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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?

THEY ARE A SMARTER WAY TO GIVE ACCESS

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.

ACCESS ALERTS GIVE YOUR PEACE OF MIND 

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.

IT’S SMARTER FOR SECURITY 

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.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH USER CODES?

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.

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. 

10 Great Reasons To Add Smart Plugs To Your Home.

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SMARTZONE SMART PLUGS – SAFER, SMARTER, SIMPLER, SAVINGS 

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’?

WHAT MAKES SMARTZONE SMART PLUGS “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.

HERE ARE 10 COOL THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A SMART PLUG:

 

1: TURN YOUR HOME INTO A HAUNTED HOUSE: 

 

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!

 2: TAKE SOME STRESS OUT OF BEDTIME – AUTOMATE YOUR LIGHTS & APPLIANCES:

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.

 3: IDENTIFY ENERGY HUNGRY APPLIANCES AND UPGRADE TO SAVE: 

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.

 4: IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE STANDBY ENERGY USE: 

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.

5: TRICK BURGLARS INTO THINKING SOMEONE’S HOME WHEN YOU ARE AWAY: 

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.

6: AUTOMATE LIGHTING USING YOUR ALARM’S SENSORS: 

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

7: OPTIMISE YOUR CHARGING STATIONS:

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.

8: LIMIT YOUR CHILDREN’S SCREEN TIME:

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!

 9: START COOKING DINNER – WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK (IN THE OTHER ROOM)! 

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.

10: THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. TIME TO GET STARTED. 

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.

 

Why Your Home Needs Heating Controls

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The energy used by Irish households is staggering. As much as 1/4 of Ireland’s energy use is created from the residential sector.

The findings which come from an SEAI report has also found that since 2014 the residential sector has begun to see a rise in carbon emissions from Irish homes.

Oil Heating still remains at the top when it comes to home heating methods. This type of heating accounts “for 37% of all final energy used in the residential sector in 2016”.

Any increase in, or failure to decrease, energy use is having serious consequences for our planet and our society. The effects of high energy use includes increased carbon footprint, increased energy costs and a reduction in energy supply.

Houses built pre-2006 are eligible for an SEAI grant which covers the costs of implementing heating controls in your home. Smartzone are one of the only companies in Ireland that provide heating controls with a smart security bundle at no extra cost. This means that we charge only for the security package at €199 installation fee and don’t charge for heating controls. The reason we do this is because we can claim the SEAI grant on your behalf meaning you can relax and leave all the hefty paperwork to us.

So, if you’re not fully convinced yet here are some reasons you need to implement heating controls into your home.
  • As mentioned above, there are many unappealing consequences to failing to reduce your energy use. Losing control of your heating schedule raises your carbon footprint further harming the earth. With Smartzone, you can easily control your schedule through our app meaning you have control and full knowledge of your energy use.

 

  • Save money. When using energy controls our customers can see savings of up to €300 per year!

 

  • All in one app. At Smartzone we like to make your life as easy as possible. This is why all our services are controllable under one app, which can be used on a mobile phone and tablet. You can change the temperatures downstairs or upstairs with the simple touch of a button.

 

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  • Works to your schedule. Our heating controls and smart thermostat work intelligently with out Smartzone hub. In doing so, the hub tracks where you are in the house or if you’ve even left. the heating controls adjust to where you are. If you are out picking up messages the smart thermostat will decrease the temperature in your home to save one energy. It can also recognise when you have left a window or door open to reduce temperatures accordingly.

 

  • Ultimate comfort. As well as saving energy, the thermostat learns how you spend your day in your home to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere in a perfect temperature room that suits you.

 

  • Easy installation. Our products are wireless ensuring that installation is easy, straightforward and doesn’t interfere with your schedule.