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Automate Mom's Life

on Monday, 09 May 2016. Posted in Knoxville Audio, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Make Mom's Life Easier This Mother's Day & Always

 
 
Mother's Day is Upon us!
 
 
 
Mom's are the best..Shouldn't they get the Best Gifts?
 
 
 
 
Perhaps you've seen the latest "gotcha video", created for American Greetings, that has gone viral. It's about a company looking for a job candidate. Here is the job description…
 
Essential Duties & Job Responsibilities:
  • Oversee overall day-to-day success & development of all associates. They are fully dependent on you.
  • Provide appropriate solutions to satisfy all associate needs, including but not limited to comfort, security, support, growth, knowledge, well-being, structure, consistency, discipline, acknowledgment, preparedness, safety, mobility, capability, facility and tranquility.
  • Track daily, weekly and monthly associate development against assigned goals and expectations.
  • Process high volumes of incoming and outgoing projects, deliveries, requests, complaints, feedback and special orders from associates and corresponding outside vendors.
  • Provide operational leadership to multiple associates at once.
 
The position goes on to say you must work 365 days a year. Oh, and it's a pro bono position. 24 people actually applied and then thought the position was "inhumane."  
At the end, the applicants learned that there was a person who had already done this job. Her name was Mom. As they thought about their own mom, they could see the truth in the job description. (See Video Below)
 
Moms are the backbone of most houses and the growing family. With so many helpful gadgets this day and age, how about using these tools to make a mom's job easier?
 
 
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Shortcut Labs Flic
Shortcut Labs' $34 Bluetooth-enabled Flic is a handy little button that you can program to do your bidding.
Flic is designed to turn lights on/off, play music and even order take out. It has over 50 possibilities!
 
 
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Roku 3
What Mom can't use a media streamer? Video streams are more popular than ever and Roku delivers nearly all of the key online streaming services out there including such must-haves as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Watch ESPN, HBO, Showtime and Sling TV.
 
 
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Fitbit Charge HR
has an optical heart rate tracker and is capable of measuring your heart rate throughout the day, which helps provide more accurate estimates on calorie burn and sleep. It can also track steps, distance and floors climbed, and will notify you of incoming calls.
 
 
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BOSE Soundlink Color
an attractive little Bluetooth speaker that delivers big sound for its size, is easy to tote around and recharges with a standard Micro-USB cable. Now Mom can keep the tunes going while on the go!
 
 
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Perfect Bake
There is nothing quite like mamma's cooking! So what if we can get her something that will help her in the kitchen and maybe make her want to make us all those yummy treat more often? Well Here is its! The Perfect Bake system is a great addition to creating her favorite recipes and more!
 
 
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Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden 
This enables mom to grow 3 herbs &/or spices simultaneously with zero effect. It waters, gives out the right amount of oxygen, nutrients & light to take care of each plants every need. No green thumb needed with this independent smart pot! Click and Grow is a great addition to gadgets that can help mom!
 
 
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Mom's will LOVE Home Automation too!
 
 
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Imagine a “MommyTime” button that automatically locks the bedroom and bathroom doors and queues the speakers above so she can enjoy a nice hot bath with some great music, and no interruptions! 
 
Call iSS today to learn more about how we can help that special Mom in your life enjoy her time at home more with #BetterLifeSolutions!
 
 
 

Benefits of Smart home Security

on Wednesday, 13 April 2016. Posted in Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

A Smart home is a Secure Home

 

Why You Need it & What You Can Do With It:

 

What lies behind the desire for home automation is often a complex question.  Some may want their home to showcase exceptional technology or to entertain guests, while others may want a powerful experience that helps to ease the actions of their everyday lives.  But almost universally, users of home automation systems want one thing: to feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses. 

In December 2012, the Consumer Electronics Association published a powerful Market Research Report entitled "Consumer Perspective on Home Automation." In that report, 62% said that their primary interest in purchasing a home automation system was “Security.”  The next two categories, Energy Saving and Convenience, were a distant second and third (20% and 14% respectively).  It also reported that 8 of the top 10 interests people had in home automation were security use cases. - John Epeneter, Control4 Senior Product Manager, Security and Communications Products.

A smart home automation system makes your life more comfortable, but also provides the security you need, deters potential burglars and helps you monitor and check in on your home remotely—from anywhere you are. From smart locks that keep track of the comings and goings in your home, motion detectors that can trigger notifications to your phone or smart watch, surveillance cameras that you can check in on while away, and alerts that can be sent to you if your garage door was left open by mistake, Control4 home automation solutions offer everything that you need to make your home a safe haven for you and your family.

What’s more, Control4’s Mockupancy solution can also help create an impression that someone is at home even while you are on vacation by switching on lights, shades and televisions at random.

 With so many unfortunate burglaries happening now a days and crime ever increasing you just never know when your ticket could be up! Make sure your home, belongings, and loved ones are safe and have peace of mind at all times!

       

Call iSS Today to discuss your smart home Security Options!

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Better With Control4!

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

"Playing Nicely With Brands You Love"

 

The Control4 philosophy is as straightforward as it is simple: life's better when everything and everyone works together. From a company strategy perspective, Control4 stands behind an open platform: we are committed to interoperability so both Control4 dealers and customers can count on a system that communicates with and controls virtually anything and everything in the home.

They partner with the world's leading brands in HVAC and lighting, cable and satellite, consumer electronics, and security to ensure their products integrate seamlessly into the Control4 platform to deliver an exceptional automation experience. With support for over 8,000 devices from hundreds of world-class brands, Control4 solutions are designed to work with the consumer electronics and appliances you already trust and love.

With over 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies sometimes it feels like you need a personal IT department to manage and control all of the electronics and systems in your home. There must be a better way than having dozens of remotes and a library full of manuals. That’s where Control4 comes in

Leading consumer electronic companies and home-automaton solution providers are teaming up with Control4 to accelerate the adoption of standard control methods for consumer electronic devices used in home automation. Control4 allows all of the technology in your home to work seamlessly together, giving you more control with more convenience. As we like to say – life’s better when everything works together! When you are looking for flat-panel TVs, home theater equipment, smart lighting or even door locks, remember to look for Control4 Partners.

 

So Many Options and Much More! Call iSS Today to set up your complete home automation one stop shop!

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Why Professional Monitoring is the way to Go!

on Monday, 22 February 2016. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

 

5 Reasons You should Leave your Security to Professionals:

A professionally monitored system can stay up to date with less effort than a self-maintained system. Security systems come in a lot of different varieties. If you install and monitor the system yourself, you might only have an alarm set up for the front and back doors, or you might also include sensors on windows. With security monitoring, you get a lot more for your money.

The value of a security system isn’t just in what it costs to install and maintain. Its real value is in how it performs. And in most cases, professional monitoring performs better. Here are 5 reasons why:

#1: Monitored Systems are Always On Duty

When you have a monitored security system, it’s always on duty. Whether you’re on vacation, at work, or asleep, monitoring means someone else is watching over your property every day and night. With an unmonitored or self-monitored system, you’re the only one in charge of protecting your property. If your system is self-monitored and you miss an alert, there might be no one available to notify authorities to help if there’s a problem. And if your system isn’t monitored at all, you might never know there was a problem until someone gets back on site. 

#2: Help Can Arrive Faster

A professionally monitored system will dispatch the appropriate help when an alarm is triggered. 

If there’s a fire, break-in, or any other problem, you’ll know that help comes whether you’re available or not. With a self-monitored or unmonitored system, you’re responsible for making a call for help. But if you are unable or unaware, there’s no one else to back you up.

#3: They Work When Cell or Email Service is Unavailable 

Monitoring means that regardless of whether you’re reachable by phone or email, help will come when a problem is detected by your system. Monitoring services try to confirm any alert triggers with you. But help arriving doesn’t depend on you having access to your cell or email. With a self-monitored system, text and email alerts that the system sends might fall on deaf ears if you’re in an area with no cell service, can’t hear your phone ring, or can’t check your email. If you don’t get the alert, you won’t know that there’s a problem. And unmonitored systems have no alerts at all.

#4: Professionals Service Your System

Sooner or later, everything digital or mechanical will need service. With a professionally monitored systems, service is most likely included in your contract. You won’t have to worry about expensive repairs and extended down time for broken equipment. With a self-monitored or unmonitored system, you are your own repair team. Or you could hire a third party to make repairs when needed and pay those costs out of pocket.

#5: Potentially Lower Up-Front Costs

Professionally monitored security systems come with professional installation. And with a service contract, those costs are often significantly lower than you’d pay if you bought the equipment and installed everything on your own. If you do the installation work, all costs are paid up front. And there’s also the risk of an improper installation, which could compromise your security system.

 

There are plenty of arguments for having an unmonitored security system or one that you monitor yourself. One of the biggest is no contract for service. but no contract equals no contact. And that means you’re on your own.

For the best protection that your business and home can get, call us to learn more about the many ways iSS can help make life safer and simpler!

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