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December 2018

Why You Should Consider Video Cameras and Self-Monitored Home Security

Man installs self monitored security camera

Imagine coming home to discover a broken window and your house an absolute wreck. A thief has taken everything of value and the rest is in ruins. Even more disturbing, however, is the psychological effect of not knowing who did it and wondering if they’ll return. An internet-connected home surveillance system with self-monitoring could prevent a situation like this from…

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Smart Home Communication Standards: Z-wave vs. Zigbee vs. Bluetooth vs. WiFi

Smart Home Communication Standards

If you’re shopping for your first smart home device, you need to start evaluating communications standards. You might have read about Zigbee versus Z-Wave, Z-Wave versus Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi compared to Bluetooth. You might have read about smart home interference issues, or security and privacy concerns. Here’s a list of the pros and cons to help you start your search…

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How Do Internet of Things Devices Impact Your Insurance Premiums?

How internet of things impacts insurance premiums

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world we live in and insurance is no exception. Insurance companies are already partnering with IoT manufacturers, despite lagging behind other industries such as retail, automotive, transport, electronics, banking and telecom with regard to IoT adoption. Some examples: Liberty Mutual teamed up with Google Nest to deploy smart smoke detectors.  Erie Insurance…

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