Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

Many homes nowadays are equipped with security alarm systems.  These modern security systems feature sensors for fire, smoke, heat as well as break-in detection.  Security cameras are another common feature that can be included in modern security systems.  A standalone security system provides its owners with peace of mind, but doesn’t offer much in terms of functionality.

Smart home enthusiasts outfit their homes with powerful smart home systems such as Control4Control4 takes different aspects of your home, such as lighting, motorized door locks, audio, thermostats and more, and allows them to work in concert with each other.  This networked automation provides new levels of convenience, such as one button control, scheduled interactions and remote access, while providing increased power savings.

But did you know that home security systems can be fully integrated into a Control4 smart home setup?

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Above:  Action shots of Jesse integrating a home security system into a Control4 smart home setup.

Control4 is a convenient way to control all the smart devices in your home.  The real power of Control4 lies in its ability to integrate security with other smart home functions. You can set up custom “scenes” that simultaneously adjust your security settings, lighting, and temperature based on certain triggers.  For example, you could create a scene called “Away” that locks all entrances, sets the alarm, turns off all lights and sets the thermostat to an eco-friendly temperature, all with one button press on your mobile phone.

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Most likely, your alarm system will come with its own control panel that allows you to enter your pin code, enable and disable the alarm, and check for faults in the system.  However, all those functions can also be accessed from any Control4 interface installed in your home, increasing the availability and flexibility of the system.  The pictures above demonstrate security system functions fully integrated into a Control4 interface, to include views of the security cameras on the premises.

Integrating Home Security Systems into Control4

By integrating your security system with Control4, you’re not just enhancing security; you’re enhancing the overall functionality of the entire smart home system.  With Control4’s seamless integration, you can tie together various devices and systems, creating a truly intelligent and responsive home environment that works exactly the way you want it.

If you value both convenience and security, integrating your home security system with Control4 is the way to go. Experience the power of real-time monitoring, remote control, and a unified interface that puts you in charge of your home’s security. Whether you’re just getting started with smart home technology or looking to expand your existing setup, Control4 opens up a world of possibilities.  Contact us to learn about all the installation options available.  Headquartered in Pembroke, GA, we service Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, including Skidaway IslandTybee IslandStatesboroPoolerRichmond Hill and Hilton Head SC.

 

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Smart Home Technology

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Smart Home Technology

Are you looking for ways to enhance your outdoor living space?  As we are finishing up another smart home project for one of our clients, we wanted to show some examples of our work and some ways that you can upgrade your outdoor space with smart home technology.  Our client has graciously allowed us to take some pictures and video of their beautiful 3 story home in Downtown Savannah.

Possibly the most breathtaking aspect of this home is actually outside the structure itself.  This house was designed with amazing use of its outdoor spaces, including a private courtyard and a rooftop area, granting its owners and guests a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Starting with the rooftop area, there is a 50-inch LG flatscreen television that had been weatherproofed by Sealoc.  The proprietary weatherization process can take an off the shelf television and shield the internal electronics from weather, adverse elements and corrosive environments, increasing the television’s lifespan and usefulness.  Although you can’t really tell from the video above, the television is comfortably viewable in partial sunlight.  However, on the bright sunny day that we recorded this video, the onscreen images were a bit hard to see, especially with the glare.  In those instances, the owners have a retractable sunshade that completely covers the television viewing area.

Most of the smart lighting, as well as the outdoor speaker system has been seamlessly integrated in and around the rooftop vegetation.  This keeps the rooftop area beautiful without being visually cluttered with unnecessary technology.  The outdoor speaker system is integrated into the rest of the whole home audio via Control4, so the family and guests can comfortably listen to the television or enjoy the music that is being piped all throughout the house.

The downstairs courtyard area, as well as the entire home itself, is monitored by security cameras that discreetly blend into the environment.  Every entryway and window is protected by alarm sensors.  The entire security system, including the camera feeds, smoke, fire and entry alarms are all integrated and controllable by the Control4 panels installed throughout the home.

The courtyard features smart lighting and outdoor speakers, discreetly nestled amongst the trees and bushes of this picturesque garden.  Just like the rooftop area, every aspect of this outdoor system is controllable and integrated into the rest of the home.  Even the water fountain control is integrated can be turned on and off with a simple click of a button.  This courtyard garden this exudes classic old Savannah charm while providing state of the art safety and enjoyment for its owners and guests.

If you have an outdoor area that is in need of a smart home upgrade, connect with one of our professional installation consultants at Allegiance Technology Solutions.  We love to take our client’s vision and make it reality.  We are always researching the newest technology advances and we will be able to intelligently suggest the best components to build the smart home system of your dreams.

 

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology transforms the way we interact with our households, offering comfort, convenience, and efficiency. By combining intelligent systems, appliances and devices, homeowners can easily control and manage their houses, either with a few taps or voice commands. From customizing lighting or temperature to managing security systems, home automation technology allows people to cater to their needs by just a click of a button.

Here are seven key things to know about smart home technology:

  • Compatibility – It is important to ensure that your devices are compatible with each other and with your chosen platform.  Modern voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri from Apple or Google Home have become a convenient way to automate devices in the home.  Of course, for the most powerful smart home package on the market, Control4 is the way to go!
  • Security – As with any internet-connected device, home automation technology can be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. It is important to follow best practices for cybersecurity and to ensure that your devices are protected against potential breaches.
  • Ease of use – A smart home installation should be easy to use and intuitive, with clear instructions and a user-friendly interface.
  • Integration – home automation technology should integrate seamlessly with your existing home systems, such as your home Wi-Fi network and entertainment systems.
  • Scalability – Like technologies used in other industries, home automation technology should be scalable, allowing you to add and remove devices as needed without disrupting your overall system.
  • Energy savings – A properly configured smart home can help you save on your energy bills by allowing you to control your heating and cooling systems and lighting more efficiently.
  • Cost – Smart home technology can be expensive, with some devices costing hundreds of dollars. It is important to set a budget and to shop around for the best deals.

Home automation technology offers the chance for you to remotely monitor and control different aspects of your home environment that provides energy saving, peace of mind, and convenience.

If you have questions about your current smart home installation or are interested in making your home smarter, contact us or give us a call at 912-216-4050.  Our technicians at Allegiance Technology Solutions are experts at home automation and will help you embrace the future of smart living!

 

Automated Shades installation on Modena Island

Automated Shades installation on Modena Island

One of our clients, Adrian Savoie, has graciously allowed us to take pictures and video of our work at his residence on Modena Island, Ga.  Along with setting up home automation across this entire property, Adrian requested that we install a motorized shade system in the master bedroom that could be opened or closed with a button press, as well as integrated into home automation workflows.

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Although Adrian’s bedroom has spectacular views of the marshlands around his home, there are times when he wants to darken the room to make it more comfortable for sleep.  Since his smart home system is built with Control4, the motorized shades needed to be compatible with the Control4 interface.  Our team selected Draper’s line of automated shades for the installation because of their variety of shade materials and colors, compatibility with Control4 and because Draper can manufacturer solutions to accommodate custom window sizes.

 

The master bedroom featured 5 large windows providing views of the surrounding marshland.  The client insisted on a single shade to cover all 5 windows, which ultimately gives the room an elevated touch of elegance and simplicity.  This required a custom shade measuring 184 inches.  The other windows in the room were able to use standard shade lengths.  Each automated shade is connected to the Control4 interface and programmed to work in concert with each other.

As you can see from the video above, watching this room transform from sleep mode to daylight mode in seconds is impressive!  The shades are also incorporated into home automation workflows and will close while the room lights turn on.

Installing automated shades increases the level of elegance of your living space.  If you are interested in installing automated shades in your home, contact us and one of our experienced install technicians will help you create the system of your dreams.


 

Why You Need a Halo Remote by Control4

Why You Need a Halo Remote by Control4

If you are a home theater enthusiast and you are looking for the ultimate smart remote, look no further than the Halo Remote family of devices by Control4. Sporting a stylish design, this touchscreen remote gives you all the features you want in a streamlined, user-friendly device. The Halo Remote feels good in the hand, with a premium feel and weight, perfect for one-handed operation. The included base charges the remote when it is placed in the cradle, so you never have to worry about keeping batteries on hand.

The Halo Remote also has responsive, backlit buttons, perfectly sized and intuitively organized for touch-only navigation. If you are like me, you don’t want a bunch of unnecessary buttons making things complicated and confusing. Instead, this remote hides some functionality by presenting those buttons on the touchscreen portion of the remote when a particular function is activated. There is even a voice control button that activates Siri on Apple TV and Xfinity push-to-talk functionality.

The touchscreen is powered by a premium OLED screen, up to 3.2 inches diagonal depending on the model. The screen itself is nice and bright, featuring a nice eye-catching saturation to the colors. The touchscreen interface is customizable to your liking. And the best part, since this is a Control4 remote, not only can you control your televisions, sound bars and streaming boxes, you can control all of your connected smart home devices, including lighting, shades, thermostats and more.

The Halo Remote requires a Control4 smart home system to operate. If you already use a Control4 system, then this elegant remote can be easily integrated into your system. If you are looking to upgrade to a Control4 smart home system, contact us and take full control of your smart home with the most advanced smart remote on the market.

Allegiance Technology Solutions is a certified Control4 dealer, serving the greater Savannah, GA. We offer a variety of smart home solutions. Contact us today if you are interested in upgrading your living space with the latest in entertainment and automation technology.