Voice Control for your Smart Locks

Sara Johns Blog, Smart Home

All you need are these 3 things: Alexa-enabled smart locks are able to lock your door and check the status of the lock. Don’t tell your door to unlock though because it just won’t work. Enabling Alexa to unlock your door could prove to be a huge security risk as Alexa can’t distinguish between your voice and a burglar’s. According …

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 …

Office 365 to the Rescue!

Sara Johns Blog, Support and Maintenance

An added perk is that an office 365 Subscription is not required for your guest group member. While they can’t make changes to the calendar or access the group site, they can read conversations, receive calendar invites and open shared files. Here’s a short overview of how it works. For detailed instructions on how to create an Office 365 Group …

Smart Home Safety

Sara Johns Blog, Smart Home

While we all love the convenience of our smart devices, are we making it easier for hackers to get our info? The hackers have hacked into just about everything by now. From thermostats to autonomous vehicles. What’s stopping them from hacking into your home control system, checking the cameras to make sure you’re not home and opening the door to …

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 …

New Processors and Microsoft

Sara Johns Blog, Computers and Networking

For all of you PC users looking forward to the new Intel processors Kaby Lake and AMD’s Bristol Ridge, make sure you have Windows 10 installed. Any Windows OS older than 10 will not work with them. So why would Microsoft do this? Microsoft said: “Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform …

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 …