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How I Use My System: Tom Powers

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Tom PowersTom Powers, President of Powered Protection Inc. has been in the industry for 17 years. He started with Safe Security in 1999 and established Powered Protection Inc. June 2010. In early March, Powers talked to us about the system he uses at home.

And what kind of system do you have?

It’s a Honeywell Vista 20P system with cellular communication. I’ve got a Tuxedo keypad with door contacts, motion detectors, and glass break detectors. I do have smoke detectors on every floor as well as carbon monoxide detectors and water sensor in the basement. In addition I have a Z-Wave door lock, thermostat, and some lamp modules all of which I can control remotely using Total Connect.

Why this particular setup?

Honeywell is what we use as a company. I started with Honeywell after working with several other brands. … It does everything—and more than—I expected it to. I was able to take it from a traditional fire and life safety system in my home to a home automation system. Cameras, smart locks, lighting control, and security all under one platform is great!

What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn’t want to live without?

Probably life safety. It’s nice to have your traditional smoke detectors in your home, but the monitored smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to protect us are most important.

Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends?

I do see the industry going toward home automation; I think that’s something that’s catching on. … It’s nice to have the ability to do the home automation and be able to add that to your system as you grow. It’s very expandable—I really like the flexibility of it.

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