Did you know that home security and home control go hand-in-hand? A Protect America home security system is already using state-of-the-art technology to professionally monitor your home for break-ins, fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and more. That same technology can also be used to control and automated other essential devices in your home, whether you are there or not!

It all starts with Protect America’s exclusive SMART Connect app for your mobile device. SMART Connect is the robust remote control for all things security and connected home related. It can be used anywhere your mobile device can connect to the internet. Free for customers that choose our broadband or cellular monitoring options, the app is available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

You might think that the app is just for arming and disarming your security system and receiving notifications. While that is a primary function, the app can do so much more when combined with Protect America’s connected home products! Did you forget to lock your front door when you left home? The app can lock your door. Do you want to turn on a light in the living room remotely to give the impression that you’re home? The app can adjust your lighting. Do you want to see who knocked on your door? The app can stream live video from multiple cameras. Forget to shut the garage door? Need to turn off power to an appliance? Want to turn on the AC before you arrive home on a hot day? The app can do all those things, too. And since we’re a company that’s constantly evolving and adding the latest technology, the app’s features and capabilities are always expanding!

While many customers are early adopters, just as many customers have concerns about adapting to new technology. How does it all connect? How hard is it to set up? These are some of the most common questions we receive from our customers. The mobile app communicates with your security control panel over an existing secure internet connection. The panel in turn communicates with the individual components in your home through a proprietary wireless connection or via your home’s wireless internet (WiFi). It’s surprisingly easy to connect devices yourself and, of course, our customer service team is always eager to help. Since everyone’s home and needs are different, the best way to get set up and running is to call 1-800-454-2500 or chat with a Protect America specialist.

Touchscreen Control Panel

Protect America offers the Simon XTi-5 produced by Interlogix, the latest in self-contained, wireless control panel technology. Featuring full-color LCD touchscreen convenience, the panel is your home automation portal. Forget controlling your security system with buttons, up-down arrows, and a tiny text-based screen; the XTi-5 is all icon-based and presented on an easy-to-navigate display on a 5-inch screen.

Just as the SMART Connect app manages your home remotely, the panel itself can handle all of your home automation requests, including all security system commands, adjusting the lighting, adjusting the temperature, and locking your doors, to name a few.

Existing customers can upgrade from a previous control panel to the XTi-5 by contacting a Protect America agent.

Amazon Echo

So, you can control your security system with your touchscreen control panel or with your SMART Connect mobile app. Now there’s a third way to send commands to your systemyour voice!

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot featuring Alexa (available for sale on Amazon) can easily be integrated into your security system to provide full control using simple voice commands. Entering your home with your arms full of grocery bags? Just say “Alexa, disarm my security system with PIN [your PIN here]!” Of course, Alexa’s technology goes far beyond controlling your security system. Use it to turn up the heat, dim the lights, order a pizza, or play music.

You can purchase an Alexa device directly from Amazon or other retailers, and we can provide you with a quick start guide to integrate it with your system and use our custom voice commands. Just give us a call at 1-800-454-2500 or chat with us for help.

Smart Thermostat

Protect America now offers the Nortek GoControl smart thermostat as part of our home control product line. It’s simple, it’s smart, it will save you money on your heating and cooling bills, andoh, yeahit can be controlled by all of the aforementioned methods.

Smart thermostats have been around for a few years, but only one can seamlessly integrate into your Protect America connected home security system. Program the thermostat to turn the air off when you arm your security system, or get the AC blasting cold air on your way home from work. While in the home, just ask Alexa to adjust the temperature. You’ll always be comfortable!

Just give us a call at 1-800-454-2500 or chat with us to find out how to add the GoControl thermostat to your system.

These are just a few of the great ways to get the most from your Protect America connected home security system. We also offer HD video cameras, life safety products, and more. We’re so much more than just a security system to safeguard your home from burglars. We’re a one-stop home automation company. And as an existing customer, you’re able to take advantage! Call 1-800-454-2500 to find out how to implement these technologies into your system!