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.



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.









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


Do you have a trustworthy consultant?

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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.







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.


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.



Use smart home devices to stay warm and reduce your energy usage

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It’s predicted to be a cold one so why not let Netsecure Automation help you stay warm. Our range of products are designed to help save money by automating your air conditioning and heater system. In the lead up to winter, Netsecure Automation are providing a base package for less than $1200! Including control of 3 x Z Wave lights and a heater, air conditioner or both. Netsecure Automation’s system will ensure you never wake up to a cold home or walk into a dark room.

Contact us today to make sure your system is installed before winter.


Building a smart home

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How is a smart home built you ask? Almost all smart homes make use of a hub. Popular brands such as Savant, KNX and Control4 are no different. These hubs function as the brain of the network and act as a bus to pass messages between components to realise your smart home.

Netsecure Automation provides a hub with all it’s smart home products, we call this IHP, or the Intelligent Home Platform. This hub is where the devices, scenes, rules and logic happens. The hub is also used to provide connectivity to mesh networks such as Z Wave and Zigbee through the use of dedicated controllers. These controllers connect the wireless networks to the wired networks and allow communication to take place between devices. Our IHP is not an off the shelf product like the Fibaro HCL or the Vera Edge. Our hub is custom built to suit your requirements.

No two homes are the same and nor are the home automation systems within them. If you need a small home automation system for an apartment, then we size IHP for this use case. This is important to keep the system cost effective.

Depending on your integration requirements, almost always a IHP is supplied along with a wireless controller. This provides a solid foundation that allows almost any device to be integrated. These extremely low powered devices generally are placed out of site and mind. They are designed to never required upgrading. Further, you won’t need to buy a new unit when adding new devices, adding functionality or upgrading the software.

We promise.





Smart home benefits

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What are some of the smart home benefits? Firstly, automate common or repetitive tasks. Most importantly it provides comfort, reduces energy and increases your security.

In your new smart home light control is automatic. Further, you’ll never walk into a dark room or forget to turn the lights off again. Netsecure Automation provide full visibility of your home. How you may ask? By integrating security cameras. We also provide visitor entry control from the tip of your fingers which is perfect for courier deliveries. Further, we provide control of popular appliances using your voice such as air conditioners, garage doors, light switches and televisions.

Finally, these are just a fraction of the benefits a well designed, intelligent and reliable smart home can provide.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements or to just to have a casual chat about your smart home ideas. We love discussing our customers goals and wishes.


Smart alerting

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Did you know Netsecure Automation uses smart, presence sensing alerting? What does this mean you ask. Well, smart alerting takes into account where you are. It makes little sense to send a voice alert to an Amazon Echo if you’re overseas on holidays. Nor does it make sense to send a mobile alert if you are home.

Netsecure Automation uses our presence sensing technology to send alerts to devices you need, when you need them. Send an email alert to your family or friends when you’re out of mobile reach – no problem! Speak to us about how we can help.