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How I Use My System: Jeff Kesterson

How I Use My System: Jeff Kesterson

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.

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