security companies in minnesota

These are devices that you probably have not touched at all, except when you needed to change the batteries. Or when you needed to check whether it was working or not. Whether you know what they are therefor or not, smoke detectors are actually life savers. They are usually connected to a fire alarm that sets off an audible warning when triggered, or to the automatic sprinkler system if you happen to have one installed in your house. In countless instances, smoke detectors have given ample time for home or office occupants to escape before the fires could do greater damage. They have certainly saved lives. Having a smoke detector warns a house occupant early on that something is burning and needs to be put out. Now, the saving part depends on whether or not you have the tools and equipment to put the fire out or whether your fire department is quick to respond to such an alarm. You also have to be alert enough to either try to put out the fire yourself or call the fire department immediately. Smoke detectors are made with different kinds of sensors that detect excessive smoke when it is present and gives out the alarm, or triggers the automatic fire control system. It is best that homeowners are able to see the difference among these different types and see how they work, before deciding on which ones to buy and install in the house.

seniors alert systems

01.14.2007 | 34 Comments

"An Amazon patent application which was made public on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, describes how a network of cameras could work together with facial recognition technology to identify people. "Law enforcement requests are easy to reject in theory. In person, they're a bit more difficult. But this is the ecosystem Amazon is building. Most of us still associate Amazon with free shipping and VOD, but the company really wants a piece of the government action. Whatever it hasn't tied up in hosting and storage, it's looking to collect via surveillance tech. Amazon is selling as much facial recognition software as it can to law enforcement agencies despite recent controversies and now it's hoping its home products will attract more subsidized deployments. Local law enforcement provides the public with cheap or free doorbell cameras and swings by for the footage whenever needed. Who isn't going to feel obligated to hand this over to the cops when they come asking?As the EFF's Dave Maass points out, if cops wanted to outfit a ton of homes with surveillance cameras they could access at any time, there would be some pushback. But frame it as a giveaway with an eye on home security, and people will gladly sign up to turn Everytown, USA into London. Both Amazon and law enforcement make it clear no one is obligated to turn their front doors into tools of the surveillance state.

fire alarm system companies

01.14.2007 | 16 Comments

The hub device 180 is further communicatively coupled to one or more of the above intelligent, multi sensing, network connected devices e. g. , smart devices of the smart home environment 100. Each of these smart devices optionally communicates with the hub device 180 using one or more radio communication networks available at least in the smart home environment 100 e. g. , ZigBee, Z Wave, Insteon, Bluetooth, Wi Fi and other radio communication networks. In some implementations, the hub device 180 and devices coupled with/to the hub device can be controlled and/or interacted with via an application running on a smart phone, household controller, laptop, tablet computer, game console or similar electronic device. In some implementations, a user of such controller application can view status of the hub device or coupled smart devices, configure the hub device to interoperate with smart devices newly introduced to the home network, commission new smart devices, and adjust or view settings of connected smart devices, etc. In some implementations the hub device extends capabilities of low capability smart device to match capabilities of the highly capable smart devices of the same type, integrates functionality of multiple different device types—even across different communication protocols, and is configured to streamline adding of new devices and commissioning of the hub device. In some implementations, hub device 180 further includes a local storage device for storing data related to, or output by, smart devices of smart home environment 100. In some implementations, the data includes one or more of: video data output by a camera device, metadata output by a smart device, settings information for a smart device, usage logs for a smart device, and the like.