How I Use My System: Jeff Kesterson

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jeff Kesterson, owner of Nightwatch Security & Telephone, based in Sedalia, Mo., likes that he can access his home security system from his Tesla. In mid-April, Security Systems News talked with Kesterson about his home security system and how he has it set up.

What kind of system do you have?

A DMP system, a DMP security command. … I have security and fire protection, perimeter, and I have a little bit of home automation, but not a lot—pretty typical. I can control the garage door and unlock the front door—a few little frills—but mostly it’s old school.

Why this particular setup?

I like the fact that it’s made in the U.S. But, more than that, I like the way they program and operate. I’m always finding new ways to do stuff. I really like the remote control options that are out there; you’re not limited to just one software platform.

What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn’t want to live without?

I guess I’d say the fire protection, because I’ve actually seen that work and save our family from a fire. … We woke up one night—in the middle of the night the fire alarm was sounding. I had done something to the system a few days ago and I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve screwed this up, I’ve caused a false alarm.’ But, I go down the stairs to the basement, where it indicates the fire is at, and … the room’s full of smoke. … Long story short, it was an extension cord smoldering.

Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends?

I think it’s going to go more and more video. I think that faster Internet is going to drive security. I think we may see systems where the controls are not at the unit, where you simply have sensors in a home and they’re connected elsewhere by the Internet.