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Home Security Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Hey South Carolina!

What’s up? We are getting a head start on home security trends for 2023.

We know you want to know what’s new, exciting and what’s coming down the pipeline, right? Here are some of the 2023 home security trends we see taking off in 2023.

Home Security Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Here to Stay!

AI, Artificial Intelligence is here. It’s being used in almost all industries and certainly has made its way to the home and commercial security industry.

Artificial intelligence is used to operate smart devices via the voice control function of AI-enabled units such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, in addition to its use in home security systems. In addition, Voice commands can be used to manage advanced home security systems and commercial systems.

Cloud-Based Security in 2023

If you have heard of the “cloud” but aren’t sure what it does, here is your answer.

Cloud security, also known as cloud computing security, is a collection of home security measures designed to protect cloud-based infrastructure, applications, and data.
These measures ensure user and device authentication, data and resource access control, and data privacy protection and are connected to your home security system. More and more systems rely on cloud-based systems to backup their data such as video footage

Smarthome Technology – Expanded

We’ve been installing and servicing smarthomes for years. In 2023 we see smarthome technology expand even more. Homeowners want their smarthome to do even more recurring tasks for them.

In 2022 we saw the first installations of smart window shades.

In 2023, we predict more and more home will add smarthomes technology to

  • locks
  • lights
  • sound systems
  • HVAC systems
  • and other home appliances such as coffee makers, alarm clocks, refrigerators, ovens and more!

Will My Current Home Security System Suffice in 2023?

That is a great question.

While technology changes quickly, we can often swap out or add components for you to keep the current system in place. Unless you have a brand new home that need it all, small changes i.e new cameras, new keypad, additional sensors, these are things that can be added without breaking the bank.

Imagine the Possibilities of Smarthome Technology in 2023

Smarthome technology is not just for nerds!

It’s great for

  • busy parents
  • senior citizens
  • disabled persons
  • families
  • travelers
  • second home owners
  • AirbnB rentals

Smarthome technology allows you to keep an eye on your home when you are not present. It also allows you to DO things in your home while not present:

  • unlock doors
  • adjust thermostats
  • draw shades
  • turn lights on and off
  • and much much more!

Smart Homeowners Get Smarthome Technology in 2023!

We are the experts in Horry County and Georgetown County in the Myrtle Beach area. We are locally owned and locally operated and live where we work.

Come talk to us!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

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What Strand Security Services Would You Like to Know More About?

Strand Security, at Your Service!

If this is the first time you’ve come to our website or blog, welcome!

We are excited to share Strand Security Services with you. Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated small business, serving both Horry County and Georgetown County.

What services do we offer? Keep reading!

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Strand Security Services List

Let’s look at the full list of services first. Strand Security of Murrells Inlet offers:

• Residential Security Alarm Systems
• Commercial Security Alarm Systems
• Audio/Video Solutions
• Home Automation

Strand Security Services For Homeowners, Business Owners & Local Residents

Home Security Systems and Commercial Security Systems is what we are best known for.

We work with C.O.P.S. monitoring to keep our customers save in case of emergency.

Home automation is another area where we’ve been expanding. We partnered with URC and have installed several large commercial automation systems in local Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach restaurants.

Whether you want

Strand Security Services offer an affordable way to upgrade your current home!

Home Theater Design, Installation and Service

Strand Security in Myrtle Beach will professionally customizes a home theater solution that fits your lifestyle, room needs and desires.

We offer our 25 years of experience for you to bring your favorite movies and films to life in the comfort of your own home.

Select your choice audio, video, and projection equipment from our product catalog. We provide complete pre-wiring for new homes or a blueprint plan and wiring for your existing room. Then we custom install your sound and viewing equipment putting you in control of your state of the art home theater.

Learn more:

10 reasons to love a home theater

How to get the most for your ideal home theater price?

Will you need expert help with home theater setup?

How to choose the right home theater design

Who installs home theaters on the Grand Strand in South Carolina?

Strand Security Services: Locally Owned, Locally Operated

When you contact us at Strand Security, you will talk to a real human! Most likely you’ll get Chuck on the line and he’ll be able to set up a meeting, or answer any questions you may have.

If you visit the shop, you’ll most likely meet Heather.

We are a family owned business: we live and work right here in Murrells Inlet.

For a quote, or with a question, call us anytime!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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What Brands Give the Best Overall Value for a Home Security System?

The Best Brands for Home Security Systems

What do you value in a brand?

Is it

  • longevity
  • durability
  • customer service
  • innovation
  • integration

When it comes to home security, we at Strand Security believe that ALL of these are important! When it comes to our own family, and our customers, we want the best systems for the best pricing. We want you to have access to the latest technology and we want it to be affordable.

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Here are 3 Home Security Brands that Provide Excellent Overall Value!

1 Honeywell Total Connect

We love Honeywell Total Connect! Many of our customers have a home security system that allows them operated their smarthome and to check in from afar using the Honeywell Total Connect app.

As we live in a hurricane prone zone – the coast of South Carolina – having a remote app to check in on our home when we can’t be there provides peace of mind during a stressful time like a mandatory evacuation during a hurricane.

Honeywell is a reliable brand, integrates well with other products and has been around for a long, long time.

We stand by these products.

2 Alarm.com

Newer to our Strand Security family is the brand Alarm.com.

Much like us here at Strand security, the folks at Alarm.com protect and trust their own family with the brand Alarm.com.

We think differently at Alarm.com. For more than 20 years, we’ve been pioneering smarter solutions that deliver total protection for millions of homes, businesses, and families – including our own. What’s the difference? Get to know us and some of our customers here.

Whether you need to secure your family, your home, your business, your assets like boats, commercial real estate or motorcycles, trust Alarm.com to be there when you need them!

3 URC Smarthome Automation

What’s NOT to love about URC Smarthome automation?

The URC company is on the cutting edge of technology, adding more and more of the latest and great tech innovation to their products. They have become a trusted brand for us at Strand Security, not just on the Home Security side, but on the Commercial Security side as well. Check out this story of a commercial install in North Myrtle Beach, using URC!

For your home, URC will change automation once and forever.

Do you think that voice commands to change the setting on your thermostat is exciting?

Wait until you learn more about window shade automation! If you dream it, you can automate it.

Local Security Company + Premium Brands = Perfect match Up

No matter what your home or business needs, trust Strand Security to help guide you to the right system and the right brand for your budget and needs!

Give us a call to get started.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Smart Home Integration: Window Shades and Amazon’s Alexa

Smart Home Automation in Myrtle Beach

Who doesn’t love home automation?

Smart home Automation means automating recurring tasks in your home.

That includes things like:

With the latest technology, you can pretty much automate any appliance or system in your home.

Smart Home Technology and South Carolina Hurricanes

Automation doesn’t just happen, or is only possible from within the house!

We’ve entered hurricane season!

When the next hurricane hits the Myrtle Beach area and you need to evacuate, using smart home technology you will be able to watch-in-real-time and take care of your home while away, from a distance!

Security cameras and smart home technology will enable you to keep an eye on your assets during a mandatory evacuation while you are safe and secure away from the storm, during the next named storm.

Automated Window Shades with Amazon Alexa!

Today, we are going to show you the latest (and super cool) automation!

Window shades!

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Automating Window Shades with Amazon’s Alexa

What is Alexa?

Alexa is Amazon’s voice-based AI-powered digital assistant that powers an entire smart device ecosystem. Alexa can reply to simple queries and perform various tasks or commands that one gives.

Alexa is a lifesaver for people with disabilities.

For example, someone who is visually impaired can use Alexa and voice commands for tasks like

  • turning on the microwave
  • accessing their TV
  • locking and unlocking doors
  • regulating heat and AC
  • opening and closing window shades

Smart Homes Shades Demo

Check out this awesome smart home window shades demo by one of our Strand Security technicians.

Automate Recurring Tasks with Smart Home Technology

At Strand Security, we have being installing Smart Home Technology, Smart Home Systems as well as Commercial Smart Technology in local, Grand Strand homes and businesses for many years!

Technology advances and brands change. We at Strand Security will always be on trend with the latest technology and the best brands to provide you with the best customer experience and the best smart home or commercial automation system available.

No matter what home security system you have right now, chances are you can keep (part of) your current system and add smart home technology to make all systems work together.

Here are some brands we work with:

Are You Interested in Smart Home Window Shades?

Give us a call if you want to learn more about home automation, like these window shades!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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How to Choose Smart Home Security Cameras to Keep you Safe!

Choosing Smart Home Security Cameras for Your Home!

South Carolina homeowner: are you ready to choose smart home security cameras for you home? What has made you decide to invest in home security cameras? If it is for safety reasons, you are in good company! Most homeowners looking for home security cameras are doing so to protect the people they love, and the assets they invested in.

There might have been a life changing event to trigger the need for home security cameras:

Whatever life event that has made you look for smart home security camera options, you’ve come to the right place!

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Smart Home Security Cameras aka Wireless Home Security Cameras

A Smart Home Security Camera is a camera that connects to the internet using your home wifi. This means you can watch a live camera feed, receive alerts when you’re out and about, and, with the right type of camera, record footage.

There are many brands that offer this type of camera.

This type of camera is great for everyone!

  • parents
  • pet owners
  • remote workers
  • elderly living alone

They are affordable and easy to operate. Peace is mind is one of the most common benefits that users report! Strand Security can help you set up a complete Smart Home System, or Smart Home Security Cameras to integrate with an existing system.

Monitored Home Security Cameras

Monitored Home Security Cameras are part of a monitored security system which is actively monitored by a professional home security company. We use COPS Monitoring for all of our monitored clients in Horry County and Georgetown County. When the system detects an emergency: a break-in, fire, or other emergency, it notifies the security team at COPS who will contact emergency responders.

Foodlight Home Security Cameras

One of the ‘newest kids on the block’ is the floodlight home security camera!

A smart floodlight camera is where technology really shines: this is where an outdoor floodlight and an outdoor security camera are combined into a single fixture for your convenience and peace of mind. Like Smart Home Security Cameras, these devices use wifi to connect to your home network and allow you to control them with an app your phone and often, even your voice.

This technology is great for busy two-income households and for those who live alone.

Doorbell Home Security Cameras

What is a ‘Doorbell Home Security Camera and how does it differ from all the other home security cameras?

Video doorbells like the RING Doorbell are doorbells that have a built-in camera to provide an initial home security video check and protect your property. Crimes like package theft, burglary or home invasions can be caught on camera in real time, or prevented. Doorbell Home Security Cameras can be either battery-powered (wireless) or hardwired into an existing doorbell.

These Doorbell cameras are connected to your Smart Phone or other mobile device, where you can receive instant activity alerts, and talk with visitors using two-way talk which is a great way to stop a criminal act in real-time, and live stream video.

Are You Ready To Choose Your Smart Home Security Cameras?

We’d love to help you with your choice. Give us a call anytime.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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How To Find a Smart Home Installation Company

Are You In The Market for a Smart Home?

If you are ready to take ‘the plunge’ and enter the world of smart home technology, believe us when we say we know it can be daunting. We know because we work with families, individuals and businesses like you to install smart home systems for their home and offices, too.

If you are looking for find a smart home installation company (and especially if you live in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area), you’ve come to the right spot. We’ll be happy to guide you!

How To Find a Smart Home Installation Company

How To Find a Smart Home Installation Company

Here are the five steps we recommend you take when you need to find a smart home installation company.

1 Do Your Research and Learn about Smart Home Technology

Know what you want and what’s available. Search for the latest technology from your favorite brands and don’t forget to ask your friends what they have installed in their homes.

2 Identify Your Smart Home Needs

Next, identify what your needs are. What do you want your smart home to be able to do, what tasks do you want to automate? Not sure, again, search online and ask friends to show you their smart home systems.

3 Set a Budget for Your Smart Home Installation

Know what you are willing (and not willinging) to spend on the smart home tech components, installation and recurring cost for the system to function. Always add a bit of extra wiggle room because you might find some amazing gadget or functionality you must have to add to your system last minute! 😉

4 Take Stock of the Smart Home System and Components You Have

Before deciding what you want, take stock of what you have and how that has worked for you. If you currently have a security camera, a security system, a home theater or some form of alarm system, installation might just have gotten a bit easier! Consult your smart home installation company to find out what will seamlessly integrate with a new system.

5 Read Online Reviews for Smart Home Installation Companies in Your Area

Last but not least we recommend you check online, using a Google search, for both positive and negative reviews. The absence of reviews don’t mean as much as the presence of negative ones. We invite you to check out our reviews right here.

Do You Have Questions About Smart Home Installation?

Smart Home Security Tips

URC Total Control Smart Home System

Smart Home Integration Options with URC

Honeywell Smart Home Security Systems

How To Convert an Old Home Into a Smart Home

Smart Home. Safe Home. Secure Home.

How Smart is Your Home?

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URC Smart Commercial Automation for Crooked Hammock Brewery in North Myrtle Beach

Strand Security Got the Tap from Crooked Hammock Brewery!

“The Crooked Hammock Brewery challenged us to design a system that was easily repeatable and incredibly intuitive while delivering innovative entertainment experiences. ”  ~ Chuck Bryant

 

We are proud of this work our team completed at Crooked Hammock Brewery, an award-winning brewer located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

URC Smart Commercial Automation in North Myrtle Beach

Crooked Hammock Brewery

In 2021, we were asked to install a complete smart commercial automation system for a new restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.

We are honored to have worked with this company and are thrilled that the end results are amazing!

North Myrtle Beach Crooked Hammock Brewery Smart Commercial Automation

The Specs of this Project URC Smart Commercial Automation Project in North Myrtle Beach!

Strand Security installed to following components at Crooked Hammock Brewery:

    1. Base Stations such as URC’s MRX-15
    2. URC High Definition Audio (HDA) amps including the HDA-8100 and HDA-4100
    3. Architectural speakers and Sonos plus TV audio sources
    4. User interface devices such as the TKP-9600 touchscreen
    5. Networking accessories including the HDA-SW5 and MXR-4IR

Commercial Automation Allows for Creating Beer, Food and Good times for Guests

What can automation do for your restaurant? Automation frees up time to serve the customer, better and faster!

Automated systems are used to:

  • automate audio and video systems for guests
  • showcase brewing practice, dining and the coastal experience
  • unify control and automation across locations
  • eliminate simple tasks through automation
  • monitor and control from afar

Strand Security Is THE Choice for Smart Commercial Automation on the Grand Strand!

This is not the first and not the only commercial space we’ve installed URC and smart technology for. We do these types of installs everywhere on the Grand Strand in Horry County and Georgetown County!

Strand Security works with business owners and property management companies to install, support and monitor alarm systems, digital camera systems and telecommunication networks 24/7. We also provide overhead Projection, Plasma, LCD, LED displays along with AUDIO Sound Systems for restaurants and sports bars.

Commercial security systems can be customized to fit the unique security and monitoring requirements of your business. Commercial camera systems provide an affordable way to provide an additional layer of security to your monitored system. Strand Security will make camera system recommendations based on factors such as location (outdoor/indoor), lighting and environmental conditions, desired results of surveillance, and budget.

Is you have questions, please call us today!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

The full write up can be read here:

https://www.cepro.com/projects/integrator-strand-security-urc-crooked-hammock-brewery/

 

 

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How To Effortlessly Connect Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest to A Home Security System

Got a Home Security System?

If you’ve had a home security system for years, you might be curious about making your home into a smarthome. Technology has changed so much over the last few years and so much more is possible now, more than ever before!

The good news? You do not have to start from scratch. Systems and brands can communicate and work together to create a smarthome.

The best news? We have the best way, the best solution for you to get started on this project. Keep reading for the best way to effortlessly connect Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest to your home security system!

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Home Security Systems and Smarthomes!

Home security systems can be added to other technology to create smarthomes.

What if you could just TELL (by voice) your home to

  • arm the whole house
  • arm the back door
  • turn on the lights
  • dim the lights
  • adjust the thermostat
  • alert the fire department
  • call for an ambulance
  • notify the police
  • draw the shades
  • turn on music

and more!

How amazing would that be?

That is what smarthome technology can do: your current system can be updated to link up with other systems on your home.

Your Home Security System + Google Home

Google Home offers many apps to connect to.

Control Lighting

Control Appliances and Fixtures

Control Home Security (including Alarm.com)

Control Temperature and Air

Control Entertainment Systems

Control Home Electronics

Got a Google Home System? Connect your home security system to use voice command.

Your Home Security System +Alexa

Alexa is a Amazon product.

“You can build smart home and other products that customers can control from millions of Alexa devices with just their voice. Expand your device’s capabilities with Alexa to create delightful experiences for lights, switches, thermostats, cameras, locks, and more.”

Alexa can be linked to your entertainment center and control the TV. Alexa can be linked to a microwave and used with vioce command and much, much more!

Got an Alexa system? Connect your home security system to use voice command.

Your Home Security System + Ring Cameras

New for Ring.com is an integration with home security systems. Known as the “DIY home security camera system”, Ring has branched out and can be integrated with home security systems as well as other smart systems.

Your Home Security System + Nest

Another Google product, Google Nest also lets you connect devices in your home for a fully integrated smarthome system. Their tag line?

“Build your helpful home!”

Effortlessly Connect A Home Security System To Your Other Systems

Here is the easiest way to do connect a home security system for another smarthome system, like Google Home, Alexa, Ring or Nest, just to name a few:

Reach out to Strand Security, or your own home security experts! They are trained to do this for a living: effortlessly and without much trouble.

If you value your own time, hear this: this is one DIY job you really don’t want! Let the professionals handle the integration. You’ll be glad you did!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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Are Home Security Systems Worth Investing In?

☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?

☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?

☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?

If you are, you are not alone.

Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.

Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.

Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!

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Investing in a Home Security System. What is it Worth to You?

Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.

Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.

Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?

We bet you have

  • health insurance
  • homeowners insurance
  • life insurance

all because you are thinking ahead!

Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!

What Does It Cost to Get a Home Security System?

No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.

Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.

The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like

  • current equipment
  • size of the home
  • brand
  • integration with other home systems

The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!

If a Home Security System Is An Investment, What Do You Get Out of It?

There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.

  1. The first thing you get is peace of mind for all parties. Parents, babysitters, teenagers etc.
  2. Next, you should talk to your insurance company and submit a request for a reduced home insurance rate
  3. When you do have a system in place and an incident occurs – fire, medical emergency or breakin, help is on the way quickly, without delay!
  4. Last but not least, when circumstances do changes i.e. you have a new baby, hire a sitter, are ready to leave your child home alone after school, or have an elderly parent move in, you are ready to adjust your system to your new circumstance.

Integrating Your Home Security System with Your Other Systems

Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.

And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!

Give us a call soon.

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

 

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The Best Security and Technology Brands We Recommend in 2021

Did You See Our Ad in Sasee Magazine?

If you live on the Grand Strand, you might have seen our ad in Sasee Magazine this past summer or this fall!

We are spreading the word of our services to homeowners new to the area, to those who want better services, and to those who want to switch and save money!

In case you missed the magazine ad, here it is.

Strand Security Services

What you are not seeing is the brands we work with here at Strand Security!

If you are looking for the latest technology, the best service, the best brands and technology, Strand Security has you covered.

Here are the best security and technology brands we recommend to our customers in 2021.

Honeywell on the Grand Strand

We install and service Honeywell Security Systems. Whether you live in Georgetown County or Horry County, we’ve got you covered. This is a trusted brand with many options for both home owners as well as commercial use.

URC Total Control

Smarthomes and smart business owners use URC total control! We love the technology of URC and we have many happy customers who can attest to this effectiveness of these systems!

Dahua

When installing security cameras, we look to Dahua for a wide range of options to offer our customers! They are a one-stop-shop for all things video!

Abiding by the philosophy of “Innovation for All”, Dahua offers a wide portfolio of security-related products, ranging from IPC, NVR, HDCVI cameras, HCVR, PTZ cameras, thermal cameras, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarms, Mobile & Traffic products, display & control, VMS and so on. Dahua products are based on an open platform that features easy integration with third party partners through a standard SDK.

UBIQUITI

Ubiquiti is a multi-application network operating system. It connects all your networks, locations and gives you “Simple IT that just works”. Ask us about ubiquiti if you are a small to medium size business owner!

Sonos

Home sound systems and home theaters use Sonos speakers to bring the music to the party! We love and use Sonos right here at our office. Feel free to stop by for a demo anytime. Don’t forget: we don’t just sell Sonos speakers, we also install and service them and integrate these speakers into existing smarthome systems!

Onkyo

No home theater is complete without an Onkyo receiver and sound system!

From their website:

(Onkyo receivers are) affordable and versatile home theater centerpiece tailored to deliver a best-in-class entertainment experience for your movies, music, and next-gen gaming systems.

Denon

Denon home sound bars are an affordable choice for a home sound system!

No matter what Denon system you chose, be confident that Strand Security can install and service your new system for years to come.

Marantz

Master the art of listening with Marantz. Marantz products include

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is the smarthome control you need when convenience and ease-of-use is paramount!

Z-Wave is the leading wireless technology behind many of the secure, trusted brands that are working to make everyone’s home smarter and safer. With Z-Wave, smart home products can communicate with each other no matter what brand or platform they are built on using a central smart hub.

HikVision

The leader in security camera solutions is HikVision. We use and trust HikVision to keep our own family and business location safe and secure.

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

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