Protection 1, Chicago, announced the advancement of its home automation platform, HALO. The HALO platform, which includes a fully integrated suite of connected home solutions available through a single app, has added new Central Station operator video alarm verification along with new energy efficiency features like solar power and energy monitoring to its list of capabilities.
Powered by Alarm.com’s leading cloud-based software platform for the intelligently connected home, HALO gives Protection 1’s residential customers a comprehensive suite of secure connected home solutions. From a single mobile app, users can control and manage interactive security, video monitoring and energy management solutions as well as a broad ecosystem of connected devices. Using persistent monitoring and adaptive learning, Protection 1 customers get improved security, intelligent automation and effortless energy management capabilities.
“Our HALO platform delivers on the growing desire that consumers have to extend their home security systems to encompass the modern conveniences that home automation brings,” said Donald Young, chief information and operating officer for Protection 1. “Alarm.com has a proven track record of designing and developing highly innovative and easy to use connected home technology. Coupled with Protection 1’s 30 year history in the security industry, the customer is getting a solution that is proven and reliable.”
Protection 1’s HALO platform offers an affordable way to secure the home and property while enabling intelligent automation features and seamless control across a broad ecosystem of connected devices. Key features of the solution include:
- Single mobile app to control devices across the home including locks, lights, thermostats and garage doors
- Smarter energy management with Geo-Services that automatically saves energy when you’re not at home
- Intelligent rules so doors lock, lights turn off and the garage door closes when the system is armed
- Real-time text alerts to stay aware of the things you care about at your property
- Streaming live video and recorded clips securely stored in the cloud
- Enhanced safety through professionally monitored smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detection devices
- Optimized energy efficiency with energy monitoring and integrated solar power production
- Visual verification by Protection 1’s Central Station operators to verify burglar alarm signals
“Consumer interest in connected home automation is growing, but they also want the security that comes with a professionally monitored, installed and maintained solution,” said Dan Kerzner, Alarm.com’s chief product officer.
HALO’s advanced technology provides a range of capabilities for reducing energy costs. Based on sensor information from all around the home, the system learns the home’s unique activity patterns and creates highly accurate Smart Schedules for efficient energy management. With Geo-Services the thermostat is adjusted based on the user’s location to automatically save energy when the home is empty and then readjusts for comfort when the user is on their way home.
With the introduction of Brite Energy, powered by Protection 1, customers now have the ability to integrate solar energy into their home for a cleaner and more cost effective energy source.
HALO monitors both solar energy production and consumption by appliances and devices all around the home. Customers will be able to track overall savings through their mobile app or the web and even make adjustments to automation settings to reach their savings goals. With deep insights, more control across the home and intelligent automation capabilities, HALO helps customers sustain meaningful energy savings.
Protection 1’s HALO platform also allows its central station operators to visually verify an alarm condition at a property for a streamlined emergency repose. Seeing what happened in the home allows security professionals make critical decisions to dispatch emergency services when needed and even reduce false alarms.
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