Top Tech Gadgets for Back-to-School and College

The relaxing days of summer vacation are coming to an end, meaning it is time to start thinking about going back to school. Students across the country are scrambling to gather all of the school supplies necessary to get them through the year. That being said, incorporating some of the latest technology into a back-to-school shopping budget will help make the school year significantly easier for students. Whether it is a laptop, a smartphone, or some other smart device, technology can simplify everyday tasks and organization, helping students have the successful school year they deserve.

The Smart Outlet is one of the innovative technological devices that students should make sure they add to their arsenal of back-to-school supplies. Whether it is a college dorm or apartment, having control over lights and outlets from the touch of a button on a smartphone will make life so much easier. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet has two internet-enabled electrical sockets that enable users to be able to control any device that is plugged into it with Siri voice commands. This device can control any device, such as a fan or light, allowing students to be able to relax after a long day of class as they have complete control over their electronics from their phone. The Smart Outlet is one of the best technological devices for students wanting to prevail in their academic journey.

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Have a Splendid Summer with ConnectSense

By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

ConnectSense products can be a great way to help make summer more relaxing and stress-free. Utilizing the ConnectSense sensors and Smart Outlet will make summer much more enjoyable. Here are a couple of practical summer applications for our ConnectSense products:

The Smart Outlet can be a great tool to enjoy summer. Start the day right by waking up to a fresh cup of coffee and toast that can be set to be made automatically in the morning. If an individual wants to have a summer party they can go out and buy supplies and use the Smart Outlet to trigger a crock pot, making sure that food is at the right temperature when they need it.

It is important to be prepared for the extreme summer weather. The Wireless Temperature Sensor can help monitor a home if pets are left behind during a family day trip to make sure any animals are not exposed to dangerous heat. Summer homes can be monitored so that there will be no unexpected issues when arriving after a long trip. The Water Sensor can be very helpful for monitoring basements for flooding after strong summer thunderstorms. Growing plants around the house can be a challenging task. Using the Light Sensor will allow for the light to be monitored in areas where plants are growing in order to help manage light exposure.

Crime rates typically increase in the summer, making the Wireless Motion Sensor a perfect fit. It helps monitor homes while the user is away on vacation or at the beach so that no crimes occur. The Wireless Security System can help monitor homes and cottages for criminal activity as well. This sensor can monitor doors, windows, and garage doors to make sure that nothing is stolen from home. The Smart Alarm Siren & Strobe can be used to notify anyone in a home of a break-in as well as deter anyone attempting to break into a home. This device can be used in combination with any other ConnectSense sensors in order to alert people of situations developing before they become a problem.

There are various uses for ConnectSense products to make summer much more convenient for everyone. Being able to control and monitor a home reduces gives users the freedom to enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about issues in their environments.

One Simple Way To Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

Good weather is on the rise and so is crime. We often get accustomed to the feelings of safety and privacy in our home. We head to work with the confidence our home and possessions are safely locked away. This is until we experience a breach in our privacy and it is already too late. It gives you a relentless sense of uncertainty and vulnerability. Earlier this spring I experienced just that.

It was a normal Tuesday morning. I woke up, got ready for work, fed and said goodbye to my puppy and kitten, locked the door and parted ways with my partner for work. Little did I know, my animals were going to witness an attempted burglary. When I got home the dog was hysterical and the door knob was crushed from someone attempting a forced entry with some kind of a wrench. We felt violated and were uneasy the next few days. Finally, we decided something needed to be done to ensure the safety of our home and pets.

When you see burglars on TV or in the movies they are always lurking in the shadows and breaking into houses in the middle of the night. In reality 65% to 75% of household robberies occur during the day when you’re at work or out and about. There was something we needed to do to be able to monitor our home while at work without having to pay an arm and a leg in monthly fees for home security. That is when we turned to the Internet of Things and installed Connect Sense security sensors and an IP camera.

With the Connect Sense security sensor we are able to set a rule to notify us via text message and email if our front door is breached during work hours. If this occurs we can pull up our camera feed and start recording while we get on the phone with the police. The notifications are convenient because we do not have to constantly check in, but we still get the peace of mind and confidence that everything is okay at home. I wish we would have installed this system earlier but we, like many others, waited until an incident had already occurred. I feel much safer knowing that I am now prepared for any potential security issues in the future.

Connect Sense Security Sensor

Connect Sense Security Sensor

How To Avoid a Break-In This Summer

Vacation season in the United States is also break-in season. The highest percentage of home burglaries occur during the summer months resulting in an average loss of $1,675 per break in.

Many people tend to overlook burglary statistics because they consider break-ins to be a lesser crime than murders, rapes and other offenses. While burglaries do not always result in physical harm to the victim(s), it leaves a significant impact. Not only are there monetary damages, as mentioned above, but there are psychological costs to the homeowners or renters such as living in fear.

Break-ins should not be taken lightly. According to recent FBI crime reports, home break-ins are the most common threat to our homes and we can expect 1 in every 36 homes in the United States to be burglarized just this year.

So how can you keep your home safe from break-ins and other security issues? 

Between standard practices and home security systems, there are four key things that can be done to help prevent someone from breaking into your home while you are on vacation this summer.

1. Make your home look occupied.

When you are away, leave some lights on. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you can connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on during the evening and off during the day. Also, arrange with a trusted friend or family member to keep your yard trimmed and mail and newspapers from piling up while you are away. These are clear signs that someone has not been home.

2. Lock all doors and windows before you leave.

This includes your garage door and garden sheds. Sliding glass doors and certain windows may be more vulnerable to break-ins. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for special locks to keep these areas of your home safe.

3. Install a home security system.

There are several things to consider when deciding between a do-it-yourself home security system such as the ConnectSense Security Sensor and a home security company. For some of these considerations, visit 10 Things to Consider: DIY, Cloud-Based Home Security vs. Home Security Companies. No matter which security system you choose, the most important thing is to use it! Security systems are only useful when you remember to activate them and offer homeowners peace of mind while they are away.

4. Be a good neighbor.

If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police. People are less likely to break into your house if they know the community has a reliable neighborhood watch program in place.

Finally, if your home is broken into this summer, make sure to call the 9-1-1 immediately. Because police are only able to clear about 13% of all reported burglaries due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence, it is important to be taking active steps to protect your home while you are away this vacation season.