How I Use My System: Amanda Cullen

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Amanda Cullen, director of sales, for ABF Security, based out of Fenton, Mo., started with the company six years ago. She is the second generation in the family-owned business. She oversees the residential and new construction divisions at ABF. In mid-May, Cullen talked with Security Systems News about her home security system.

What kind of system do you have?

ABF offers multiple panels depending on the customer’s needs. In my personal home I have an all-in-one panel/keypad [from Interlogix], because I bought an existing home and a wireless option was the best fit. … Also, I use it to make my home a connected home. So, I have my front video doorbell camera, my indoor two-way talk camera, locks, thermostats, garage door control, lighting control, and then I also have a CCTV camera system with an NVR that allows me to view my cameras remotely.

Why this particular set up?

The home that I purchased had a completely finished lower level, so using wireless technology was the best solution for the security system and the integrated smart home devices. The camera system we were able to wire, which again was the best solution for my needs.

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

My system being actively monitored for security and fire protection is number one for me. My family’s safety is the most important thing to me. Second to that would be my ABF app that allows me to remotely control my system. Having that flexibility is important in my busy household.

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

Security and smart home technology is only getting better. The more connected devices that become available will only allow each homeowner the peace of mind and a simple way of controlling these devices. Some trends that we see currently are: smart video doorbells, integrated water shut off valves, and secured whole-home Wi-Fi. I think [in] the future, we’ll expand on being able to control even more every day devices through our app, as well as having secure voice commands. It’s an amazing time to be in the security industry!