10 Things You May Not Know about Using the Home Security App: ADT Pulse

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The purpose of the ADT Pulse home security app is to make your life easier. As we see advancements in smart home technology, it makes perfect sense that we should also see this extend to home security as well. Enter ADT Pulse.

  1. You get complete control over your security system from anywhere with internet access
  2. You can customize your system to receive notifications when things occur in your home
  3. You can customize your system to receive notifications when things DON’T occur in your home
  4. Each user is given a personal access code for accessing the security system
  5. You can provide access to others via a personal email address
  6. Video camera packages come with an instant capture feature
  7. The ADT Pulse Video package comes with a customizable Schedule setting to help you automate your system
  8. Your ADT Pulse comes equipped with a History setting
  9. Home View is a neat drag and drop feature that lets you name and customize parts of your home
  10. With the ADT Pulse video package, you can access live camera feeds

Leading security innovation, ADT Pulse provides real integration of technology with your home security. This home security app helps give you the ultimate in automation and protection from anywhere. With an incredibly user-friendly interface, anyone can use the home security app, even those with seemingly little talent in the tech area.

With the ADT Pulse home security app, you get complete control of your home security system

But don’t forget about those hidden gems. Security Advisor Trainer David DiMartino offered some tips about the lesser known features behind ADT Pulse. Check out these ten tips.

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1. You get complete control over your security system from anywhere with internet access

One of the main goals of ADT Pulse is to make life easier. This means providing remote access from anywhere that has an internet connection. Using a computer or your smartphone, you can access your ADT Pulse dashboard via web portal or ADT Pulse home security app. You could think of ADT Pulse as smartphone home security. You can remotely arm and disarm your system and make instantaneous changes for the ultimate in automation and control.

Scenario: What if you are gone on vacation, and on day two, you realize you forgot to take out the trash? The last thing you want to do is come home to a house permeated by the smell of freshly decomposing trash. Not a nice idea. So, you call your neighbor who politely agrees to handle the pungent project for you. You log into your ADT Pulse dashboard and quickly disarm your system for him. After he finishes with his neighborly duty, you simply rearm your system using the home security app on your smartphone.

2. You can customize your system to receive notifications when things occur in your home

One of the great things about ADT Pulse is gaining a greater level of control over your home and the safety of those in it. You can set custom messages and receive emails and text messages when certain things occur in your home, smart home technology at it’s finest. Has an alarm been triggered? Was a back door opened when no one was home?

Scenario: On a typical week day, everyone is away from the house. Parents are at work, kids are at school. There should be no doors opened or closed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. On Tuesday, your back door was opened at 11:00, but no alarms were triggered. You receive a notification from your home security app that the back door has been opened. Should you worry? Putting in a quick call to your spouse, you discover that she accidentally left her lunch at home that morning and came home at 11:00 to retrieve it. No need to worry.

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3. You can customize your system to receive notifications when things DON’T occur in your home

Okay, given the previous statement, this one seems a little silly. Why do I need a notification when things don’t occur? I already get notifications when things DO occur. Well, this is one of those little ways that you can utilize smart home monitoring so that you get the information you need without being bombarded by notifications ALL THE TIME. Between Facebook, your email, and all of those notifications you receive for that game you don’t play (we all really know the truth), you are likely getting a ton of pings. Why not make your life a little less hectic with some home automation?

Scenario: Let’s say that your son is supposed to arrive home from school between 3:00 and 3:30. Rather than receive a notification every single day when he does get home, you can set your system so that you are notified if he DOESN’T come in the door between 3:00 and 3:30. You can even customize a message for that particular instance so that the notification reports that “Son didn’t come in front door.” Much more efficient and now you know you need to investigate why he isn’t home.

4. Each user is given a personal access code for accessing the security system

This is a handy little feature that helps you track what is going on in your house with your smart home technology. Rather than having a universal code for all family members, each user is given a unique access code. They will enter this code when they do anything related to the security system in your home. This means you know who is coming and going and when they are doing it.

Scenario: Imagine that you have three teenage kids…yikes. That’s a lot to keep track of. Now, while all of your kids are upstanding young adults, a pesky little notification has told you on three occasions that a door was opened at midnight in the last 10 days. With a universal code, all three of your kids might point the finger at each other, denying culpability because, well, they are all upstanding young adults. But, with personal codes, each user has to enter his own code to open the door. Therefore, using your home security app, you can easily identify the culprit. And, of course, it was your husband taking out the trash at midnight. Because, your kids would never try to go out at midnight. Or at least, hopefully not without permission.

5. You can provide access to others via a personal email address

The ADT Pulse home security app gives you the ability to allow selective access for people via email. Using their personal email address, you can send them a code that they can use to enter and exit your home. When they no longer need access, you simply remove the code via your ADT Pulse home security app and their code is immediately removed.

Scenario: You and your family are going out of town for the week and your dog-sitter has agreed to take care of your precious pup. Now, if you give her your universal code, you will have to change it when you return. Seems like a hassle. Rather, you give her a personal code, so that she can take your energetic pup for a walk. When you get home, you simply tap a little X in your ADT Pulse home security app and her access is gone. Just that simple. Added bonus: Because she has her own code, you can check in via smartphone home security to see if she performed her promised dog-watching duties.

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6. Video camera packages come with an instant capture feature

If you have decided to enjoy the additional features of the video package, you will have an added layer of smart home monitoring. If an alarm is triggered, ADT Pulse home security app will automatically capture a 30 second video clip.

Scenario: If the dreaded does occur and someone breaks into your home, ADT Pulse will be ready. Imagine that an intruder is able to smash a window in your smart house without alerting a neighbor or someone nearby of his intentions. ADT Pulse will capture a snippet of video and save it for your review in the home security app. It will begin five seconds prior to the alarm and will be 30 seconds in total. Now, you have evidence that a break-in did occur and footage to prove it. The video will also be time-stamped so that you have evidence of the timing the break-in occurred.

7. The ADT Pulse Video package comes with a customizable Schedule setting to help you automate your system

The Schedule feature is a very useful setting. If you have a full smart house with family members coming and going all day, things are bound to get hectic. What if someone forgets to arm the system? This is where the Schedule feature in your home security app can help.

Scenario: Each family member is armed with a personal code. With five of you in the house, that’s a good thing. But, let’s say you get home from work at 5:00. Your wife comes home at 3:00. Johnny and Susie get off the bus at 3:30. Joey is in high school and has practice until 7:00. But, it’s book club night and your wife will be headed there at 6:00, which means you get to take Johnny and Susie to karate practice at 6:30. Lots going on. Whose responsibility will it be to arm the system before bed? You home security app can take on that job. Because you know that on any given night, everyone will be home by 10:00, you set the Schedule so that your system automatically arms each night at 10:00. No more padding downstairs in your PJs to check the smart home monitoring system.

8. Your ADT Pulse comes equipped with a History setting

The History feature lets you see activity for up to 30 days. With so many people coming and going in a family household, it can be difficult to keep tabs on everyone all the time. The History feature can serve a variety of purposes by letting you view what has been going on in the last month.

Scenario: Let’s say that you pay someone to come once a day during the week to let out your dog. She has her own code, so she enters it to gain access around noon each day. She takes your four-legged friend for a walk and then returns him home five days a week. At the end of the month, you can check in on the History. Sure enough, you see that her code was punched in each day around noon to fulfill her obligation. Home automation for the win!

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9. Home View is a neat drag and drop feature that lets you name and customize parts of your home

Using Home View, you can sketch out a 2D drawing of your home. You can name the floors and rooms in your house. With drag and drop features, you can personalize your home so that you have a custom-built visualization in your home security app. When you click on certain areas, you can even see a short overview of activity for that spot. For example, clicking your back door will show you how many times in was opened in the last 24 hours.

Scenario: You sketch out your home and provide names for all of your rooms and doors. Your son has promised to take out the trash. You have informed him that he is not allowed to go to his friend’s house next door until the chore is complete. Unfortunately, due to an unexpected complication at work, you have to stay late. You know your son must go out the back door to reach the trash can. Before you give your blessing, you log in to your smartphone home security app and see that your son did go out the back door a half hour ago and so there is a good chance he has completed the task. If you have decided to add more smart home technology, you can even check a camera to see if he went out the door.

10. With the ADT Pulse video package, you can access live camera feeds

If your ADT Pulse is equipped with a camera package, you can use the fun live feed video. Using your access to a web portal or ADT Pulse home security app, you can easily take a quick peek at live footage in your home. While you may not necessarily catch live feed of an intruder, providing better access and security for your loved ones is the ultimate goal. And this comes in many forms.

Scenario: Imagine that your neighbors have been passing around the word of a suspicious car in your neighborhood. Your neighbor shoots you a text saying he sees the car outside of your home. You whip out your smartphone and pop open the ADT Pulse home security app. Using the Live Feed on your cameras, you monitor the main points of entry on your home to see if anything unsavory is happening. After 15 minutes, your neighbor texts you to tell you that the car is gone and you feel better knowing your home is safe.

While you may not use every one of these features all of the time, it’s worth playing around to see which options will help you make the most of your home security app. Some of these options have very practical purposes and, let’s face it, some are just plain fun. In either case, ADT Pulse definitely has everything you need to keep your home secure.

To learn more about how you can use ADT Pulse for your home security needs, call us at 1-800-580-1342.

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