Comfort, Security and Convenience – How Smart Home Technology Is Transforming The Way We Live

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Ireland has long sought to catch up with technologies widely available in the land across the ocean. Like American Football and Diners, Smart Home Security and Automation has spread its influence to Europe. With Ireland quickly following in the footsteps of our US counterparts.

The US market for Smart Home is growing at such an incredible rate that it is predicted to be worth €73 million by 2021. More than 80% of American home buyers have expressed an interest in the technology. So, it’s no wonder Ireland has picked up on the trend!  

By implementing Smart Home Security and Automation, houses are transformed into more than just living spaces. They become a place of ease, comfort and convenience. Our products work as part of an Ecosystem allowing for integration of all aspects of the Smart Home. Everything is controlled from the one dashboard making our system even smarter.

We offer solutions for all needs, including Smart Home Security, Video Monitoring, Home Automation, Heating Controls and Wellness.

 

Smarter Home Security

For the first time, the heart of the home is placed in the control of the homeowner. Home Security Systems give homeowners valued insight into what is happening in their home at all times. The technology provides a source of incredible real time knowledge so homeowners feel assured that their home is safe and secure.

Users are sent instant alerts and email the moment any unusual activity is recognised in the home for ultimate peace of mind.

 

Video Monitoring

HD cameras let you live view what is happening inside and around your home straight to your phone. Some of our cameras, including the popular Video Doorbell, come with an intercom feature so you can chat to visitors, family and even pets (if that’s your thing), while you’re away from home.

But security isn’t the only feature of the smart home. We provide add-ons to our package to give users an all-round smart home automation experience. With simple to use technology, homes become a space for sustainable and convenient living.

 

Heating Controls

Wintery spells can have us craving a perfectly brewed cup of tea while sitting on the sofa in the coziest of temperatures. Now you can relax by not moving a muscle to change the thermostat. A push of a few buttons on the app swiftly adjusts the temperatures in your home, leaving you to rest in absolute comfort.

Even on the long, warm days of the summer our thermostat can recognise when a window or door is left open and turns itself down saving you money on your bills.

 

Home Automation

Lights can be switched on or off and slightly dimmed with control and ease to create a luxurious atmosphere thanks to Home Automation. You also add on colour changing LED light bulbs, which use less energy than regular bulbs, to easily alter the mood. 

Want not waste not with energy as management tools are available on your phone. The app lets you monitor the energy usage in your home so you understand what appliances may be draining on your electricity. You can also compare your usage over time.

Never fear flooding again. Smart Leakage Sensors pick up on the presence of water where it shouldn’t be. With an extendable cable to access hard to reach areas, you’ll be notified of any leaks or flooding with the sound of an alarm. Leakage Sensors can also help you to reduce your home insurance premium.

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Wellness

Wellness is the perfect solution helping aging loved ones to live more independently by providing a 24/7 safety net. By monitoring the daily habits of your loved one, our system learns routine and alerts listed contacts if anything appears to be out of the ordinary.

 

You truly are King or Queen of your castle when you are in control of your home so why not try Smart Home Security and Automation? To learn more about what we have to offer call us on 0818 222926 or check out our website for more information.

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose Smart Home as a Service

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Smart Home as a Service Ireland

 

Taking the first step towards making your house a smart home can be confusing and a little scary. As smart home technology is relatively new there are so many questions to ask to ensure you’re making the best decisions. 

Every homeowner is different. Some may look for a smarter way to secure their home, others look for a way to manage their energy use, and almost all are looking for convenience. 

Smartzone, Ireland’s leading home automation company, is a one stop shop for a variety of Smart Home solutions to suit all homes and homeowners. Our monthly fee of just €29.99 per month gives users a range of benefits and features that you wouldn’t find with other Irish companies. 

Cheaper than most of our competitors and offering more, our Smart Home as a Service gives you the best value for money. Here are 6 reasons how. 

 

Your Whole Home in One Dashboard 

The most convenient and attractive feature of our service is how everything is controllable under the one app. View and adjust each device or whole systems in the one place for easier control. By working together and communicating with each other our technology gives for seamless control. 

No-one provides a smooth running and holistic system like our providers, Alarm.com. If you decide to buy individual products from different providers then get ready for a smartphone full of apps, and a clunky smart home that fails to run efficiently. Have your Smart Home system perform a range of actions at once through ‘Scenes’. By doing so, you can arm your system, turn down the thermostat and have the light switch off with just a simple push of a button. 

 

Cheaper Than Our Competitors

When it comes to security we’re cheaper than many of the big name home security companies out there. Our Smart Home Alarm works out at just €1 per day – cheaper than a cup of coffee. 

With our price you still get an award-winning alarm system that is professionally monitored for your safety. Our system works just as well as our competitors but we give it at a much better price. 

Subsidised Equipment Cost

Some alarm systems have such large upfront fees that protecting your home can be a pretty big hit. This isn’t the case with us. We subsidise our installation fee through our €29.99 monthly fee. 

It’s just like buying a car under a PCP scheme – you’re still getting a great product without having to make a huge payment in one go. 

You don’t have to stress about installing each product either. Our experts know everything about professional Smart Home installation so you can sit back and relax while we do the tough part. 

Free Annual Check 

Found a cheaper version of one of products online? Okay, but can you guarantee that you are getting high quality, durable products? We are powered by American Smart Home company, Alarm.com who provide such great products and services that they are trusted in over 6 million homes worldwide. Alarm.com’s system is also award-winning, so you truly get what you pay for. 

Also, buying a once-off product is fine until you run into any issues. Smartzone have trained experts to guide you and provide solutions for any technical issues you may have with our system. A lot of minor technical problems can be quickly fixed remotely while some may require a callout from our professional team of engineers.  That’s the benefit of choosing Smart Home as a Service. 

 

Lifetime Warranty on Products

Unlike the products you pick up from your nearest tech shop or online, our products come with a lifetime warranty. If any products are misbehaving we will replace them free of charge (unless the product is damaged through man-made error). All you have to do is call us on 0214966248 and we will work to get the problem sorted as quickly as possible. 

 

SEAI Savings

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are always encouraging homeowners to avail of grants that can help make their homes energy efficient. One of their grants is aimed at giving homeowners money to install heating controls in their home. 

If you can get the Heating Controls grant for your home then we can give you Heating Controls at a significantly reduced price meaning you save money. But the best news? You continue to save money with the controls thanks to its energy efficiency function. Our customers can see a saving of up to €300 per year on their energy bills! 

 

From professional Smart Home installation to knowing that help is only a phone call away. Smart home as a Service is a wise choice when creating a Smart Home. 

For more information on what we offer call our Customer Service team on 0214966248 or fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Smartzone’s Success At Ideal Home Show

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As many of you know, Smartzone were present at this year’s spring Ideal Home Show. Ideal Home show gave us the perfect opportunity to meet those from all over the country and explain who we are and how we can benefit you.

Over the course of three days, our team spoke to hundreds of people who are curious about the area of smart home, have safety concerns over their home, and who are looking for solutions to reduce their energy use at no major costs.

At Smartzone we believe we are leading the Irish market in Smart Home technologies. We proudly provide smart home as a service so you can modernise and protect your home.

For those interested in the area of smart home, we offer service that allow you to control your home remotely and with ease. You can view what is happening inside and outside your home, turn appliances and lighting on and off, and integrate voice control commands with Alexa and Google Home.

Our security bundle gives you the ultimate peace of mind as you know you are always in control. When any of our Smart Home Security products are triggered, you are instantly alerted through the Alarm.com app. You know the second any unusual activity is taking place. Arm and disarming your home alarm can be done anywhere. As our equipment is wireless you don’t need to worry about any mess when installing your alarm.

Eco-friendly solutions are becoming more common in the home place, and for good reason too. Our actions are part of a bigger picture when it comes to protecting the earth. Smartzone offer heating controls among their eco-friendly solutions. Saving you on average €300 per year, heating controls reduces your carbon footprint making your home a greener one.

The great thing about our products is that they are as easy to use as they are to install. Smartzone’s goal is to make the lives of the Irish homeowner easier and to give them more control over what matters most.

For more information on our products and services check out our website or call us on 021 4966248.

FAQ: How Are Smartzone’s Systems Monitored?

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Typical traditional Security systems only alert you when they go off. Unlike these, Smartzone’s security system monitors the activity across your home’s sensors 24/7, whether your system is armed or not. This means your system can be useful in emergency and non-emergency events.

Smartzone’s security products send signal from the alarm over a dedicated secure cellular connection for the quick and reliable communication.

If the alarm is set off all listed contacts will be alerted. In the case of an emergency, such as a break in, the Gardaí will be notified.

Non-emergency alerts are processed and sent out based on the rules that you define. For example, you may choose to get an alert when the front door opens after 4pm so you know your child is home from school.

All alerts are sent to your phone or tablet via the app where you can also live feed video if you decide to add cameras to your security bundle.

For more information on our security bundle call us on 021 4966248 or fill out our contact form and one of our customer representatives will contact you.

Introducing Wellcam™: The Smarter Video Solution for Independent Living

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When you choose Smartzone, protection for your home is just the start. Our technology extends the meaning of security to protect more of the things that matter: your family, your safety, your time, your budget—even your deliveries.

At CES this year, Smartzone is introducing Wellcam™: the first smart home video solution designed to empower safer independent living.

Wellcam is a state-of-the-art smart security camera, two-way communications device, activity sensor and more. It’s installed in your loved one’s home, but it’s also integrated with your own home’s security system and smartphone app. Wellcam makes it easier to stay connected to your loved one, and extends many of your home’s smart security safeguards to their house.

If you’re one many Irish families who care for a family member aged over 50, Wellcam can help you. It’s an emergency safeguard and an early warning system. It’s also a fun way to say hello.

A family plan for smart home security

Adding Wellcam to your loved one’s home extends your own home’s blanket of Smartzone’s protection and the peace of mind it brings.

Wellcam makes it easy to:

Check in with a two-way call:  Wellcam’s call-out button lets your loved one easily initiate a hands-free call to your Smartzone app without having to find or dial your number. When you want to contact them, a corresponding button in your app puts you straight through to Wellcam’s clear, high-quality speaker.

Check in visually:  Wellcam’s 180-degree camera, with 1080p resolution and 6mp zoom, can cover a wide area like a kitchen or living room in high definition.

If you don’t have time to talk, but need to quickly verify that everything is okay, Wellcam makes it easy to check in in real time. If you’re using Wellcam to monitor a specific area of the home, like the hallway or front door area, video alerts can show you important activity as it happens.

Stay in the know: While traditional independent living solutions like Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are designed for emergencies, Wellcam—like our broader Wellness solution—helps you intervene before a problem becomes an emergency.

As well as giving you a clear view of things, Wellcam is also an activity sensor for Smartzone’s smart home platform, which learns activity patterns and alerts you when they change.

By keeping you in the know with activity charts, daily highlights summaries and proactive alerts when things change, Smartzone can keep you one step ahead of emerging quality-of-life issues so that you can take action.

Want to know more about Smartzone’s Wellness solutions?

Our Wellness technology empowers smarter, safer independent living with a 24/7 safety net of proactive safeguards for your loved one, including new Wellness Insights enhancements that use predictive analytics to monitor quality of life, learn activity patterns and quickly detect changes in routines.

For more information on how Smartzone can help you look after your loved ones call 021 4966 248 or pop into our store at Douglas Court Shopping centre to speak to one of our experts.

Smartzone Experience Centre is now open in Douglas Court Shopping Centre

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Why Smart Home Security is the Best Holiday House-Minder

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When you go on holiday, it’s extra-relaxing to have a friend or family member keeping an eye on things at home.

This year, though, you could give your regular houseminder a break—and give yourself a new level of peace of mind.

When it comes to protecting, securing, and keeping an eye on your home, new technology can rival even the most diligent housesitter. A smart security system powered by Smartzone watches your home around the clock, and can take proactive measures to safeguard your property while making it easy to check in anytime.

Here’s why Smartzone could be the greatest houseminder of all.

1: It never takes its eyes off your house. 

Houseminders are great at keeping an eye on things, but they also have to earn paychecks, run errands, sleep and socialize.

A smart security system, meanwhile, can provide round-the-clock awareness. Connected sensors and devices can generate instant smartphone alerts about important activity at your home, letting you know if something is wrong or suspicious.

With 24-7 professional monitoring, a fire or break-in can be reported to a monitoring station, where a security professional can dispatch first responders to your home. It doesn’t matter whether you see an alert or not in order for you to be protected in an emergency.

2: It knows where the water main is

If a pipe leaks or bursts, how quickly could you get to the water main and shut it off? Wait… do you even know where your water main is? If you don’t, then your houseminder certainly doesn’t.

Protection from water damage is another area where technology now outpaces even the most diligent human. With a combination of water sensors and a smart shutoff valve fitted to your home’s water main, your Smartzone-powered system is capable of detecting a leak and automatically shutting the water off to prevent damage from accumulating.

With the clean-up costs of a water leak potentially running into tens of thousands of Euro’s, this is one proactive safeguard you definitely want when you travel.

3: It’s always home to accept deliveries

You’re expecting post while you’re gone, but you can’t expect your houseminder to put their schedule on hold in order to sit at your house, waiting for the doorbell to ring.

A doorbell camera, integrated into your security system, can make things easy. When the Postman rings the bell, your Smartzone app can alert you. Wherever you happen to be, you should be able to see them, talk to them, unlock your smart lock, and ask them to leave the package inside.

4: You can check in anytime—no calls necessary.

With time differences and busy schedules, checking in with your houseminder can be inconvenient. You might prefer not to bother them.

With Smartzone, though, you can check in whenever you feel that itch. Just open your app, select a video camera feed, and take a peek. You can also quickly scan the status of your locks, smart thermostat, system arming status, lights and garage door.

If you prefer to keep check-ins to a minimum, it’s easy to set up alerts customized to your preferences. Give your house-minder a personalized keyless access code, and you can have an alert appear whenever they show up and leave, or only if they don’t show at all. You can even create video alerts associated with your smart lock to visually verify who’s visiting.

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