Security Update: Honeywell and Security Networks join forces
According to the statistics, within the United States, one in every 36 homes will be burglarized in 2013, resulting in an average loss of $1,675 per burglary. Just over 62 percent of burglaries occur when children are at school and mom and dad are out at work, traveling or socializing.
The first room hit? The master bedroom, where so many people hide their valuables.
In this security update, we’re going to delve into the latest news from Honeywell. We’re going to discuss what that news means to the custom integrator, in terms of the new services he can bring to his customers to help keep them and their property safe.
Security Networks’ 240-plus affiliates [Security Networks is a full-service, nationwide monitoring and servicing company that serves more than 200,000 households in the U.S.] can now offer Wi-Fi monitoring on Honeywell’s recently released LYNX Touch 5100 self-contained security system, the first of its kind to provide Wi-Fi alarm communications.
Wi-Fi will make installation more economical and easier for the affiliates, according to Security Network’s vice president of operations, Kurt Becker. Because Wi-Fi reduces installation times and upfront equipment costs compared to similarly equipped GSM systems, affiliates will be able to complete more installations and increase their revenue. The new Honeywell Wi-Fi technology also meets the growing needs of increasingly sophisticated consumers, which affects sales and retention.
Said Kurt Becker, “Today’s world is digital, and end-users expect more from their security systems. By offering a Wi-Fi based system, Security Networks is on the cutting edge of security technology, and it gives our affiliates an easier way to make sure the systems they provide meet our customers’ high expectations.”
Wi-Fi, for example, enables affiliates to offer Honeywell Total ConnectTM remote services that allow homeowners to manage their security systems using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
“The LYNX Touch 5100 mobile app works fast, offering a vivid, clear touchscreen display,” said Gary Franklyn, Security Networks’ vice president of business development. “[It’s] an industry-first to use a tablet as a secondary keypad. With this enhanced technology,” he added, “Security Networks is paving the way for affiliates to see an increase in profits.”
In addition to security, the LYNX Touch 5100 allows homeowners to control other home systems, such as thermostats, lighting, and door locks, which can help save money on energy bills and increase peace of mind and personal security. These advanced services are less expensive on a monthly basis when using the Internet as a communications path, versus a standard GSM installation.
“This is the type of technology that can truly change the industry, because it not only provides security but also enhances lifestyles—and that means enhanced customer loyalty for Security Networks and our affiliates,” Franklyn said.
“Honeywell has proven [to be] a valued, progressive supplier of technology, [meeting the] changing needs of the security industry,” added Becker. “They’re very responsive to market demand and expectations. Wi-Fi communications represents one of the biggest alarm industry advancements in a decade.”
Honeywell has also announced the update of the Interactive User Guide for Honeywell Total Connect 2.0. Total Connect Remote Services allows consumers to utilize smartphones, cameras and other compatible wireless devices to stay connected to their homes and businesses, wherever they are.
The app, which serves as an excellent selling and training tool, demonstrates the rich capabilities and ease of use of Total Connect. It highlights several new tutorials, including Z-Wave home automation for thermostats, lighting and locks, enhanced notification setup and weather, traffic and news. CR