Home Security and Automation

Sometimes, things just happen. We had a number of home security folks come around when we lived in Sooke, but never took them up on their offerings.

Then this university student comes around yesterday and talks to Tammy, then comes around at 7:00 when I was home and shows what Vivint offers for monitored home security and automation. And for whatever reason, I found it compelling. There was a special deal (there always is) where they were trying to get customers in the neighbourhood and were waiving the initial costs for the equipment and installation in return for having the standard sign out front of the house. You know the one: small, says “ADT” or in this case “Vivint”.

Vivint sign

Vivint sign

So, what was compelling? Well, the technology for interacting with the system has come a heck of a long way. The control panel is a touch screen that shows information about the status of the system, and makes things that might be difficult, like bypassing a sensor, pretty easy.

Control panel and smart thermostat

Control panel and smart thermostat

The whole system also is wireless, and can be controlled via their web control panel, or from the apps for iPhone or iPad. It includes a smart thermostat (and I mean smart) that is loads better than the ones I was looking at at Canadian Tire last weekend, door sensors, a garage door sensor, fire/smoke alarm, motion detector, glass break detector, a light dimmer, and a motion video camera that has night vision. Here’s a screenshot I took from the iPad of me standing where the video camera could see me:

Video camera

Video camera

The whole thing just resonated. It was like I was looking at the exact system that I would have made if I was putting it together.

And their service was slick. When we indicated to the sales guy that we were interested, he had all the paperwork, and his partner in crime was along within 15 minutes and was installing.

Christopher installing the system

Christopher installing the system

They were both university students, from Lloydminster and Lethbridge, doing a summer job. They did a good job and the whole thing was done by around 10 pm.

3 thoughts on “Home Security and Automation

  1. Looks interesting! Do remember not to waltz around the house in the all-together as you will give someone an eye-full!!! How hot is it there today? We are looking at 86f/30c out back and that area is shaded!

  2. Yes, it’s warm here today. Not too hot, but hot enough. It is still 23 degrees in the house with the windows and doors wide. The basement is nice and cool, but unfinished, of course.

  3. Well, Tammy got an email from Cynthia next door. Apparently her car was broken into yesterday morning, and there were three other break ins in the area. Maybe a home security system isn’t quite as superfluous as I first thought.

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