Did I close the front door?

Here is a great story from one of our employees at Control4. His name is David Phillips and he is one of our Area Sales Managers in the United Kingdom:
front door“I have a Nyce ZigBee Contact sensor on my front door, which I’ve programmed to send me an email whenever my front door is opened. This way, if I am out and the door opens unexpectedly, I can call a neighbour or family member to check it out for me. That’s cool by itself, but I found a better use for it.
I popped out to the local shops to pick up some essentials in my car – it’s only a few minutes away. When I returned home after 10 minutes, I found my front door wide open! I rushed in to make sure nothing was missing, realising I must’ve slammed the door and it had bounced back open without me knowing.
Time for a reprogram… I put a 60 second timer in place, so if the Contact sensor isn’t closed after 60 seconds, I get a second email letting me know my front door has been left open! This means I will now get no further than 60 seconds from my home before Control4 notifies me that my front door has been left open.
This gives me huge piece of mind, and I also know I’ll never do that again! And of course, it’s affordable, wireless and small… there is no reason this can’t be done on every project.”

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Close the Dang Door!

Close the doorI’ve only just begun to experience the wonder and goodness of home automation. As a four-month employee of Control4, I’m still just a newbie when it comes to taking control of my house. Most of what I’ve done so far has involved my growing home theater system, but last week I discovered what needs to come next as I add on to my system.
My family recently moved into a new house in a suburb of Salt Lake City. For the first time ever, we have a detached garage. With the garage door facing away from the house, it’s not easy to tell whether it’s open or closed.
Last Thursday evening my son and I had to drive all the way in to downtown Salt Lake, which takes about 40 minutes during rush hour. The rest of the family was out of town, so it was my teenager and me at home. I had asked him to mow the lawn and he had just stowed the lawn mower before we headed in to Salt Lake City.
It was half an hour later when I thought to ask, “Did you close the garage door?”
He couldn’t remember. He thought he probably had closed it, but couldn’t say for sure. And of course I began to panic. I mean, it’s a great neighborhood, but it would still be incredibly easy for all of my tools to grow legs and walk off. Luckily, I had one of my neighbor’s numbers programmed into my mobile phone. I pulled off the highway and idled at a gas station as the neighbor went over to check. Sure enough, my son had left the door wide open. The neighbor managed to get the garage buttoned up, and then snarkily asked, “Doesn’t your company make something to help with this kind of situation?”
Of course we do. Control4 sells both a Smart Garage Package and a souped-up Deluxe Package, both of which would have allowed me to not only find out whether my garage door was open (without the embarrassing call to my neighbor) but also to close it remotely from my smart phone.
Sure, it would be great if my son would always remember to close the door, but as a great man once said, “Trust, but verify.” So if I’m gonna keep both the house and the teenager for much longer, I guess I’m going to have to get the garage all “automated up.”

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