For a limited time, our Santa Security feature will be available to help you “catch” Santa Claus in the act!

With Santa Security, you will be able to take snapshots using compatible Alarm.com cameras, insert an image of Santa Claus, and send the evidence to your friends and family.

Starting now through December 26th, you can easily:

  • Select a Live Video feed and tap the Santa icon to take a snapshot
  • Add one of the Santa images, resizing or moving him as needed
  • Select from day or night Santa options

Share the image with friends and family!

To use Santa Security, you must have the latest version of the mobile app and a compatible camera. Most newer cameras purchased in the past year will be compatible.  Not sure, the compatibility list is as follows, but hurry Santa will be gone after the 26th.

Compatible cameras are: ADC-V520, ADC-V520IR, ADC-V521IR, ADC-V522IR, ADC-V622, ADC-V722W, ADC-V523, ADC-V723, ADC-VC726, ADC-VC736, ADC-VC826 or ADC-VC836.

The Wall street Journal estimates that more than 30 million Americans currently care for aging family members who choose to live at home and the number is expected to grow.  Today’s seniors will live longer in old age than any generation in history, and more and more are deciding to stay in their homes and communities with nearly one third living alone.  As a family member what can you do to ease your concerns while still allowing your aging family member to live independently?

Wellcam is the first camera to allow you to extend your smart security to your loved one’s home with the simple addition of Wellcam.  Wellcam is a state-of-the-art smart security camera, two-way communications device, activity sensor and more.  Wellcam is installed in your loved one’s home, but it’s also integrated with your own home’s security system and smartphone app. Wellcam offers the whole family peace of mind with 24/7 direct connection to family and caregivers. The two-way voice and live video will keep you connected through the Alarm.com app, stay involved and actually SEE how your loved one is doing with a 180-degree field of view!  Wellcam uses predictive analytics so that not only do you receive activity alerts but are also notified when Wellcam detects any changes or unexpected behaviors.  Wellcam is equipped with a call button so your loved one can reach out to anyone on the call list (of their choice) to just chat or call for help – no phone required.  Wellcam will give your loved ones the luxury of aging in place while giving you peace of mind.

Have school aged kids, Wellcam is a great way to see into their world after school while offering them easy access to you with the touch of a button.   Pets at home, install a Wellcam in your home and get a peek into what your fur baby is doing when you aren’t there, check in on them or ease their stress during a thunderstorm by calling in through the two-way voice control.

The revolutionary Wellcam allows you to be there for your loved ones even if you can’t be there!

Home owners and renters are becoming more and more vigilante in protecting their homes and themselves.  These days security cameras of some sort are becoming a standard request with any security system.  Unfortunately, with the increased number of security cameras being used, so too is the increase of malicious attempts to hack the same system set up to protect you.  An unsecured security camera may actually give thieves the insight into your daily routine and access to your security codes. Protect yourself by following these tips:

Protect your password – make sure you use a strong password for your WIFI and your app., change it often, and make sure not to give it out to anyone.  Have a unique password for each item and use 2-factor authentication whenever possible.  The Alarm.com app can be configured to require 2-factor authentication. 

Protect your router – it is almost second nature these days to make sure you have a secure password on your Wi-Fi; however, it is common practice to leave the factory setting on your router.  Make sure to use the same guidelines for passwords on your router, remember it connects to all your equipment.  If you are still using the default password that came on the side of your router, it’s time to change it.

Never use a public or a neighbor’s Wi-Fi to access your security system- doing so puts you at greater risk for being hacked.

Update your Firmware whenever applicable- Stay on top of updates to both your cameras and your app. 

Choose Wired not Wireless Cameras- Install cameras that are wired, not wireless.  Nest, Ring and several other DIY cameras are wireless, making those cameras easier to hack.  Make sure you are inquiring about wired as a first choice, only in the rare instance that wiring cannot be installed, then resort to wireless cameras.  Consider installing a wired camera that sends its information to a secure server, not just the Internet. Most of the DIY cameras on the market accept inbound traffic, thus knowing the cameras IP address and password would allow a thief to gain access to the camera. By utilizing a secure server platform, all video is stored securely in the cloud and can only be accessed by a user login/password as well as 2-factor authentication.

We recently had a client contact us because they unfortunately where broken into. None of their Nest cameras recorded any video.  The intruder, disconnected the power to the router in the home when they first entered and knowingly knocked all the wi-fi cameras off the network.  Therefore, they couldn’t review any video clips/footage.  To work around this from happening to you, make sure your cameras record locally as well to a video server somewhere in the home hardwired to the cameras or each camera has its own micro SD-card built inside.  One of these options will ensure that you have something to show the authorities if in fact your connection to the Internet is compromised.

Note: To install a wired camera could take several hours, and may take using an extension ladder with 2 technicians on site, but isn’t your security worth doing it the right way?

Have your cameras installed and monitored by a professional- Many DIY cameras are wireless and while they may be easier to install, are more vulnerable to hackers because they are often set up incorrectly.  Aside from having the expertise of a professional installation, a monitored system ensures that your home is being monitored 24/7, the monitoring company can track events as well as dispatch emergency personnel if necessary.   

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The topic of home security is a serious one by nature and becomes more serious when we talk about real life applications. An example of this is in the area of home security safety planning in cases of domestic violence. Domestic violence isn’t something that receives a lot of attention in the news, and not something people talk about openly or frequently. Maybe it’s time to change that.

It is difficult to know exactly how many people are affected by domestic violence as in many cases it goes undetected and plays out in secret. However, we do know that since the year 2000 over 20,000 women in the United States have been killed by their domestic partners. Many times, those deaths could have been prevented with proper safety planning and support.

Escaping Domestic Violence is Not Easy, but it is Possible

One of the most dangerous times of any relationship involving domestic violence is the process of escaping. Those trying to leave a volatile relationship should do so cautiously and have a plan. To help develop a safety plan and put resources in place, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Even researching domestic violence can increase the risk, so it is important to delete phone and computer histories or call or research from outside the home from public phones and computers.

Statistics Show Increased Risk

Many people believe that once someone leaves a domestic violence situation that the risk has decreased or ceased altogether. Statistics show otherwise. In actuality, the rate of violence, injury and death increases in the time right after a person leaves.

Incorporating Home Security and Home Automation in Your Safety Practices

Experts in domestic violence recommend that those leaving or having recently left a DV relationship implement safety practices and tools into their daily lives. Home security and home automation can play an important role in maintaining your safety. Here are some ways home security technologies can enhance your safety plan strategies.

Create layers of security starting at the edge of your property with motion sensor lighting, fencing, and locking gates.

If you have a garage, be sure to include it in your security system. Use home automation always to be sure the door is closed.

Use motion sensors throughout the home and set up alerts so that you will know if there is unusual activity.

Use motion sensors on your windows.

Before you open the door, check to see who is there from afar, always maintaining a safe distance until the identity of your visitor is confirmed.

Use home automation to simulate your presence at home, concealing your routines.

Check on your home through the video feeds before you enter your neighborhood to rule out any unusual activity.

HS Tech Group is one of the Mid Atlantic’s largest and most respected full-service technology integrators. If you have any questions about technology integration, please give us a call.

HS Tech Group was contacted in late 2013 by a property management company searching for a security solution for one of their existing apartment communities. The Anne Arundel County property was upscale and hosted a variety of luxurious amenities. While the property currently employed security guards and some security cameras, both were unable to deter or prevent the theft that was occurring.

After visiting the property and conducting a thorough site analysis, HS Tech Group learned that automobiles were being vandalized and people were gaining access to restricted areas within the clubhouse.

With the information we obtained, HS Tech Group was able to determine the type of system that could potentially eliminate or greatly reduce these occurrences. HS Tech Group introduced a video surveillance system that employs video analytics. The software allows us to create rules for the cameras, such as when an individual approaches a door or a vehicle enters the property. This type of system can detect when movement occurs within the perimeter and transmit the live video instantly to the security guard and property manager.

This cutting edge technology allows us to design and engineer systems that are unique to each project.  Schedules can be configured; offsite monitoring can alert authorities and even communicate with the trespassers through a speaker. This type of system often leads to fewer cameras and can reduce or even eliminate the need for a security guard. Since the deployment of this system, there has not been another undetected or unresolved incident on the property.

For more information about video analytics or improving the safety and security of your property, please contact Mark Recene at 1-888-947-8476 or markrecene@hst-group.com

Apartment Community Receives Video Analytics Security Upgrade

HS Tech Group was contacted in late 2013 by a property management company searching for a security solution for one of their existing apartment communities. The Anne Arundel County property was upscale and hosted a variety of luxurious amenities.  While the property currently employed security guards and some security cameras, both were unable to deter or prevent the theft that was occurring.

After visiting the property and conducting a thorough site analysis, HS Tech Group learned that automobiles were being vandalized and people were gaining access to restricted areas within the clubhouse.  With the information we obtained, HS Tech Group was able to determine the type of system that could potentially eliminate or greatly reduce these occurrences.

HS Tech Group introduced a video surveillance system that employs video analytics.  The software allows us to create rules for the cameras, such as when an individual approaches a door or a vehicle enters the property.  This type of system can detect when movement occurs within the perimeter and transmit the live video instantly to the security guard and property manager.

This cutting edge technology allows us to design and engineer systems that are unique to each project.  Schedules can be configured; offsite monitoring can alert authorities and even communicate with the trespassers through a speaker.  This type of system often leads to fewer cameras and can reduce or even eliminate the need for a security guard.  Since the deployment of this system, there has not been another undetected or unresolved incident on the property.

For more information about video analytics or improving the safety and security of your property, please contact Mark Recene at 1-888-947-8476 or markrecene@hst-group.com