How I Use My System: John Spooner

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Monday, March 23, 2015

John Spooner, executive VP for Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., has been in the industry for 28 years. Spooner rose from service technician, to installation manager, service manager then to EVP of operations. Four years ago Spooner was appointed to his current role. In February, he talked with Security Systems News about the system he has at home.

What kind of system do you have?

I have a Honeywell VISTA-21ip with Tuxedo keypads. It’s a graphic touch, it also has a web browser built into it. It features weather and traffic on the keypad as well, allows you to control your Z-Wave devices. … For example, in my house I have light switches, I have door locks, I have the thermostat, and I also have the lamp module that I have control of.

Why this particular setup?

We’re a First Alert dealer, and part of the Honeywell group. I felt it was important that if you’re going to sell it you should know how to operate it and fully understand the functionality of the system. [I like] the features, the ability to utilize the—the graphic touch screen—and it was the appropriate size panel for my size house. It had built-in Internet for Ethernet communication.

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

The whole house protection, where all the perimeter windows and doors are protected, as well as the interior motion [detectors]. I kind of have peace of mind when I leave knowing that the entire perimeter of the house is protected and if somehow [somebody does] get past that, I have the interior protection.

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

I think the connected system, the app, and having the ability to control and visually understand and operate your system remotely [will be big]. I think we’re going to continue to see the security, burglar alarm systems migrate into the app/Internet world with remote connectivity.