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The Roost Smart Battery can be used in any standard battery-powered smoke detector to alert you when the alarm is activated.
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July 26, 2017 | Miles Durie

Safe and sound

Smart alarms provide connectivity and peace of mind 

A smart home needs to be a connected home, but the fact that a home is connected doesn't necessarily make it smart. When it comes to safety, though, there really is a new level of intelligent connectedness available in today's generation of smart smoke alarms.

At their most basic, and cheapest, they can alert you remotely via a mobile app when an alarm is activated. In fact, a device like the Roost Smart Battery can smarten up any standard, functioning smoke detector – as long as it's battery-powered or has a battery backup – for about $60. This deceptively simple device is a lithium nine-volt battery with a Wi-Fi chip and a microphone that "hears" your alarm.

Not only will you get an alert when the alarm is activated, you'll also get one when the battery needs replacing. No more annoying low-battery chirps, and yes, you can just swap in any standard 9-volt cell when it's time.

Sunset Homes’ president, Pedro Ocana Muller, says smartphone apps can control many home functions. Adrian Shellard / For CREB®Now
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May 11, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Tech age dawning

Sunset Homes embraces the next era of digital design with tech-savvy integration

It's like living with the Jetsons," said Scott Silva, as he characterizes the ever-growing trend in high-tech homes.

"The next level of automation in one's home is about intuition and integration based on lifestyle . . . your home will know what your life looks like," said Silva, director of business development for Sunset Homes.


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