As a parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your children safe. You buy the safest car, set parental controls, teach them not to talk to strangers. Also as a parent, you are busy; so any thing that can save a little time or make things a little easier is greatly appreciated.
Luckily there is a tool that can be integrated with your EPS home security system that can make it a little easier to help keep your kids safe, the EPS Total Connect app.
What is Total Connect?
It’s an app that can be can be used on a computer, tablet, smart phone (and even Apple watch) to remotely control your home’s security system and other Z-Wave® enabled devices (lights, locks and thermostats).
Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the ways you can use this handy little app to help keep your little ones (and not so little ones) safe and secure.
1. Check in on the kids while you’re away.
Have you ever wished that you could quickly look in on your kids while you’re at work, out with friends, or on date night? Just to see if they are getting along with the babysitter or they are doing ok being home by themselves. With Total Connect you can!
The app can connect with your home’s EPS security cameras, allowing you to view live video and talk with people in your home. Enjoy date night or time away because you have peace of mind that the kids are safe!
2. Make sure the kids got home from school.
In the middle of the workday, do you find yourself wondering, “Did the kids get off the bus ok? What if they can’t remember the code to turn off the alarm? Are they doing homework or playing video games?”
The Total Connect app can help you find out the answers and quiet your questioning brain. Using the app, you can look in on video streams from up to 6 cameras to check and see if the kids got home and are doing what they ought to be.
Sometimes kids can be forgetful, just as we all can. If your kids forgot their house key, the code to the smart lock, or the code to the disarm the security system; you can use the Total Connect app to help them no matter where you are. Since the app integrates with smart locks and EPS home security systems, it can be used to unlock doors and disarm/arm systems.
3. Get a notification if kids get into something they shouldn’t.
Are there certain areas of your home that are off-limits to your children? For example,
- a home office
- a cabinet or fridge that holds adult beverages
- a closet where nice clothes or sporting goods are stored
Well, you can use your home security system to keep an eye on these areas. Consider asking your home security company to install motion sensors in these locations. The Total Connect app can integrate with sensors and if the kids go into one of these places while you’re not home, it will notify you!
4. Keep track of teenagers who are coming and going on their own.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you know you how difficult it can be to strike a balance between giving them the freedom that they want and keeping them safe the way you did when they were small. The Total Connect App can be useful for helping strike that balance.
Does your teenager have a curfew that is a bit later than you would like to stay up? The app can provide you with a record of when alarms were enabled and disabled, so you will be able to see if they came in after curfew without having to stay up all night to wait for them.
These are just a few of the things that Total Connect can do to keep your home (and the people in it) safe and make your life a little bit easier. If you would like to learn about the apps other features, click the button below.