Smart Home Blog

Alerts and Awareness

Get Smarter Video Alerts with our Video Analytics Service

Oct 30, 2018

Your smart video monitoring could be even more valuable with's video analytics , a highly intelligent new service that distinguishes important events from routine activity in real time. 
Four Ways to Use an Smart Thermostat

Jul 25, 2018

With the intelligence of a smart home security system behind it, our Smart Thermostat understands your home and your needs - giving you more ways to save energy and stay comfortable.
Give Your Dog a Break.

Feb 20, 2017

For ten thousand years, dogs have worked tirelessly for their humans, alerting us at all hours to unexpected activity that could indicate danger. Finally, they can relax.
Four Easy, Useful Alerts You Should Know

Jan 27, 2017

Enjoy better peace of mind and early awareness of potential problems by setting up these easy smart home security alerts from
Smarter Parenting: How I Created a Safer Home With

Oct 14, 2016

Even a parent's intuition can't anticipate every plot hatched by curious kids. Stephanie's smart home security system is her back-up safeguard, giving her a "sixth sense" for danger.
Four Essential Back-to-School Alerts for Parents

Aug 26, 2016

Things get hectic in back-to-school season, and it's easy to forget small but important details as you adjust. With real-time alerts and reminders,'s got your back.
How to Set Up a No-Show Alert

May 26, 2016

Want to know if your teen doesn't arrive home on time, or if your dog-walker doesn't show up? No-show alerts from are a smart way to stay informed.
How Helps Your Family in a Power Outage

May 25, 2016

With real-time information at your fingertips, smarter home security from helps you make informed decisions in power outages caused by extreme weather.
How to Create a Unique User Code

Apr 14, 2016

A user code is a four-digit code that gives a trusted guest access to your home when you're not there. Here's how to set one up, customize it, and delete it again when you no longer need it.
Four Things You Can Safely Forget With

Mar 08, 2016

When it comes to protecting your home, you rarely forget anything important. But when it happens, has you covered.
How to Set an Reminder

Feb 17, 2016

Did you remember to lock your front door this morning? Are you absolutely sure? If you had an reminder set up, you'd never worry about it again.
How to Create a Smart Nursery, Simply

Dec 09, 2015

You don't need to go wild with gadgets to benefit from the high-tech parenting trend. A smart home security system can give your baby's nursery all the technology it needs.
Three Ways a Smart Home Security System Protects Your Community

Oct 20, 2015

Your smart home security system is bound to impress your neighbors - especially when they learn that it makes their homes safer too.
READ MORE Review: The Alert Saved My Dogs; The Monitoring Saved My House

Oct 09, 2015

When Benjamin's system detected a fire at his home, it instantly alerted both him and his monitoring station – enabling him to save his dogs, and firefighters to save his and his neighbors' homes.
READ MORE Review: I'm Surprised How Much Less I Worry

Sep 15, 2015

"When you're a renter you don't think about home security," says David, an user in Washington, DC. "But when you become a homeowner, everything changes."
A Back-to-School Checklist for Smart Home Parents

Aug 19, 2015

Back-to-school time comes with big changes to schedules and new concerns for parents. With Smart Home Security from, your child coming home safely is less likely to be one of them.
What Makes A True Security Camera?

Aug 06, 2015

Connected video cameras have become smaller and more powerful. They let you check in on your home, anytime, from anywhere. Are they really security cameras, though?
Why Parents and Teens Will Both Love Smart Home Security

Jul 15, 2015

As your teen spreads their wings to greater independence, how do you ensure that they're safe without compromising their new-found freedom? Smart Home technology can help you both.
You Should Smarten Up Your Yard This Year

Jul 01, 2015

Thinking about your next big yard project? Give the landscaping a rest and add some Smart Home technology instead. It could be your yard's most remarkable feature.
READ MORE Review: The Unexpected Value of Video Monitoring

Jun 12, 2015

By pinpointing the cause of a destructive fire at his house,'s video monitoring provided exactly what Boris needed to begin the process of rebuilding. Here's his story.
What Is An Image Sensor?

Jun 11, 2015

The next generation of the traditional motion sensor,'s Image Sensor is small, streamlined, and enhanced with an onboard camera. It sends you intelligent alerts about motion-detected activity in your home, with a picture for visual confirmation.
Four Fast, Easy Ways to Use for Apple Watch

Jun 08, 2015

Our new app for Apple Watch makes it easier to interact with your smart home from anywhere. Here are a few everyday situations where and Apple Watch combine perfectly to make life safer, smarter and more efficient.
Why You Should Upgrade to a Smart Garage

May 12, 2015

From protecting your car and guarding your tools, to securing a common but easily overlooked entry point to your home, a Smart Home Security system powered by has you covered.
READ MORE Review: A Severe Weather Alert Saved Our Lives

May 07, 2015

One year ago, a powerful tornado hit central Arkansas. Randy Norman lived directly in its path. He credits our Severe Weather Alerts service with helping save his and his family's lives.
The Smart Way to Manage Contractors In Your Home

Apr 29, 2015

If you've got a big home improvement project lined up this summer, you'll likely be working with a contractor for part of the job. A Smart Home Security system will help this part of your project run more smoothly.
Secure Your Home In One Touch With Actionable Alerts

Apr 22, 2015

The best reminders are ones that come with an instant solution. With, that's simple, thanks to our app's new actionable notifications.
How A Smart Home Makes Business Travel Better

Apr 03, 2015

Business travel can be stressful but a Smart Home lightens the load. It keeps you connected to your home and family, makes it easy to check in, and keeps everything secure until you come home.
Video: Five Simply Smart Things Does For You

Mar 26, 2015

The list of things a Smart Home can do for you is long. Here's an opportunity to discover some of them without reading. Enjoy these short videos of some of's most popular features!
How Smart Home Security Makes Your Vacation More Relaxing

Mar 19, 2015

It's hard to relax on vacation if you're worried about your unoccupied house. Here's how helps you stay connected and protected for peace of mind when you're away.
READ MORE Review: The House Is Protected While I'm Away

Mar 17, 2015

"It's great peace of mind to know that your house is secure," says Keith, who owns a home in Florida but lives and works overseas. "I can check the status of my security system, get real time alerts and see what's been happening in my home from anywhere in the world."
How Smart Home Security Keeps You Aware and Worry-Free

Mar 05, 2015

Your home has a lot to tell you. Now, thanks to Smart Home security, it also has a voice. From fire alarms to teen parties, keeps you aware of everything that matters, no matter where you are, through real-time text and video alerts.
Why Choose a Smart Home Security System?

Mar 03, 2015

Home security systems have come a long way recently. Compared to traditional systems,'s Smart Home Security systems are more secure, more useful, and more convenient, offering better protection and new features that old systems simply couldn't provide.
How to Start Your Day Better With

Feb 26, 2015

Are you struggling to get started in the morning right now? We don't blame you: it's been a long winter. But there is hope: turn your home into a Smart Home powered by and you'll start every day better.
Lose Your Keys… and Gain Total Access Control With

Feb 02, 2015

Security and convenience are both key benefits of the smart home – but can you have them both at the same time? The answer is a resounding ‘yes', thanks to a set of advanced Smart Home security features called access control.
Why Some Smart Smoke Detectors Are Safer Than Others

Jan 27, 2015

As a new generation of connected fire and smoke detectors hits the market, it's important to know that not every detector billed as "smart" delivers the maximum safety for your home and family. Here are three things you should know.
What to Look For in a Connected Video Camera

Dec 17, 2014

Connected video cameras are one of the best and most enjoyable ways to keep up with what's happening at home. Today's cameras are smaller, more powerful, less obtrusive and more affordable, making them a popular holiday gift and home purchase. So which is the right smart camera for you?
The Most Powerful App for Your Home

Sep 19, 2014

Whether you have an interactive security system or a range of home automation devices like thermostats, video cameras, garage doors, lights and locks, you can control and automate them all through our mobile app.