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Jim Divoky

Jan 1, 1970
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Can anyone suggest a web site that provides guidelines for selecting a
security/control system for residential use for consumers? While I know
what I want, no standard package that I am aware of provides it. That
brings up the question of how to select an designer/installer as well as
what brands or technologies to use. Any ideas?

Thanks, Jim Divoky
 
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Jim Divoky

Jan 1, 1970
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I'm near Sevierville, TN. My preference is to study up before seeking a
contractor. Having been in the construction trades years ago, I know there
are people plying trades without any significant skills. I can install and
program a security system but that doesn't make me competent to do so.

What I want is everything:
Motion Detectors
Cameras on entrances with motion detectors
Door/window sensors
Smoke detectors
Outdoor siren
Remote Monitoring
Cellular backup
Battery backup
Real-time Internet connection for video storage
Internet accessible software monitoring & control
Telephonic access to control software
Thermostat control
Freeze alarm
Water detection
Temperature sensors

I used Xanboo at my storage facility and liked some of its features. When
the 400 ft long building burnt down last Thanksgiving, I was duly notified
via my cellphone that there was smoke detected. Unfortunately, the fire
apparently started in another unit. By the time I was notified, a wall of
fire was on the way through my unit. By the time the FD arrived the entire
building was fully involved. See
http://www.brimfieldfire.com/brimfield_inferno.htm This was my second
catastrophic fire in 2.5 years. In Feb., 2001, my house burned to the
ground. I had an unmonitored security system and the neighbor ignored the
fire siren going off. Not until a propane tank on a deck exploded did she
decide to call a neighbor and ask "What should I do?". So I'm a little
sensitive about fires. I expect to retrofit my newly purchased home with
automatic sprinklers if it is not too expensive. On the other hand, I no
longer own anything of significant value other then the house itself. Of
course, I would want the sprinkler system hooked into the security system.

Jim Divoky
 
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