Knowing that your home is secure can certainly help you sleep better at night. Modern home security has moved well beyond the realm of alarms and can now bring together security, home integration and even remote access, all based on a pre-existing home security system.
Systems like the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch, available from Island Electronics, allow you to control a wide range of compatible devices from traditional security peripherals like lights, locks and cameras to window shades and thermostats.
The system integrates into a traditional Honeywell system, as the only component that needs to be replaced is one of the keypads. Even if you have multiple keypads on the current system, all the functionality of the Tuxedo Touch system can be brought to the installation through the replacement of just a single keypad – the rest of the traditional keypads can remain in place.
The Tuxedo Touch system is based around a seven inch touch screen keypad that can fulfil a wide range of features, from a controller to a camera viewer. You can view the feeds of up to four cameras at once on the screen, and the icon based interface makes it easy to operate. The system even includes training videos in order to guide you through the setting up of various operations.
It can also control Z-Wave enabled devices, up to 232 of them, and the list of compatible devices is growing daily. Once these are paired with the control, you can programme the system to, for example, shut the air-conditioning off when you activate the alarm as you leave the house, and turn it back on when you return and disarm the system. This can lead to significant energy savings over time.
Another great feature of the Tuxedo Touch system is that it features apps for mobile devices including Apple iPads and iPhones, Android phones and tablets and even Blackberry devices. These devices can function as controllers around the house, but can also display the feeds from connected video cameras. So if you hear a bump in the night, you can turn on the light and view the feed from the relevant camera without having to leave your bedroom.
Thanks to the built-in web server, you can even view feeds and control functions remotely, so if the air-conditioning service technician arrives at the house he can give you a call, you can check the front door camera feed to see if he is there, disarm the alarm, and even unlock the front door remotely if you have a compatible lock installed.
For more information on the Tuxedo Touch system and a demonstration of what it can do, contact Island Electronics on 949-8255.