Parents: This School Year, Worry Less

by catawbav

A new school year is the start of a new journey for kids and parents alike. You’ll help your children engage with new responsibilities, reach new milestones and overcome new worries. You’ll also encounter some worries of your own.

That’s especially true when children reach home-alone age and begin arriving home while you’re still at work. While your kids will quickly adapt, your concerns for their safety and wellbeing won’t be going anywhere.

However, new technology can help. With smartphone alerts, connected video cameras and remote-controlled door security, a custom security solution can quickly become an essential tool for managing your weekday worries.

Worry 1: Are my kids safely home? 

Your biggest after-school concern is to know that your kids are home. It’s a worry that comes in many flavors: How long do you wait to text or call if they forget to check-in? What if they lose their keys? If they’re home, are they alone – or did their friends invite themselves over?

We’ve got this one covered. Take a look.

Worry 2: Are my kids behaving responsibly at home?   

Letting your kids manage their own after-school time helps to build their sense of responsibility. However, you need a way to know that they’re doing the right thing. Alarm.com’s indoor video technology can help.

For example, our own research indicates that parents expect kids to take responsibility for their own homework at around the age of 12.) Our indoor cameras give you a discreet way to quickly confirm that things are getting done. You can even help them out with a tricky math equation via a two-way voice conversation.

Worry 3: Is the house secure during the daytime? 

Weekday mornings are busy and kids are forgetful. If they’re the last to leave the house, you may be concerned about potential security lapses. After all, there’s nothing like coming home to discover that your garage has remained invitingly open all day.

Alarm.com alerts let you take a “trust but verify” approach, with the ability to lock up remotely if your kids forget.

PS: If it’s you who’s the forgetful one, check out our Geo-Services reminders and what they can do for you.

Want to worry less this year with Catawba Security Powered by Alarm.com?Protecting your family and home with Alarm.com technology is easy and it all starts with reaching out to Catawba Security.  Click here to set up a time to meet with one of our expert security consultants to craft a solution that will meet all of your needs!


Three Ways Catawba Security Makes Your Home Renovation Project Easier

by catawbav

Planning a home renovation project?  There’s a new tool that can make the difference between frustration and smooth-sailing success.

It helps you project-manage, protect your home, and solve tricky scheduling and security challenges—all from your phone.

It’s called smart home security—powered by Catawba Security & Alarm.com—and it comes with an array of features that simplify renovation projects big and small. It’s also a valuable home upgrade in its own right, giving you state-of-the-art protection with smart home automation that’ll enhance your original project.

1: Smart locks take care of access for contractors

Even if you’re a handy DIYer, most renovation projects require professional help, which means contractors who’ll need access to your home. Do you plan to be onsite every day to let them in, or will you risk the spare key approach?

Alarm.com gives you a better solution: smartphone-controlled door locks. Need to be at the office early? No problem: have your contractor press your doorbell camera when they arrive, verify them via video feed, and tap once to let them in.

If a contractor needs repeat access, give them an Alarm.com user code. This four-digit code will unlock the door within a specific timeframe and can be deleted (or auto-expired) when the job is done.

2: Alerts and video keep you in the know

Did your electricians show up late when you weren’t there? Did they really stay for three hours? With Alarm.com’s activity alerts, you’ll know.

You can stay in the know with user code-triggered smartphone alerts, including “late arrival” and “no-show”. If you need to verify contractors’ hours on longer projects, you’ll find a complete activity history in your web dashboard.

Want a real-time progress update but don’t have time for a call? Alarm.com’s indoor and outdoor security camera options offer live video feeds, visual alerts, and two-way voice communication, making it easy to see what’s going on and communicate essential information.

Don’t have internet in your property yet? Our cellular-connected Image Sensor has you covered.

3: One-touch security protects your property instantly

A renovation increases the security risk at your home. Thieves target unattended sites for tools and materials. A dishonest contractor could leave a window open for a return visit after hours.

Alarm.com is up to the challenge. Proactive, tamper-resistant and professionally monitored for emergencies, a smart home security system stays on guard around the clock and can quickly alert you to an open window or unexpected activity. It can even hit the lights if a video camera detects a person outside after dark.

While tough on intruders, Alarm.com makes security easy for you, with no “doorway dashes” required when arming or disarming. A single Scene command on your smartphone is all it takes to lock up and turn on the alarm when the day’s work is done.

4: Bonus: It’s an instant upgrade for your whole home

Smart home security isn’t just for renovations: it’s also a true home upgrade with long-lasting benefits and serious homebuyer or renter appeal.

If you’ve been considering a smart home makeover but weren’t sure where to start, Alarm.com is for you. We can quickly add smart lights, ENERGY STAR®-certified thermostats, locks and more to your security system, giving you a fully-automated smart home controlled by a single app.

It’s the easiest way to enjoy better security and safety, energy savings, and convenient home automation with no hi-tech work on your part required.

Want to get started? Click here to see how to get in touch with us!


Five Outdoor Home Security Essentials for Summer

by catawbav

With summer cookouts and parties to prepare for, and long, light evenings to enjoy, it’s the time of year to pay attention to your home’s outdoor space.

After all, you won’t be the only one doing do. Summer is prime time for burglars. It’s the season of unlocked windows, open doors and garages, and long vacation absences.

Outdoor security is your home’s first line of defense—so how does yours shape up? Does it deter intruders at first glance, or invite them to take a second look?

These outdoor security essentials—all available as part of an Alarm.com-powered security system—will safeguard your home and your peace of mind all summer long, letting you make the most of the warm weather, worry-free.

1: Smart Security Camera

Essential for: Knowing what’s happening outside.

Most smart security cameras will let you know if there’s activity outside. This one can tell you whether it’s an animal, person or vehicle, and whether or not they’re on your property. Customize your video alerts to see everything you want to know about—without the everyday activity that doesn’t matter.

As well as sending you live and recorded footage of your outdoor space, these cameras also send a clear message to visitors: I have a smart home security system. That’s enough to keep most burglars away.

2: Smart Lighting 

Essential for: Keeping visitors visible.

Shadowy characters rarely like to be in the spotlight—and this goes double for burglars. Automated outdoor lighting, triggered by your Alarm.com image sensors or smart security cameras, ensures that intruders have nowhere to hide after dark.

Going on vacation? It’s easy to set up a smart lighting schedule so that Alarm.com turns your lights on every evening, giving passers-by the impression that you’re home.

3: Contact Sensors

Essential for: Security and child safety

With Alarm.com, a little information goes a long way. Installed on a door or window, this wireless contact sensor can alert your monitoring service to a break-in, remind you to lock up for the night, or let you know that your kids are exploring the great outdoors on their own.

When school’s out, contact sensors become an essential outdoor safeguard for parents, giving you a new way to keep tabs on your pool gate, yard gate, tool shed, garage freezer or other dangerous areas that you want to keep off-limits from curious kids.

4: Doorbell Camera

Essential for: Protecting your porch

With plenty of package thieves and dishonest visitors out there, an Alarm.com Doorbell Camera is the best form of deterrence for your front porch. With motion-triggered video alerts, a live video feed and two-way voice, you can see and speak to visitors from anywhere, whether they ring the bell or not.

Expecting a delivery or a late arrival to your outdoor party? Just open your Alarm.com app when the doorbell rings, verify your visitor, and unlock your door with your Alarm.com-powered smart lock.

5: Smart Garage Door Opener

Essential for: Protecting outdoor equipment and tools

Summer brings long evening bike rides, road trips, and plenty of outdoor DIY—all of which means plenty of opportunity to leave your garage door wide open. Incorporate this Alarm.com-powered garage door controller into your security system and you’ll never be caught out.

Should you leave home with the garage still open, Alarm.com knows (thanks to Geo-Services technology) and sends you a reminder. No need to pedal back home or turn the car around: just tap your phone to close the door, secure your bikes and tools and protect this commonly-overlooked entrance to your home.

Want these security essentials in one easy package?

Shaping up your outdoor security is easy with Catawba Security powered by Alarm.com. Our highly trained technicians can quickly outfit your home with all of the above and more, with state-of-the-art home security features, professional monitoring for emergencies and a single smartphone app to control it all.To get a personalized solution stop by our showroom next to Bassett’s Market or click here to get in touch with us!

Bring the Home Theater Outdoors

by catawbav

Let’s face it, a lot of us have to choose between being outside and enjoying truly great sound a video.  The only thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way!  With a custom solution from Catawba Security, we can bring high-quality sound and HD video outdoors!


We are proud to partner with Episode Speakers to offer all of our customers the opportunity to experience great sound outdoors.  Episode offers a number of speakers to fit seamlessly into your outdoor space, constructed with all-weather components, Episode products deliver remarkable sound in every climate.

SATELLITE SPEAKERS Your perfect outdoor speaker has arrived. Tested to withstand temperatures between -20 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit, it can handle the elements and still deliver a crisp, natural sound. A hidden tap switch allows this speaker to be configured for 70V or 8-ohm systems, while its shape and color blend seamlessly into any environment.

SUBWOOFERS – Subwoofers are the backbone of any great audio system and with them available in both burial and hardscape, Episode outdoor subwoofers deliver booming sound in any condition.

OMNI-DIRECTIONAL SPEAKERS – This loudspeaker’s careful design allows us to set up any audio configuration you may want. Three hundred sixty degrees of coverage delivers perfect performance without hot spots.

ROCK SPEAKERS – Available in granite and sandstone finishes, Episode rock speakers are constructed with a Polypropylene cone and dual Titanium tweeters for a premium sound – and because it’s all-weather, you can use it anywhere.

SURFACE MOUNT SPEAKERS – These durable speakers use quality components like a high-temperature voice coil and aluminum dome tweeter to deliver great sound no matter the circumstance.


Just like when it comes to audio Catawba Security went out and found the best outdoor television on the market, SunBriteTV met and exceeded all of our extremely high expectations!

SunBriteTV designs and engineers the only time-tested TVs in the world that are specifically built from the ground up for the outdoor environment. These true all-weather, outdoor LED-LCD TVs deliver superior brightness while resisting the harsh effects of rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays.

All SunBriteTV models are designed, engineered, and assembled in our production facilities in California, Texas, and/or North Carolina — making SunBriteTV the only consumer brand that actually manufactures televisions in the United States.


Whether you are looking to create your very own outdoor theater, or just looking to add a few landscape speakers so you can listen to music while you lounge by the pool, we’d love to talk to you about your project.  Give us a call, fill out our contact form, or stop by our showroom next to Bassett’s, we’d love to talk about how to bring your vision to life!


What Can AI Do For Your Business?

by catawbav

With the increasing popularity of AI in the business world, you may be thinking how can I use AI in my business?  Well, for one thing, it can help keep your business safer with HikVision’s new line of network cameras and NVRs.

About AI

Artificial Intelligence allows machines to do jobs previously done by people. When it comes to security and surveillance, this technology allows cameras and control room equipment to identify a wide range of threats automatically and in real time across hundreds or even thousands of cameras – allowing security teams to take immediate action to protect people and assets.

Video surveillance cameras are the electronic eyes of any security operation. In the past, human supervision was needed to make sense of the images captured, and to assess whether certain events posed a security risk or not. With some organizations using hundreds or even thousands of cameras to protect their people and assets, manual review of footage is simply impossible – potentially leaving them vulnerable to security breaches.

To help organizations overcome this challenge, and to optimize their security, Hikvision has built advanced Artificial Intelligence technology into our surveillance solutions. This means that our cameras, control-room equipment, and back-end infrastructure can now ‘learn’ about potential threats for themselves by recognizing people, vehicles and even behaviors.

Improving all aspects of security with ‘proactive’ detection and prevention

The manual interventions needed with traditional security systems mean that teams were frequently reacting to breaches that had already happened. Artificial Intelligence changes all this by recognizing potential threats before they impact the company’s people or assets – allowing security teams to react immediately to neutralize any potential threat.

For example, Hikvision Artificial Intelligence solutions can automatically trigger alerts when a person appears in a restricted area, or when a vehicle with a blacklisted number plate enters a site. With alerts delivered in real time, teams can identify and react to security threats and protect people and assets more effectively. And because alerts are automated, potential threats are hardly missed or overlooked.

How does Artificial Intelligence work?

Artificial Intelligence systems become more intelligent over time, building databases of potential threats and reacting to new events accordingly. This allows systems to ‘think for themselves’ and to alert teams of any suspicious events or people who are caught on camera.

Hikvision’s Artificial Intelligence technologies use advanced algorithms based on Deep Learning to distinguish between different kinds of security events and threats. Technologies incorporated into the Hikvision portfolio include:

•    Facial recognition – which allows law enforcement personnel to identify suspects and commercial teams to identify VIP customers in real time.
•    Vehicle identification  – which can be used to identify vehicle number plates, and recognize different types of vehicles (even down to make and model), or to trigger alerts when vehicles enter restricted areas.
•    Perimeter protection – which helps organizations to identify real threats by distinguishing people and vehicles from other moving objects and keeping false alarms to a minimum.

That’s great but what next?

After reading this article you may be saying to yourself, “that’s great but how can it help my business specifically?”  That’s where we come in, at Catawba Security we use our years of experience and training to help you get the most out of your system.  From optimal camera selection and placement to programming the AI capabilities to fit your needs, our local technicians are here to make the installation of your system as easy as possible.  Give us a call today for a no cost no obligation consultation to see how you can harness the power of HikVision and the local expertise of Catawba Security to better protect your business!



Catawba Security is the way to go in Home Automation!

by catawbav

Choosing whether to handle your home automation project yourself or to hire someone is a big decision. Each approach has its merits, but you’ll reap the greatest rewards by hiring Catawba Security. With extensive knowledge and rigorous training in wiring, networking, audio/video, and more, we are your Control4 smart home professional that is armed with tools, resources, and experience to create a truly intelligent home of your dreams.


Having your system professionally installed means you’re getting our years of experience, hands-on training, and access to our award-winning tech support team. We are armed with the knowledge that delivers on your smart home dream.


Missing from a DIY system will be the customization and scalability you get from a professionally installed home automation system. A professionally installed smart home system is tailored to perform precisely the way you want it to. Then after the initial install, When >> Then personalization gives you the power to change or modify your system as desired. You can adjust and fine-tune many of the features of your system to match exactly what you need on your own, with the confidence of knowing Catawba Security is here to help if you ever get stuck.


Even though your home automation system is built to last, from time to time, technology needs a little extra TLC or updating to stay fresh and always work reliably. The wireless network in your home might need to be tweaked or a wire may need to be routed to an area that’s difficult to reach. We have the tools, knowledge, and training to guarantee that your home automation system will perform optimally. And should you ever run into a glitch—even months or years after the system has been installed—our local trained technicians are here to help.


When turning your home into a smart home, it’s important to work with someone with experience who can help you discover the best solution and possibilities in your own home. Incorporated into our showroom are working examples of home technology, which have been made to look and function just like spaces in your own home. This paints a vivid and realistic picture of what it’s like to live with and benefit from home automation.


Whether you are building your dream home and would like to get us involved from the beginning or you are looking to transform your existing home into a smart home, give us a call or stop by our showroom.  One of our knowledgeable staff will explore with you what you are looking to achieve and discuss how Control4 can help automate your life!


Are You a Managing Mom? We’re Here to Help.

by catawbav

It’s hard work being a modern, managing Mom!

According to new Alarm.com research, Moms spend an average of 36 hours a week organizing, coaching and managing their children through the activities, milestones, and adventures that constitute the long road to independence.

It’s demanding, skilled and underappreciated work. It means being a coach—organizing, transporting, directing and encouraging—and also a protector, ensuring that kids are safe, well and thriving. Even without a full-time job outside of the home, that’s a lot to manage.

No surprise, then, that Managing Moms are some of the most adept Alarm.com users. Here are some of the things our smart home security technology can help you manage:

1: Managing everyday routines and activities

It might seem like it to others, but your kids’ achievements don’t happen overnight. They take years of routines, practice and activity to accomplish—and typically, kids have Mom to thank. Our survey shows that Moms tend to be primarily responsible for:

  • Getting kids to and from school (84 percent of Moms)
  • Facilitating social activities or playdates (82 percent of Moms)
  • Purchasing clothes, equipment, and supplies (83 percent of Moms)

How we can help:

Managing your family’s schedule is tough, especially with childcare, carpooling and work in the mix. Smart home security helps you simplify and solve challenges like spare keys and security, babysitter management, and generally needing to be in two places at once. As our business users also know, it’s smart to run things with Alarm.com.

2: Managing your kids’ independence and growth 

For kids, developing independence and a sense of responsibility takes practice, boundary-pushing, give and take, and a lot of trial and error. As a parent, you need the patience to step back, and enough awareness to quickly step in. Some areas where Moms take the lead:

  • Overseeing and helping with homework (82 percent of Moms)
  • Setting and enforcing rules at home (73 percent of Moms)
  • Refereeing arguments and disputes (77 percent of Moms)

How we can help:

Independence comes with responsibilities. While your kids figure that out, we’ll help you ensure that they follow the important rules when taking new steps like coming home from school on their own. Here’s how:

3: Managing your family’s safety, health and wellness 

Keeping your kids safe and well is a lifelong mission—especially when they’re learning to spread their wings. Although Dads might consider home security and safety to be their domain, Moms take the lead on other protective roles, including:

  • Vetting online / media content and screen time (81 percent of Moms)
  • Coaching kids through worries and problems (85 percent of Moms)
  • Medical and health appointments: managed (86 percent of Moms)

How we can help:

Keeping your family safe and well is at the heart of everything we do. Our award-winning, professionally-monitored home security technology is engineered to protect you all from burglars, fire and smoke, dishonest visitors, package thieves, garage-door-related forgetfulness and so much more.

And—with smart, new safeguards like automated indoor and outdoor lighting and Unexpected Activity alerts added continually, you can rest assured that your Alarm.com technology will get even more capable over time—just like your kids.

Next Steps for Managing Moms: 

Want to add smart home security to your family management toolkit?  Catawba Security makes it easy. Give us a call today to find out how to get Alarm.com.


Time to Update Your Business Phone System?

by catawbav

Your business phone system is one of your most vital business assets and typically it’s the one that gets updated the most infrequently.  IP phone systems are quickly becoming the industry standard, but if rewiring your entire business to take advantage of this trend may not be possible Catawba Security has a solution for you!


Introducing the KX-NS700 Series—compact hybrid communications platforms designed for small to mid-sized businesses with up to 288 extensions that can be flexibly configured and expanded. If you’re looking for a powerful “grow as you go” solution that meets the needs of both digital and IP communications and empowers your business with the latest collaborative technologies, look no further than the KX-NS700 Series.


If you’re already a Panasonic customer, you can protect your current equipment investment when migrating to a KX-NS700 series hybrid communication platform. The Panasonic KX-NCP, KX-TDE and KX-TDA customer can easily retain many of their existing telephone models as well as expand the KX-NS700 series communications platform in phases based on the number of extensions needed. This translates into big savings and the convenience of keeping familiar phones in service.


  • Construct systems that are flexible and cost effective by combining both IP and legacy trunks to meet your needs
  • Talk with your remote offices anywhere in the world without telephone charges by using a private network with VoIP
  • By using an IP network, install IP phones at a remote office without the need for a local communication server or a VPN connection


Built-in Unified Messaging provides voice mail for users and can also provide voice guidance to outside callers, either directing them to the desired destination or to a user’s voice mailbox. The KX-NS700 series records up to 24 simultaneous calls and 400 hours of voice mail and can send email notifications whenever a call is missed or a voicemail is left. Users can access their voice mailboxes using a common email client. With the included Microsoft® Outlook plug-in, users can access their voice mailboxes through Microsoft Outlook just as they do for email.


Built-in applications support a call center’s basic needs such as queue announcement, live status monitoring, activity reports, automatic conversation recording and storage. Calls can be transferred without an operator.

For More Information About Our Business Phone Solutions Click Here


Get Smarter Access Control with Alarm.com for Business

by catawbav

Are you still using keys to secure and access your business?

We have good news.

Traditional keys are a nuisance. You don’t need us to point this out, of course. You know how easy keys are to lose, or misuse. You know the inconvenience of tracking a key down when an employee leaves, and the expense of re-keying a lock when you can’t. You know about dashing to work to let people in when your manager gets sick and has to stay home.

But do you know about the new, easier, smarter alternative?

Smarter Access Control is a commercial access solution, engineered by Alarm.com to bring the benefits of modern access technology like smart locks and card readers to small and medium businesses. Powered by smart business security technology, it’s easy to use, enabling you to set up and manage secure, keyless access for you and your employees, across multiple locations, with no IT expertise or extra resources needed.

Here’s what you can do.

1: Lock and unlock your business from anywhere

Not needing keys is smart. Not needing to even be there to let someone in? That’s smarter. With Smarter Access Control, you can use your Alarm.com for Business smartphone app to unlock doors for employees and vendors from anywhere. Just check who’s at your door via your smart business security cameras, and buzz them in. Take a look.

2: Give and revoke keyless access for employees

Alarm.com lets you manage and schedule access for multiple employees, across multiple access points and business locations. Your Alarm.com web dashboard makes it easy to set up a keycard or lock code for a new employee, and even easier to revoke access for a departing one.

To stay in control, you can assign different employees different levels of access, customized with specific times and days for each employee. For efficiency, you can also create access profiles for different employee roles, then quickly assign new employees to a particular profile.

3: Stay in the know with access alerts and tracking

Because Smarter Access Control is fully integrated with your smart security system, you can get Alarm.com alerts about any kind of access activity. You can know if your store opens or closes late. You can even get video alerts of important events like your stockroom door opening.

Should you ever need to find out who unlocked a certain door, or check how many hours an employee worked, Alarm.com’s integrated activity timeline and user code tracking makes it easy.

4: Safeguard your security with automated locking 

If you’re not onsite at closing time, you can still ensure that your business is secure by setting up an auto-arming rule for your access system. You can have your doors lock automatically when employees arm the security system, or even at a certain time every day.

For convenience when opening, you can apply the same rules in reverse, with a single Alarm.com app command disarming your alarm and unlocking your doors simultaneously.

5: Get best-in-class access technology without the headaches

We didn’t just make our access control solution easy to use. We made it easy to own. Besides your smart locks and card readers, you don’t need any additional hardware. You don’t need software either; it’s all powered and connected by Alarm.com’s cloud platform.

Best of all, it’s professionally installed, networked and supported by your Alarm.com service provider, giving you all the benefits of having a single vendor for your security, video monitoring and access control. You get one point of contact, one monthly payment, and one smart app that controls everything.

Want Smarter Access Control for your business?

To find out more about our service providers and how to get started with Alarm.com for Business, click here.


Smart Signal from Alarm.com is 2019’s Security Product of the Year

by catawbav

When an emergency strikes at home and every second counts, fast, reliable communication is essential. It’s why every Alarm.com-powered security system includes professional security monitoring and a dedicated cellular connection.

Now, we have released Smart Signal, a new type of emergency protection from Alarm.com. Smart Signal gives you a direct connection to your home’s monitoring station from anywhere, using only your Alarm.com app.  When Alarm.com launched the feature at CES2019, the Consumer Technology Association named Smart Signal their 2019 Security Product of the Year.

Smart Signal enhances your home’s professional monitoring with a set of clear, simple emergency buttons in your Alarm.com app. These buttons let you quickly verify an alarm at your property to expedite emergency response, cancel a false alarm easily, or send a panic signal from your home or business if you discover an emergency yourself.

Because it’s in your smartphone app, you don’t have to be at your property to use Smart Signal. You can respond to an alarm from anywhere, using your app to check video feeds and images before verifying or canceling. Streamlined, efficient and effective, Smart Signal reinforces your control, your safety and your peace of mind.

A direct connection to emergency assistance

Smart Signal extends professionally monitored security into your mobile app to give you streamlined control and enhanced protection. You can rest assured knowing that a verified alarm can help expedite your monitoring station’s response to emergencies and that you can trigger a panic signal for help at home in a broad range of emergencies.

Protection from false alarm dispatches

False alarms are a common concern. Many local ordinances even impose fines for false alarm dispatches.  Smart Signal lets you easily and securely cancel a false alarm with a single command, with no need to talk or remember a passcode. Just hold the Cancel button in your app to let your monitoring station know that no further action is needed.

Clear controls for stressful situations

Alarm events and emergencies are stressful. We designed Smart Signal to be accessible and easy when you need it, while also safeguarding against accidental responses. For this reason, Smart Signal’s Cancel and Verify buttons only appear in alarm events. To confirm or verify the alarm, all you’ll need to do is hold the relevant button for three seconds.

To learn more about Smart Signal and how it fits into your home or business security plan click the button below.