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01/30/12

Product Info: The Unity Home System

Truly local fire and security monitoring since 1975 is undoubtedly the main reason behind Advantage Protection Inc. and its name recognition in and around the Portland, Vancouver, and Clark County areas. Something that is overlooked I believe as a company, is the quality of our technicians and our capabilities as a company to service our customers in many different ways. Contrary to popular belief, we are not bound by strictly security and fire system work. Our highly skilled technicians have many years of experience in most low voltage applications, residential as well as commercial.

On top of our more usual installations, we have been working to carve out our niche in the audio and visual industry as well as setting our company apart by including many options for retro-fit home automation. We carry a wide selection of products able to take any home and turn it into something that provides you with the simplicity of managing your needs and the technology to automate your home experience by allowing it to respond to your lifestyle.

In particular, a product API, Inc. is very excited about is The Unity Home System, brought to you by Legrand. Through a variety of intelligent individual systems such as lighting control, intercoms, the ability to view up to 6 cameras, and multi-room audio, Unity places the power of control right at your fingertips.

It all starts at the main LCD console. With an easy to use user interface, it functions as an intercom to call your kids to dinner, allows you to control the music throughout your home during parties, give the ability to view your cameras right from the console itself, or leave a voice message for your husband or wife to retrieve after work, all without ever having to leave the kitchen. Another great function this system provides is the ability to automate your lighting without the expense of spendy master controllers or the headache of returning home to a dark space and struggling to find the light-switches.

The command doesn’t stop there; the LCD console also provides a series of “subsystems” to extend the experience further.

·         With Messaging, record voice messages at any individual intercom in your home for reminders for the kids chores, to let the dog out, etc.

·         Create the ideal climate for your home and control of up to 3 thermostats with the Thermostat function.

·          An Events feature allows you to create different events for any occasion, whether it be turning your patio lights on every evening at sunset, or having music playing when you return home from a long day at the office. Events are easy to program and change with a touch of the finger.

·         With the Weather feature, never leave home unprepared again. Receive current local weather as well as five-day forecasts with one button press.

With technology advancing as rapidly as it is, there is no need to be “stuck” in the past. This type of home solution makes it simple to retrofit even the oldest homes… to something as modern as it gets. As long as we can get wire to it, Advantage Protection Inc’s technicians have the skill and experience to do the job and do it right. For more information on A/V solutions or automation, please visit www.advproinc.com or call 360-695-5072.

 

01/23/12

Permalink 10:37:28 pm, by advproinc, 351 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Columbian: Blaze causes $200,000 in damage to home near Battle Ground

We here at Advantage Protection Inc. have been stressing the importance of having a monitored fire system in your home or office for some time now. Something in place to detect the threat of fire in order to dispatch the proper fire department at the soonest possible moment can simply save your life, as well as the lives of your employees or family. As unlikely as it may seem, serious structure fires DO happen and can cause serious damage to life and property.

As I was reading the Columbian this morning, I came across an article from just this last week that involved a serious two-alarm fire at a residence in Battle Ground that caused over $200,000 in property damage with the family escaping just before the garage collapsed. While reading the article, it seemed that some time had gone by between the fire starting and the family realizing the danger. The fire department believed the fire had started in the garage and made its way up into the attic sometime around 11am. Had it have been a few hours earlier, the residents may have been asleep and this could have been a whole different tragedy. This made me wonder if the house was thoroughly protected as well as monitored. I can’t be positive, although I do not expect that the residence was equipped with monitored fire/smoke detectors which very well could have saved thousands of dollars in eventual damage caused by the blaze. The average smoke detectors in most homes are only as good as the ears that can hear them, or until they burn up in the fire. Having smoke detection that is directly monitored by our UL listed monitoring center will greatly improve the reliability of a fire system as well as ensure the fastest possible response times by the local fire departments.

If your home or business is unprotected from the threat of fire, Advantage Protection, Inc. wants you safe, don’t wait. Please visit http://www.advproinc.com for more information on a fire system or call 360-695-5072 to schedule an appointment with our highly qualified account representatives.

You can learn more about this event at http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/jan/11/crews-responding-house-fire-vancouver/

 

01/10/12

Permalink 08:05:56 pm, by advproinc, 114 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources, Company News

Actual Alarm Received 12/12/2011: Vancouver Eye Care

On Monday, December 12th around 9:30pm our monitoring center received 2 activations of the Front Door of Vancouver Eye Care on Mill Plain.  After trying the premise, one of our operators dispatched police and called the RP (Responsible Party) for the premise, who instructed to continue with the dispatch. Upon arrival, Vancouver Police found the front door open. After doing a walkthrough of the building it was said that nothing seemed out of sorts. Great Job ladies! Your quick action may have prevented the burglary from occurring! 

 

If you or anyone you know is interested in more information regarding security monitoring, fire monitoring, video surveillance, or fleet tracking please visit www.advproinc.com or call 360-695-5072.

 

 

01/04/12

Permalink 11:40:48 pm, by advproinc, 548 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Company News

Getting to Know Our Team: Elizabeth, Monitoring Center Manager

Happy New Year from the team here at Advantage Protection Inc.! We hope that you enjoyed the holidays as well as kept them safe with your friends and family.

As every first week of the month, we are introducing another one of our vital team members in our "Getting to Know our Team," blog. January is going to feature Elizabeth, our lovely Monitoring Center Manager.

One thing about Advantage Protection that sets us clearly apart from the other alarm companies in the area is that we own and operate our own UL listed monitoring center. The monitoring center here is the only one in Clark County and has been since 1975. Our "bread and butter" so to speak has aided in the great rapport we have developed with the local authorities, including the Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal Fire and Police Departments, among others. This relationship is essential in our quest to help protect the Greater Portland/Vancouver areas. One large part of that relationship with these institutions as well as the operations within the monitoring center itself is the Monitoring Center Manager, Elizabeth. Here is a little bit to get to know her.

Elizabeth, how long have you worked for Advantage Protection Inc.?

3 ½ years so far

As the Monitoring Center Manager, what does your job involve?

The operators in the Monitoring Center do everything from programming with technicians, making modifications to an account, trouble-shooting with customers and dispatching on alarms. I try and help these things go smoothly and step in when needed and help them out.

Before here, what did you do?

I worked 3 years doing media production.  Before that I ran a daycare out of my home during the day and waitressed at Olive Garden at night for several years.

What about Advantage Protection makes it somewhere you want to be?

I love the fact that every day is a new adventure; you never know what to expect.

What is one thing that no one knows about you, including us that work with you?

If I told you that then it wouldn't be a secret anymore.  ; )

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

Right now my hobbies are my kids' hobbies, whether it is watching them at a belt test, a band performance or a football game.  And I enjoy escaping for a date with my husband once in awhile.

Alma Mater or School you went to?

Snoqualmie High School

Where did you grow up?

I grew up mostly in Washougal.

Do you have a favorite musician? If so, who?

I don't know that I have a favorite musician; I listen to all types of music.  But my all time favorite song is Drift Away by Dobie Gray.

If you could pick one thing to do or accomplish before you die, what would that be?

I would love to travel around the world someday.

Married/Single, any kids?

Married, between the two of us we have 4 kids ages 5 - 16.

What's the story behind eating Cheetos with a fork? Flamin' Hot or Original?

I've done that since I was 14 because I didn't like getting my fingers all greasy.  . . Cheese Puffs

Since you have worked here, what has been the biggest hurdle for you?

Overcoming my shyness

Dream Vacation Spot?

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/11

Permalink 07:28:54 pm, by advproinc, 574 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome

Holiday Safety

With the first winter holiday passed, we can now officially look forward to the next. Whether that may be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas as well as the New Year, Advantage Protection Inc. would like to make sure that we all stay safe and enjoy the holidays by giving you some tips and guidelines to think about.

December is Drunk Driving Prevention Month, and for good reason. There happens to be more alcohol related accidents in the month of December than any other month of the year. The CDC, (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that in the United States, there is one death every 48 minutes caused by an alcohol impaired driver. Alarmingly, in one year over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Most of us will be enjoying an adult beverage or two with family and friends at various holiday parties in the next couple of weeks; Advantage Protection Inc. just urges people to stay safe by planning ahead:

1) Know who the designated driver will be!

2) If you notice a friend or family member impaired, take the keys! Don’t feel bad or embarrassed to do so, you have the right to help keep them safe as well as other drivers on the road.

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov

Along with drunken driving prevention, Advantage Protection is adamant on helping with the prevention of holiday fires caused by Christmas lights and decorations, candles, and dry Christmas trees. Each year fires during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damages.

To avoid becoming one of these statistics keep safety in mind while you're decorating your home and follow these tips:

• If you're using a live Christmas tree, make sure you buy one that has been freshly cut. Also, check it daily to make sure it stays watered. If needles start dropping in mass quantities dispose of the tree immediately

• Make sure to keep a live tree 3 feet from any heat source (heat vent, fire place, etc.); not only can it catch on fire it will also cause the tree to dry out quicker.

• Once the season is over do not dispose of your tree by burning it in a fireplace. It creates intense heat and flying sparks and embers that could lead to a chimney fire

• Replace your old, cracked, worn out lights that should have been thrown out years ago. Faulty wiring causes hundred of fires annually.

• Prior to using your lights inspect them every year looking for missing insulation, frayed wires, and broken bulbs.

• Never connect more than 3 sets of lights together unless the directions say that it's okay. Use power strips instead of multiple extension cords and turn off your lights when you go to bed or leave home.

• When purchasing new lights, think of purchasing the newer LED lights, which are a much better option than traditional lights; not only do they use less energy they also give off very little heat.

• Finally, as in every season, make sure your smoke detectors are in working order and observe the fire safe practices that you use all year long.

Visit www.advproinc.com to see more information on monitored smoke detectors for your home or business. Our UL listed monitoring center is staffed year round, including the holidays, 24 hours a day, to ensure your monitored fire system keeps you safe.

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