Security Monitoring for Residential Pools

pool security

A pool can be a lot of fun for the whole family. However, it can quickly become a major liability. Without the proper precautions, a family member, guest, or even a trespasser can become victim to one of the most common forms of accidental death in the US—drowning. The right security system can help your clients to protect their own families from injury as well as protect the household from liability.

Increasing Pool Security

A tall security fence around a residential pool is important, but it won’t keep out a determined child. The fence needs to be locked, and additional security sensors need to be in place. The two most important sensors would be placed on a gate contact and on the water level itself.

A gate sensor can be attached to an alert. That way a parent can be made known immediately if someone goes into the pool area. Water level detectors, on the other hand, are more for avoiding damage to the pool (due to overfilling) since one or two people getting in the pool will not raise the water level enough to set off the sensor.

The other key element of pool security is video cameras. These can be monitored from a mobile device so that parents are aware of what is going on in the pool area at all times. Additional sensors may be needed to ensure no one has entered the pool area without opening the gate.

Pool Safety Starts Before an Accident Happens

Make sure your clients don’t wait for a tragedy to strike before increasing pool security. Automated services can help protect the asset as well as the lives of those who use it day in and day out.

Home Automation and Monitoring Can Make a Nursery Safer

Nursery Monitoring

Parents spend hundreds of dollars babyproofing a nursery as well as the rest of the home, and many still feel like they need to do more. This is the perfect opportunity to present the idea of nursery monitoring as part of a home security package. Here are a few ideas you can share with new or expectant parents.

Surveillance Cameras as a Baby Monitor

Being able to hear what is going on in a nursery is one thing, but to have video and audio should give parents real peace of mind. A parent may choose to have a baby monitor. Then if the baby makes a sound or starts crying, the parent can check the live feed to determine if there is a need to go and attend to the baby. Or the system can be set up to detect movement and then alert parents to check the monitor.

Motion and Door Sensors Provide Added Protection

What if the baby gets out of the crib somehow? Sensors on the crib and/or in the room can send an immediate alert to a parent before the child has a chance to go anywhere dangerous. The parents may also benefit from having the sensor automatically turn on cameras so that parents can see what is going on before even making it to the room.

Automated Lights Keep Nighttime Disruptions to a Minimum

Parents also know all too well the struggle of wandering around the house at 2 am to find everything the baby needs in order to get back to sleep. Automated lights can help a parent to make less of a ruckus when getting a bottle or while returning to the bedroom after the baby is asleep again.

These are just a few ways that you can encourage a new or expecting parent to see the value of a home monitoring system.

Selling a Family on an Automated Home Security System

Automated Home Security System

If you want to set up a family with an automated home security and surveillance system, there are a few angles you can take. We’re going to look at a few ways you can show a client that an automated system will result in peace of mind. Then will consider a few questions you can expect to hear from a discerning consumer.

3 Selling Points for Parents

  1. Discourage Break-Ins – In the United States, a home is broken into every 14.1 seconds. More than half of those intruders come right in one of the doors. A home security system with clear video surveillance eliminates the threat of opportunists looking for an easy score.
  2. Automatic Response – It can bring peace of mind to know that if a sensor is tripped or a smoke alarm goes off that an automated response process begins immediately.
  3. Automated Alerts – If the family has kids who get off the bus themselves and are supposed to be home at a certain time, it can be comforting to know exactly when the front door opens and closes. Automated text messages from NMC received when the alarm is deactivated and reset will let parents know that the kids are home and safe.

Questions to Be Ready For

The average consumer is more knowledgeable about services thanks to the Internet. That means you need to have an answer for some of the following questions you may be asked:

  • How much will this cost?
  • What equipment does my household need?
  • What events will I receive alerts for?
  • Which services are automatically called for in an emergency?
  • What components of the security system can be controlled remotely?

With these points in mind, helping parents to see the need to keep their family protected with an automated security system should be a cinch.


Pokémon Go—The Perfect Security Sales Tool

Pokemon Go Security Sales Tool

It’s a game that is sweeping the nation and making homes and businesses alike think about increasing security. After all, you never know what locations will be recognized as public as one homeowner in Massachusetts found out. His home used to be a church back in the 70s, but the game still recognizes it as a public place and made it a gym (a key location for players) resulting in day and night traffic on and around his property.

Selling to Commercial Properties

Commercial properties, in particular, may have concerns about people wandering around the building. Even if the players pose no threat, they make great cover for an intruder. Walk around looking through your smartphone, and everyone looks the other way as you wander into a secure facility. Surveillance, proximity sensors, and automatic call-outs when someone enters a restricted area are more vital than ever. Even if someone wanders into a place he is not supposed to be, if an injury occurs, you better believe the company who owns the property will be getting a call from a lawyer. Video of what happened and an immediate response before a trespasser can be injured are great ways to stay ahead of this new craze.

Selling to Residences

While most residences are off limits (unless they’ve been incorrectly marked as public), there are foreseeable issues with apartment buildings, condo complexes, and the like. Again, there is a mixing of trespassing (inadvertent or not) and the potential for personal injury. An automated security system may be the only way for home or building owners to protect themselves. Automated responses are important to ensure that someone gets an alert when their property is imposed upon.

How Home Automation Helps Smartphone-Controlled Weather Monitoring

Home Automation Weather Monitoring

There are endless possibilities with current home automation systems. Many homeowners now make use of ‘smart home’ solutions to control their heating or cooling system, lighting system, and check video surveillance cameras remotely. However, only a few know how to extend their automation systems so as to be able to monitor weather around their homes remotely.

To be able this, having the following four components is essential:
– A home Internet Wi-Fi connection,
– A home automation control panel (known as the hub),
– Smartphone App (compatible with the hub) and
– Compatible weather analysis devices.

The weather monitoring devices range from temperature sensors and rain meters, to wind meters and humidity sensors.

The control panel which connects to the home Wi-Fi becomes the focal point of contact for all your automation devices, including wireless dimming controls or switches, thermostats, blinds or curtains, and home surveillance cameras in addition to all the weather sensors. A homeowner can configure all the above devices to be accessed and controlled by their smartphone by installing the Smartphone App, thereby making a smartphone-controlled weather monitoring possible.

While the features of various home automation providers may vary, most modern systems provide the following advantages as regards wireless weather monitoring:

• Monitor weather in real-time using a Smartphone

When a home automation hub is linked to the weather meters, a homeowner will always be in the know of how much rainfall, temperature, humidity and wind speed there is around their home whether they are in the office or away on holidays. This means whenever you are away from home as a homeowner; you can use your Smartphone App to know the amount of rainfall in your garden or the wind speed in your local area.

• Receive emergency alerts during extreme climatic conditions

You can configure your automation system in a way that it’d send push alerts every time the rain meters detect certain levels of rain or the heat sensors sense a preset temperature range. This means prepares you for the weather changes in order to take necessary actions. For example, if your area experiences strong winds, you’ll get an alert on your Smartphone. In response to this, you may choose to close your curtains or blinds using your smartphone.

• Make other devices work with weather sensors

Homeowners can make other devices such as thermostats respond to the readings of the weather sensors. For example, if the temperature falls below a certain level, your thermostat can switch on and automatically start heating your home.

• Analyze past climate trends

Apart from allowing you to track real-time weather updates around your home, home automation allows you to analyze periodic climate trends. You can check periodic graphs for all essential weather parameters, such as rain, wind speed, humidity, UV index, etc. Some systems allow you to analyze weekly climate trends while others also let you review monthly and annual graphs.

National Monitoring System (NMC) is the premier 3rd party monitoring company in the nation with a state-of-the-art technology along with the most highly trained, professional and knowledgeable staff in the industry. Sell to your clients the reliable monitoring that NMC guarantees you and reward them with the protection of their valuable assets and identity.


Home Security Systems – A Sure Way To Lower Your Home Insurance

Home Security Systems

Averagely, installing monitored safety and security devices in a home can reduce the home’s insurance up to 20%. Many home insurances around the world tend to have lower plans for homeowners who have home security systems in their homes.


According to the FBI, a burglary occurs almost every 15 seconds in the United States, and without security systems, homes are three times more likely to be burglarized than the ones with home security systems.


Insurance companies recognize that a monitored security system adds a further layer of protection to a home, making it a safer environment for homeowners and their family. Insurance companies are also aware that monitored security systems reduce the chances that a home will be burglarized or suffer costly fire or water damage. This means there is less chance a homeowner will file a claim with their insurance company. As a result of that, the insurance company saves money and then pass those savings on to the homeowner.


The types of systems that can lower a home insurance includes smoke alarms, discreet cameras, outdoor cameras, day and night cameras, and infrared cameras.


Advice your clients to take advantage of a monitored home security system not only for its apparent safety features but also because it will land them reduced premiums with most insurance companies.


Another reason you can advise clients to get a home security system is because it can help guard their family from the emotional stress caused by disastrous events such as fire accidents and burglaries. You need to also remind your clients that the best way to deal with a fire or burglary is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.


Oftentimes, homeowner’s insurance is rolled into mortgage and because they are not writing a check for it monthly, they might not know how much it costs them or how much they’ll get to save by getting a monitored home security system. A homeowner is already paying a lot of expenses and it makes sense to cut costs wherever they can, especially if it helps keep them safer.

Use our helpful guide to check out the best home security systems for your clients so they can start saving on their homeowner’s insurance today.



Press Release: NMC obtains TMA Five Diamond Central Station Certification


Lake Forest, CA, June 30, 2016— This week, the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) International announced that the National Monitoring Center locations in Lake Forest, CA and Irving, TX had obtained the prestigious “CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification.”

This Certification testifies that 100% of the company’s central station operators have achieved proficiency and certification by passing the CSAA Central Station On-Line Operator Training Course. These courses cover virtually all phases of central station communications with customers, law enforcement, fire and emergency services communications centers. This critical area of communications is the life-saving link between the residential or business properties and the law enforcement, fire and emergency services in local areas.

In order to achieve the Five Diamond Certification, each and every operator must have not only passed the course, but demonstrated:

  • Proficiency in alarm verification, which helps reduce false alarms;
  • Proficiency in communications with Public Service Answering Points, such as the Emergency 911 centers;
  • Knowledge of electronic communications equipment, including radio;
  • An understanding of the codes and standards of such organizations as Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual, the National Fire Protection Association and others; and
  • Proficiency in the area of emergency preparedness under a wide scenario of possibilities.

In addition, Five Diamond companies have demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of responsibility to their local community and their customers through the investment of time, money and commitment to 100% quality operator training.

Of the approximately 2,700 central stations in the United States, fewer than two hundred central stations have achieved Five Diamond Certified status

“Achieving the Five Diamond Central Station Certification validates all of the hard work and forward-thinking philosophy of our company,” commented Woodie Andrawos, President of NMC.  “NMC’s mission is to provide the highest degree of technology, customer service and CSR training for the benefit of our dealers, and the CSAA certification signifies our commitment to remain the nation’s premier central station.”

About CSAA – The Central Station Alarm Association International (CSAA) is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies that are listed by a CSAA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as FM Global, Intertek/ETL or UL. CSAA is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry.

About NMC – Founded by Michael Schubert and Woodie Andrawos in 2001, NMC has risen to become the premier 3rd party central monitoring company in the nation.  The company operates two redundant monitoring centers in Lake Forest, CA and Irving, TX.  For further information, please call 800.353.3031 or email at

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America Leading the Way in the Smart Home Market

Home Automation Market

Studies have revealed that North America is leading the world’s smart home revolution. Just how may smart homes are out there, and what potential for future growth exists in the industry? Read on to learn more about the most popular smart home services and market data.

America’s Smart Home Market

North America is already home to 12.7 million of these automation systems as of 2015. It is important to note that current growth from year to year in this market is at more than 50%. That makes it an incredibly fast growing market for any industry. What do people want as a part of their smart home package?

The study revealed 5 primary products that top the high-demand list:

• Security Systems – With more and more Americans becoming renters, homeowners feel like they have a target on their possessions. An automated home security system with quick response for fire, burglary, and other situations is increasing in demand.
• Smart thermostats – This is a money saving option that many feel helps to offset the cost of home automation.
• Network Cameras – The ability to monitor one’s own home and then receive an immediate response to intrusion or other dangers is also on the rise.
• Smart Lighting – Consumers like the idea that this feature can help save electricity and give the appearance that someone is home even when the family is on vacation.
• Multi-Room Audio – Music is a huge part of modern life, and this item making the list along with all of the security and money-saving options proves it.

Selling the Smart Home

While you may not offer all 5 of the services noted above, if a family wants to go in the direction of the smart home, it’s foolish to do so without the added security of a system for automated response and video surveillance. After all, if other home automation products are in high demand with consumers, that also makes them a target for thieves.


Selling a Home Security System to an Engaged Couple

Home Security for Engaged Couples

A new marriage often means a new home and perhaps children in the future (if the bride and groom don’t already have children to bring into the marriage). With that in mind, this is a good time to convince the household of the need for better home security including automated response and various sensors ranging from motion detection to fire safety.


Home automation systems can provide an improved sense of security for a newly married couple who may have many new household items as a result of a gift registry. Plus, a new home may mean new furnishings, appliances, and décor, all of which can be expensive in our modern world.


The new couple may wish to travel early in their marriage before children come along. This can mean long periods away from home and increased worries about theft. Automated home security systems can be sold as a means of discouraging opportunists as well as a way to receiving help in an emergency, such as a fire, by means of an automated response.

What if the New Couple Is Worried About the Expense?


A lot of different costs come along with marriage, and wedding gifts don’t always cover these expenses. Thus, the couple may feel that immediately following marriage is not the time to add the monthly expense of home security. In such a case, you can encourage the couple to add home security to their wedding registry.


Some registry sites such as MyRegistry, allow couples to not only add products from stores but also let them provide instructions to friends and family on how to purchase services on their behalf from various companies. Why not make sure that couples know your security services are available via this means and other sites like it?


Sell Your Customers on Home Insurance Credits

Home Security Sensor

When you are trying to convince a customer that he can afford to add a monthly expense for a security system that includes monitoring, one of the major selling points can be the fact that the service (provided by our company) can result in savings on other monthly bills such as homeowner’s insurance premiums.

For example, Farmers insurance states that there are 5 ways to reduce premiums, and one of those is making the home safe. Methods of making the home safer in the eyes of the insurance company include:

  • Use of deadbolts on windows and doors
  • A monitored security system
  • Smoke detectors
  • Alarms that result in automatic alerts

In fact, according to, having sensors in your home can save a consumer up to 10% on insurance premiums. That gives you a major selling point for defraying the costs of a monthly security plan.

Residential Monitoring by NMC

What kind of residential monitoring does the National Monitoring Center allow you to offer to your clients? Detection, signaling, and response are available for:

  • Burglary
  • Fire
  • Panic
  • A/C Power Failure
  • Low Battery
  • And more!

In fact, one of the things your clients may appreciate most from our services (besides lower premiums) is the fact that we offer text notifications. Parents can gain peace of mind when they get a text as a child disarms the alarm when arriving home from school and then another text when the child rearms the system upon entering. It’s a comforting addition to a security monitoring service for the modern latchkey kid world that we live in.