“You’re My Heart” Wins A Telly Award

David Gottlieb by David Gottlieb | 04.23.2014

We are proud to announce that “You’re My Heart,” the music video featuring Tuxedo Touch has been recognized with a prestigious Silver Telly Award. The video was first introduced at holiday time and shows a security and smart home system woven into the daily life of a family.

Special thanks to Nashville-based band Telecommunicators and to singer Matthew Hungate for the great song and to Chad McClarnon of Best Part Productions, who meticulously directed the video.

telly_site_bugs_silverVOTE FOR PEOPLE’S CHOICE – The Telly Award is based on the voting of  a panel of expert judges, but we are also up for the People’s Choice Telly, so if you like the song, please give us your vote with a “thumbs up.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

 

You Might Already Be Involved in Earth Day

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 04.22.2014
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If you’re offering Connected Home benefits, you are already doing something to help the Earth.

Every Wednesday, it amazes me to see that my family of three has recycled enough cereal boxes or soda bottles to fill up a garbage pail. I make sure I recycle as much as I can, but I know that I can do more.  Today is Earth Day and people around the world are doing more to make the Earth a safer place.

If you don’t have the time to participate in an event today, you probably are already doing something that’s making a difference.  If you’re installing the LYNX Touch or Tuxedo Touch for your customers, you’re providing them with a way to save energy and money by automating actions like shutting off a light or turning down the thermostat.

For Earth Day 2013, I blogged about our Connected Home solutions and showcased a variety of how-to videos that you can share with your customers. In addition to these videos, we also have a consumer web site that clearly explain the benefits of a Connected Home.

If you feel like you want to do a little more, making a few simple changes does add up. Here are some easy things that you can do beyond recycling yesterday’s paper. For the full list, check out this website from the EPA.

  1. Run Your Dishwasher on a Full Load Only: This can prevent 100 pounds of carbon pollution and save you $40 on your water bill.
  2. Take a Shower: A shower uses much less water than taking a bath. Conserving water conserves energy and reduces carbon pollution.
  3. Insulate Water Heaters: If you have an older water heater, you can save energy and prevent carbon pollution by wrapping it with an insulating jacket. This saves more than $30 per year on utility bills.
  4. Plug in to Power Strips: Powering devices while they are in a low power accounts for more than $11 billion in annual US energy costs! Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply, eliminating standby power consumption and reducing carbon pollution.
  5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water: Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10% goes to electricity used by the washer motor.

Happy Earth Day!

Guest Post: A Security Goal for the Tampa Bay Stadium

Robert Hessel by Robert Hessel | 04.17.2014

Robert Hessel is President & CEO of Source 1 Solutions.

I’m a longtime hockey fan and a passionate Tampa Bay Lightning fan. I was actually in the stands at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, their stadium, when they won the Stanley Cup. That’s why it’s been rewarding for me to have my company, Source 1 Solutions, involved with a variety of projects at the 700,000 square foot arena.

In addition to being an Intelligent Security Solutions provider, our organization also has experience in building wide area networks, local area networks, wireless networks as well as unified communications solutions.  Prior to our engagement to upgrade and redesign the stadium’s various systems, they had a mixture of different technologies.  There wasn’t really a systematic design or a plan to integrate those types of solutions, so when we came in that was the first step.

We introduced Honeywell into that mix to augment some of their old systems. We have a Honeywell intrusion system with multiple zones setup. There’s a combination of Honeywell analog cameras and hybrid boxes because we’ve migrated them into IP and HD cameras. This is where the intelligent in our company tagline comes from “Intelligent Solutions for an Intelligent World.”  We don’t try to make one simple solution, but rather look at the broad spectrum and the customers desired end result and integrate the best solutions. We really look at the area we’re trying to cover and think about, what’s the proper camera for the goal of protecting this specific area. Take a few minutes to watch the case study below to better understand the solution we provided.

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The Importance of IT
One of our company slogans is “We’re bridging the gaps between IT and facility management”. I believe security companies today need to have a relationship with the IT Director. As security solutions continue to migrate to IP and be more reliant on these technologies, the IT Director’s going to be involved in the decision, if not the ultimate decision maker. Moving forward, I just don’t see how a security integrator will succeed without being able to speak IT lingo.

The Forum has been a very fun project to work on because it’s something that’s constantly moving and ever changing. From the top to the bottom, they’re really set on making sure it is a secure, empowering environment for fans, players and staff. Everyone is excited about the best days ahead.

End Users Share Experiences at HIS Forum

Michelle Marcum by Michelle Marcum | 04.14.2014

You may have heard the phrase “for the end user, by the end user”, but what does it mean? At Honeywell it relates to the Honeywell Integrated Security (HIS) Forum specifically for our Pro-Watch® end user customers. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the event planning team for four years now. Witnessing relationships built within such an elite group of professionals and growth toward a unified mission has been very rewarding.

This year, HIS Forum 2014 takes place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from May 13-16. End users from different vertical markets connect to share experiences, issues and successes, and specifically discuss how Honeywell’s Pro-Watch security management system can provide a solution to their needs. Attendees contribute and give input on the product roadmap for development of a successful security solution. And, it’s about Honeywell listening and delivering.

HIS forum chairman, Rudy Wolter of Citi and co-chair, Bhavesh Patel of Sanofi, end users themselves, provide interesting and captivating content to what’s relevant to our end user community. The engagement is interactive and addresses situations and solutions among various industries. Watch the video below to hear from them about the benefits of attending. Or, download the HIS End Users Committee brochure for a general overview.

 

Registering for the Forum
Registration is open. If you are a Pro-Watch end user and have specific questions about the Forum, please contact Steven Craig, our HIS channel manager. Steven is leading efforts to ensure our HIS Forum 2014 is a successful event and he looks forward to hearing from you. Registration closes on April 25th so be sure to contact Steven so you can secure the discounted rate for the hotel.

It’s rewarding to know the dedication and trust this committee has in Honeywell to deliver a security solution that works for so many industries. It’s been a privilege working with this influential team of professionals throughout the years. If you are a Pro-Watch user, we hope to see you in Florida!

 

Five More Videos from ISC West 2014

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 04.07.2014

From open to close, it was a busy ISC West for Honeywell Security Group. Throughout the three days, we brought you a variety of videos from the show floor. Now that we are all back from Vegas, here are five videos with even more ISC news. Take a few moments to watch the videos below and let us know what you think.

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