How I use my system: Talking panels and keypads with Dan Krumme of Cam-Dex

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dan Krumme, branch operations manager at the Cam-Dex Security Corp. office in St. Louis, is a fourth-generation employee at the company, a Security-Net partner. “I grew up in the industry,” he said. “Out of college I worked for a Security-Net partner in Indianapolis to see a different perspective prior to coming back to Cam-Dex.” In March 2013, Krumme returned to Cam-Dex, an integrator specializing in design, assembly, installation and maintenance of integrated security systems. Here’s how he handles security at home.

What kind of system do you have? A Honeywell L5100 wireless intrusion system.

Why this particular setup? I chose the L5100 was because I was familiar with a lot of Honeywell products, having worked for an integrator in Indianapolis that was a big Honeywell dealer. I got to know a lot of intrusion products and was more or less familiar with its ease and flexibility. I also chose it because of the Total Connect factor, and being able to use that and Z-Wave installation as well.

What’s the one aspect of your security system that you wouldn’t want to live without? I’d probably have to say the Total Connect, since I’m always on the go. I travel quite a bit, and one of the main reasons I love the Total Connect feature is that I can be out of town, on the beach, or working out of state, and arm or disarm my system from a phone or laptop. If somebody needs to run into the house to check something, I can control that. It’s one of the big selling points for Total Connect 2.0.

Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends? I see integration happening on a lot of intrusion systems, especially with video surveillance cameras that you can integrate and view through Total Connect. I just see a lot of streamlined products coming out in the future, along with total integration of home intrusion and home automation systems.