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What Is Home Automation?

Certain security companies are offering home automation services in addition to their home security offerings. We keep hearing about home automation, the ability to turn your home into a smart home. But what is home automation and smart home services?

Home automation is the ability to control certain devices in your home through your smartphone or tablet. These smart devices add functionality and an extra level of home comfort as they allow you to cater these devices to your lifestyle.

Imagine you are locked outside your home and you forgot your key. With home automation, you can log into an app on your smartphone and press a button which will open your lock remotely! Or if you’re on a road trip, you can turn off your thermostat when you leave your home and when you’re on your way home, turn the a/c up so you’ll return to a cold comfy house!

Thermostats, door locks, light switches, and garage doors are all devices that can be controlled through home automation. Plus these devices can be linked in scenes, where at the push of a button not only will your thermostat lower, but also your doors can lock and your indoor lights turn off and outdoor lights come on.

Smart technology devices can communicate with the home automation control panel through various methods, with the most common being either Z-Wave, wifi or Zigbee and can often be integrated with a home security system.

Smart technology traditionally has been expensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars to turn your home into a smart home. It’s required highly skilled labor to install the smart home equipment and then complex programs to control the devices.

This is no longer the case though. With Think Protection, home automation can be added to your home alarm system for only $49.99 and then $1.99/month. The monthly charge does not change if you have multiple devices control through the Think Protection mobile app.

Think Protection’s home automation works through Z-Wave, and a large number of Z-Wave equipment can be used with the system. You can also buy a thermostat, door locks, light switches, garage door openers and modules which will let you turn on and off whatever you plug in, directly from Think Protection for an incredibly low price.

Think Protection’s home automation turns your home into a smart home at a price that can’t be beaten elsewhere. Have a great user experience at an incredibly low price. Be able to control parts of your home from anywhere in the world.

The Problem With Google Nest…

Nest is a product line which was purchased by Google, that includes a thermostat and Dropcam video surveillance system. These products are regarded as well designed and quite functional. While they’re not cheap, the products are considered two of the more advanced on the market.

Each product is fairly easy to set up and aesthetically nice. They each have automation features and are far more advanced than the vast majority of security products in service.

So if the products are well designed and provide a quality service, what’s the problem?

The problem is that Nest is a Google product. This sounds like a good thing right? The truth is that Google is in the home automation/security space for one reason, and that’s to get information about Nest users. This means that all actions through Nest are tracked by Google. This data is of significant value to Google as it lets them understand the users living patterns. This invasion of privacy (and it is an invasion of privacy) allows Google to then use that data to create a full profile of their customers. They can then market to their customers since by understanding and documenting how the customer lives, they can sell that data to retailers.

Data about how customers live their lives is incredibly valuable to a retailer. To understand how they live at home gives you an insight that is invaluable. But as a Nest client, do you want businesses to know how you’re living at home? Do you want them to know what you’re doing? How many times you enter and exit your home? How you heat/cool your home? When you’re home and when you’re away? And do you want a company then selling that data?

A quality home automation company that is based on security, understands that customer data is not to be sold. They treat their customers with respect and will never sell any information to a third party.

Be wary of using a Nest Google system. There are other options at a lower price being offered by companies that will never sell your data. More people need to more cognizant of how certain companies operate and be protective of “big brother”.