Smartzone Top Tips for Better Home Security & Life Safety.

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GIVE YOUR HOME A SECURITY & LIFE SAFETY ASSESSMENT

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.

CREATE AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY

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.

PRIORITISE GARDEN TASKS WITH SECURITY IN MIND

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.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS ON SECURITY

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.

GIVE YOUR HOME SECURITY TECHNOLOGY A ONCE OVER


Is your current security system out of date and difficult to use?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.

SHOW INTRUDERS HOW THEY ARE NOT WELCOME

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.

GET YOUR LIGHTING SET UP AND IN SHAPE FOR THE SUMMER

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.

EDUCATE YOUR KIDS ON SAFETY AT HOME

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

SET UP NEW ALERTS FOR HOME SAFETY


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.

INSPECT YOUR SECURITY & LIFE SAFETY DEVICES

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.

GIVE YOUR SMARTZONE ACCOUNT A SECURITY AUDIT


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.

LIGHT UP – LOCK UP PROJECT THOR FROM AN GARDA SIOCHANA

 

NEED A SMARTER HOME SECURITY SYSTEM?

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. 

How AI Is Shaping Business Management

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The effects of Artificial Intelligence implementation can already be clearly seen in everyday life. From asking Siri to set an alarm to telling Google Maps where you need to go. AI use has become so prominent that 46% of smartphone users are using intelligent assistant applications every day. 

The use of Artificial Intelligence has extended into work life and business management. By adopting such technology employees and employees alike can save money, with business seeing an increase in revenue. 

AI adoption means that employees can afford to spend less time on tasks that could easily be completed using computing technology. The same rule applies for employers. By taking smaller business tasks off their hands, employers now have more time to dedicate to making smarter and quicker business decisions. 

 

What is Artificial Intelligence? 

AI is the science of specially training computers to behave just like the human mind. AI has the ability to collect mounds of data and use this data to recognise and learn patterns. From these machines can develop human like skills such as planning, reasoning, perception and motion detecting abilities. 

By learning how to think and react like a human AI is able to perform certain tasks that would normally be done by employees and employers. 

 

How AI can benefit your business 

 

Customer Interactions 

Chatbots are one of the most common AI tools used within a business. The tool developed for customer services is typically used on websites and social media accounts. 

Chatbots become an extended part of the customer service team by ‘talking’ with and responding to messages. The pop-up chat box usually has a preset number of questions and answers to pose to customers, saving your team a significant amount of time. 

The automated tool shouldn’t be disregarded by any business. Chatbots are becoming so popular that their use is expected to grow by 136% by 2021. They’re even a preference by customers as 53% have stated that they would prefer to use an online chat before picking up a phone to call. 

Simplify Decision Making

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AI is efficient in taking large amounts of hard to understand data and sizing it down to an understandable level. Managers who use AI to do so see important insights without having to spend hours trudging through data. 

Data is then presented into easy to understand graphs, charts and lists. Take Google Analytics as a prime example. Google Analytics illustrates clear data, such as how many users visited your site in the last day, week, month or even few years. 

The ability to view essential information in a simplified language makes decision making by managers a lot easier, quicker and more informed.

 

Quicker Administration 

Admin work is incredibly necessary in any business role. However, admin can take up a lot of time and detract from other essential work tasks or even upset the flow of work. 

The role of AI in administration covers multiple departments such as management, sales and marketing. By letting AI take care of admin workers have more time for more creative or practical elements of the job. 

Email Marketing Campaigns are a perfect example of AI use in Marketing. Applications such as Mailchimp allows you to schedule campaigns and send to certain target markets. 

Mailchimp also has a data driven approach to campaigns by providing title suggestions that are more likely to get clicks and produces reports so you can view how many opened your email, where audience members are located and who in the audience interacts with your mail the most.

If you still haven’t considered email marketing for your small business, then you should. Email marketing is incredibly effectively and is found to give an ROI of 3800%

Intelligent applications are also incredibly useful in Sales as it can be used to separate high quality and low quality leads. By gathering information on leads, AI can score each one meaning the salesperson spends less time on leads that may go nowhere. 

 

Greater Business Security 

Artificial Intelligence doesn’t stop at the desk. Intelligent software can significantly impact on how your business is protected. Smartzone’s Video Analytics for CCTV uses AI to better secure your premises. 

How Does Video Analytics Work? 

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The CCTV add-on can recognise the difference between a person, animal and vehicle. By utilizing AI, Video Analytics can distinguish between routine and abnormal events. In doing so, the system will alert you of any suspicious activity and danger in and around your business. 

For instance, if you own a shop, Video Analytics won’t send you a notification every time a customer enters or leaves the establishment. However, you will be notified if anyone is caught hanging around the premises after trade hours. 

As Video Analytics can tell the difference between a vehicle and a person, you can adjust the settings so you get an alert when a delivery driver pulls up – always keeping you in the know. 

All security alerts are sent straight to your phone or tablet the moment activity is recognised. This means you are always aware of what is happening in your business at any time and from anywhere. 

 

Want to know more about Smartzone’s CCTV solutions or want to add Video Analytics to your Smartzone CCTV system? Call our Sales Team on 0214966248 or fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly. 

 

How Smart CCTV Offers Greater Protection For Your Business

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Taking high security measures in your business is essential for protecting your business, your staff and in some cases, your business’s reputation. 

While securing your business with necessary alarms and sensors will help in the case of a burglary, it is not sufficient enough in protecting the business as a whole. This is why CCTV is essential for any business. Due to technological advancements in video monitoring CCTV, has now developed to a stage where users can live view camera feeds just like peering into the window of the business. 

Smart CCTV allows for live views of all camera feeds from one centralised dashboard so business owners are always aware of what is happening in the business. It’s also beneficial when trying to sort any issues which may be difficult for employees to resolve on their own. 

Why is CCTV so important in the first place and what difference can Smart CCTV make to your establishment? 

 

Burglar Deterrent 

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CCTV is possibly the number one burglar deterrent available. The majority of burglars will walk away from a potential break in if it means getting caught – especially on camera. It’s best to ensure that every corner of the establishment is covered so intruders will be caught on camera no matter where they enter. 

Real time alerts and video analytics are what set Smart CCTV apart from traditional Video Monitoring. Alerts are sent instantly to your phone or tablet the moment motion is detected. If anyone manages to break in you will be notified instantly so you can act promptly. 

You can set schedules for when the camera is to alert you of motion. For instance, in a bar you probably don’t want to receive notifications during the day when customers are entering and leaving, but will want to know if anyone enters after close and before open. 

Using Video Analytics

Alternatively, you can add Video Analytics to your system. Video analytics utilise Artificial Intelligence to learn the difference between routine and unusual activity. This is beneficial in eliminating annoying notifications. Video analytics can also differentiate between animals, people and vehicles so you won’t be alerted in the middle of the night if a cat walks by a camera. 

 

Theft

Theft is a serious security risk for all stores, big or small. No business is immune from theft or attempted theft. Unfortunately, even visible CCTV may not be enough to prevent people from stealing from a business. That’s why it’s essential to have CCTV in operation that can easily capture who the thief is. This is a definite help in cases where the Gardaí are called in to deal with a situation. 

 

Fraudulent claims

Fraudulent claims are a topical discussion lately, as many businesses owners across the country are raising their concerns over the increasing insurance premiums. CEOs of Ireland’s biggest insurance companies have stated that exaggerated or fraudulent claims are the cause of this. This is a dire situation for SMEs who are already facing the high costs of running a business. 

Earlier this year one restaurant almost faced a serious claim after a woman began ‘choking’ on a piece of glass found in her food. Thankfully, the restaurant had sufficient CCTV in place to capture her taking the glass from her jumper and placing it in her mouth herself.

Without CCTV that restaurant, and many others around the country that have faced similar issues, would have been subjected to serious and incredibly costly claims. Smart CCTV saves clips to cloud storage so you can store them safely, view and anytime and download them when needed which is essential when using CCTV footage as evidence.

 

CCTV can save your business from costly mishaps and fraudulent claims. By ensuring a ‘set of eyes’ are always on your establishment you are protecting your business and it’s reputation. Smart CCTV give you instant insight into what is happening at all times, so you stay in the know and are always in control of your business. 

 

If you are interested in installing Smart CCTV in your business call our Sales Team on 0214966248 or fill out the form below and our team will get back to you.

How You Can Look After Your Pet With A Smart Camera

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Pets are the bet, and for some of us they are like our children. They’re cute, cuddly and always there when we need them. Whether you’re happy or sad, your pet is always by your side. 

Life and work mean that we can’t spend as much time with our furry friends as we wish. Luckily, the introduction of smart home technology has allowed us to watch over and be with our pets even when we physically can’t. 

Indoor and outdoor cameras are ideal and a really wise idea for any pet owners. Smart cameras allow you to keep a close eye on your pet without having to sacrifice work or leisure time. 

 

Here’s how you can look after you pooch with Smart Home technology. 

Do you own a small dog or a cat? Usually small dogs and cats are kept indoors during the day. After all, the smaller they are the more room they have to roam around.

Wireless indoor cameras are the best solution for small dog and cat owners. Our small and stylish Wifi camera can be placed in the living room or kitchen, or just about anywhere you see fit to watch over your little pet. 

 

Smartzone Indoor camera cat

The camera is high definition and streams straight to your mobile phone, allowing you to check in with your dog at any moment. It’s a useful way of making sure that he or she is not up to any mischief and is behaving themselves. 

Talking to your pet has proven therapeutic benefits. One of the best features of the camera is the two way audio allowing you to talk to your pet throughout the day. Talk to your pet like you normally would or scold them for misbehaving at home. 

We also have outdoor cameras for bigger dogs that would be kept outside. Like the indoor cameras, these are high definition while also capturing HD image in low lighting. 

To avoid constant alerts you can also add on Video Analytics for just €5 per month. Video Analytics use artificial intelligence to learn routine behaviours. This will prevent you from getting a notification every time your dog is detected. 

 

For more information on our Video Monitoring solutions contact our Customer Service Team on 0214966248, check out our website or fill out the form below for us to contact you.

Managing A Business Made Easier With Our Smart App

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As a business owner you know that it’s tough to go anywhere without your smart phone. Today’s phones are so powerful that they can perform a range of tasks, while continuing to run smoothly. 

More high end phones are so powerful they have a capacity similar to some PCs, which makes working from anywhere a simplified task. Even managing your business’s security system, energy usage and automation is easily done all through a phone. Managing this becomes even better again when all these functions are integrated into one app – allowing for a system that works as part of an ecosystem. 

Smartzone’s Smart Business Security and Automation Solutions include a range of smart products that effectively work together by communicating with each other. Business owners can easily automate rules and actions through the app, while gaining greater control of their business. 

So, how can the Smart Business App give you greater control of your business?

 

Security with the tap of a button

Traditional alarms just don’t cut it anymore  – especially when it comes to arming them at the end of the day. Employees/Managers must use the keypad to arm the alarm and then, with only a number of seconds, make a dash for the door. 

No need for this with Smart Business Security. With just a few taps on the app, the premises is armed and secured for the night. Literally all you or your employee has to do is open the app, and select the arming setting under ‘security system’. 

No need to stress when an employee forgets to arm the system either. No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to the Business Automation app, you can arm your system. 

 

Instant alerts for peace of mind 

Cafés, bars, shops… They all go through an extremely busy period during the day or week. When it does get busy it can be difficult for employees to keep an eye on everything that is going on. With the Smart Business app you will be alerted the moment something important occurs, giving you time to act swiftly and address the issue. 

The app also allows users to set daily alerts such as the time your business was opened, which can help everyday worries.

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Video feeds with live view

One of the most functional aspects of our app is the ability to view all your camera’s feeds within one dashboard. The HD cameras give you crystal clear vision of what is happening, no matter the time of day, straight to your phone.

The Smart Video Monitoring Solutions allow for live and recorded view of anything that has happened on your premises. Stored clips are incredibly accessible due to the app’s integrated activity history allowing you to locate and download clips straight to your phone. 

 

 

Access control made easy with remote features

Tired of driving to your business because an employee has forgotten their key? With a press of  button you can unlock and lock doors from anywhere using Smart Locks. This is especially useful if you need to unlock a door for a delivery or if an employees has forgotten their access code. 

 

Set Scene for Automated rules. 

Scenes allow for a set of automated rules to take place when a Scene is manually selected or at a certain time of day. Business owners already have access to two Scene options in the app – Open and Close. Users can also create new Scenes, which may include the alarm, locks, lights and thermostats.. 

 

Smartzone Smart Business App makes running a business that bit smoother. Are you interested in making your business smart or would you like to know more about we do? Call our Customer Service team on 0214966248 or visit our Smart Business website

 

Choosing the Best Home Alarm System For Your Home

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Choosing the best home alarm system can be confusing, but Smartzone are here to help you decide on an alarm that’s best for you. 

Before you choose which alarm company, and alarm system, you want to protect your home you should consider the following. Which company will provide the best service? Is a professional installation worth it? Who has the best products? 

To help you on your home security mission we’ve listed the essential factors you need to know before you decide on who to choose to protect your home.

 

Why Choose A Monitored Alarm

Smartzone’s Smart Home Security solutions offer the benefits of a traditional alarm, and a new smart alarm. 

Our wireless security system consists of a keypad, motion sensors and door/window sensors. When one of these devices is triggered you get an instant, automatic alert to your phone, or tablet, through the app to let you know that something is not right. 

Smartzone’s aim is to give you ultimate peace of mind. That’s why our system is also professionally monitored. Our partnership with a Cork based monitoring station ensures that Gardaí will be called to your home if you cannot verify why the alarm has been set off. 

Smartzone are professional installers and hold a PSA licence. Our customers have peace of mind knowing that they’re registered on the Garda PULSE system.

 

What level of protection does our Smart Alarm offer?

It’s a given that Smart Alarms offer greater protection over traditional alarms, but the same can also be said for many alternative wireless alarms. 

Our system is an award-winning alarm with a panel that is unable to be disabled by intruders. In using advanced technology, our alarm creators, Alarm.com, have implemented the following features for a safer security system. 

Crash and Smash protection: A common burglary tactic is to smash or destroy, the security panel to prevent it from sending an emergency notification to the monitoring station. Our alarm is designed using Crash and Smash protection, meaning it will continue to work even if the main panel has been damaged. An alert will still be sent to you and the monitoring station keeping you safe in the event of an emergency. 

Dedicated Cellular Connection: Due to a dedicated cellular connection, our system doesn’t need to piggyback on your broadband. This ensures that the connection to your system cannot be physically cut. The panel also contains a back up battery so will continue to work even during a power outage


How many sensors does my home need?

Contact and motion sensors are essential in keeping your home secure.Small and compact contact sensors fit onto any opening and closing, including doors, windows, and more. It is highly recommended to place a contact sensor on the front door as this is the entry point for the majority of intruders

While our Smart Home Security starter package includes 3 motion sensors and 2 door/window sensors we do understand that each home is different. That’s why we offer Free Home Assessments

Free Home Assessments are a no cost, no obligation assessment. Usually taking about an hour, this time will be used to discuss and advise on the best package for your home, explain how our system works and to issue you with a quote.



What else will this alarm protect me and my family from?

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Smart technology protects your home from more than intruders. Our add-on products proactively protect by detecting and responding to dangers such as fire and the presence of carbon monoxide. 

You can also save time and money by using Smart Home products that tackle issues like energy waste, lost keys and package deliveries. Our system will also alert you of any unexpected activity, such as the kids getting into areas they shouldn’t be. 

What makes our system superior is its ability to respond to more danger and challenges, even when disarmed. A Smartzone Smart Home Security system gives you more value and flexibility, leaving you in complete control.


Technical Support with Smart Home as a Service

The most important factor of a home alarm system is that it works when you need it. While there are many options to go it alone with installing your own security system, your support options when a device need professional attention are limited. 

With Smartzone, help is always available. Our team is made up of experts in technical issues who can quickly troubleshoot your system. Many device issues can be fixed remotely, and for other issues? They can be fixed with a technician call out. 

In addition to providing great customer support if issues arise, we also get digital updates, from Alarm.com, to make our technology even smarter. This allows us to regularly roll out features, such as a Smart Signal emergency button, or our motion sensitive and 2 way audio video doorbell. We strive to keep our technology cutting-edge while other security systems grow obsolete.

 

Add Smart Home Devices

Absolutely! Smart home technology is the home improvement trend that is here to stay. The right security system will set you up with everything you need for a smart home – it’s the easiest way to get started! We also provide advanced heating and water controlled smart products, HD video cameras and smart plugs that can all be controlled from the same app as the security system.

 

Interested in getting Smart Home technology installed in your home? Call the Smartzone customer service team on 0214966248 or fill out the form below for one of our team members to contact you!

Check out our website at www.smartzone.ie for more information on all our Smart Home Solutions.

 

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