Security Systems News

APR 2018

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ISC West Las Vegas, NV April 11-13, 2018 success Secure more business with the right tools. Discover new solutions at booth #14051 The right tools are essential for your business, and your customers. They help you operate and innovate. That's why we work with you, our partner ecosystem, and within the industry to provide the best tools to manage projects effi ciently, deliver new solutions and create success. Todd Homitz talks about how he set up his home security system T odd Homitz, Guardian Protection Services' marketing project manager, has been with the company for 11 years. "Two years ago, I transitioned to my current role as the marketing project manager and really enjoy getting to interact with all teams, staying on top of the latest projects and trends, and even helping ideate new programs and projects," he said. In late February, he told Security Systems News about his home alarm system. What kind of security system do you have? I have the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with one outdoor camera, two indoor cameras, one HD video doorbell, smart thermostat, garage door controls, lights, locks, CO and smoke detectors. Why this particular setup? I am obsessive about technology, especially technology that can help keep my family safe. I use my indoor cameras to spy on my dog during the day (he mostly sleeps) and my HD video doorbell came in handy catching a porch pirate stealing Christmas gifts for my daughter. When I'm not using my security system to fight crime, my house is set up to make life easier for everyone. We have it set up so lights automatically turn on when we arrive at home, garage doors open, locks unlock and even the system disarms via Bluetooth without having to reach for my phone or key fob. If we're rushing to get out the house and forget to lock or close the garage, the system will do that. It really does help to have one less thing to worry about— especially knowing we can check in on the house when we aren't at home. What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn't want to live without? Even with all the technology we have access to, it wouldn't be as powerful without being monitored 24/7 by a team of experts. Whether my mother-in-law accidentally trips the alarm when she stops over to let the dog out or they call to let us know a battery is running low and needs to be replaced, we know we're being monitored by Guardian's Protection Specialists. Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends? Great question. It's evolved so much over the past five years and it's limitless as to where it can go. I think more integration will continue to happen in the voice activated digital assistant space and I see the possibility of incorporating drones, for more holistic perimeter monitoring options. —Spencer Ives How I Use My s yste M Homitz uses a Qolsys IQ Panel 2 in his home with a variety of connected devices. Ap RI l 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS NEWS 10

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