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How I Use My System: Courtney Brown

How I Use My System: Courtney Brown

Courtney Brown, managing director for Security Central, has been with the company for the past 28 years. Recently, the company acquired a third monitoring center through its purchase of Clemens, N.C.-based Loss Prevention Services, in early July. Brown, when looking back on the deal and its progress in early October, called the deal a “good move.” Security Systems News got the chance to speak with him about the system he has at home.

What kind of system do you have?

I use the Honeywell 5100. I'm old school, I use it to turn it on and off, but I [also] have the Total Connect. I enjoy the cameras because I have dogs, and I enjoy looking in on my dogs. I also like to see who comes and goes in my house. The thermostat option is pretty nice, because I do travel quite a bit.

Why this particular setup?

Because it's convenient, and it's easy to use. Ease of use is very important to me. The smart phone or smart devices make it very user friendly.

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

I use it every night when I'm home. I like the notification when a door is opened and I like the stay mode when I'm home.

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

I think we'll be more technology dependent. More from a traditional type of alarm monitoring standpoint, we'll be monitoring more lifestyle signaling to not just residential, but to any industry. I see us paralleling the IT industry and getting away from just standard, traditional-type alarm monitoring [including home automation]. You're seeing that every day now.

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