Tech Talk: Z-Wave schedules keep homes safe for the holidays

kyle-fosburgh-training-support-specialistWelcome to Tech Talk, a monthly series with Kyle Fosburgh, training and support specialist at Resolution Products. In this column, Kyle covers the topics that he encounters every day in his work with professional security dealers. If you have suggestions for Tech Talk topics, leave a comment below for a future post.


The holidays are a time when many of us look forward to being with friends and family which often means spending time away from home. Here are some great suggestions not only for yourself but your customers as well.

Z-Wave schedules can be a great solution to minding an empty home for the holidays. Nothing signals you’re out of town like auto-timed lights turning on around the house. Z-Wave schedules get around this challenge with highly-customizable timing options. To help you and your customers secure your home for the holidays, we’d like to share a few tips on keeping your home well-lit using Z-Wave.

Before configuring your lights, be sure to choose lights that aren’t easily seen from the outside. This can give off the opposite effect if someone can see you’re lighting an empty room. Try to use rooms with blinds or that are on upper levels of your home.

Conserve energy Z-Wave outlets and appliance modules can also help automate and schedule the on and off of your Christmas lights and Christmas tree. Simply creating a schedule to turn on around sundown and turn themselves off in the middle of the night to conserve energy.

Easily configurable Schedules can be easily configured by the end-user from their web portal. Schedules can be updated at any point to find their needs. It can be as simple as configuring one light on a timer to alternating lights.

Customizable Schedule lights to turn on and off at different times, in different areas of the house. This gives the impression of movement around the house. You can also mix up the schedules so that each day your lights are turned off and on at different times and in different locations than the day before.

Z-Wave scheduling is a great way to deter a prowler, but your security efforts shouldn’t stop there. The biggest deterrent for a burglar will be the alarm system itself. Make sure you arm your system every time you leave your home.

Wishing you a safe, secure, and happy holiday season!

Click below to talk to our team to learn more about how you can use Z-Wave scheduling with the Helix platform:

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A Professional Security Dealer’s Edge: Must-Read for the Week

Welcome to our professional security dealers’ edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.


As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we’ll be dedicating a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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150 million sensors waiting to be connected

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) continued to build interest and excitement for smart home and connected home products. But with that interest and excitement abound, a lot of questions remain. The good news is, we believe the answers to those questions fall directly in line with the experience and offerings of the security industry. There are many new offerings in the connected home market.  Many are trying to drive services to consumers by controlling stand-alone devices.

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The Millennials Generation will be the Biggest Generation Spending Money.  Do you have what it takes to woo them?

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This year at CES,  the Thread Group and Resolution Products led a successful collaboration demo of products working on the Thread network. The Thread technology which was described in an earlier post, was developed to meet the needs of smart home devices for in-home networking and IP requirements. It aims to improve the network connectivity of connected home devices while addressing current issues present in existing home networking protocols and standards.

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CES in Las Vegas is the biggest international event of the year showcasing the latest of consumer electronic innovations.  This year, CES2016 will take place January 6-9. It’s once again promising exciting introductions from companies like Sony, Samsung, LG, GM, BWM and many more.  Attendees will have the chance to meet new technologies around wearables, automotives, smart home and even “smart city” for the first time.

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