Outdoor Home Security Essentials for Summer!

It’s summertime!

Here are some outdoor home security options for smooth sailing through the summer months!

Don’t you love those sunny days and breezy evenings when outdoor space comes alive?  Cookouts, pool parties, moments of serenity and quiet reading in the hammock, the squeals of happy children as they run about, in and out of the house.

Do you know who else loves summer? Burglars. In fact, it’s their favourite season with all those unlocked windows, open doors, and long vacation absences.

Wilsons Security knows the importance of an outdoor security system that deters potential intruders at first glance and keeps you in the know about the comings and goings in your outdoor space at all times. That’s why we offer you the Alarm.com-powered security system with its five essential components.

Smart Security Camera

The Alarm.com security camera can send you customized video alerts for anything outside you wish to see, be it animal, human, or vehicle, on or off your property. It provides both live and recorded footage and acts as an effective intruder deterrent simply by its presence.

Smart Lighting

Triggered by your Alarm.com image sensors or smart security cameras, automated outdoor lighting is an effective way to say “Welcome!”  to friends and family and “I see you!” to any unwanted visitor, lurking in the shadows.

Going on vacation? Setting up a smart lighting schedule for evening illumination of your property and home sends a clear message to passers-by that someone’s home.

Contact Sensors

These wireless devices can be installed on windows and doors to serve several functions including triggering a break-in alert, reminding you to lock up for the night and keeping tabs on where your kids are, inside and out, while  ensuring access to off-limits areas such as your pool during unsupervised time, tool shed or garage freezer is under your control 24/7.

Doorbell Camera

Deliveries left on your front porch are protected by motion-triggered video alerts.  In addition, a live video feed and two-way voice let you see and speak to visitors from anywhere, even if they don’t ring the bell.  Company arriving late? Remotely unlock your door with your Alarm.com-powered door lock.

Smart Garage Door Controller

No more wasted time retracing your way back home to check if you locked the garage door!  Alarm.com will alert you if that’s the case. Then all you have to do is tap your phone and voilà! the garage door closes and everything inside is secured.

Wilsons Security can quickly outfit your home with all of the above and more. A single smartphone app controls it all and our 24/7 professional monitoring service personnel are ready to respond to any emergency.

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Wilson’s Active Care: Support for Independent Living On The Go

Is all the new technology really helping to simplify our lives or is it just making us feel more overwhelmed than ever?  It’s often hard to tell. But once in a while, a new product comes along that’s clearly designed to smooth out some of life’s wrinkles: A product like Active Care by Wilsons Security!

In this day and age, who doesn’t want to stay active and independent for as long as possible? And not just at home. There are ever increasing opportunities for seniors and other folks with various challenges to stay connected socially through community centres; to keep learning through free lectures and seminars at the local library; and to maintain physical health through Elderobics, Aquafit for Seniors, and Elderyoga, to name a few.  There’s even Granny Roller Derby for those, especially bold ladies!

With such wonderful advances in community outreach, suited to meet the needs of all sorts of people who might otherwise find themselves socially isolated, how can these folks and their loved ones make sure there’s access to emergency assistance when needed? For years, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) seemed adequate in providing a means to summon help. That is, as long as the person stayed home.

What about those folks who, more and more, are spending much of their time out and about?  That’s where Active Care steps in.

Active Care uses PERS and GPS technologies to help protect you or a loved one no matter where you are. At home, in a shopping mall, at a fitness or painting class – you name it. The unit is simply worn around the neck using a comfortable lanyard. In the event of an emergency situation, a single button is pressed. The signal is picked up by an operator at Wilsons Security’s monitoring station and a conversation begins, right through the unit itself, with the press of a button!

The Active Care device can also transmit information that someone has fallen even if that person is unable to talk at the time. Complex algorithms built into the system actually enable it to distinguish between a fall and someone sitting down quickly. If the person is unable to communicate, Active Care’s GPS technology can still summon help to the scene.

At home, the Active Care device is placed in its charging cradle where it instantly operates like a PERS base station using its peripheral devices such as the fall detector or panic button to summon help when needed.  Whenever you’re ready to head out again, just re-attach it to the lanyard and away you go!

Life is still waiting to happen out there and Active Care by Wilsons Security helps to make sure you don’t miss a minute of it!

For additional information on Active Care, call (902) 453-3388 and one of our consultants would be glad to assist you!

Answer your door like never before

There are many circumstances in which you might wish to know who is at your door, like when you’re expecting the delivery of your latest online purchase, or a friend is arriving from out of town, but you can’t stay home all day to greet them. The great thing is, in the age of the smartphone, you now can do just that with the addition of a video doorbell to your front door. Video doorbells have been gaining in popularity over the last year as homeowners are catching on to their many benefits! They are affordable, connect to your existing doorbell setup, are easy to install, and work with your home’s WiFi system.

How it works

When a person approaches your front door, they push the button on the video doorbell, just as they would on any other doorbell. The chime rings on the inside of your home, as you would expect, but here’s the neat part: it also sends a notification to your smartphone in real time via a free, user-friendly app. You can both see AND speak to the person at the door, without the person at the door knowing whether you are inside the house or away on vacation.

Each member of the family can have the app installed on their smartphone, and each person will be alerted when someone is at the door. However, only one family member can actually answer the door at a time. Another great thing about these devices is the ability to integrate them into your home alarm app on your phone. Skybell, for example, will work with both the Alarm.com and Honeywell Total Connect apps.

Peace of mind & convenience

A video doorbell gives you access to your front door, wherever you are. From a security point of view, a video doorbell allows you to give the impression that you’re actually home, even when you’re not. On a lighter note, it also allows you to ask the delivery driver to leave your parcel on the back patio – imagine not having to ‘just miss’ your online deliveries! Plus, if you pair your doorbell with an automated door lock, you can not only answer your door, but let friends and relatives in when you’re not home.

What if they knock?

We recommend choosing a model with a built-in motion sensor, like Skybell. This means that even if the person on your doorstep doesn’t ring, your doorbell will still activate and let you know that they’re there.

The fine print

There are a couple of considerations you’ll want to be conscious of if you’d like to install a video doorbell. Depending on where your doorbell wire protrudes from the wall of your home some installations may be a bit easier than others. For example, many electricians choose to bring the doorbell wire out through the trim around the front door. This trim is typically no more than an inch wide and may be narrower than the doorbell unit itself. Another issue can potentially be a poor WiFi signal at the location of the front door. There are solutions for this, such as a wireless access point (which has the added benefit of improving your home’s WiFi signal). Finally, most video doorbell units are designed for a typical solenoid doorbell. Newer digital doorbells can have an issue with a video doorbell and require the installation of a digital doorbell adapter in order to work properly. In cases like those listed above, you may want to consider a professional installation of your unit.

For more information on how you might benefit from a video doorbell in your home, contact Wilsons Security at (902) 453-3388

We Sell Sonos

If you haven’t already heard, Wilsons Smart Connect is now a dealer for Sonos® Distributed Audio products and these products are amazing! Sonos has one of the most easy to use, yet mature, applications that I’ve ever used.

Sonos has products for any application whether it’s a brand new home build, a renovation, or a completely finished home. Take the Sonos PLAY:5™ for example; it has six speakers built into the one box each with its own amplifier! This means that when you crank up the volume there’s no distortion because each speaker is controlled by its own amplifier. You can use multiple PLAY:5 speakers around your home, and I have to say, this sound is big! The first time I fired up a Sonos PLAY:5 I had to take a second look to assure myself that what I was hearing was coming out of that one box. The base is phenomenal and delivers as much power as you’re ever going to want out of a distributed audio system.

Sonos also has other speakers like the PLAY:1™ and PLAY:3™ which can all work together with the PLAY:5 as one integrated audio system. Sonos speakers can also be mapped so that they carry only the left or right channel sound. This means in larger rooms you can separate two speakers for stereo sound using two PLAY:1s, PLAY:3s or even the mighty PLAY:5. For those of you who are building a new home and have your heart set on a built-in system, Sonos has you covered too. The new CONNECTAMP™ allows you to use built-in ceiling or wall speakers for that custom look, but still incorporate it all into the rest of your Sonos Distributed Audio system. The CONNECTAMP also allows you to connect a powered subwoofer to give you even bigger sound in large areas.

The app is another amazing part of the Sonos ecosystem. Each member of the family can download the app to their mobile device (iOS or Android) and it only takes a minute or two to set up. Create your own playlist from the music on your phone and everyone in the family with the Sonos app will be able to play from your playlist to your Sonos speakers. Have each member of the family add their favorite song to one group playlist or just create a new playlist of your own. Sonos is now also compatible with Apple Music, Deezer, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM and many more services so there’s always something for everyone to listen to!

If this was all Sonos had to offer it would be enough for most people, but Sonos takes it to another level with the PLAYBAR™ and SUB™ which can be connected to any TV for a theater experience. Remember what I was just saying about mapping speakers? Well, now you can use the PLAYBAR, SUB, and two PLAY:1s in one room for a true Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound experience.

The greatest thing about purchasing your Sonos system through Wilsons Smart Connect is that Wilsons is a “true” A to Z solution with the ability to, not only sell you the product, but also install and configure your new Sonos system. Wilsons Smart Connect has in-house professionals that can make sure your system works from day one and years into the future.

If you would like more information on purchasing a Sonos Distributed Audio system for your home call today at (902) 453-3388 and we’ll be glad to help you out.

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