How do I make my apartment smart? While America is still a nation of homeowners, more US citizens are renting than at any point for the past 50 years.
Despite being outgunned by homeowners 2 to 1, there are still 100 million renters in the US.
Just because you don’t own your own home, that doesn’t need to stop you from smartening up your rental. All you need to do is be a little more judicious about the way you go about home automation.
What To Avoid When Smartening Up a Rental
Since it’s not your property, there are a few obvious no-nos when it comes to smartening the place up.
It’s highly unlikely your landlord will want you to start making physical changes. This means rewiring for smart lighting, installing a new thermostat, or changing the locks are all out of the question. You can get creative and overcome these obstacles, though.
Hardwired security cameras are not a wise bet. You won’t necessarily want to be locked into a lengthy contract that might last beyond your rental agreement. You won’t want expensive installation either if you’re not staying for the long haul. Don’t worry, though… You’ve got plenty of other options.
With home hubs, it makes little sense to go all-in if the accommodation is only temporary but we’ve got a neat workaround for you there, too.
So, assuming you accept the fact physical changes are not the order of the day and building out an ambitious system in someone else’s home is impractical, what can you do?
Luckily, more than you might first imagine.
12 Ways To Make Your Apartment A Smart Home
We’ll jump straight into automating your rental the easy way with the obvious choice of smart outlets before moving on throughout the whole house…
1) Smart Outlets: Plug and Play Simplicity
A smart plug or smart outlet is one of the best methods of basic automation without needing to make any permanent changes whatsoever.
Cheap and super-simple to set up, you’ll be able to take a smart outlet with you when you move house.
For the purposes of a rental, the iDevices WiFi Smart Plug is a superb choice but what makes it so good?
Well, you won’t need a third-party hub which is great news and a money-saver.
The design is sleek and the side-facing outlet makes slipping in your preferred devices a cinch. Like all smart plugs, simply connect any device that needs switching on or off. From lamps and fans through to your coffee machine, take charge of your electronics remotely. You can slot a couple of devices into each outlet.
This smart plug allows voice control with either Alexa or Siri. You can also use the intuitive iDevices Connected app to take charge remotely from your smartphone.
An added bonus with this outlet is the free energy monitoring reports. If your power bills are getting out of hand, this is a nice touch that can help you make sensible cuts.
A handy LED night-light completes a renter-friendly introduction to automating your home.
Other smart outlets allow you to get even more creative. By building out IFTTT (If This, Then That) recipes, you can trigger a fan to kick in when an air quality monitor shows increased dust levels. You could also ensure a smart outlet connected to your home theater turns off when you leave home. Some devices will remain on standby, but at least they’ll be powered down.
2) Smart Lighting For Renters
While you won’t want to start ripping into switches and wiring, don’t let that put you off smartening up the lighting in your rental.
Philips Hue is the go-to choice if you want simple LED smart bulbs perfect for temporary accommodation. Control these white or colored LEDs with voice commands, in-app on your smartphone or using a wireless remote. The way you control them depends on your set-up and whether you want to invest in a hub.
For a detailed look at these bulbs, check out our look at Philips Hue Starter Kits.
The Smart Lock Pro solves this problem neatly…
You simply slip this smart lock inside your door with no tweaks to the hardware required. Removing it when you leave is just as straightforward. You won’t need tools and you won’t need to cut new keys.
While you will need a hub, the Connect bridge is thrown in with this line-topping model.
Once you’re up and running you can offer keyless access to friends, family, service staff and contractors.
DoorSense and auto-locking combine to add a wonderful layer of security to your home. The Smart Lock Pro is robustly compatible offering Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Z-Wave and HomeKit are also supported. Voice control extends to Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant so you’ve got all bases covered.
4) Smart Speakers as a Hub
If you have a rental home and more limited scope for home automation, you might not want or need a bona fide gateway. While Samsung’s SmartThings hub and the Wink Hub 2 are fine pieces of kit, you can get away with a smart speaker for most reasonable purposes.
If you can’t get enough of Alexa, you’re spoiled for choice with devices. Our overall recommendation for renters goes to the second-generation Echo Plus.
You’ll get far better sounds quality than many smart speakers provide which gets things off to a strong start. The Dolby soundscape is immersive and both bass and higher frequencies come out clearly and with no distortion. This holds true even at higher volumes.
The added kicker, though, is an integrated Zigbee hub so you can use your digital assistant to control and schedule other smart devices throughout your rental.
From organizing your day and streaming your favorite tunes to barking commands at your locks, lights or sensors, Echo Plus is a hard-hitting beast in the compact form.
For Google Assistant lovers, Home Max is the jewel in an impressive range. A brace of 4 ½-inch woofers and Smart Sound to optimize sound to the room means you’ll be blown away with the output from this dinky but potent package.
If you’d prefer a smart display, Google Home Hub serves up all that Assistant has to offer combined with a crisp 7-inch display. Check out our in-depth look at this mighty but affordable beast right here.
5) Home Theater: Kick Back in Style
It goes unsaid we’re not advising going all-in with a full-blown wired system. If you forget about wiring and cabling, though, you’ve still got plenty of scope for smart entertainment in a rental property.
The first choice should be Google Chromecast. Whether you choose the , start streaming with style using the HDMI port on your existing TV. If you’re questioning what you can do with this agile streaming device, have a glimpse at 20 Ways To Get The Most From Google Chromecast.
A soundbar is a wise investment and one you can easily shift to your next rental. While they’re not particularly cheap, any of these Sonos soundbars make a wonderful long-term investment. With deep, rich audio, you can really ramp up your viewing experience.
While the Samsung Smart TV range is broad, deep and up to 75 inches, we’d urge you to consider the pocket-friendly indoor and outdoor versions, both offering true wireless convenience and a welcome layer of security.
You won’t need a hub or any kind of wiring, and you can easily take the cameras with you when you leave.
Phone alerts come through in-app on your smartphone so you can stay connected even when you’re away. Video footage is stored and you can customize alerts to tune out animals and minimize false positives. The integrated speaker and mic is a nice extra allowing you to intervene and spook any unwanted intruders.
7) Wireless Video Doorbells
Since the bulk of doorbells need hardwiring, they don’t make the most renter-friendly approach to smartening up your entry system.
Security specialist Ring offers the Video Doorbell 2 powered by a quick-release rechargeable battery to sidestep this issue. There is a hardwired version available but the wireless model is perfect when you’re renting.
Stay abreast of the comings and goings in your home through alerts pinged to your smartphone and communicate using the two-way audio and 1080p video.
The intelligent motion sensors are easily adjustable and superb night vision lets you stay connected 24/7. Field of view is an impressive 160 degrees so you can eliminate blind spots almost completely.
Expect up to 6 months of life from the battery before it needs recharging.
Coming in a slimline form with interchangeable faceplates thrown in, there’s a final added bonus…
Despite its outstanding functionality, this is also the cheapest video doorbell in the Ring range so what’s not to love?
8) Smart and Portable Air Conditioners
A sad reality is that many rental units don’t come with AC installed.
How can you get around this without needing to make structural changes or leave the air conditioning unit behind when you leave?
Fortunately, there’s a handy solution in the shape of the will help you inject some fun into more mundane tasks.
The automatic scales put an end to fiddly measuring. You’ll see a virtual bowl fill on-screen in-app and you’ll be told when to stop pouring. Pouring directly into your bowls cuts down on clean-up, too.
You can also get plenty of intelligent recipe suggestions. Input the ingredients you have to hand and you’ll be rewarded with some instant advice on what to do with them. There are over 300 recipes included and you can also add your own for a personal touch.
The Bluetooth scale is also remarkably precise and weighs in 0.1g increments.
This nimble little smart scale is the renter’s perfect ally in the kitchen. It combines the best of smart home innovation and complete convenience in a cost-effective bundle.
10) Wireless Water Leak Detectors
Do you want to keep your rental home protected against the potential carnage of an unchecked water leak? If so, the ?
Simply hook up this showerhead to any regular overhead shower arm in minutes flat and tool-free.
Liven up shower time with 7 LED colored lights that are powered by running water with no batteries required. The colors rotate automatically every few seconds.
Added smarts come in the form of oxygen blasted into the water flow to optimize water pressure. You’ll get multiple jets so choose from rain, massage, a rain/massage mix or a water-conservation mode. There’s even a handheld add-on thrown in, amazing at this price-point.
As with all the gear we’ve highlighted today, when it’s time to move, just detach your showerhead and you’re good to go.
We very much hope you’ve found some inspiration today for kitting out your rented property with some smart devices.
Come back next week as we’ve got plenty of the latest smart home news lined up. We’ll also, as always, bring you plenty of how-to guides, informational articles, and product snapshots. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year already!
Smart devices are typically pretty easy to set up. However, getting those devices to work together in harmony to form a fully functioning smart home system is not so easy for most people.
One of the sticking points with smart home tech is that devices make use of many different communication protocols. From Zigbee and Z-Wave to WiFi and Bluetooth, many devices speak different languages.
While you can take control of each of these devices in-app on your smartphone, you can also streamline things further by adding voice control with a smart speaker or other enabled device.
You might, for example, like the idea of a Google Nest thermostat, some Insteon switches, an August Smart Lock, and Philips Hue Lighting. Will this all slot neatly together, though?
We’ll look today at the bigger picture of smart home systems, starting with a quick definition of what this really means.
What Is a Smart Home System?
If you have a smart home filled with disparate devices all working independently, you’ve got the makings of a connected home. The thing is, if you’re still forced to control all of these independently, all you really have is a different form of control. You might not need to physically touch devices since you can use an app on your phone, but you certainly don’t have an automated home.
Think of the ecosystem of our planet. You have a bunch of organisms all nestled in their own physical environment. Smart homes can also have ecosystems with various devices and cloud services. With a robust smart home system in place, you have a unified portal to link them all and get them working together neatly.
The most effective smart home systems, unsurprisingly, come from the major players. We’ll kick off with Amazon, Google, and Apple, who have built out highly efficient smart home systems. Not only do these cohesive set-ups make life easier for you, but they also tie you into buying more devices from the manufacturer. There’s no altruism in business!
So, how do these smart home systems actually work then?
How Does A Smart Home System Work?
The first thing to be aware of is that these different smart home systems do not, by design, work with all devices. Manufacturers are clearly in direct competition. This means it’s in their own interests to harness proprietary communication protocols and technologies to preserve their edge.
Within a smart home, there are multiple networks. Along with artificial intelligence (AI), there is the Internet of Things (IoT) and various cloud services all running in the background.
The most effective smart home systems have a central home hub to facilitate communication. Here is where the difference between a smart home and home automation becomes apparent. Adding in a home hub allows for robust remote control, maximum interoperability, and the ability to schedule and automate devices.
Coordinating all these devices within a connected home is what makes a smart home truly smart.
So, where do you get started?
Start with a Digital Assistant
A wise jump-off point is to consider a digital assistant in the form of a smart speaker or a smart display.
Amazon, Google, and Apple all produce a range of devices you can use as the nucleus of your smart home. These AI-powered virtual butlers simplify control, but you will need to keep a close eye on the compatibility of devices.
Here are the 3 main digital assistants found in most smart home systems:
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
- Apple HomeKit
Since bursting onto the scene back in 2014, Alexa appeared on the original Echo smart speaker and is still continuing to improve today.
Alexa has migrated to a vast range of devices and is often baked in to remove the need for a third-party device completely.
There’s an important distinction to make between the 2 types of devices that allow you to take control with Alexa.
- Echo smart speakers along with third-party devices that have Alexa onboard
- Devices that just Work with Alexa and come clearly emblazoned with this label
As well as offering very broad smart home control, Alexa’s enormous range of skills gives you robust access to search and streaming, along with the ability to organize your day.
Key Benefits of Alexa
- Exceptional smart home control using voice commands
- Enormous interoperability with most major players in the smart home space
- An inexpensive starting point
Who This Ecosystem Works Best For
- Great for beginners, as well as more experienced smart home practitioners
Google was slightly later to the smart speaker party, debuting Google Home in 2017.
Expansion continues well beyond this stable of first-party devices with JBL, Panasonic, Lenovo, and LG also offering support for Google Assistant.
Just like with Alexa, you find 2 types of Google Assistants.
Devices like Android phones, smartwatches, and Chromebooks come with Assistant already bundled. You can speak to Assistant on these and get help organizing your day.
There’s also a broad spread of devices you can command by using Google Assistant, in a similar version of Works with Alexa, but for Google.
You can take the helm in-app or using voice commands for control of all compatible devices in your Google smart home system. Whether it’s devices coming with Assistant baked in or anything from the Works with Google Assistant line, you have a huge choice and awesome interoperability at your fingertips if you roll with this smart home system.
Key Benefits of Google Assistant
- Google Assistant comes as the default setting on Android phones
- Piercing and deep search skills, as you’d expect from Google
- Super-simple to add new devices
Who This Ecosystem Works Best For
- Ideal if you have an Android phone and you’re looking for an already-familiar smart home system with no learning curve
Apple is notorious for locking you into their smart home system and HomeKit is no exception.
HomeKit differs from Alexa and Google Assistant in that you’ll benefit from a software framework that’s already in place on Apple devices.
The HomeKit ecosystem falls in 2 distinct parts.
You have that framework and protocol on the back end with a front-facing element in the form of the Home app.
Look for the Works with HomeKit badge on any devices you want to work within the Apple smart home system.
As long as you have an iPhone or MacOS device, you’ll be up and running in no time since setting up this smart home system is remarkably straightforward. While you might not get quite the breadth of compatibility as you’ll find with Alexa and Google Assistant, the volume of Works with HomeKit devices is constantly growing.
Key Benefits of HomeKit
- Brings all smart home control seamlessly into one place
- All HomeKit tech can be controlled in the Home app or using Siri
- Security is impeccable with this smart home system
Who This Ecosystem Works Best For
- For committed iOS users looking to further expand their Apple ecosystem covering all parts of the home
So, there are your main options when it comes to integrating control through a digital assistant, but what else do you have at your disposal?
Other Leading Smart Home Ecosystems
As other manufacturers have cottoned on to the simplicity of control users demand, there is no shortage of hardware and software solutions from other brands.
We’ll round out by touching on a half-dozen other smart home systems, along with who they work best for.
- Samsung SmartThings
Using a dual-mesh network and proprietary communication protocol, Insteon is an OG of the smart home scene with just cause.
As a dual-mesh networking topology, signals are sent both through the Insteon wireless network and also through your home’s existing power lines. Messages are repeated by all wired Insteon devices included in the network, so the more smart home tech you add, the more solid the network becomes.
Devices are both backward-compatible and forward-compatible, making Insteon one of the most flexible ecosystems out there.
With the Insteon Hub Central Controller as the foundation, you can construct a fully automated home with a vast array of control options. As an added kicker, Insteon kit all comes in at very affordable prices.
Set-up couldn’t be easier even if you have no experience in home automation. Get going right out the box and build out a more wide-reaching connected home at your leisure.
Shop the full Insteon range of devices right here.
Key Benefits of Insteon
- A dependable ecosystem with outstanding signal communication and inbuilt redundancy
- Super-simple to set up
- No delay with message transmission
Who This Smart Home System Works Best For
- Ideal for anyone who wants to build out a completely automated home using Insteon devices
2) Samsung SmartThings
Samsung needs no introduction and their SmartThings ecosystem might be small, but it’s perfectly formed.
With the SmartThings Hub as your baseline, you can even create a mesh network in your smart home by adding in up to 5 hubs. Reliable WiFi coverage with no dead spots is key to the glitch-free operation of any ecosystem and Samsung makes that easy for you.
The app has been overhauled for smoother user experience, although the digital assistant Bixby doesn’t have the capabilities of the opposition.
Key Benefits of SmartThings
- Ability to create a mesh WiFi network
- Compatible with both Zigbee and Z-Wave
- Great interoperability with third-party tech
Who This Smart Home System Works Best For
- Perfect ecosystem if you already own plenty of Samsung devices and you’re looking to create a simple connected home that’s easy to set up
While Wink might not be the first name that trips off the tongue with smart home technology, it’s one of the most established platforms.
The retooled Hub2 is among the finest gateways in a crowded market. Protocol support is class-leading with both Z-Wave and Zigbee as well as Bluetooth LE, Kidde and Lutron Clear Connect all playing ball with Wink.
The significant downside of Wink is a degree of stasis. While there are plenty of devices to choose from, you don’t have the same number being added in comparison to what the competition is delivering.
Our take on Wink is that it’s great for now, but we can’t really predict how things will pan out in the coming years, due to a lack of activity on the platform in general.
Key Benefits of Wink
- All major communication protocols supported
- Outstanding compatibility with over 400 smart devices
- Control everything using one intuitive app
Who This Smart Home System Works Best For
- Smart home users not prepared to go all-in with a restrictive and proprietary ecosystem, but still demanding broad compatibility
Hive has grown stealthily from a UK-only enterprise to a global concern.
If you don’t like the idea of committing fully to either Alexa or Google Assistant, Hive gives you the best of both worlds.
The range of devices is reasonably comprehensive. There’s everything from smart thermostats to security systems, smart locks and a variety of lighting to choose from.
Support for third-party devices is not quite so flexible as you’ll find with some of the other smart home systems. Think about what other devices you might add to your smart home system and check for compatibility first.
Key Benefits of Hive
- Works with both Alexa and Google Assistant
- A smart home system that doesn’t lock you in like some of the competition
- Vibrant product development slate, so the future looks bright for Hive
Who This Smart Home System Works Best For
- Anyone looking to avoid being locked down to one specific digital assistant and anyone who already owns Hive products
IFTTT (If This, Then That), is not exactly a smart home system, so why are we including it today?
Well, although not a platform in its own right, what IFTTT does is streamline control. And control, after all, is one of the key selling points with any smart home systems.
IFTTT works with applets with a trigger (the If this component) and the resulting action (then that).
We’ll make it clear that IFTTT is not ideal for absolute beginners. If you have even moderate tech skills in place, though, you’ll get a platform that offers you the utmost in flexibility and control.
Key Benefits of IFTTT
- Works with both Google Assistant and Alexa
- Bolts neatly onto any smart home system you already have in place
- Control in-app, with voice commands or even using a web browser
Who This Ecosystem Works Best For
- Tailor-made for the tech-savvy prepared to play around to get the most personalized home automation solution out there
We hope today’s study of smart home systems has given you a solid starting point to work from.
As with all aspects of home automation, when you’re just starting out you should bear one old maxim firmly in mind: Fail to plan, plan to fail. This is doubly the case with smart home systems.
Check for compatibility and use our handy guide to see which would suit you in general. Once you’re sure the smart home system makes the right fit, start enjoying full home automation the easy way.
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No one wants to think about having sex offenders in their city, but with a total of 917,771 registered sex offenders in the United States and its territories, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, it’s a harsh reality that must be faced. If you do the math, that’s 279 registered sex offenders for every 100,000 people!
Using data from City-Data, this article looks at the United States cities with the highest frequencies of sex offenders per every 10,000 residents. Out of all the states, Oregon has the largest percentage of sex offenders with 688 for every 100,000 people. Maryland, on the other hand, has the lowest percentage, with only 125 for every 100,000 people. But before we get into the numbers, I want to tell you a little bit more about registered sex offenders and their surrounding laws.
Sex Offender Risk Levels
Sex offenders are sorted into levels during sentencing or when they’re released from custody.
Not all sexual offenders are created equal. They are actually separated into three different levels in terms of how likely they are to repeat an offense. The level is determined either at their sentencing or when they are released from custody. The levels are as follows:
- Level 1: low risk of repeat offense
- Level 2: moderate risk of repeat offense
- Level 3: High risk of repeat offense or a threat to public safety. Generally, Level 3 offenders have previous convictions, predatory characteristics that involve seeking victims unknown to the offender, and a tendency toward violence.
All registered sex offenders must notify the community of their zip code at the very least.
All registered sex offenders must notify the community that they’re moving into the neighborhood, although only Level 3 offenders must provide their entire address; Level 1 and 2 offenders merely supply their zip code.
United States Cities Ranked By the Frequency of Registered Sex Offenders
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This infographic analyzes 125 major U.S. cities to provide a ratio of sex offenders to non-offenders, showing where the highest concentrations of sex offenders are. The top ten cities found to have the highest ratios are as follows:
1. Wilmington, Delaware — 1 sex offender for every 107 residents
2. Orlando, Florida — 1 sex offender for every 143 residents
3. Sioux Falls, South Dakota — 1 sex offender for every 153 residents
4. Helena, Montana — 1 sex offender for every 160 residents
5. Las Vegas, Nevada — 1 sex offender for every 163 residents
6. Richmond, Virginia — 1 sex offender for every 163 residents
7. Bismarck, North Dakota — 1 sex offender for every 168 residents
8. Louisville, Kentucky — 1 sex offender for every 173 residents
9. Hartford, Connecticut — 1 sex offender for every 182 residents
10. Cheyenne, Wyoming — 1 sex offender for every 186 residents
Those are the top ten, but if you want to see how your city ranks, click on the above infographic to expand.
Aside from staying informed about the number of sex offenders in your city, there are a few other ways to keep yourself safe. If you have kids, I recommend reading our security tips for stay-at-home moms, or consider getting a home security system of your own. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to write to me below and I’ll get back to you soon.
Watch how to make your home smarter and safer with Smart LED Lights.
How does the Pulse app work with the Smart LED light bulb?
The Pulse light feature enables various capabilities.
Turn lights on and off remotely.
Dim or brighten your Smart LED lights whenever you like.
Automate your lights to make your empty home appear occupied.
Set an exterior light to turn on when a motion sensor is triggered.
Trigger your lights to automatically turn on if the ADT smoke detector is triggered.
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With new product launches and stories including Insights Engine, voice control, and the smartest house on the block, it’s been a newsworthy year at Alarm.com. In case you missed anything, check out this list of our top 2017 highlights.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Introducing Insights Engine
At CES Unveiled, we introduced our Insights Engine to the world. It’s a new, proactive intelligence that understands context, enabling your home to recognize and respond to activity that might indicate a problem.
Its first application is Unexpected Activity notifications, a smart home security feature that lets you know immediately about potential safety or security issues.
New Integrations, More Voice Control
Our second voice control integration (hot on the heels of our custom Alexa skill) enables you to control your Alarm.com-powered security system, smart locks and garage door, check the status of different devices, adjust the temperature and more—all by talking to your Google Home device.
Google Home was one of several new integrations we announced this year (we showed others at ISC West), enabling homeowners and service providers with more choice and customization options than ever.
Research: Patriots Fans are Cooler
Did you know that the average Massachusetts home is two degrees cooler than a typical home in Georgia? Alarm.com did, thanks to the billions of smart home data points that our platform processes every year.
With the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl clash coming up in February 2017, we dug into some aggregated and anonymized data to discover how Alarm.com users in each team’s home state customize their smart home experience. Stay tuned for more insights in 2018.
The Demo House is Open!
We transformed a Falls Church, Virginia neighborhood bungalow into the smartest home on the block.
Created to show the world what a true smart home can do, Alarm.com’s Demo House is intelligent, crime-resistant, energy efficient and ultra-convenient. Click the video for a guided tour with creator and Alarm.com co-founder Ali Slavin.
New Features and a Smarter Web Dashboard
As always, we worked hard all year to bring you new features and ways of interacting with your Alarm.com-powered home. We refreshed our smartphone app, then added new, easy video-sharing features and the ability to zoom into live feeds.
We also launched our new, smarter web dashboard. With better navigation, better customization and an app-like experience, it makes smart home security even more intuitive.
Big Questions Answered
Do you need a security system if you have a dog? Do fake security cameras work? Is it too early in life to own a security system? Home security can be a confusing topic and we’re here to answer your questions. For the record: yes, no, no.
Elsewhere, our Smart Home Security Versus blog series took a look at how Alarm.com stacks up against some most common home security hazards and criminal tactics, from doorstep package theft to lost and stolen keys.
Finally, did you catch our holiday video?
We wish you and your family a safe and smart 2018. If you’re resolving to get Alarm.com next year, the first step is to connect with a service provider. Enter your ZIP code below to get started!
Watch to learn how to reinstall a door or window sensor.
Over time it’s recommended to replace your door or window sensor.
To get started you will need double sided tape, alcohol prep pad and silicone sealant. You can order a self-replacement kit from ADT or at the local hardware store.
Learn how to reinstall your door sensor in three easy steps:
1. Clean the sensor and door or window area
2. Apply a double-sided tape to door or window sensor
3. Mount sensor to the area desired.
4. Test the sensor by arming your security system
If your system is operating properly your system will arm. If there are any issues your system will alert you on the keypad.
If this happens try to reattach the sensor again and ensure both pieces of the sensor are aligned properly. If the problem persists go to https://www.myadt.com for help.
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Sit down with Protect America’s Ciera D. for five minutes and you’ll walk away feeling like a completely different person. The way she speaks of overcoming adversity and then shifts to listing the things that keep her motivated may, in fact, leave you feeling just as motivated.
Born in Baltimore, Ciera moved to Texas two years ago to begin her career as an internet director at a large retailer. After burning out from her intense 90-hour-a-week schedule, Ciera returned to the drawing board hoping to establish a career doing something better. She found her answer with Protect America. After interviewing with CEO Scott Fleming to learn more about the growth opportunities available within the company, she knew this was the job for her.
“I’ve worked for lots of big corporations.” Ciera said. “What makes Protect America different is that even though we’re a national company, you still get the feeling that we’re all under one roof. Everyone has their sleeves rolled up to help their team become successful. “
Ciera practices that sentiment by using her position as the Senior Supervisor for the Retention Department to encourage her team to reach their goals. Her main responsibilities lie in ensuring her team provides excellent communication with customers or potential shoppers. As senior supervisor, Ciera also trains and educates each member of her team to be prepared for every call.
“I’ve found some great success in this building and I had to work very hard to get there but I also believe in the people around me.” Ciera said. “If I’m the best person in my department on the phones, then I’ve done a big disservice to the company. I want to prepare everyone to be just as capable of doing as great job as I am.”
Taking Adversity By Storm at Protect America
Finding success early on in her leadership position didn’t come easy for Ciera. As someone who has become well acquainted with accomplishments and meeting goals, this period of development was foreign.
“There have been so many things that I’ve tried that I’ve done well quickly,” Ciera said. “One of the things I really appreciate about my position is that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. The beginning was a very humbling experience but it taught me so much about how to give information to different types of people.”
Ciera equates this learning curve to playing ports.
“In sports, just because you can do something well doesn’t mean you can teach someone else how to do it the same way,” Ciera said. “What I like about my role is I had to learn how to train 10 or so different people with 10 different learning styles. It’s been a challenge but I really do enjoy figuring out how to help my team accomplish what they set out to do.”
This drive to motivate and inspire her team is evident in the way Ciera coaches them throughout the day.
“I tell my team all the time I’m not their supervisor, I’m super at advising,” Ciera said. “I’m really good at teaching you. I would have no reason to be here if there wasn’t something I could serve them to do. I work for them and I’m here for them.”
An average day for Ciera is typically busy. Walk in on any given afternoon and you’ll find her bouncing from one section of her department to the next, assisting her team or listening to customers calling in with questions about their system. She stays focused by remembering the company’s mission and its dedication to serving each customer with exceptional care.
“We’re not providing bubblegum for people. We’re providing security,” Ciera said. “When you get on a call with our customers, it can be very heartbreaking to hear what they’ve been through. But it’s great knowing that after we explain their options and educate them, we can make them feel safe again.”
Settling Roots in the Music Capital of the World
Austin, a vibrant city filled with eclectic coffee shops, serene plant nurseries, iconic music venues and sprawling parks, is Ciera’s after-work playground.
“Unfortunately, it took me over a year to get to know Austin because of the number of hours I was working at the dealership,” Ciera said. “I hadn’t been anywhere and I hadn’t met anyone. But now I’ve spent time at Zilker Park, the 360 Bridge and the Hamilton Pool Reserve. I’ve also just finished writing my first book.”
Writing is a soothing form of self-expression and reflection for Ciera. Most of her pieces are poems or letters used to better understand past experiences or gain closure from ended relationships. For example, Ciera’s most recent body of work dives into her college years. It shares the unique tale of the different people she met and the growth she endured.
“The Senior Vice President for Sustainability at GM once told me that the most important thing about going to college is learning how to grow up and that if I didn’t learn how to grow up while I was in school then I wasted four years.” Ciera said. “So after that I went home and asked myself what I learned in college. Then I pulled together all the letters and poems I wrote in university, put them in chronological order and turned it into a story. It’s called “What I Learned in College” and it’s 101 pages long.”
Family is also a driving force for Ciera. While she doesn’t have any children of her own, she co-parents her nieces and nephews. This role is one of the main reasons she strives to work as hard as she does.
“I was the first person in my family to graduate from college and to do a lot of the things that I’ve accomplished,” Ciera said. “This really motivates me to continue to raise the bar so my family can have something to strive for. I want to open as many doors for them as possible. I want them to see that no matter what adversity comes your way, you can do it.”
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