Many of our clients are cutting the cord to expensive cable television packages. Bundled deals enticed almost everyone until the discount expired and the realization of early termination fees left you stuck for another six to twelve months in your contract. Now that many of our clients are free and clear from their contracts they are wondering "what now?"
In Arizona, the month of August is also known as “Back to School” month. If your family is anything like ours, you’re probably setting up calendars to coordinate with half-days, no-school days, holidays, sports events, doctor appointments, and more. Last year we had one child in college, one in high school and one in elementary school. The planning had to be calculated and constantly updated to avoid any potential mishaps. But a well oiled machine cannot run perfectly all of the time. Even with our military style accuracy and laser focused planning, we’d inevitably run into this scheduling issues. This year we have one in the work force, one in college and one in elementary school. In an effort to use technology to benefit our family we put together a few ideas for you to consider this school year.
TAGS: alarm system | alarm_com | home security | keyless entry | remote monitoring
It is extremely heartbreaking to hear from families when they reach out to us to assist in providing their homes with home security measures. It’s heartbreaking because 40% of these calls occur after the family’s home has been burglarized. These families often feel violated, overexposed, and vulnerable. We hear it time and time again. ‘How did this happen?’ ‘Why were we a target?’ ‘How could we have prevented this from happening?’ The pain and cost associated with experiencing a home invasion/robbery could be avoided if households arm themselves with knowledge about what is available to defend their homes against criminals.
There were 27,450 residential robberies and burglaries committed in Arizona in 2015 with 41.6% of burglaries occurring between 6AM and 6PM. This means that criminals are bold and with try to target your home when they think no one is home. These criminals are watching your home, they waiting for you to lower your defenses, and they are targeting the defenseless. According to a study conducted by UNC Charlotte, 83% of the burglars from the study “said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target” (Alarm.org). The presence of a security system is the first line of defense against burglars. For those 40% that aren’t deterred so easily, you need to be ready.
TAGS: home automation | home entertainment | home theater | luxury | mobile control | Savant | tablet
When toying with the ways we'd love to reimagine our homes, especially relating to home entertainment and home automation, it is hard to imagine a luxury befitting our imagination that could surpass the Savant product line. Savant is dedicated to excellence, here is what they have to say about their products:
"Everyone likes things in their home to be just right, and Savant makes it possible, because we've designed our systems to match the way you live. Through advanced technology that makes things simple, Savant helps you create unique experiences in your home—experiences that reflect your personality, preferences, and pace of life. From scheduling your home to wake up before you do, to creating the perfect atmosphere for a dinner party, or turning on the lights and your favorite music to welcome you home at night, Savant makes it easy to have everything exactly the way you like it.For ten years, Savant has been the home automation brand of choice for the world's most luxurious homes, castles, and yachts. Now, for the first time, the experience is available to everyone. Savant products are crafted to be so simple, and so enjoyable, that once you've turned your home into a Savant Home, you'll never want to live any other way." All you need are the essentials. There is a remote and a host for your home. You can choose to use the beautifully elegant Savant remote or rely on the convenient dynamics of your tablet or phone. Savant has created an excellent app that enables you to have the same control as the Savant remote right on your mobile device.
Shakatronics AV offers a full suite of products for our clients to have the premier Savant experience. Check out what they have to offer for yourself at Savant.