The “Smart” Device Market Rises 30% in 2018

The global sales of smart devices are on the rise. The market for these smart products is expected to grow 31% from last year. Wow! That’s a lot of units accounting for almost 100 million units and projected to be 230.5 million by 2022. The entire smart devise market is comprised of smart speakers, video entertainment products, connected lighting, smart thermostats, and home monitoring/security products. In the 2018 sales are we see a dramatic rise of smart speakers with built-in voice assistants such as Google Home or Amazon Echo. Though the 30% increase also consists of many new types of devises, made for both inside and outside of the home. Privacy and security for smart devices remains one of the key inhibitors to adoption. And frankly, if you have read many of my blogs you know that many of these devises are constantly data collecting on you and sending it to some corporation. It sometimes feels like tattling, when you consider that your Fitbit is probably selling your fitness level to your health and life insurance carriers. Some people don’t care if their devices are listening and selling information about them. If you are one of these people buying a smart devise and plugging it in and downloading the app may be your way to go. If security and privacy is a big concern to you, I encourage you to reach out to a smart home professional. I have many blogs on the difference, but I will review quickly here. Smart home professionals like Nexus Electric create an internal server to connect all your devises to. With an internal...

5 Things to Know About Owning A Smart Home

1: A smart home is not “The Jetsons”, but it’s getting close! I know that when I was a kid I remember watching “The Jetsons” and dreaming of a time where they could have a “smart home.”  Now it’s 2016 and I live in a smart home, one that I can use my phone or remote to turn on and off lights, turn up the heat, heat my teapot, listen to music in any room of the house or throughout the entire house and more.  Now there are plug and play electronics that work with smart homes such as your refrigerator that will text you when you run out of milk.  Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out the robot maid.  But, many of the leading home automation platforms enable you to interact with your home via your smart phone, or your voice. 2: You can finally be two places at once. No longer do you have to worry about missed deliveries, worry if the kids are working on their homework, or spend the day asking yourself “did I remember to close the garage?”. With nothing more than your smart phone, you can take total control of your home and always be right there. Open and close garage doors, unlock front doors, monitor your home’s cameras, and even control some appliances from your phone. 3: Upgrading your home can actually save you money! With the security and monitoring features included in most automation platforms, home owners often can save on insurance. Also, home owners who have home automation save around 20% on their monthly utilities – conserving energy and...

Is Your Home Collecting Data On you?

Based on an article on Connected Devices and Your Privacy from Consumer Reports Sure we love these products…but without security measures, these products can be your worst nightmare! Baby monitor Is your camera protected? In 2013 and 2014, the British press reported that sadistic hackers took over monitors to scream at sleeping children, and last fall officials in the U.K. warned that live feeds from baby monitors and home security cameras were accessible to the public on the Internet. All baby monitors that access the internet for you to view when your away or on your smart phone communicate directly with your home Wi-Fi network. Certain models can communicate directly with a phone using Bluetooth when you’re home. Parents need strong passwords on their home network and on the baby monitor itself for security. Blood glucose meter If you use a blood glucose meter at a hospital or doctor’s office, you are protected. Using a blood glucose meter at home is a completely different story. In a 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse report analyzing 43 health and fitness apps, researchers found that very few encrypted their data. Thermostat Connected thermostats are like ordinary programmable thermostats that can do so much more, including saving you money by learning your home and away habits. In order to work, some smart thermostats need to track when you are home. Think of that information getting into the wrong hands! Coffeemaker…Really?! When you talk to your coffee maker from an app, your information becomes property of the coffeemaker and the app developer. Who cares, right? Well you may not feel so relaxed about sharing when you...

Vacation homes more susceptible to theft!

A Well Designed Security System Can Discourage Criminals I live in a small mountain town in Lake Tahoe called incline Village.  I love living in Incline Village because you can feel safe leaving your car running as you run into Starbucks, or 7-11 and have no fear that any harm will come to your car.  Recently, I was reminded that even small towns have big city concerns.  The Village Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint.  The whole town was shocked by this event, and it reminded me why I am so passionate about setting up security systems for people.  Peace of mind is priceless. The market that I work in has a large number of second home owners and vacation homes.  Video surveillance is the perfect tool for protecting vacation homes.  Because they are unoccupied most of the time, vacation homes are more susceptible to break-ins, theft and vandalism.  A security camera system at your beach house or cabin can keep it safe when you’re not around.  With our security systems we can allow you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world, and from your computer or smart phone.  For more information on remote login and access and sensor and video surveillance please contact Nexus at...

Home Invasion Facts…Are You Next?

Today I stumbled across some facts from SafeguardTheWorld.com about home intrusions A.K.A Burglaries.  What I found was eye opening!  No wonder we get more and more calls about video surveillance and security system packages! Burglary Facts Every 13 seconds a home intrusion happens. 2.5 million+ home intrusions are committed every year. Less than 17% of the homes in U.S. have any type of security system. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. 1 out of 3 assaults are a result of a residential burglary. 85% of break-ins are from non-professionals…usually more desperate and dangerous. Insurance agencies can offer discounts up to 20% for auto insurance when a home security system is installed. Home security statistics tell us that 95% of break-ins needed some amount of force to break-in. Thieves prefer easy access, through an unlocked doors or windows. Home security statistics tell us that the type of tools used to break in are usually simple; a screwdriver, pliers, pries bars, and small hammers are most common. Police usually only solve 13% of all burglaries -due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence While these statistics are scary, home theft and intrusion is preventable with a good security system.  Contact Nexus at 775-721-0836 or Info@nexushome.com to inquire what options would be best for your...