Dog Owners Open the Gate to Opportunities

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 03.11.2013

I have a confession to make…I am an annoying dog lover. I stop to admire pretty much any dog I meet and it all started when I got my dog Hannah. Over five years ago, she became a part of my family and I couldn’t imagine our life without her.

That is why I was pretty upset this summer when she escaped from our yard. We were having our house painted and the painter left our gate open. When I let her out I had no idea, and she was gone in minutes.

After a 20 minute drive around the neighborhood (painter included), we found her happily strolling down the street without a care in the world. After I recovered from the guilt, I got to thinking about how it would be really helpful if I was 100% sure the gate was closed before I opened the back door throughout the day. 

Enter a Honeywell exclusive: the 5816OD outdoor contact. Operating in temperatures from -40° F to 150° F, you can install this wireless transmitter on a customer’s fence for outdoor protection and awareness. Then from the keypad, a user can see at a glance if the gate is open. And when you add Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services, your customer can receive a text or an email on his or her smartphone every time the gate is left open. And if the installation includes cameras, the user could even receive a video clip. Can you see how this can help your sales when you’re in front of a pet owner?

“This winter has been brutal. Imagine Mr. Homeowner, you’re at work and you get an oil delivery at home. The delivery person left the gate open and you receive an email alerting you. With these cold temperatures you don’t want to walk outside to make sure the gate is closed before you let the dog out. Wouldn’t this make your life simpler and keep Chance safer? (If you’re lucky enough to live in warm climates, just replace oil delivery person with landscaper, gardener or pool service.) To further illustrate the point, use the video clip above.

When you are on a call and a prospect’s dog is sniffing your shoes, do you think to mention this great benefit? I’d be interested to hear your approach; please comment below.


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  1. Sterling Donnelly 03.11.2013/11:06 am

    This is a great example of using the Total Connect sensor open/close notifications to add value to a customer’s alarm monitoring service. With the outdoor 5816OD and 5800PIR-OD, you can monitor your yard for things that don’t necessarily require a full alarm to go off. Whether it’s keeping the pets safe or knowing if someone enters your fenced in area, these sensors allow you to know exactly what is happening on your property at all times.

    – Sterling Donnelly

  2. Angela Remmert 03.11.2013/5:57 pm

    Sterling, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Honeywell outdoor sensors.

  3. Eric S 04.16.2013/7:22 pm

    Hi Angela, I think Honeywell is missing an opportunity in its description/advertising for the 5816OD – you can use the sensor to monitor your garage door, and also if desired use the external input for a hard-wired magnetic switch on the garage service door. Total garage coverage in one device!

  4. Angela Remmert 04.17.2013/12:51 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion Eric. I will share your idea with our marketing department.

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