Lip Motion Passwords – Un-Hackable Security Access

Sara Johns Automation, Blog, Security Systems

When unlocking your phone or home and especially when withdrawing money at the ATM, you want the most secure way to access them.   A more secure way to protect your phone, computer or even electronic payments is 2 part authentication. What’s that mean? It just means 2 different ways to verify that it’s you instead of some hacker. This …

Smart Bed with Snore Detection

Sara Johns Automation, Blog, Smart Home

Snore Detection. I’m sure all of us can detect when a snore happens and where it’s coming from. Usually it’s the person right next to us. Finally, that won’t mean you’re in for a long restless night. Sleep Number has created a smart bed with SleepIQ technology. This bed can sense when a person is snoring and raise the bed’s …

Control More with Control4 – Voice Control with Alexa

Sara Johns Automation, Blog, Control4

With the new OS 2.9, you will be able to connect way more devices. With this new release, they have added an infinite number of control features for your home, office and even Multi-Dwelling Units. That’s right. MDU’s – Hotels, Condos and Retail Office Space. Individualized Security and Comfort for everyone. Does this sound too good to be true? It’s …

ZeroNetEnergy-Title24

Sara Johns Automation, Blog, Lighting Control

Are you looking at buying or building a new home? Is this Greek to you? Me too. Here’s the gist of it: Across the board efficiency is listed in the latest batch of regulations for the “2016 code” in that all lights must be high-efficacy. Every light must be controllable with a dimmer, vacancy sensor, or other energy management control …

“Can I Automate That?” Kitchen Control

Sara Johns Automation, Control4, Promotions

If you haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to the “Good Morning” feature by Control4, let us introduce you. This fun and functional feature allows for you to decide how you would like to start your day. Not only can you start your day off with your favorite music, toasty warm house and have your coffee ready, you can …

Smart Glass

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Are smart shades a thing of the past? I don’t think so. However, there are other options. For those who like the clean industrial look, or who just don’t care for shades, there is smart glass. What is smart glass you ask? Read on to learn about two different types of smart glass. The first type of smart glass is …

Be aware of your air with Awair

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

And it learns too! As it gathers your indoor air quality, it learns your routines and preferences. Tell Awair what is most important to you, from allergies to sleep.  The monitor will track the air quality levels and then send you recommendations through the app on your phone to help you change your behavior. Awair will be available early this …

Motorized Shades and You

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Before the introduction of electricity, buildings relied on daylight to illuminate interior spaces as a matter of necessity. Today’s updated building codes, new energy regulations, and a renewed emphasis on sustainability, are encouraging us to once again embrace daylight as a practical, aesthetic, and symbolic element of good building design. This is known as designing for Daylight Autonomy. The greatest …

Smart Carpet

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

Have you ever walked through the airport and had no idea where your departure gate was? Or after you get off the plane, where the baggage claim for your particular flight is? I have. Even though my eye sight is good and I know I will eventually figure it out, it would be much faster if the directions were easier …