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How I Use My System: Dustin Vermast

How I Use My System: Dustin Vermast

Dustin Vermast is the strategic project manager with Security ONE, a full-service security company based out of Leamington, Ontario. Prior to joining the company about a year ago, “I spent the better part of my career in finance, in the banking industry,” Vermast said. Joining the security industry allowed him to pursue a passion for technology, he added. Vermast talked with Security Systems News in early March about his home alarm system.

What kind of system do you have?

I have a Lynx 7000. I have three motions, five door contacts. I have smart scenes that I have set up with some Z-wave lamp modules and lights that really give me peace of mind that when I'm away that can mimic the perception that someone's home.

Why this particular setup?

At the time when I got it, it was the biggest screen that we could get [from] Honeywell. We're a Honeywell authorized dealer, so that's typically what I'm going to put in my home: what we sell. The big screen made a big difference. The [back-up] communication path was important to me. I also wanted something that didn't necessarily look like your standard alarm panel on the wall. I like the fact that is has images that are uploaded, that it kind of turns it into a digital photo frame, makes it a bit inconspicuous.

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

Total Connect. Having the ability to communicate with my system in my home remotely—100 percent—gives me peace of mind that if I'm away, if I'm at work, if I have to unlock a door, if I have to disarm the system—I don't have to provide codes to anybody. The remote access is hands-down the nicest feature.

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

Certainly more automation. I think the security industry has turned from specifically a burglary and life safety component to including your smart scenes, your Z-Wave devices, your thermostats to be able to control that from afar. I do think it's only going to get bigger in terms of pulling in those other Internet of Things [devices].


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