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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

Terry Sullivan Jun 04, 2018

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.)

 

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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.

 

UltraSync Hub
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

JASCO Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer

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.

Conclusion

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

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Central Jersey Security Cameras is proud to feature the new Ultrasync alarm/home automation 7 inch touchscreen keypad. With it’s sleek design this will fit any décor. Ultrasync is a completely wireless alarm/automation system for your home, or business. Stop paying high rates to third party providers to control integrated home automation through your alarm panel, and sign up with us for monthly central station monitoring rates that start as low as $19.95 per month. This system can be controlled by any smart device. You will have the ability to arm and disarm the alarm from anywhere, open doors and control lighting and thermostats all for the basic price of $19.95 per month, below are some other benefits described by Interlogix.
∙Your house, your way.
Ideal for modern families, the UltraSync™ SmartHome brings smart, costeffective
security and lifestyle management into your home and at your
fingertips. Reliable and convenient, UltraSync lets you synchronize your home
systems with your day-to-day activities and create customized scenarios so
that your home responds to your unique schedule.
∙Smart
The UltraSync system and mobile app give you the flexibility and freedom
to adjust your security and home systems to match your lifestyle.
∙Secure
UltraSync provides complete home protection from the inside out.
The system easily incorporates additional security and home safety
devices* for extra peace of mind.
∙Peace of mind
Make sure the kids got home on time,
check in on contractors, or see how
your pets are behaving, all through live
streaming video via UltraSync indoor/
outdoor cameras or with text alerts.
∙Come home to comfort
Your home can be ready for you at just
the right time by automatically adjusting
thermostats, turning on lights and
unlocking doors as you arrive, using the
geo-location technology in your UltraSync
system paired with your smartphone’s GPS.
∙In sync with your life.
Built on cloud-based technology, the UltraSync system and app give
you the ability to remotely manage and automate home systems
like HVAC, Z-Wave® lights, thermostats, locks and more from your
smartphone or tablet.
∙Night mode
Set your home to automatically close
the garage, lock doors, turn out lights,
and modify home temperature with the
push of a button, all from the comfort
of your bed, or the convenience of your desk.
Enhanced security.
More convenience.
Use the UltraSync mobile app to create
∙temporary codes for people who need
limited access to your home. If, for example,
you need to let a friend or worker into your
home, you can use the app to create a
unique code, and then remotely set the
system to allow access only on select days
and at specific times.
Safe at home and away
∙UltraSync provides complete home system
control. When a security event occurs,
whether it’s an open door, an alarm or event
trigger, you’ll know right away, so you can
make the appropriate response. UL listed,
the UltraSync hub meets certain national
safety requirements for effective, safe and
reliable performance.
Proven system
∙UltraSync, from Interlogix, is built on
well-established technology and has
been thoroughly field tested. Over 5 million
Interlogix-manufactured security systems,
including UltraSync among other trusted
brands, have been sold in the U.S.
and Canada.
Installed by experts
∙UltraSync™ is sold through select dealers
to help ensure that your system will be
carefully installed by seasoned security
professionals who can implement the
ideal system for your home and provide
professional security monitoring, to help
protect what matters most.
Central Jersey Security Cameras is proud to say that we were chosen as one of the few select dealers in New Jersey to sell and service this product
∙Remote servicing
UltraSync can be serviced remotely,
saving you time, money, and the
inconvenience of having to schedule
service calls.
For a brief demo of Ultrasync automation 7 inch touchscreen keypad, click below!

TOP 5 THINGS STOLEN FROM A HOME BURGLARY

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Around 87% of burglaries are considered preventable. Your home security strategy should involve several layers of protection. For one thing, families should have clear rules about locking doors and windows before leaving, and about answering the door.We no longer live in a world were you can Just say come in anymore when someone knocks at your front door. Another thing Burglars love to see is people talking about upcoming vacations on social networking websites, Often when today’s burglars are looking for a target they troll facebook,instagram, twitter etc. to see who is not home for an easy mark.

Having a strong home security in place at your home. Having an alarm with central station monitoring layered with a home surveillance security camera system is often one of the best routes to take to keep your home and loved ones protected to the fullest along with a home plan on what to do if an unfortunate event takes place at your home. Just like you make a fire safety plan your family should all know how to work your home security.

Often, when a burglar sees a yard sign or door decal indicating that a home is protected by a monitored home security system, he goes elsewhere. And for burglars stupid or brazen enough to try anyway, they can count on the incident being reported to authorities immediately upon triggering the security system.

Helping protect your home and family from burglary requires knowledge of the facts about burglary, having a clear plan for preventing burglary, and using burglary prevention techniques to help prevent it.

Our homes are often the biggest investment many of us make and keeping your investment and the belongings inside safe is often a protiey to many homeowners. In most cases burglars are looking for the quick and easy grab and go thefts. on Average most burglaries take about 15 minutes from the moment of entry to a home. Here is a list of the Top Five things stolen from homeowner in a burglary
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Top five Things stolen from homeowners during a home burglary
• Cash
• Jewelry
• Guns
• Drug
• Small electronics

Mind you these are Just things keeping your family safe is priceless.. To talk about ways to protect your home and family call Central jersey security Cameras and speak to one of our home security experts today 732 333 0227

Crime prevention Month is a great time to think about adding home security cameras

house man lookingDid you know October is crime prevention Month? This is a great time to stop and think how protected is your home? Whether it’s in a small City like South Amboy NJ or in a large spread out town such as Jackson NJ your home is the place you want to feel most safe and secure.
Yes, you have heard this before but the world has changed from the days of leaving your front door unlocked. We all need to keep everything that you own locked up. The outside of your home needs to be well lit at night and shrubs and bushes need to be kept trimmed so you can have a good view of your home from the street yes all important to keeping your home safe but did you ever think of adding security cameras to your home?
Security Cameras added to a home are a great deterrent to any would be crime. This past July in Jackson NJ on a quiet suburban street one filled with families with children was poof of how security cameras truly are a deterrent. Two homes where robbed within a few weeks of each other. The two homes that were robbed both did not have security cameras. However, the houses on each side of the homes where the robberies took place all had security cameras in place!
In a study conducted by Campus safety magazine on June 25th 2013 the presence of video surveillance is an effective deterrent. Nearly 60% of the burglars said they would consider the presence of cameras or other video equipment when selecting a target and more than 40% said that would be a factor in prompting them to choose another target.
So for homeowners in Jackson NJ this past summer having cameras installed truly paid off. Don’t think this will not happen in your town to name a few towns in the news Brick NJ, Colts Neck NJ, East Brunswick NJ have all had home robberies and have been in the news the past few months. NBC news reports that there are 135 home invasions each day! It’s time to truly think how to best protect your family.
Many home owners are choosing to install IP domes or bullet cameras they stand out just enough to be a deterrent however do not look out a place or an eye sore on a home. Many home owners choose to still buy analog cameras for their home because they are just a bit less expensive however, Central Jersey Security Cameras sales team likes to point out IP cameras are now just a fraction more than Analog cameras today. IP cameras are measured in mega pixels as opposed to the analog cameras that are measured in TV lines. The IP Cameras will resultant in better facial recognition and better license Plate recognition which is what most home owners and business need today.
An added benefit to cameras on your home is many issuances actually will give you a discount. And over time this discount will counter act the coast of your cameras while protecting your family at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you live in smaller town like Red Bank NJ or a larger town Like Toms River NJ it’s time to get your home protected. Central Jersey Security Cameras is here to help you though all of your camera decisions. Call today 732 415 7772