While visiting a friend on Marco Island one
day, the following true story was related and it was a real eye
opener. Fortunately, we have the answer that can solve the
problems and issues that occurred here.
Mike, stays in Marco part of the year and then he may be gone
for weeks, or months at a time. He owns a beautiful home
on an inlet and when he departs, he has a variety of people to
handle a number of different items having to do with the house
that is vacant while he's up north.
He has a man that comes over and checks out
his boat, starts the engine and runs it for awhile and also does
maintenance if required.
Next, he has a pool cleaning company that
comes over, cleans the pool and assures that it is also running
Naturally, he has a landscaper attend to the
grass, shrubs, etc.
Finally, he has a
man who comes into the house simply to verify that the AC is
operating and to assure that everything indoors is as it should
If you have more than one home and you
come and go like Mike does, then you already know that all of
this really adds up financially but you may also have assessed
that it's worth it in order that you can get to enjoy the
Florida sunshine, when you want to.
that by now, you are wondering what it was that happened to Mike
that shocked and surprised me so much. In
short, a neighbor called him at his other home one day and
advised him that the man who checks his house was apparently,
also living there. Mike had another person look into it
and sure enough, the man had had problems with his wife and so,
having a key to the property, he just decided to make himself at
home and he'd been there for over a month. Because he had
a key, I guess you couldn't call him a burglar but I'd sure call
him an intruder.
|As you could well
imagine, this particular gentleman is no longer on the list of
individuals who work on this premise. However, the issue here
is even greater and more complex than it appears. In fact, we
seem to have a situation that is fraught with flaws that if not
attended to, will leave lots of room for errors and problems.
In order to properly understand the situation, let's begin with
the person who regularly checks the house.
There is a security system but that system is
not reporting one of the more important items that should be
known, which is, who is entering and leaving and at what time.
A High Level Alarm system will do exactly that, log it in it's
memory and even send you an email of the occurrence, if you wish
to be notified. This instantly tells you two things: If
the man actually checked the house, as he was supposed to, or if
he did check, just how long it took him to do it. If he
then didn't leave the house in a reasonable time, we could then
have the police pay him a visit. Oh, and how about the fact that
the Lyric can also send you a text with the pic of the person
who is disarming.
The next thing that we need
to ask ourselves is, should the man actually have a key to the
house in the first place? I know that you are thinking
that he must have one in order to get in. Well that my
friends is no longer true. Via our alarm system, you can
now automate almost anything electrical and also have it
remotely available to access on your smart phone or PC.
That means that we have door locks that you can control from
virtually anywhere. If he wants access, he will now need
to phone for someone to open the door, remotely. This
permission to enter, automatically tells the person that there
is a system in place and that he is being observed, which would
likely negate the scenario that occurred to Mike.
This is an example of
one of the many remote locks currently available.
The original lock is removed, this one is put in place,
we program it and you can then control it from
anywhere. You can be thousands of miles away and
actually lock or unlock your door with instant
verification that it did happen.
Similarly, we have thermostats that can
be programmed to set themselves up or down depending on
circumstances that you designate. Best of all, if the AC
fails, you will get a call from the alarm system or central
station telling you so. You can even check the house
temperature right on your phone with the free app. This
might even negate the need for anyone having to enter the house
in the first place, if that's all that they were checking.
||The Lyric has automation
already installed, so a z-wave unit can automate nearly
anything. You'll be able to view the current settings
right on your phone or PC. You will never again need to
send someone inside to check temperature, lights, etc.
|You can set up specific
lights to come on or off when things occur, such as a particular
door opens, or when you leave the house. We can create a
sequence of events and then command the individual location to
respond accordingly. You could depart with lots of lights on
and shortly thereafter, they will automatically turn off, only
to turn on again when you return. You choose what you would
like to see and we can make it happen.
Of course, that would still not tell you if
the man started the boat engine and maybe even went for a drive,
or if the pool guy came as often as he was being paid for, or if
the lawn got mowed on a regular basis. However, our fully
programmable cameras that can see in total darkness will take
care of many of those sorts of things. If you choose, you
can get an email every time someone walks up to your front door,
or when the pool man goes into the pool area and even when the
boat maintenance man starts the engine. A few cameras
indoors guarding specific areas of concern are great safety
items too. Plus you can view them live anytime you like,
just to check things yourself.
This is all about peace of mind. There
is nothing complicated and we program your alarm system even
before it gets to your home. We can protect as much or as
little as you like, up to 64 zones. It can be set up to
practically operate itself. You don't even need a phone
line because we use 4G cell dialing technology, so if someone
cuts the line, it won't matter to your alarm.
feel free to call and ask any questions. Also, please view
this site for lots of information.