotely by the cloud, smartphone app, or via a PC or laptop. Most smart systems are self-monitoring and regulating. You program them to meet the needs or your preferences of a particular device, appliance, or system and let technology handle the rest.

One goal of a smart home is convenience. You program your systems, devices, or apps and then forget them, at least as it applies to manually turning them on, regulating them, and then turning them off. Achieving that goal lets you live your life with minimal worry about the systems in question.

A second goal is savings. Not having to leave the heat on all day or run lighting systems unnecessarily saves energy costs. The technology monitors the various systems and operates them in the most efficient manner possible.

Security is also a major part of the smart home. Using multiple security systems that cover the home can be labour intensive if you manage each component manually. A smart system can integrate your various security features and ensure that each system coordinates with the others. This can save you time and energy by automating tasks that would otherwise need to be completed manually. In addition, a smart system can provide you with peace of mind by monitoring your home for potential security threats and alerting you to any potential risks.

Security in the sense of a smart home is an umbrella term that covers protection, monitoring, and management. Smart security lets you monitor who gets access to your home, alerts when a system is not functioning properly, or a threat like a gas leak is present, coordinate emergency responses from fire and the Gardaí, and control lighting.

That reduces the work that must go into efficient management and ensures that each system works optimally.

The Evolution of Smart Homes

Smart homes started with pre-programming appliances, televisions, security systems, etc. What once took a specific action when something was needed could be set up to turn on and deliver at a set time in the future. That evolution took off with smart devices. With a smart device, in-person programming and activation could suddenly get done remotely.

It took a while to fine-tune the technology, but now you can:

  • Set your lights to go on at a particular time
  • Set a time for cooking equipment, and other appliances to activate
  • Manage security systems via remote management systems
  • Lower and raise window shades to maximise heat and coolness

As with all technology, smart home capabilities are only growing. What started with pre-programmed scheduling for appliances now lets you manage the security, lighting, heating and hot water in your home, run appliances, manage your EV charging and even prepare meals.

Smart Lighting

Smart lights let you control every aspect of lighting your smart home. From turning on and off external floodlights and motion detection lighting to set the proper mood for dinner, time with the kids, or just relaxing, smart lighting lets you create the lighting and intensity you need. No more running around the house at bedtime turning off lamps.

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats regulate your home’s temperature in the manner you want, using the most efficient process possible. You can cool sensibly in the warmer months and heat efficiently in the cooler season with preset times and periods. A smart thermostat can provide just enough warmth to attain your desired ambient temperature without running excessively. Smart Thermosats are vital to save money on your energy costs.

By making small adjustments to the temperature in your home, you can save a significant amount of money on your energy bill each month. Smart Thermostats are an easy way to make these adjustments without having to constantly monitor the temperature yourself.

Smart Plugs

A smart plug rests between your outlet and whatever you are powering in your home. It lets you control the electricity and the operation of any device that’s connected to the smart plug. With a smart plug, you can control the power to devices via your phone or computer. These plugs give you greater control over the individual devices in your smart home.

You can set timers, create schedules, and even monitor energy usage. This allows you to be in complete control of your home, and make sure that everything is running smoothly. You can also save money on your energy bill by monitoring your usage and making adjustments accordingly.

Smart Locks

Smart locks let you secure doors, windows and gates, making it even more difficult for an intruder to break into your home. Programmable, you can disable a lock, and you can set them to lock automatically. Additionally, smart locks can be coordinated with other home security features like lighting. Automatic reminders ensure that you never accidentally leave a door unlocked again. You can also set up alerts to notify you if someone has been trying to break in. This way, you can take action to prevent a break-in, or at least be aware that one is happening.

Door Sensors

Door sensors are another home security layer that alerts you and everyone else, including the Gardaí, that an intruder has gained access to your house. They usually perform three functions when activated:

  • Trigger a very loud alarm
  • Alert the Monitoring Service and then the Gardaí that the door lock has been breached
  • Provide lighting on the property to easily identify intruders, etc.

Window Sensors

Window glass break sensors perform the same function as door sensors but generally activate when a windowpane is smashed. The sensors trigger a loud alarm that alerts everyone in the vicinity if someone tries to gain access to the home. These alarms can be very loud and would notify everyone in the area that someone is trying to break into a home. This deters potential burglars and helps to keep everyone in the area safe.

Motion Detectors

You undoubtedly have seen in films where someone must avoid breaking the field of a motion detector, or an alarm goes off. These are the same type of technology. These sensors send a message to a smart device when motion is detected.  The sensors are usually placed near doors or windows, and they work by detecting movement in the area and then sending a signal to the connected device. The device then uses an app to alert the user that someone is approaching. The app also provides the user with the option to call the authorities or to ignore the alert. If the user chooses to call the authorities, the app will provide them with the location of the device.

Air Sensors

Air sensors track air quality and let you know when certain environmental factors are present via your smart device or an alarm. Leak sensors can also detect carbon monoxide and alert everyone in the vicinity of the danger, as well as you, that a potentially lethal situation is developing. Smoke or carbon monoxide exposure can result in serious injury or death, so it’s important to take precautions and be aware of the potential risks.

Water Leak Sensors

Usually found in the form of a small sensor or a “water rope” that can be trailed along an area e.g. under a sink, leak sensors are a critical defence against escape of water, the number one reason for home insurance claims. By detecting leaks early and shutting off the water supply, these devices can help prevent extensive water damage, saving homeowners both money and headaches.

Electric Vehicle Chargers

Your Electric Vehicle Charger helps balance power needs between your vehicle and the other appliances in your home that works on electricity. This charger manages current output and distribution, is programmable, and can help keep your appliances, vehicle, and home safe from electrical hazards and overloads. It also most importantly allows you to avail of time of day tariffs making sure that you keep the cost of charging your EV as low as possible. Smart EV Chargers can save you up to 50% on your EV running costs.

Mesh Wifi

A mesh wifi hub boosts wifi power and ensures that you can do what you want online when you want to do it. That can help with streaming movies, etc. but is particularly handy in managing the various systems and components that make up your smart home configuration. A Smart Wifi Mesh also gives you total control over what content kids can access and when they are able to use their gaming devices and smart phones. Some parents are concerned about the amount of time their kids spend online, and what kind of content they are exposed to. Others worry that their kids are becoming addicted to gaming and social media. Some parents feel that they need to monitor and limit access.

Why Is Smartzone the Best Smart Home Company in Ireland?

Smartzone is your one-stop for all your smart home needs. The company sells nearly every type of connector, monitor, sensor, and management device on the market to help you keep your smart systems running consistently and without fail. From security to energy management, Smartzone has the expertise and skills to ensure your home is smart and secure. With a team of experienced professionals, Smartzone can help you choose the right security and energy management products for your home, and install them quickly and easily. With Smartzone, you can be sure that your home is safe and energy-efficient.

What is a Smartzone User Code?

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Smartzone User Code’s: Safer, Smarter, Simpler.

How many people should have a key to your house? There’s you and your partner. And your kids need their keys after school perhaps?

Then there’s your neighbor. He walks your dog when you’re away. Should your babysitter have a key? Maybe. If your plumber had a key, you could have saved a half-day of vacation last week, but you can’t just hand keys out and you know better than to keep one under a rock. Did the baby-sitter ever return that key? Your son lost his key on the bus, a nuisance, and a big security risk.

Keys are a headache. Smartzone smart locks and user codes are the cure.

Smartzone user codes are simple four or six-digit codes that allow users to disarm your Smartzone smart security and open your open your Alarm.com-powered smart lock. They make access easy, keep your home more secure, and protect your peace of mind by keeping you in the know:

How do user codes make life easier?


It’s simple to set up a unique code for each member of your family. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up Smartzone user codes.

For non-family members, user codes are easy to customise for limited access. For your cleaner, you can set up a code that works only on weekdays between 12.00 and 2.00pm. A one-day user code will let a contractor in today, but not tomorrow.


Example of a Smartzone notification
Once everyone has their own code, Smartzone can let you know who’s coming and going. You can push notification or email when somebody arrives, or a daily video clip of your kids coming home from school.


User codes and smart locks eliminate many of the security risks and costs that come with spare keys. Unlike a key, a user code can’t be dropped, mislaid or left in the door. If your kids forget their codes, there’s always the doorbell camera and they can call you so that you can let them in using your smart lock.

And, should you ever suspect a code has been shared, stolen or misused, you can open your Smartzone App and delete it, fully restoring your front door’s security with no expensive locksmiths or alarm engineer visits necessary.


User codes and smart locks are part of the professionally-delivered, smarter home security experience that you get with Smartzone. Our Smartzone Pro Team can install a wide range of best-in-breed smart locks, fully integrated with your Smartzone smart security system and controlled with your Smartzone app.

To get connected & protected with Smartzone enter your details here or call 021 4966248 now to book your FREE assessment.

How to Create Unique Smartzone User Codes

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Clue: it’s not a key hidden under a rock.The answer is a unique user code. It’s a four-digit access code for your Smartzone Smart Security System. It’s easy to create (and delete), you can restrict it to certain days and times, and you can have Smartzone alert you whenever your visitor uses it.

Here’s how to set one up.


Log into your Smartzone dashboard at Alarm.com on your desktop or laptop and click the Users link under the Security tab. Note: The ability to set up and manage users is now available in the Smartzone app also.

Then, click ‘Add User’.

Smartzone User Code 1a

In the ‘Add User’ screen, give your user a name, and specify their access level. You’ll want to click the ‘Panel Access’ icon to let them disarm your system. If you have smart locks, specify which lock(s) they can use. For the dog walker, we’re selecting the front door only.

Smartzone User Code 2

Enter a unique code for your user. This code enables them to disarm your security system and open your door’s smart lock. Because the code is unique (you can’t duplicate your user codes), it also enables Smartzone to identify who accesses your home, and send you an alert when they enter or leave.

Now, specify your user’s access time. You can choose ‘At All Times’, or you can specify certain time windows only. For our dog walker, we’re specifying weekday access between 11am and 2pm.

Smartzone User Code 3
Click ‘Save’ and your new user is created!

You can now create an optional alert that lets you know when they arrive and leave.

If you no longer need to give the user access, the code is easy to delete. Navigate to the Users screen again and find the user code. Then, click the ‘trash’ icon (circled below) and confirm the deletion.

To change a user’s access details without deleting them altogether, click the ‘edit’ icon, which will take you to an ‘Update User’ screen where you can change their permissions, times and four-digit code.

Now that you’ve created your first user code, you can create one anytime you need to let a trusted guest into your home.

How To Protect Your Smartzone Account From Intruders


Top Tips on Managing, Protecting & When To Share Your Account Password.

Smart home “hacks” are frightening. You may have seen the viral news stories. A family’s security camera was hijacked to play fake warnings about a nuclear attack. A stalker harassed his ex-partner by changing her lock codes and turning her lights on and off.

How do these attacks happen? Typically, the intruder doesn’t target the smart home technology company. He targets the homeowner’s account instead, taking advantage of a security lapse—a weak or compromised password, for example—to log in to their account or mobile app.

The good news is that you can protect your account from an intruder by taking some simple measures. Smartzone offers several smart safeguards for you to employ, and we are always on hand to offer help and expertise.

Here’s how to take action and keep your Smartzone account better protected.


A weak or re-used password is the digital equivalent of a door key tucked under the mat. It’s how most hacks and data breaches happen. Create a stronger password for your account by following these rules:

  • AVOID THE OBVIOUS: Dogs are for home security, not password security. Don’t use your pet’s name, or favorite team, or anything else that’s easy to guess. Pick a password or phrase that’s memorable—but only to you.
  • MAKE IT UNIQUE: Add capital letters, numbers and symbols to make your password harder to crack.
  • KEEP IT UNIQUE: Don’t use your Smartzone password anywhere else. Using the same password across multiple sites means that a single data breach—anywhere—will compromise all of your accounts. For safety, always keep a separate password for Smartzone powered Alarm.com.

Does your current password measure up? Log into Alarm.com, or go to the Login Information tab in your Smartzone/Alarm.com app, and change it now. We’ll wait!


Letting other people log into your Smartzone account with your credentials is a security risk. It makes it harder for you to track who’s logging in, and you could even lose control of your account settings.

When you give a new user access to your account, always give them their own login. It’s easy to do from your web dashboard (go to Users, then select Manage Logins). There’s no extra charge, and you can control exactly what each user can see and do within your account.

We provide a range of pre-set user permission levels, from “Read Only” to “Full Control”, to make this part easy—or you can customize each user’s permissions if you prefer.


If a person only needs physical access to your home, don’t give them an account login. Give them a User Code instead.

Let’s say you hire a dog-walker to visit your house on weekdays. A numerical User Code lets them unlock the door and disarm your alarm. You can restrict the code to work on weekdays only, and have it expire on a given date. You can even get an alert or video clip when they use it.

As any security expert will tell you: give people the access they need, and no more. In most cases, a User Code will take care of it.


Smartzone’s smartphone alerts can help you protect your account as well as your home.

To receive an alert when someone accesses your account, or tries to, set up a Successful Login or Unsuccessful Login notification. If you receive either alert unexpectedly, you’ll know to investigate and take action if necessary.

You’ll find these notifications in the System Event category of your notification options.

Please note: Unsuccessful Login alerts can be triggered when other Alarm.com users mistype a username that’s similar to your own. To reduce the likelihood of this happening, ensure that your username is distinctive and different. You’ll find it in the Login Information tab of your Smartzone/Alarm.com app.


If you think an intruder has access to your account, or you lose your phone with the Smartzone/Alarm.com app on it, here’s what to do.

  • Log into your Alarm.com Web Dashboard and go to Settings.
  • Go to the Devices tab, then select Lost Device.
  • Submit a “Disable Automatic Login” command to log every user out of your account and prevent any device from logging back in automatically.
  • Change your password immediately.


If you’re in danger because someone has accessed your Smartzone powered Alarm.com account, contact Smartzone immediately on  021 4966248. We will help you restore control, and advise you on what to do.

If you don’t have Smartzone and need a smarter home security system, get in touch with Smartzone today and request a Free Virtual Home Assessment and Quotation. 

Smartzone Top Tips for Better Home Security & Life Safety.

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However, starting the wrong project can lead to a half-finished bathroom or worse. Quick and do-able is the order of the day. Our suggestion: give your home a virtual security, safety, and energy assessment.It’s an easy and will keep you active, improve your home in the long run, and give you peace of mind that your home and family are safer.

Not sure what a home security and safety overhaul looks like? Here’s a list of essential tasks.


If a fire broke out in your home, would everyone know what to do? Create a simple plan for emergencies to sure that they will. A good emergency plan includes:

  • Where to meet in an emergency, and how to get there.
  • Roles and responsibilities. For example, who dials for help?
  • How to navigate specific hazards, such as smoke.
  • Emergency contacts: who else will you alert?

Create, then practice different versions of your plan for a fire, a break-in and an extreme weather event. It is recommended that you practice twice a year.

If you’re a Smartzone customer, it’s easy to add a family member to your alerts as an emergency contact. And with professional monitoring, you won’t need to worry about dialing 999, Smartzone does that for you.


Take advantage of the spring weather to inspect your hedges, bushes and trees for security hazards. You’re looking for potential hiding spots that give intruders a place to lurk. Trim these areas until you have a direct line of sight to the street. Ideally, anyone in your front yard should be visible to you, your neighbors, and passers-by.


Home security extends beyond your home. Teaming up with neighbors is one of the top home security measures you can take, and it’s easy to connect with neighbours digitally when you can’t meet in person.

Your neighbors can keep you informed about suspicious activity in the neighborhood and watch your home when you’re away by setting up a What’s App Group.


Is your current security system out of date and difficult to use? Spend some time researching smart home security; it’s the easiest way to protect your home. A good modern security system will include:

  • A mobile app to control everything, see what’s going on, and stay connected to home.
  • Professional monitoring for emergencies.
  • The ability to add security devices like outdoor cameras, doorbell cameras, and smart door locks.

Smartzone Smart Security Systems include all of the above and more, with expert support at every step.

Updating to a Smartzone Smart Security System with Monitoring also qualifies for additional home insurance discount, just ask your home insurance provider.

Take the time to talk to Smartzone and find a system that suits your family’s needs.


Already have an Smartzone Smart Security System? Excellent work. But will an intruder know?

Burglars tend to take the path of least resistance and typically avoid homes with security systems. The more visible your system is, the more you’ll benefit. This means making sure that your security bell box is well placed and can be seen from the road.

Adding an outdoor security cameras help too and are a great deterrent, and provide another layer of security for your property.

Don’t have a branded bell box or signage for your security system? Contact Smartzone and we can help.

If you would like to get some advice why not book a Virtual Assessment with our Team, discuss what you need and get a professional quote free of charge. Call 021 4966248 now to book a slot.


You won’t always be at home—but you’ll always want potential intruders to think that you are. That’s why smart lights are an outdoor security essential. Ask Smartzone about motion-triggered and automated lights. They’re easy to add to your security system, and ensure that intruders won’t be able to hide in the dark.

For extra deterrence, ask us about Smartzone’s video analytics. This technology allows your security cameras to distinguish people from animals and vehicles, and trigger your outdoor lights accordingly. Find out more here.


We teach our kids to stay safe in the outside world. You should also teach safety at home—especially to older kids who want to stay home alone when you’re out. Your kids should know:

  • Never to post on social media that they’re home alone
  • Never to answer the door to strangers
  • How to lock up and arm the security system
  • What to do if they smell smoke or discover an emergency


Smartzone’s smartphone alerts help you stay one step ahead of danger. To enhance your safety at home, set up the following:

  • Geo-Services reminders: When you don’t leave home as often, it’s easy to make home security mistakes like forgetting to lock the door when you do. Our Geo-Services reminders use your location to alert you if you leave home with your security system disarmed or your door unlocked, so that you can secure the house remotely.
  • Contact sensor alerts: If your kids are exploring the house more than usual, setting up alerts for doors and windows will let you know if they’re go places they aren’t supposed to, or leave entry points to your home unsecured.
  • Unexpected Activity: these alerts look out for your family by letting you know when something happens that doesn’t match your home’s everyday activity patterns.


Did you test your smoke detectors when the clocks changed this spring? If not, now is the time.

Giving your home security and safety devices a quick inspection every few months helps to ensure that they’ll always be ready when you need them. Test your smoke detectors and clean your security cameras, using your mobile app’s live feeds to make sure their angles are correct.

For additional peace of mind, set up a low battery alert for your Smartzone connect smoke detectors. Next time you need to change your batteries, you’ll know in advance.


When you use smart technology to keep your home secure, it’s extra-important to prevent unauthorized access to your account and mobile app.

When you’re done tuning up your physical security, take a few minutes to double-check your digital home security too. Set up two-factor authentication and make sure all users and login’s are up to date.




Protecting your home with Smartzone is easy. Our Smartzone Pro’s will help you figure out what you need, and they’ll support you all the way.

Click here to connect with a Smartzone Pro in your area. 

10 Great Reasons To Add Smart Plugs To Your Home.

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Working from home. Kid’s driving you mad, too much to get done, and not enough time to do them? Have you ever wished that your home could do them for you? That your house would just run itself? Or even that you could save energy without having to run around the house every night to switch off all the power points?

Well, with Smartzone you can. You Smartzone System can make your wishes come true! The Smartzone smart plugs are the first easy step into home automation, and they will have you wondering how you ever got by without them.

Before we get into the great things you can do with them, you might be wondering what a Smart Plug is, and what makes them ‘Smart’?


A smart plug is like a plug adapter – it fits between your power socket and the appliance you wish to plug in. At its most basic level, it simply turns things on and off. But, when connected to a smart home platform, it becomes a very capable device.

They are considered ‘smart’ because they let you control your appliances using your Smartzone App on your phone from anywhere. Smartzone will let you set schedules for your smart plugs so you can turn appliances on and off at set times and on specific days.

Each Smartzone Smart Plug is also an energy meter and can tell you how much energy each appliance connected through it is using. This is an incredibly useful feature for the energy-conscious consumer and is communicated to you via the Smartzone App to help you save on energy use.

So how do you control them? The Smartzone System in your home comes Smart Enabled. It can communicate with the Smart Plugs, manage schedules and automation, and keeps everything under control.





Keeping the Kid’s occupied when at home for long periods can be daunting. Have some fun with them and create a knee-trembling creepy house, well, picture this:

Your family walks in the front door and all the lights go out. Then eerie waltz music starts playing from somewhere deep in the house. Next, the lounge room lamp turns on, but only for a minute, before switching off again.

The music cuts and there’s silence. A small floor heater turns on and blows hot air at their feet, then the TV turns on with maximum volume… If you haven’t scared them at this point, then they have a very steely nerve!


One of the most useful features of the Smartzone System is lighting automation using rules and schedules. We all turn on lights around the house every evening and often these are table or desk top lamps. Using Smartzone Smart Plugs you can completely automate this. Save on energy and know that the lights are off when you get to bed.

Or when working from the home office you might forget to switch off the desk lights and must get out of a warm bed to go down and switch them off.

Setting your lights to come on and off to a daily schedule is a great way to use Smart Plugs. With Smartzone Easy Scheduler you can set the times you want lights to turn on and off each day. This can be done by time, or by sunrise and sunset with our system using web-based data to adjust the schedule for summer and winter.

Every evening set the lights come on one hour before sunset and off again at say midnight when you are gone to bed. Adjust for weekdays and weekends. Set up night lights for the Kid’s so that these can be set to go off once they have fallen asleep.

Just remember to switch your lighting to energy efficient LED bulbs to maximise savings.


Have you ever wondered how much it really costs to run your home appliances? Or considered upgrading to more energy-efficient models, but feel unsure about which appliance will give you the biggest savings?

When you connect your appliance through a smart plug you can track how much electricity it consumes. If you don’t want to buy 10 smart plugs, you can always plug one an appliance at a time to a smart plug. You can then track how much each appliance consumes and you will know you exactly what’s using the most electricity.

With this knowledge, you will be able to decide, without a doubt, which appliance will shave the most of your energy bill if you replace it. You can also then select an appliance to keep attached to the smart plug, so you can switch it off when it’s not being used and cut down on its standby power consumption.


Standby energy usage is the power your electronic devices use when they are on standby. Standby or Phantom power can make up to 10% of your electricity bills. A Smart TV and Sky box left on standby each night can use as mush as €25 of energy per year.

Ok, so €25 on a single device seems like a small amount but this can scale quickly when you consider every appliance in the home that’s consuming energy when asleep. While a single device consumes very little in annual electricity use, when multiplied by several dozen products, you’re no longer talking about pocket change. This phantom energy use can account for as much as 10% of your annual electricity bill.  What’s more, standby power use is roughly responsible for 1% of global CO2 emissions!

Some of the biggest standby power energy suckers are:

  • Laptops and desktop computers
  • Heaters and ACs
  • Wi-Fi modems
  • Printers and scanners
  • TVs, Set-Top Boxes, DVD players and game consoles
  • Phone chargers
  • Microwaves, blenders and other kitchen appliances

When you connect your appliances to smart plugs, you can switch them off automatically using the Smartzone System and really save.

Set up energy saving rules:

  1. When I set the Alarm Away or I exit my geo-fence switch everything off. When I return home and enter my geo-fence or I dis-arm the system turn them all back on again.
  2. When I Arm Stay at night turn off all the lights and appliances downstairs and switch on the lights in the bedrooms.

Save energy and time automatically without having to think about it.


If you’re going out to work or just for a walk, or heading overseas for a holiday, you might want to create the illusion that you are home. You can do this by setting up a smart plug with a lamp near a window or in the front hall by the door.

All you have to do is connect your lamp to a smart plug and let Smartzone take care of the rest. Set schedules to turn lights on and off to give the impression you are home, and even use our cool holiday feature that will vary these on and off times daily by as much as 45 minutes so as not to look routine.

Set up a rule to turn on the lights if somebody rings your video doorbell or the motion sensor detects motion in the front garden. Having lights come on for 10 minutes like this is a great deterrent and will give a potential baddie pause for thought about coming into your home. It’s also very comforting to have lights on in the hall and at the front door before you get there.

Leave home relaxed knowing that Smartzone is helping your home look after itself.


Another really great feature of the Smartzone system is the ability to set simple rules that can turn on and off lights using door or window sensors. All the sensors on the Smartzone Security System are active all the time, not just when the system is armed away.

When you arrive home for example, set a rule that turns on the lights in the hall when you open your front door, or even better, set the lights to come on when you enter your geo-fence and have the lights on before you arrive home.

Letting the dog out the back for a quick run in the garden at night, then make the outside lights come on simply by opening the


Your need to charge things quite often such as mobile phones, tablets, even the Kid’s games but not for 8 hours plus at a time. In fact, it’s bad for their batteries if they remain on charge for longer than necessary.

Batteries do not enjoy eternal life. Most smartphone manufacturers say their devices rate their batteries at 300-500 cycles. But, for many of us, it’s built into our routine to put our phone on the charger when we go to bed so that it’s fully charged and ready to go for the next day.

What we really need, is the ability to let our phone or tablet charge for 2 – 3 hours before the power is disconnected. A smart plug lets you do just this. By connecting your charger through a smart plug, you can run it on a schedule that automatically turns off the power at a set time. This could save you hundreds of dollars in new batteries (or thousands in new phones!) over time and eliminates the risk of fire due to faulty chargers.


Tired of the weekday battle of getting your children to do their homework or to go outside for a while? That’s sure to have multiplied at this time when all the children are home because we are all at home right now.

Having trouble enforcing rules on how much TV can be watched, or how long the Xbox or play station can be played? Smart plugs can help you manage your children’s screen time and put into place a healthy home school and after-school routine.

Here’s a great example: Let your kid’s zone out and rest for half an hour when they first arrive home. Next, turn the power off to the TV set up for an hour or two, and make this ‘homework and outdoor playtime’.

Put the power back on for the hour before dinner so you have the headspace and quiet to get that sorted. Finally, make sure no one is getting up in the night to play games when they are meant to be sleeping – turn off the power when you go to bed.

The simple use of a smart plug on a schedule makes it easy to put a regular routine like this into practice!


Do you have a slow cooker? Have you ever been frustrated by the odd length of time you might need to put it on for to cook your meal? 6 – 8 hours on low or 4 – 6 hours on high works in theory, but when you leave for work at 7am and get back at 6pm, a solid 11 hours will pass and your meal is going to be well over-done.

In the wonderful world of smart plugs, you can set a reminder in your phone to turn on your cooker at exactly the right time. This way, your meal will be perfectly stewed when you arrive home ravenous after a big day.


What to get more control? Then Smart Plugs are perfect and give you more control than ever.

Or, if you just want to save energy, save money, and not have to worry about remembering which switches you turned on that day, you can let the Smartzone take care of that, while you get on with more important things for You and Your Family right now.

Smartzone – Safer, Smarter, Simpler Savings.


Smartzone Flowsafe Smart Water Valve Targets Water Leaks To Save Billions


Water leaks are the #1 cause of property damage in the home.

Escape of water in the home is the number one cause of damage to property worldwide. You are 10 times more likely to have a leak in your home rather than a fire.

Water damage from burst pipes, drips and leaky appliances costs homeowners and insurers billions of Euro every year.

Like many home security problems, it happens quickly, unexpectedly and out of sight. From collapsed ceilings to mold-blackened walls, water damage is disruptive, destructive and often dangerous. Is there a solution?

Meet Flowsafe: The Smart Water Security System that protects your home.

Smartzone designed and developed the new Flowsafe Smart Water Valve in partnership with Alarm.com.

The Smartzone Flowsafe Smart Water Valve uses advanced connected sensor technology to detect leaks and shut them off automatically.

As part of our Whole-Home Water Management Solution Flowsafe can respond intelligently to drips and leaks in different areas of your home.

Flowsafe helps you use water more efficiently with monitoring and insights.



Whole Home Water Security. Smarter – Safer – Simpler 

Flowsafe by Smartzone uses patented sensor technology to deliver a market leading capability that can detect leaks down to 0.01 litre’s per hour. Nothing else comes close.

When a leak occurs suddenly your sole priority is to shut the water off. If you’re home and spot the leak, and can find the mains water supply in time you may avert disaster.

If you are not home, you’re home is flooded resulting in catastrophic damage and disruption.

Our Flowsafe Smart Water Valve changes everything. Installed at your home’s main water supply, its high-tech internal sensors quickly detect leaks (big and small) and alerts your Smartzone home security system.

The system immediately activates the Flowsafe’s on-board actuator, closing the valve and shutting off your water immediately to minimize damage.

By the time a Smartzone leak alert reaches your phone, the water has been turned off saving you thousands of euro in water damage losses.

Hidden Pipework – the dreaded slow leak

A typical Home’s pipework is often hidden in walls.

This makes leaks difficult to spot until its too late. The Smartzone Flowsafe’s integrated water management technology and analytics spots problems that you can’t.

The Smartzone Water range of accessories includes wireless leak sensors to another layer of security to your system. These leak sensors are placed behind domestic appliances, sinks, water cylinders, and in the bathroom and kitchen and can detect leaks locally.

Economic Water Loss – Bill Shock

Our Flowsafe Smart Water Valve also detects a range of other issues that cost you money.

Its smart meter will help you detect persistent leaks or running toilets that could cause water bills to skyrocket over time.

It can alert you to excessive water consumption at home or at a rental property.

It can even alert you to low water temperatures if your pipes are at risk of freezing in winter and instruct the heating system to come on to prevent pipes freezing.


When is a leak not a leak? Intelligent Responses, Easy Controls

Powered by the Smartzone Smart Home Security & Automation Technology, our Flowsafe Smart Water Valve responds intelligently when it matters.

Because Flowsafe is integrated with your Smartzone Smart Home System, it knows when you’re home or away and responds accordingly.

For example, if someone is taking a long shower and your system knows you’re home, you’ll get an alert but the water will stay on.

However, if you’re away and one of your toilets is constantly filling due to a faulty syphon, the water will shut off to help save up to 800 litres of wasted water per day.

It takes whole-home intelligence to know and respond correctly. Flowsafe also integrates with your security system so when you have armed away it can also turn off the mains water, turning it back on automatically when you return.

Why leave water on when you are out, just automate the settings and reduce the risk.

Using the Flowsafe Smart Water Valve couldn’t be simpler, you’ll find the controls right there in your Smartzone App—next to your security system, smart locks, smart thermostat, security camera feeds and everything else.



Whole Home WiFi: The Best WiFi Extender For Your Home


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Picture the scene. You’ve come home after a long day at work. You hop into bed after running some errands, switch on Netflix and get ready to watch your favourite show. The screen begins to load, 10%, 20%, 30%…and stops. 

You know the story. You’re WiFi is fast… but only when you’re close to the router. Unfortunately, your connection just isn’t strong enough to reach every area of your home. 

Smartzone have released a Whole Home WiFi solution to solve this very problem. Whole Home WiFi is a superior WiFi booster that gives you connection in every corner of your home, meaning sites like Netflix will load without annoying lagging. 


What is Whole Home WiFi 

Whole Home WiFi uses what is called a mesh network. The mesh networks use hubs, just like the ones we offer, to provide internet connection over a large area, which traditional routers may not be able to do. 

The hubs work just like the WiFi extenders that you may already be familiar with. However, these hubs work as one network for greater convenience. You don’t have to connect and reconnect to a different WiFi extender while you move through your home. 

The purpose of the hubs is to eliminate any WiFi dead zones, or blackspots, in your home. Seamlessly stream movies, play online games or even work from home without fear of losing or lagging connection, meaning you can work or play uninterrupted.  

The stylish discs are suitable for any style of home and their compact nature means they blend in nicely to your home’s interior. 

The hubs connect to the WiFi connection you already have to boost it. While the mesh network doesn’t speed up your internet connection it can work with all suppliers so you don’t have to worry about network compatibility. 


Whole Home WiFi and the Smart Home

Smart Home WiFi Extender

Smartzone’s Smart Home Security conveniently works off both internet and GSM (mobile connection). The devices will continue to work even if broadband goes down. An incredibly handy feature! 

However, if you want to add security cameras for extra protection you will need a fast and stable WiFi connection. 

Our Whole Home WiFi extender ensures a constant and stable connection so you have the choice to add cameras to your system. It’s also perfect for Smart Plugs, Smart Bulbs and more as these devices need a strong connection to communicate effectively with each other 

Managing Your Kids WiFi Time 

Whole Home WiFi Parental Controls

Our Whole Home WiFi does so much more than just providing connection all over your home. It’s also an effective way to manage how much time your kids spend online and what sites they visit. 

You can easily set schedules so the little ones go to sleep and don’t spend the whole night on their tablet, mobile or PC. The ‘Bedtime’ feature switches off access for your young ones through the night, so they can only access sites during the day. 

Managing how your children use the internet has never been easier as you can block inappropriate websites while they still remain free to roam suitable sites. 

Ability to pause the internet means that dinner time is tech free and the kids aren’t distracted while doing their homework. 


For more information on Smartzone’s Whole Home WiFi solution check out our webpage here.

Parents, It’s Time For You To Worry Less This School Year

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Smartzone Children Security Home


School is back and with the new year comes a lot of excitement and a lot of stress – especially for parents. 

Through the new year you’ll help your children engage with new responsibilities and watch them as they reach new milestones. However, as a parent it is natural to develop some worries during the year.

This is especially true if your kids have reached the ‘home alone’ stage where they start arriving home while one or both parents are still at work.

While the kids may rejoice for their newly found freedom, it’s easy for you to worry about whether they’re okay on their own. 

Smart Home technology can help ease these worries. Smartphone alerts, live video feeds and remote controlled access can help ensure that your kids remain safe in the home, and that you always know what they’re up to. 


Worry 1: Did My Kids Get Home Safely

Wondering if your kids get home okay is one of the biggest worries of any parent. You may have a system with your child where they call or text you when they get home. But, what if they forget to contact you, and you’re too busy to call them? 

With Smartzone’s Smart Locks you will get alerts when your kids once your kids have reached home. As the locks eliminate the need for keys it’s impossible for you kids to lose any. 


Worry 2: Are the kids behaving themselves at home?

It’s easy for your child to get carried away with their new found freedom. That’s why it’s important for you to check in and make sure their behaving well. 

Smartzone’s indoor video cameras allow you to check in and see what the kids are up to at any stage. The app allows you to view live feeds or to watch back on clips for any events that you may have missed. 

Two way audio means you can chat with your kids while away or at work – ask them if they’re doing alright or even help them with homework. 


After School Security Children Ireland

Worry 3: Is the house secure during the daytime?

Weekday mornings can be hectic, especially if the kids are getting ready by themselves for the first time. With hecticness comes forgetfulness, and it can be easy for them to arm the system before they head off for the day. 

Smartzone’s Smart Home app will send you reminders if doors haven’t been locked or the alarm wasn’t activated. This is handy for letting you know and ensuring that you take care of it remotely. 

Want Smart technology to help you worry less this year? Call us on 0214966248 or visit our website at www.smartzone.ie to find out more.

Not All Alarms Are The Same: Why a Smart Alarm is the Best Alarm System For Your Home



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Home security is something that is not to be taken lightly. Most alarms cost a few hundred euros, and when spending that much you need to know that you are getting the best alarm system for your money. 

Even just trying to decide on which alarm is better going to protect your home can be a challenge. How informed are you about alarms and have you considered all options before deciding on which alarm system to get? 

Traditional, wired alarms won’t provide the same level of protection as a smart wireless alarm. But what exactly is a smart alarm, and how does it differ from older alarms? 


Smart Alarm vs. Traditional Alarm

Almost everyone has seen a traditional alarm or may have one at home. It’s the big keypad on the wall that activates when you key in a code. Some traditional wired alarms are monitored, but not all. This means that while the alarm will sound, there will be no emergency response. 

Also, unmonitored, traditional home security is incredibly ineffective when there is no-one to hear the alarm. 

Picture this. You live out in the Irish countryside, and you don’t have any immediate neighbours. One day while out your home gets broken into, and your wired alarm sounds. But, there’s no one around to hear it, and you don’t have a monitored system. What use is the alarm in this case? 

Smart alarms are controllable through an app. If your alarm picks up anything unusual you will get a notification straight to your phone informing you that an event has happened in your home. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you will instantly be informed, but also gives you time to react in any situation. 


Ireland’s Best Wireless House Alarm

The Smartzone wireless alarm is modern day technology that is super easy to use! Our package contains door/window sensors, motion sensors and a keypad for full home protection. 

What makes our system Ireland’s best house alarm is its interactive features. You are in full control of the system from your phone or tablet. Arming, disarming and scheduling is all done from your phone, with the quick click of a button. 

You can schedule when your alarm is to arm and disarm during the day. You can also set up GeoFencing so your alarm automatically sets when you leave and unsets when you’re just about to head in the door. 

During the Free Home Assessment our experts will advise on what areas are best to places sensors in the house, and if your home would require extra sensors. 


No messy wires

Best wireless alarm ireland

We have found that Irish homeowners love the fact that our system is wireless. Our sensors are battery operated, not wired in. This means quicker installation and no fuss with messy wires – our installations are clean and straightforward. 


Extra Protection with Monitored Home Security 

Smartzone Professionally Monitored House Alarm

Many people who make the transition from older home security still want the features of their traditional system. That’s why our alarm is also professionally monitored. Professional monitoring gives an extra layer of security, so you can rest assured that you will receive an emergency response when needed. 

If our motion or door sensors pick up on unusual activity you will get an alert straight to your phone. If you don’t receive the alert for some reason, perhaps your phone was off while at an appointment, then the next listed contact will be notified. 

If the notification is verified then all well and good. If it is not then the monitoring station will notify the Gardaí, so they can check if everything is alright. 


The Biggest Plus: Smart Home Integration 

Smart Home integration is just something you cannot get with traditional alarms, and even most wireless alarms. Smartzone only use products that can integrate into our Smart Home ecosystem. This means that our heating controls, home alarm, smart plugs and more are all controlled in one centralised app. Gone are the days of having 5 or 6 different apps for all your Smart Home products. 

Even more impressively, the products actually communicate with one another for a greater Smart Home experience. How does this work? The Smart Home acts as the brains for the Smart Home. You can set rules for triggered actions. For example, the thermostat will decrease temperatures when the system has been armed. This means you save energy without having to do anything. Another example is having the light switch on when you disarm the system when coming home and plenty more. 

For the best home alarm, it has to be a Smart Alarm. The benefits and features far outweigh those of an older alarm. You are in control and have the ability to create a smart home along with your wireless security system. 


For more information call us on 0214966248, visit our website or fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you.