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How I Use My System: Kevin Link

How I Use My System: Kevin Link

As Per Mar Security Services' senior manager of technical services, Kevin Link oversees the company's tech services and centralized service dispatch departments. Link has been with Per Mar for 22 years. In late October, he talked with Security Systems News about the security panel he has at home.

What kind of system do you have?

I have a [Honeywell] VISTA-21iP, with tuxedo keypads and utilizing the home automation with it with door locks, thermostats, light switches, garage door control.

Why this particular system?

We've been a Honeywell dealer for quite a few years—that's what led me to Honeywell. But, getting into the 21iP: so it could be monitored easily over IP with cellular back-up, and also because the tuxedo keypads have the Z-Wave controller built into them … making it easy then to incorporate Z-wave devices into the security system.

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

It would probably be the … life safety devices; the smoke detectors, the carbon monoxide detectors—the things that can monitor my premise whether I'm at home and get us out if need be, or get the authorities out there if something goes wrong and we're not at home.

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

I think going to voice commands to a device in your house that will arm your system, run scenes for you—kind of like they're doing with the Amazon Alexa today, in some scenarios, some of the integration—I see that [increasing].


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