Knoxville Home Security

Benefits of Commercial Access Control

on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Access Controls Systems are Practical, Reliable, Secure & Convenient


4 Benefits of Commerical Access Control:

You may think access controls in commercial buildings are just for high-tech research labs or top-secret facilities. But that’s not the case. Access control systems help business owners and managers regulate the comings and goings of both employees and visitors and can be used as safety and security measures. Some employers are even integrating electronic access control as part of their time and attendance systems.

(1) Automate every event. Swiping a card automatically opens a door for an employee, but access control systems can also signal the building automation system to change lighting conditions, or focus a CCTV camera.

(2) Allow temporary access. When your business employs temporary workers or contractors, or has a high volume of daily visitors, it can be difficult to monitor access. But with access control systems, it’s easy to allow access for a day or even an hour.

(3) Reduce costs and decrease liability. With traditional keyed locks, you incur costs each time a new employee comes on board. And it can be difficult to offer different levels of access to different people. Access control gives the building manager the ability to quickly upgrade or downgrade access, reducing concerns about the wrong person accessing sensitive parts of the building.

(4) Access Control Protects Employees. Protecting employees from unwanted intrusions is a relief to employer and employee. If an employee works late this system can be an amazing instrument of relief and comfort. Safety is of paramount importance for the stability of your business. 

You’ve got more important things to worry about each day. With access control, regulating the entry of workers and visitors isn’t one of them.

Call Us Today to get started with your Access Control System & Have peace of mind for your buisness!

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Holiday Security Tips

on Wednesday, 02 December 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Be Sure Your'e Secure!



The family home is like a beacon to criminals during the major holidays. It's all too common for unsuspecting vacationers to excitedly pack for their trip, start up the car, and hurriedly drive off without giving a second thought to the security of their home while they are away. According to the FBI, there are more than 400,000 burglaries between November and December alone in the United States. While home security is an important consideration at all times of the year, it is vital that specific precautions be taken during times of extended absence. 


Here are 10 tips for making sure your home is secure during the holidays while on vacation:

  1. 1. Install & Activate a home security system
  2. If you have ever considered installing a home security system, your investment could not be timelier than before you leave for holiday. There is a certain peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have done all that you can to protect your home during your absence, and knowing that you have a home security system, is the first step to enjoying your much anticipated break.
  1. 2. Inform your alarm monitoring service
  2. It is always a good idea to inform your security or alarm monitoring service of the dates that you will be on vacation. This is essential so that any activity that may have normally received a standard response can be escalated for immediate investigation. You should provide the security company with details of anyone that has key holder access to your premises, and ensure that your own contact details are current in the event of a security emergency. 
  1. 3. Make use of timers
  2. Timers can be your best friend while you are on holidays, and allow you to be in two places at once. You can be enjoying yourself at your vacation destination, yet also at home turning on the lights both inside and out, that is, as far as any potential burglar is aware. You may wish to have common area room lights or simply smaller lamps turn on at the times you would normally do so if you were at home. Inside and external timer lights are generally sufficient to deter intruders, although you can also use timers to activate noise by turning on the radio and television.
  1.  4. Lock up when you are leaving
  2. If you have ever experienced that niggling sensation whereby you can’t recall whether or not you locked the door behind you, then you will know how troubling it is to have that feeling. Save yourself the stress and check that you have locked all doors and windows before going for holiday. Check twice if required, or have someone else check as well. It could be a long and expensive trip home if any entry ways had remained accessible to intrusion
  1. 5. Put your mail on hold!
  2. Any controlled deliveries that you receive can be put on hold until you return, or you can ask a neighbour, friend or family member to collect the items for you. This is a wise idea in any case if your mailbox is prone to getting pummelled with junk mail. You don’t want an overflow of shopping brochures on your lawn which would signify that you are not collecting your mail. Even burglars can put two and two together in this instance!
  1. 6. Keep the place tidy
  2. If you are only going to be on holiday for a short period, then give your yard a decent ‘trim’ to suggest that the house is still very much occupied. Arrange for someone else to maintain it for you if you are having an extended time away. Your lawns should be nicely mowed, and your hedges and trees trimmed to allow a complete view of your house. Ensure that all accesses are visible to discourage anyone from hiding behind thick shrubbery or bushes. Any landscaping equipment including ladders, spades and bins need to be locked away to prevent them from being used as tools to assist a break-in.
  1. 7. Install motion sensor lights
  2. Sensor lights that are installed at the front entrance have proven to be effective in deterring strangers from using the dark of night to venture further than the sidewalk footpath. These lights have a wide motion sensor, and you can adjust the range to which they can detect motion and initiate the lights that spotlight the cause of the movement on your property.
  1. 8. Mind your phone message
  2. It is recommended that you leave any recorded home phone message as it is, rather than changing it to reveal that you are currently away from home on holiday. If you must change your message, ensure that the message volume is at minimum volume so that your message cannot be heard from outside of the house.
  1. 9. Place security stickers and decals in plain sight
  2. Whether you have security installed in your home or not, you should obtain stickers and labels that indicate that you do have home security. Stickers and decals that are strategically placed on front windows and garage doors are rarely questioned and prove to be great deterrents to security-aware intruders.
  1. 10. Avoid publicly announcing your holiday plans
  2. It is one thing to feel as if you are being watched by strangers at your own home, but it’s something else when you encourage it by announcing your plans across the social airwaves. From party crashers to stalkers to home invasions, if you tell people on social media that you are taking a vacation, you risk catching the attention of social ‘pariahs’ who will do what they can to obtain your details. Do yourself a favour – keep it within the circle of family and close friends.


Don't let burst pipes ruin your Christmas:   

We offer security systems that will alert you to such an issue and help keep you safe from dealilng with a frozen pipe during your vacation or during your holiday at home! Click here to learn more ways to avoid this common issue!


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The Show Stoppers!

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Knoxville Digital Signage, Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

The BEST of CEDIA 2015


          CEDIA is the international trade association and central touchpoint for 3,500 member companies that represent every facet of the ever-evolving technology market. The expo places you at the epicenter of the furture in home experience and lets you experience the intrigue of how it is all connected!


Two of the products we offer recieved the Best New Product reward at the expo this year! The Seura Storm Outdoor TV and Sonance DSP Amplifiers with SonARC.

Seura’s Storm Outdoor TV is built to last in a variety of climates and, through careful calibration, is capable of delivering quality images during sunny days. It also has a great wide viewing angle!

The Sonance DSP amplifiers add Amazing audio in any environment! The new line of DSP amplifiers feature SONARC (Sonance Advanced Room Correction), which offers hundreds of EQ presets designed specifically for Sonance speakers available through simple pull down menus. The presets enable effortless DSP without the need for additional hardware, software, and more importantly time.

Seura Outdoor TV Video:                            Sonance DSP Amplifiers Video:

                                           CEPro Editor's Choice Picks:

There were also two of the speakers that we offer picked as the CEPro Editor's Choice, The Sonos Play:5 and the KEF LS50!

Hear it just like they played it. Pure and true. The PLAY:5 uses six state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with six speakers to deliver great sound to any room. Each instrument, each voice, every detail shines through, pure and precise. With remarkably distinct clarity. And zero audible distortion. Even when you crank it up loud. Really loud! 

The KEF LS50 was also quite an awe inspiring product at CEDIA 2015! An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring professional studio monitor concept into the home. Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.

Play:5 Video:                                   KEF LS50 Video:

Many companies had some pretty amazing products this year that became quite the show stoppers! Call us today to learn more about any of our great products. 

  • Sony    
  • Orgin Acoustis
  • Screen Innovations
  • Martin Logan
  • Golden Ear
  • Atlona
  • Pakedge
  • SnapAV
  • Kwikset
  • WIlson
  • BOSE
  • SunBrite TV
  • Lutron
  • Peerless AV
  • Luxul
  • Yale
  • This list GOES ON & ON 

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Halloween and Home Automation

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Make your smart home SPOOKTACULAR!


There was a time when the term "home automation" made you think of a friendly robotic maid buzzing around the house, cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking meals. 

Robots have indeed started to pop up and are starting to play a role in our lives at home. But the reality of home automation in the 21st Century is quite a bit different than what was thought of in the post-World War II era. Instead of a robotic hub, home control is centralized in the palm of our hands! 

Companies like Control4 can coordinate all the technology in your home into complete, brilliant experiences that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy. With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Or, check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are.

Being able to adjust temperature and lighting, check cameras, and unlock your front door from your smartphone is a wonderful convenience, but it's only the tip of the iceberg of what you can expect from a professionally designed and installed home automation system. So many options is SCARY!!

Home Automation can also be a GREAT tool for creating a SPOOKTACULAR set up for your Haunted Halloween Home! From automated lighting & music or singing pumpkins, to projection screen scenes. The possiblities can make your  nightmares.... I mean dreams come true! Click the links below & Check out some examples that are to DIE FOR :)

Thriller Light show:      House projection:                 Spooky effects:            Singing pumpkins:

 Everyone Here at iSS Hopes You Have A Frightfully Awesome Halloween!

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