Central Jersey Security Cameras is thrilled to be supporting charities and businesses all over New Jersey! This Saturday the MAX Challenge of Freehold is hosting their MAX Challenge Day of Giving located at 3475 U.S. 9, Freehold, NJ 07728. The MAX Challenge of Freehold strongly believes in giving back to the community and are happy to announce that Camp Quality of New Jersey has been selected as their charity for their MAX Day of Giving. Camp Quality is an organization that provides support for children battling cancer and their families at no cost. Camp Quality started in Sydney Australia. The founder, Vera Entwistle, introduced the organization to several countries, including the U.S. Each location hosts a week long camp for children in the Summer and a reunion in the Fall. They also offer year-round events that include holiday parties, weekend trips, and day trips. During the week-long camp children can participate in numerous activities, some of which include canoeing, dancing, sports, swimming, talent shows, and concerts. This is a great opportunity for children to make friends and have a week full of fun and excitement. Camp Quality gives these children and their families hope while helping the children cultivate life skills. Every camper gets paired up with a companion who provide care for the children and make their experience at Camp Quality unforgettable. Central Jersey Security Cameras is thankful to the MAX Challenge for including us in such a special event. We hope to see you at the MAX Challenge of Freehold this Saturday to participate in their MAX Day of Giving. If you can’t make it but would still like to donate or you need more information on this event you can contact us at (732)-333-0227 or the MAX Challenge of Freehold at (732)-577-2554 and/or click the link below.
Spring Break: A Safe, Fun, Exciting Time…Right?
With Spring quickly approaching make sure you know what is going on in and around your home and/or place of business. Spring Break is a huge time for people to celebrate the warm weather, breaks from school, and the fact that the Summer months will soon be here. It’s a time where families and friends get together and spend many afternoons by the pool, at the boardwalk, or just taking it easy. It is also a very popular time for high school and college students to throw house parties. With popular towns like Seaside, Asbury, Belmar, Wildwood, and Point Pleasant, our state becomes a very fun place to celebrate. Although it is a very exciting time for everyone, most parents don’t get off from work to keep an eye on what’s going on at home. Don’t you want to make sure your home and the people in it are safe and secure? Allow us here at Central Jersey Security Cameras to help!
What are the risks during Spring Break?
Its no surprise to many of us that a lot of Spring break parties consist of underage drinking. Statistics from the Office of Juvenile Justice found that people between the ages of 12-20 drink 11% of alcohol consumed in the U.S. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) did a study in 2014 that determined almost half of all college students binge drink and take it to the extreme during Spring break. Another study done by the American College of Health determined the average college male drinks about 18 drinks per day on Spring break while the average college female drinks up to 10. These numbers are well over the safe level of alcohol consumption. With the installation of security cameras in your home it will deter your high schoolers and college kids from throwing parties this Spring break and make them second guess the choices they make when you aren’t home.
Are there other risks we should be concerned about?
-Half of full-time college students have reported drinking, using prescription drugs, or using illicit drugs during Spring break
-More than 690,000 students (ages 18-24) have reported being assaulted by an individual who has been drinking
-More than 97,000 students (ages 18-24) have reported experiencing some form of sexual abuse from an individual who has been drinking
-Over 599,000 students (ages 18-24) have had unintentional injuries as a result of alcohol consumption
-Theft is extremely common during Spring break because a lot of people leave their wallets and purses in unsecure places while partying
Let us here at Central Jersey Security Cameras help in ensuring that your home and the people in it are safe. Not only do we offer security cameras and alarms, we also offer a feature called line crossing detection, or intrusion detection. This is a function of your DVR, NVR or IP camera. Line crossing detection instantly detects any motion in a certain “set”, which is a set area that is personally set by you for your alert needs. It will send immediate alerts to your smart device directly from the DVR, NVR or IP camera. For example, you want to know when someone or something enters your driveway? So, you go into the software of your DVR, NVR or IP camera and start setting up specific areas by drawing lines across the driveway. Of course, these are not visible lines to the human eye since it is only a virtual line or perimeter you have created, but it acts just as good as a virtual tripwire. You will be able to set this to work on a schedule for when you aren’t home. Keep track of the people entering your home when you aren’t there.
My Kid? NEVER…!
Certainly, we should hope and trust that our children will make safe decisions and be responsible this Spring break. Unfortunately, peer pressure plays a big role at high school and college parties. A lot of times teens and young adults feel that they should engage in risky behavior just because “everyone’s doing it” or because “its cool” to fit in which can result in bad decision making especially when alcohol is involved. Let’s work together to ensure that your children make responsible decisions this Spring break by installing security cameras inside your home!
I have a pool and a huge backyard; how will I be able to see what’s going on outside?
Here at Central Jersey Security Cameras we have the proper equipment to fit everyone’s needs. Our team of well-trained technicians would be happy to install security cameras on the outside of your house and yes, even by your pool! We have a wide selection of dome cameras and bullet cameras that are weatherproof and waterproof so you will still be able to clearly view what is going on in or outside of your home. The main difference between both dome and bullet cameras is their appearance. Bullet cameras are recommended for outside mainly because of its double EXIR Infrareds built into some models thus causing the night vision to be extended an additional 40 to 50 feet.
I own a business, should I be concerned about Spring breakers?
Beach towns become much busier once the weather gets warmer. If you own a business near the beach or on the boardwalk, we can help to ensure that your place of business is safe and secure during and after hours. A lot of teens and college students tend to let loose and be carefree during Spring break, which can unfortunately result in them becoming rowdy and irresponsible. Not only is the boardwalk a popular place for Spring breakers, it is also very busy for those celebrating Easter! Seaside, Point Pleasant, and Wildwood offer Easter egg hunts right on the boardwalk. Jenkinson’s boardwalk in Point Pleasant is also offering an Easter 2-for-1 sale on amusement ride tickets. April is a very busy time for our beach towns and boardwalks, make sure your protecting one the places that matters most to you.
With the installation of security cameras on the inside or outside of your business you will be able to view any suspicious behavior that may take place. It is extremely difficult to keep an eye on everyone that enters and exits your place of business, especially when you’re working in a highly populated area. Shops located near and on the boardwalk see thousands of people each day during the warmer months. With the installation of security cameras, you can feel more comfortable knowing that you have an extra set of eyes to catch any risky behavior, and you will also be able to contact the proper authorities in the case that something does happen.
I rent out my home during the Spring and Summer months, should I be worried?
The warmer months are a very popular time for people to rent vacation homes, especially here at the Jersey Shore. With places like Wildwood, Seaside, Point Pleasant, and more, our state becomes much more populated during the Spring and Summer months. Keep track of what is happening in your rental homes when they are being occupied by tenants. With the installation of security cameras, you can ensure that your home is being respected and well taken care of while being rented out this Spring break season. Our team of technicians can help you in deciding which camera’s best fit your needs and place them in the common areas of your home (driveways, front and back doors, the garage, stair wells). However, cameras will not be placed in changing rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, and laundry areas in order to respect your tenant’s privacy.
How will installing cameras help in keeping our children safe this Spring break?
Of course, Spring break is worth celebrating! But we must ensure that our children are doing it in a safe and responsible way. Here at Central Jersey Security Cameras our well-trained team of technicians can help you in choosing the proper equipment for your home. Our remote view cameras are very popular and will allow you to see what is taking place in your home by viewing it on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. This will show you a clear live video of what is happening and will allow you to take action in the case that you need to. We also offer a feature called line crossing detection. This feature will send you an alert right to your phone when somebody walks up to your front door or pulls into your driveway. Line intrusion is a nice feature for having your cameras professionally installed. Surely it will help ease your worries and concerns for who is in your home when you can’t be there to see for yourself.
Can I save footage from the cameras?
Record all events in “real time” as they happen. Receive push notifications or text messages of real-time video from your security equipment. Watch your home live when you’re not there from smartphones or other portable devices. Keep an eye on what’s going on in your home during this popular party season and feel comfortable knowing exactly what is taking place at that exact time.
If an event were to occur, for example, somewhere within a 24-hour period but you’re not quite sure when the event happened, you can jump around to time frames with our event schedule. This appears as a color-coded event list. It allows you to jump ahead to all motion triggered events, thus making your search much quicker. If your cameras are set to record all the time, even with nothing moving in front of them, it could shorten the life of the hard drive space. With the event schedule you could save space and lengthen the time on your NVR/DVR.
I’m not too tech savvy, what if I need help after the install?
Not only does Central Jersey Security Cameras have a help tab on our website that has step by step videos for you to follow along with, we also offer technical support as well. Our well-trained technical personnel are in our office daily to answer any questions you may have about your security system. Out technicians receive monthly training on our security products to keep their knowledge fresh. They will explain the process of the installation before starting the job and will make it a point to keep you informed on all progress. They will also provide you with a full tutorial at the conclusion of the install. We do our best here at Central Jersey Security Cameras to ensure that you have all the information you need to be able to properly use your system.
To get the protection your home or business needs this Spring break season call Central jersey Security Cameras today for a full home or business security audit. Call us today at 732-333-0227 or visit our website.
Below is a list of towns that will soon be off from school for Spring break:
Lacey Twp., NJ
Point Pleasant, NJ
Toms River, NJ
Review: Interlogix UltraSync smart home system lets you design your own security network
A professionally-installed security system offers flexibility on products and Z-Wave compatibility
Consumer electronics products are entering and leaving the marketplace at an increasingly faster pace, driven in part by smart IoT products that connect to the internet. While people may have purchased just one or two IoT devices in the past, perhaps an Amazon Echo or a similar voice-controlled speaker, consumers are now buying more. We recently tested a suite of these products, including those from Interlogix and its UltraSync system, that not only provides home security but also helps to connect, manage and wirelessly control this constellation of devices. A monitored home security that is professionally installed, UltraSync even allows you to use Amazon Alexa‘s voice commands to help control the system.
We recently had a professional security company (Central Jersey Security Cameras, in Freehold, NJ) install the system, as well as several IoT devices, in one of our test houses. For this review, we had the following products installed:
- UltraSync Self-Contained Hub
- Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD256)
- TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera (TVQ-8101)
- JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer (ZW3103)
- UltraSync+ mobile app (free, iOS and Android)
TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR camera supported motion detection.GearBrain
Installation and Overview of the UltraSync System
The UltraSync system is a professionally installed security system. From start to finish, it took Central Jersey Security Cameras roughly three hours to complete the job, which included setting up the mobile app and informal training. According to Central Jersey Security Cameras, the approximate installation cost was around $500, and included the cost of the individual items and labor.
There are several benefits to this system, along with the products we choose. First, all the products connect wirelessly to the system, so most likely you won’t need to do any drilling into walls, ceilings, or other parts of your home, unless you decide to mount the hub.
The system is also based on the Z-Wave wireless protocol. If a homeowner has or plans to buy a Z-Wave device, it would be compatible with the UltraSync system, which includes such products such as lighting, locks, thermostats, wireless speakers, doorbells, garage door openers, fan controllers, and water management systems.
Overall, the UltraSync system worked well. I found it was consistent in notifying me, mostly through the mobile app, as well as in triggering sounds in the home from the hub. For instance, when I open the front door, the panel produces a chiming sound to let someone know that the front door is ajar. Much of these notifications are also customizable. For more on the overall system, you can go to Interlogix’s UltraSync Smarthome section of its website.
In the UltraSync mobile app, you can view clips from the security camera, and customize your own features.GearBrain
The UltraSync+ mobile app
The mobile app, UltraSync+ (for iOS and Android), is the heart of the system since it’s where you’ll add products, or customize your UltraSync ecosystem. But unlike most consumer-oriented apps, it’s not really an app tailored for the DIY type. You need to work with the installation company that installed your system in order to understand certain aspects of the app, particularly passcode and passwords. At least, at first.
The app is divided into several sections, including overview, lights, thermostat, camera, lock, and sensor. In the upper-left hand corner of the app, there’s a menu section where, if you are not logged in, you can access a number of handy videos. However, you are asked to choose between videos targeted at homeowners and those targeted at the pro dealers. In terms of design, it would have been better to offer only one set of videos to consumers to confuse them. (In fact, if you choose the pro dealer videos, a warning pops up with a message telling you should never try to alter or even access the dealer settings. In my view, it would have been better to exclude such videos that might confuse users.)
Additionally, there are differently designed sections that make the app feel a bit disjointed. For example, the Settings section looks markedly different from the main sections of the app. I also feel the app would benefit from a user manual or help section in addition to the help videos. Still, overall the app is useful and logical in its structure.
Overall, the system’s mobile app, worked reasonably well. I was impressed with the system’s consistent notifications, which appeared as popup messages on my phone and which can be configured in the Settings section of the app. All the commands and controls worked as expected, whether I was locking my front door, dimming the lights, or accessing video on the wireless camera.
The IoT Devices (Tested for this Review)
Because this review is focusing on a system, we chose to focus on several products that would most likely be included in a home-security system. The following devices were installed in our test house: UltraSync Self-Contained Hub, Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD256), TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera (TVQ-8101), JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer (ZW3103), and several sensors to work with the UltraSync system.
The UltraSync Self-Contained Hub
In many ways, you could have a review of just the UltraSync Self-Contained Hub. That’s because the features on this wireless hub are quite extensive: It can be set up for 256 users, 64 wireless sensors and 20 Keyfobs, and four distinct areas/partitions (which means you can split the system into smaller parts). Plus, it has a personal voice guided setup and menu prompts, and a 24-hour battery backup.
In terms of design, it has a very clear, functional, yet versatile interface: The various buttons are all color-coded and illuminated so that they can be clearly seen in dimly lit lighting scenarios. It’s also loaded with other system features: It’s internet ready, capable of being connected over Ethernet or Wi-Fi and, of course, includes a Z-Wave radio for controlling smart home devices. However, in many ways, I can see the average consumer opting to work mostly through the mobile app, and only use the hub when needed. Still, it’s worthwhile to take some time to study the hub’s extensive user PDF guide.
We installed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with the UltraSync systemGearBrain
Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt
If you’re looking for a configurable lock that includes wireless Z-wave technology yet also has classic, non-tech styling, the Yale Real Living Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt is a very good choice. The technology works well within the UltraSync system. In our test house, we were able to lock and unlock the unit from the UltraSync+ mobile app as well as entering a number code onto the key pad.
You also have a lot of flexibility: For instance, you can add a temporary code for someone, say, who might be staying with you for just a couple of weeks. Via the app, you can provide your guest with his or her own unique key combination for the keyless entry lock. When they’ve left, you can remove this temporary code from the app’s settings. So, you always have control over who can unlock the door.
If there’s a downside, it’s with the display, although it’s more of a quibble: If you’ve installed the lock outside in an area that has direct sunlight, and it’s a bright and sunny day, it may be a bit difficult to see the LED numbers on the door pad. Obviously, you can shield the lock with your hands to see the numbers better. Overall, though, the product worked very well and provided a secure, yet flexible way to include a wireless, keyless lock into the UltraSync system.
The TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR camera had fairy accurate color, but highlights were blow out and had a lack of detail.GearBrain
TruVision 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera
Our installation team set up TruVision’s 1080p IP Wi-Fi Desktop IR Camera as the security camera for the system, which as the name indicates allows for 1080p HD resolution video (as well as lower resolutions), and has a field of view of 115 degrees. We set it up in the living room, facing the door. In our tests, we found the model did a fine job at recording as well as capturing real-time video and audio. As with many security cams, there was quite a bit of sharpening as well as some barrel distortion, due to the wide angle of view.
Nevertheless, the footage had nice detail and fairly accurate color (even though the colors were on the muted side, and not very saturated.) The dynamic range was decent in the midrange tones, although not so good at the extremes of the tonal range. Highlights were blown out, with no details. Likewise, there was little detail in the darkest tones, since the shadows tended to swallow up any details.
The camera includes an infrared illuminator for assisting in capturing images in various lighting scenarios. We also found the motion detection features were flexible and very accurate. (Video clips are stored onboard using a micro SD/SDXC card up to 128GB.) For our test purposes, we found the camera capabilities on this camera to be quite good and versatile.
In the UltraSync app you can power the JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer lights on and off.GearBrain
In many ways the dimmer is the simplest of the items to use in our test system. You simply insert the JASCO dimmer into a power outlet, and then plug your light (it accepts both two- and three-pronged plugs) into the dimmer. In the app, lights can be powered on and off, or set within a range of 1 to 100 percent illumination.
As with any review of a configurable system, it’s hard to anticipate all the variables with adding or substituting different products within the UltraSync system. And we also look forward to trying out the UltraSync system using Alexa voice commands, as well.
Overall, we like that Interlogix focused on Z-wave compatible components and products, which means that installers have great flexibility in designing and customizing a system for their customers. And while we think some aspects of the system’s structure and user design (UX) could be more streamlined or at least integrated more consistently, in general, we think the system meets the needs of many consumers and business owners who want to own a flexible and re-configurable system.
- A flexible IoT security system for adding multiple products (Z-wave compatible)
- Offers the ability to include Alexa voice commands to operate the system
- Relatively simple integration with mobile app
- Comprehensive features may confuse some consumers
- Certain sections of mobile app could have been more consistently designed
- Should include more help guides and quick tips sections, along with help videos