Rounding out Mijac Alarm’s coverage of International Security Conference West is a discussion about home and business automation, and the benefits it can provide for small businesses and homeowners.
Movies from the late 80s and 90s, such as The Terminator and The Matrix, reflected a cultural wariness among Americans to cede control to computers. The fear was that these computers would somehow become hostile and try to destroy humanity.
Thankfully, Hollywood’s predictions of the future rarely reflect reality, which is evident in the fact that Skynet didn’t rise up and take over the world. Automation of our homes and businesses is already occurring, and is actually helping us save money and energy while making our lives a little bit easier.
One great example of how home automation is reducing energy costs is the digital thermostat Nest, which was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion in January 2014. Nest is working with utility companies to track thermostat analytics, which will allow utility companies to adjust their energy output to no more and no less than they need to service their customers. Ultimately, this will reduce brownouts and also prevent utility companies from wasting resources on excess capacity.
International Security Conference West featured some of the leading companies in the home and commercial automation sector
As one of the most significant events of the year for the security industry, ISC West was host to some of the biggest names in home and commercial automation. In total, there were 14 companies with exhibits on home automation.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity. With approximately 132,000 employees worldwide, including more than 22,000 engineers and scientists, they have an unrelenting focus on performance, quality, delivery, value and technology in everything they make and do.
This year at ISC West, Honewell featured automation products that allow users to control their lights, HVAC systems, access to their homes and businesses, and several other solutions designed to make life easier. Best of all, their products can be controlled using a smartphone from anywhere the user has a data connection, meaning you can (among other things) let the housekeeper or babysitter into and out of your house without needing to give them a key.
Why does automation matters to homeowners and business owners? Do the math
According to the United States Department of Labor, the cost of energy in Southern California is higher than most other places in the country. From 2010 to 2014, the average cost of electricity in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and Orange County in March was 21.5 cents per kWh, almost 60% higher than the nationwide average. Even utility gas, which used to be about the same price in Southern California as elsewhere in the county, has increased over the past year. The average price per therm in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and Orange County in March 2014 was $1.321, which is 14.5% higher than the national average.
Data collected from future users of Google’s thermostat estimate that homes with the device may use between 14% and 22% less energy per year, which equates to hundreds if not thousands of dollars saved for the homeowner.
Mijac Alarm is already working with Honeywell to bring customers the latest in home automation technology
If you are a Mijac Alarm customer, you can already benefit from home and business automation. Thanks to our partnership with Honeywell, we are already able to offer many of the technologies that were featured at ISC West. For example, the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch alarm panel allows users to control their security system, heating and cooling, locks, and even window shades from their smartphone or tablet. Using Total Connect from your smartphone or tablet, you can even remotely unlock and lock the front door for the housekeeper or babysitter and take back their key!
The evidence is overwhelming that automation of our homes and offices not only makes our lives easier and safer, but saves money and the environment as well. For now, the closest Skynet has come to taking over the world is staying on the small screen on your family room wall!
For more information about home and office automation solutions offered by Mijac Alarm, or to find out general information about the security solutions we offer, please visit the primary Mijac Alarm website by clicking here, or call us at (909)982-7612.