Showing posts with label smartphone apps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smartphone apps. Show all posts

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Human Interface: Adding Your Smartphone to the Mix

On the 11th of April we talked about the various kinds of human interfaces in use within the security market. We covered basic keypads, keyfobs, and card readers. We also talked about security and smart home technology and the enhancements associated with larger flat touch displays which invariably include soft keypad keys for security alarm arming, disarming, and other purposes.

Today, I’d like to chat with you about another famously popular human interface called the “smartphone.” More and more manufacturers of security systems are adding smartphone apps to their offerings in order to provide you, our client, with an even more enjoyable and efficient way of controlling your security system. This is an especially helpful method of control for commercial users because it allows you to stay in contact with your facility no matter what time it is, no matter where you may be.

Through your smartphone, you will nearly instantaneously receive a full compliment of information pushed to your smartphone when there’s an alarm situation. Using your in-house camera system, you will immediately have access to cameras in the vicinity of the door or motion that triggered the alarm. If there is no one there, you can cancel the dispatch, reset the alarm, and go back to what you were doing—in addition to saving money because the police were either cancelled or the central did not call in the first place.

If you have added lighting control to the list of items to which your alarm system integrates with, you also can use your smartphone to turn lights on and off, in addition to dimming and brightening them. Heating and cooling systems also can be controlled via your smartphone as well.

If you are interested in connecting your smartphone to your security system, give ESC a call. If this features is not offered by you’re present alarm system, we’ll give you a discount on replacing it with a new one that will. If you would like to add lighting and cooling/heating control to your security controller as well, ESC would be more than happy to assist you in making that happen.

Give us a call today at 614-754-1393, or send me an email at You can also leave me a message using the contact us form below.

Thank you, John

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Smartphones in Security

The number of smartphones sold during the last quarter of 2012 exceeded the number of personal computers in use. Add the fact that today’s smartphone has as much computing power as most PCs, and you begin to see a power trend emerging. The fact is, mobile computing will continue to grow until it converges into something else more news shattering and profound than anyone today can imagine.

Smartphones have become a powerful force among consumers where it comes to their home or business. Through an Internet connection, your smartphone will also enable you to access your home or business video surveillance system as well as your alarm system.

With your smartphone you can review alarms that occur, openings and closings that take place, and activities that take place by reviewing video footage—all while you’re away.

Using a virtual keypad on your smartphone, you also can arm and disarm your system when and where needed. Let’s say you’re in Las Vegas for the weekend and your furnace develops a glitch that stops it from working during cold winter weather. With your smartphone you can telephone your maintenance company and, if you’re on really good terms with your service man, disarm the alarm and unlock the front door to let him in!

Unlocking your door is done through a technology called Z-Wave. By installing a Z-wave compliant door lock, which is self contained with its own battery, you can send a command to the alarm panel in your place of business or home telling it to unlock the front door. A special Z-wave module installed and connected to your alarm panel will then send a wireless radio signal using Z-wave technology to the lock giving it the order. A signal is sent back to the alarm panel from the lock when this command is executed.

ESC LLC offers a wide array of alarm systems that will interact with your smartphone. Be sure to contact us with your questions and we’ll be glad to discuss the smartphone connection with you. Call us at 614-754-1393, or contact me at

I also invite you to download “5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit,” by Kirill Storch, CEO of Electric Web, available right here from ESC. To get your copy, please fill in the form below and click on Send. You also can send an email to with the word “smartphone” in the subject line. You will receive a link via email through which you can download your copy of “5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit.”

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