Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Security

CEDIA 2014 Recap (pt. 2)

on Monday, 29 September 2014.

In our CEDIA Recap, part 1 we took a look at Sony, Epson, Dolby, Screen Innovations, and Sonance latest and greatest new products. Now in part 2 we have more coverage of what we liked from CEDIA 2014, and our next top three are below:

1. QNap Turbo NAS:

QNAP’s Turbo NAS is designed for storing and protecting your most cherished memories. QNAP is the ideal centralized storage ‘hub’ for making your files available on various devices at home or on the go. It is a great home multimedia entertainment device. You can browse photos, play music and videos on DLNA compatible devices and easily share them with family and friends. The Turbo NAS also helps to secure your files and gives you control to who you want to have access to those cherished memories. Also, with myQNAPcloud, you can connect much easier to the Turbo NAS without limitation of location. The Turbo NAS easily enriches your home entertainment and content sharing. Also, what is great with QNAP is that they have integrated with Control4 to provide you with the ultimate connected home experience. Check out this video from CEDIA that demonstrates what QNAP and Control4 can do for you:

2. Control4 OS 2.6 Software update:

Control4’s OS 2.6 software update features elegant user interface enhancements, provides instant integration, and delivers compelling Control4 experiences throughout smart homes. This update brings enhanced music experience, intuitive pool and spa control, and extensive new features for added comfort and peace of mind in your home. OS 2.6 software makes it much easier for Control4 dealers to integrate hundreds of third-party products. As an end user this may not be the coolest thing on our list, but it is awesome for us which in turn makes it great for you! We can now provide you with seamless effort and efficiency for all of your Control4 systems.

3. LaunchPort...with Buttons:

Their latest product is the LaunchPort with buttons, the world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an Ipad case. Ipads have become the favorite device for home automation. With LaunchPorts new sleeve for the Ipad, it provides immediate access to key controls, and gives you more power in your hands.

I hope you enjoyed our coverage from the CEDIA Expo this year. If you need any more information on any products we have discussed, please let us know. We are here to offer you better life solutions.

CEDIA 2014 Recap (pt. 1)

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

CEDIA is one of the largest electronics expos in the country, and was hosted this year in Denver, Colorado. Over 500,000 square feet of the most exciting technologies to date, which is why we had to break our CEDIA 2014 recap into two parts!

Below are our first top five picks of what we liked from CEDIA.

1. Epson PowerLite ProCinema LS10000 projector:

This projector delivers a revolutionary 4k Enhancement Technology with incredible sharpness, clarity, and detail. At the heart of the THX certified projector is a laser light engine and a 3LCD Reflective chip array to ensure accurate performance. The projector also offers full HD 1080p in 2D and 3D giving you a stunning viewing experience. This home theater projector is made for the ultimate movie theater experience.

2. Sony W and X Series 4K Ultra HD TV’s :

W Series and X Series 4K Ultra HD displays are now automation-ready with two-way IP communications built in. TVs have always been the bane of smart-home integration, lacking two-way communications. Most consumer-oriented sets are still controlled via one-way IR, meaning the TV can only receive commands such as ON, MUTE or CHANNEL DOWN. They cannot send data back to a remote control or home automation system. For that reason, a controller never quite knows the status of the TV. With two-way IP communications, a TV can both receive commands and provide status feedback. Such as I’M ON, THE VOLUME IS 70%, etc. 

3. Dolby Atmos:

Dolby Atmos delivers remarkable sound whether you are at home, on the go, or in the cinema. This audio system creates astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. It puts sounds into motion all around you and creates a more profoundly moving entertainment experience. Dolby Atmos is the first audio format based on independent audio objects rather than channels-which means it is free of channel restrictions. Dolby Atmos supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects for a realistic, breathtaking sound. Experience Dolby Atmos for yourself:

4. Screen Innovations Black Diamond Glass:

Screen Innovations (SI) is fantastic about the amount of energy and creativity that they bring to the market. The latest product concept from the company is the Black Diamond Glass, which combines its innovative Black Diamond Screen material with the contemporary look of a LED lit, beveled glass frame. This elegant screen comes in many sizes and can range up to 150 inches. Conceptually, the Black Diamond Glass takes the company’s Zero Edge design and makes it even more interior design friendly.

5. Sonance's Architectural Series:

No longer is the audio and video guy a nuisance to the interior designer. Sonance now offers us the Architectural Series with the ability to please the interior designer/home owner. The Architectural Series is a discreet opening system that delivers amazing sound performance with virtually no footprint.

If you love these picks, just wait for part two of our CEDIA recap!

Smart Door Locks

on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

A great benefit to any home security system

Security and peace of mind are usually what tops the list for homeowners looking to invest in a home security system. Smart door locks are one of the most beneficial aspects of security and even home automation. With just one touch you can lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, have a ‘goodnight’ button, and let the right guests into your home at the right time.

Smart door locks provide you with convenience. They can help you make sure your doors are locked or unlocked with access from your phone or tablet. They can also help you go key-free. Compatible door locks include keypads or touch screens where you can enter your own unique access code. So no need to carry those keys or try to remember where you placed them, enter your code and welcome home! You could also set your lights to come on immediately when your door opens. Smart door locks can also help you lock your doors from the bed and sleep securely with a touch of one ‘Goodnight’ button.

Also, smart door locks can help you let the right people into your home. For example, you have some family coming from out of town; you can give them their own personal code that works when you are expecting them. You can even get a text alert when they arrive. Another instance is you may have someone coming to work on or clean your home, you could do the same thing and give them their own code and even set an allotted amount of time for their code to work. You don’t have to worry anymore if they try to come back at a later date and time to try to break into your home. Their code will not work.

Another great thing about smart door locks is you can keep tabs on who is coming and going in your home. You can view door lock history and look at each specific code. For example, if you have children, especially teenagers, you could get an alert to know when they come home from school or if they came home on time from curfew.

We can help you pick the best lock for your needs and can provide insight on additional features and benefits. You’ll love the safety, convenience and peace of mind a smart lock can deliver. Let us know how we can help you.

Why DIY Home Security is not Home Security at all

on Wednesday, 20 August 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

We have all heard the term DIY. Many DIY projects can be fun, creative, and a good way to show off a new hobby. Then you have those other DIY projects that are major fails! Trust me, I have had those a time or two. One DIY project that I have never understood why anyone would attempt to do is Home Security.

I know there are quite a few products and services that say they can provide you simple and easy solutions to home security. Unfortunately, those products and services only provide you home monitoring and not security at all. These products are either plugged in to an outlet or battery-powered and can be easily moved or knocked around. They are Wi-Fi enabled; meaning if the power is out at your home the home monitoring system will not work.

Another problem is the fact that you are the only one to receive alerts. What if you cannot respond to the alerts that are being sent to you, what happens? If someone is truly breaking into your home, the authorities are not alerted. Just you.

Also some products are indoor use only, which means if vandalism occurs outside of your home you will not know who or what did it. To have full security of your home you need the interior and exterior of your home covered. These products down play the value of true security and protection of your home or business.

DIY does mean do it yourself, but do you really want to be figuring out how to set up a whole security system on your own? If you want it done right for the protection of you and your family, do you have the right tools at hand? It doesn't take a brain surgeon to put in a security system, but it does take some knowledge and understanding of the security industry.

Don’t go through the hassle of this DIY project. Let us take care of your needs so you do not have to worry about anything. We will help you in protecting not just your home, but you and your family. We can give you real home security and peace of mind, and we are just a call away!

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