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16Nov

Darling Point Smart Home

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Darling Point Smart Home

Darling Point Smart Home

Darling Point Smart Home

Our Darling Point smart home project build is underway! Netsecure Automation are providing the lighting system with RID Projects and Electrocon. We are deploying  25 ZWave lighting switches and dimmers to provide light control. Further, the WiFi duties are being taken care of by Unifi. With IOS and Android control at or away from the home, our lovely client will be able to control lighting across all three levels of this townhouse with stunning views of the Harbour. Stay tuned for further updates!

 

Further, another smart home has been getting some love as well as we are currently underway building an en-suite. The polished concrete floor has received electric heating which will be controlled via a WiFi Thermostat. Lights, door sensors and motion is all taken care of using Fibaro products. The ceiling will be finished using Tovo Lightings Skyline Horizon extrusion and finished in cedar cladding. An extruded aluminum LED strip, ceiling mounted, is designed to spread LED lighting down the walls. An integrated extraction option has also been installed into the LED strip. The extraction allows a concealed ducting system in the roof space,  connected to the extrusion thereby providing lighting and hot air removal in one product! Very cool.

GoldenEar Technology are providing their stellar Invista SP stereo speaker for audio duties. This speaker links into the existing Yamaha Musiccast system for whole home audio. Then, by using another zone from the main amplifier , we can listen to different or the same songs as the rest of the house.

Stay tuned for more photos and updates.

Bathroom ensuite

Bathroom ensuite

25Sep

Integrate your Doorbird

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Doorbird Integration Experts

Looking to integrate your Doorbird?  Doorbird, based in Germany provide the markets leading smart intercom. A robust, well built and attractive unit it provides voice, video, gate unlocking, RFID and a stack more features. It comes with a free of charge app and whilst this seems to work well in Europe it’s been problematic for a large number of Australian customers. This is due to Doorbird’s servers being located in Germany.

Netsecure Automation are Sydney’s leading smart home installer of Doorbird products and we are happy to announce we have full integration available that solves the issues many encounter with the response time of the app.

Using SIP we can now provide instant response to doorbell events direct to your smart phone. We can offer video and voice and even record past visitors in case you miss a call. Taking things a step further, our platform acts as a message back allowing visitors to record messages at your gate or door. It even allows call recording directly in the app !

For our smart home customers who already have our comprehensive Intelligent Home Platform and Alexa Skill we have the ability to announce visitors using Alexa.  Real control is possible. For instance, how about controlling your gate using your voice? Cooking and have your hands full? Easy – just tell Alexa to unlock the front gate or even answer the call.

Doorbird RFID

Doorbird RFID

RFID

DoorBird provides an amazing , industry leading feature set. Our favorite is their RFID offering. Using small key ring tags or swipe cards, these can be linked to occupants of your home for real scene control. For instance, Netsecure Automation can program these tags and link them to your family members such that when they use the tag to unlock the gate or door a predefined scene runs. This scene may trigger lights, music, open doors, gates or preset thermostat temperatures. The list of options is endless.

Using the Doorbird as part of your home security system

Netsecure Automation can even use the DoorBird as part of your CCTV system. We display the video into our Intelligent Home Platform which allows you to use the DoorBird as a regular security camera. In addition, we use the DoorBird ‘s motion detection features to trigger scenes or switch lights on upon visitors pressing the call button.

Final words

DoorBird provides a really compelling product that has an extensive feature set. Netsecure Automation integrate your DoorBird product to new heights by allowing full integration into our smart home platform. Above all, we provide this easily, securely and in a reliable manner.

Give us a call to discuss your needs and let us demonstrate how we can truly turn your home into a smart home.

19Aug

Castle Cove smart home project

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Castle Cove smart home project

Netsecure Automation is now full swing into our Castle Cove smart home project. This gorgeous four level home is making use of almost the entire home automation product suite. Netsecure Automation has taken on the task of automating the existing lighting, motion, HVAC, Doorbird intercom, networking, CCTV and multi room audio system.

We are removing an existing smart home controller and replacing it with our powerful Intelligent Home Platform, a modular, reliable and scalable system designed to tackle the largest of networks after the client reported lack luster performance from the previous controller.

The existing Z Wave network is made up of approximately 120 Z Wave nodes supplied by leading smart home distributor, Smarthome.com.au of various types from the well known manufacturer, Fibaro. Motion sensing is provided by Aeotec with HVAC by Cool Automation.

Floor and room control by Netsecure Automation

Floor and room control by Netsecure Automation

Cool Automations Cool MasterNet

Cool Automations Cool MasterNet

Given the size of the home and the complexity in managing such a large number of devices our user interface is being designed to provide visibility on a floor and individual room basis, allowing the occupants to quickly navigate the system to control various aspects. With real time feedback of critical information such as temperature, motion and the number of lights currently on being presented at each level.

With another 30 nodes to be included int the network it will soon be time to begin work on automation scenes. Automation scenes provide an automated method to control a number of devices such as motion sensors, temperature controllers and CCTV cameras.

Whilst motion based lighting control is a simple example which will be deployed throughout this home, more complex scenes will also take place such as controlling the temperature of a wine cellar based on environment factors such as temperature, humidity and time of year as well as providing relaxation scenes in which light controllers dim the lights to provide ambience upon arriving home from work.

Stay tuned for more progress updates as we transform this home over the coming weeks.

31Jul

Manage your smart home across any device

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Management of your smart home, from anywhere, using any device. Securely.

Manage your smart home across all devices. Device diversity is important with such a large blend of devices consumers own. When choosing your smart home, ensure the management applications work across all devices you own, or may own in the future. Netsecure Automation care about compatibility and ease of management. This is why we now support the full range of Apple devices. Providing the same look and feel across all devices including Android, Apple and PC/Mac you can now monitor your home from anywhere using any device. Even if you misplace your mobile device, we have a customer portal available for you to still connect in and manage your smart home.

Our secure portal provides a platform for you to remotely login from anywhere. The portal provides the same look and feel as your smart app, giving you complete control over your smart home. The portal also allows you to create new users and change their passwords. Further, you’re afforded the luxury on catching up on past notifications if you missed any sent to your mobile device.

New Apple IHP View app

The IHP View app provides real time notifications and control of your devices, irrespective of where you are. Netsecure Automation have the ability to full customise the look and feel of your smart home dashboards, including fonts, colors and text sizes.

Please visit the Apple App store to download. Of course we provide the app free of charge for our customers.

Netsecure Automation’s IHP View Apple App

Netsecure Automation’s IHP View Apple App

14Jul

2 Billion records stolen in a huge cloud provider hack!

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2 Billion records stolen in a huge cloud provider hack!

2 billion records stolen in a cloud provider hack – that number is staggering. These hacktivists are exposing databases around the world of so called secure cloud providers. It’s very easy to claim you are a secure cloud provider but secure means different things to different people. Are the websites, databases and stores of information routinely tested and checked to ensure they provide what they say they do? unlikely. Netsecure Automation simply do not recommend such products to consumers. There are too many questions and far too few answers. How do you verify your information is safe? What mechanisms are in place to guarantee your information privacy?

The types of records include names, addresses and credit card details. Irrespective of what was stolen,  2 billion is an extremely large number.

Whilst some forms of data within the cloud is totally acceptable, when it comes to controlling your home and placing the responsibility of controlling your front door lock in the hands of someone else to us seems totally foreign. The issue with many cloud providers is whilst they appear to operate locally within the country almost always, the data is actually off shored. In fact, your data could be anywhere – generally where its the cheapest to store.

ALL of our products make no use of third party cloud providers where your information may be exposed to the internet by companies outside your control. Your entire data is within your control, 100% of the time. Our smart home package is kept local, right here in Sydney in secure data centres.

If you have questions or concerns about your data? Or the services of cloud providers then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to provide advice to consumers.

 

20Jun

Real smart lock solutions

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You’re looking for a smart lock.

You’ve walked the aisles of Bunnings and browsed the eBay ad’s and almost everyone now has a smart lock solution that allows you to throw away your keys. But how do these really perform? What do you need to make these work properly?

As it turns out many of these fall short of our expectations and we would imagine yours too. Whilst there are a lot of great products in a physical sense where they are rather lacking is in the software and usability side.

Netsecure Automation took this challenge on to develop a user interface that would allow our customers to take a smart lock, of almost any manufacturer and integrate it’s functions into our user interface. What we have found is that almost every smart home device on the market comes with it’s own app. Great you might say! I can do what I need to do via the app. But what they don’t tell you is in many cases, you must do this at home, near the lock. Or, if you can do this remotely you must sign up to their monthly subscription based cloud service and hand over your codes and all your information to a third party. Forgive us, but that’s like handing your front door keys to a stranger in the street.

What did we aim to do?

Netsecure Automation set out to do a number of things.

1) Remove the need for a cloud subscription or paid monthly service

2) Leave all data in the hands of the customer

3) Provide a secure and reliable method to program codes from anywhere in the world using your home internet connection

4) Create a dashboard that bundles these programming functions into the same app as all your other smart home devices , allowing you to have one app to control your entire homesydney smart lock

We can confidently say we’ve managed to achieve the goal. We’ve created a robust and easy to use interface for our customers to manage codes. This builds on our existing smart home interface where you control all aspects of your home, from gates, doors, HVAC, lighting and much more.

Take a test drive of the interface yourself in this video. We demonstrate the programming of two user codes from a mobile device, away from the home. The response as you can see, is instant.

Give Netsecure Automation a call or email us to discuss how we can help you provide reliable, secure access from anywhere into your home , office or AirBnB property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12Jun

Bringing your alarm into present

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Lets talk about smart alarms. Many many homes across Australia back in the 80s and 90s used a standard alone, or back to base alarm system. Many were deployed with products from Honeywell. These systems often relied on the old copper analogue telephone line. The more modern units had a 3G sim card. This allowed back to base monitoring and usually came with a month to month cost. Welcome to the world of smart alarms.

As you may know, the analogue phone network is being decommissioned across the country as the NBN rolls out its products. This may leave your alarm system in the lurch. Likewise, the 3G network is being slowly removed as 4G is now the standard with 5G being available also.

So how do you continue to keep your alarm system working without spending a fortune? How do you remove those month to month bills whilst also providing you the ability to monitor your alarm from anywhere? The answer is revitalizing your alarm and turning it into a smart alarm with Netsecure Automations help.

Whilst many companies offer cloud based solutions that monitor your alarm from their central system, they traditionally still have reoccurring monthly costs. Why not monitor it yourself? We find customers prefer this not to mention an improvement in responsiveness. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. We take your alarm, add in our smart board and make use of your existing internet connection to allow YOU to take control of the alarm.

What insight can we provide?

Monitor zones, arm/disarm and receive alerts. If you have IP security cameras, we can even integrate these to provide further insight. For additional security, we also integrate smart locks and provide a tool to manage the PIN codes for your smart lock – accessible only by you, from anywhere.

There’s no cloud access,no reoccurring fees and concerns about your data ending up in the wrong hands. We find many suppliers all have their own app or system to manage a component of the smart home. In the end you may have ten different applications and systems. This adds an enormous amount of complexity and can be frustrating to use.

Throw that all away and discuss your smart home with Netsecure Automation. We are Australia’s leader in bespoke smart home solutions. We bring all your technology together to create a harmonious and reliable system that provides real insight into your home.

 

Honeywell Alarm

15May

Do you have a trustworthy consultant?

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Trust

 

56% of shoppers are looking for exactly this as explained by Property Me in this article. Health benefits, convenience and property value are all sound reasons to to deploy smart home technology within the home. But without the trust , owners can feel frustrated. We encourage our customers to visit us at our home to try out the technology and get a feel for what smart home products can offer you. Very few integrators can offer this service but our feeling is the proof is within the pudding.

The world of smart home technology can be daunting so we encourage our customers to start slowly. Gradually building on the system as their needs increase and the familiarity with the system grows. One of the benefits of a smart home is that it can grow as your needs change as almost all systems are modular.

Netsecure Automation smart homes utilise one app, available across Android and IOS to control the entire home. Whilst some providers may have four to five different applications to control various components we find that such systems simply increase the complexity and decrease the usability.

 

 

 

Asking the right questions

 

 

As a consumer, Netsecure Automation recommend their consultant of choice provide answers to the following areas:

  1. Internet connectivity, what type, what speed.
  2. Wired or wireless, do you have sufficient cabling or can wireless be utilised effectively.
  3. Are your devices secure. In the context of smart locks, are they using encrypted communications?
  4. How do you access your system when you’re not home. Is that method secure from attacks?

Your consultant needs to provide clear and concise answers to such questions. And be able to demonstrate this.

We are only too happy to provide free advice to customers, please give us a call or drop us an email if we can assist.

 

 

 

 

 

8May

Your experts in technology

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Netsecure Consulting, the parent company, was formed back in 2011 where the business was and is still today providing network and security consulting to large organisations such as Westpac Bank and News Corporation.

A passion and love for technology and a desire to make life easier brought about the formation of Netsecure Automation.  Netsecure’s history spans 20 years across many markets both locally and internationally.

Whilst Home Automation is one part of where we excel, there are many more moving parts our customers need assistance with. Netsecure Automation are your technology experts across many areas such as:

  • Securing you from internet threats
  • Leaders in WiFi deployments for the home or office, we provide design, supply and installation
  • Providing advice, design and installation of residential or commercial internet connections such as 4G, Fixed wireless, ADSL and HFC
  • Smart Home services such as lighting, audio, visual and gate/garage solutions
  • Air conditioning and Heating automation experts
  • Residential and commercial CCTV products
  • And many more.

Netsecure Automation is a one stop shop for all aspects of technology and are only too happy to provide customers advice when trying to navigate the vast array of products available on the market. Whether you are building, renovating or looking to refresh or modernise your IT system , Netsecure Automation is available to help.

3May

Benefits of making things smarter

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Life is getting busier. Why not let Netsecure Automation give you some time back in the day? Forget staying home for the tradesman or waiting for that parcel delivery. As this article explains, there are many tangible benefits your smart home can provide. Drop into the home when the kids arrive back from school, keep an eye on pets or tradesman, open doors and gates remotely for deliveries, have lights go on or off at times you choose, illuminate the hall for your late night loo break, warm the living room up when you wake up on a cold morning and much more. We provide a smart home you can’t imagine not ever having!

Contact us today about a system that provides all of this without breaking the bank.