Reporting J.D. Miles
FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Modern technology makes our lives a lot easier. Just think about all of the things that a person can do with their cell phone. You could have watched Thursday night’s NCAA basketball games on the phone. You can watch a movie on your phone. You can even watch over your own house on your phone, no matter where you might be.
The lights inside of the house are turning on and off, but Frisco resident Sarah Dusto is not home. She is on her way to a dance class with her two children. “It’s pretty amazing,” she told CBS 11 News. “Once you get into the system, all the different things you can manipulate.”
Dusto’s home does not stand out in her upper middle class neighborhood, but it is the first in North Texas to have a major alarm company’s super sophisticated security system. Through her smartphone, Dusto can remotely activate almost every electrical device in her home, including video cameras.
A costly break-in several years ago is what turned this family of four into amateur private investigators. “It was awful,” Dusto recalled. “We came home from a red-eye flight and didn’t know if someone was in here or not here. The glass on either side door was busted out.”
Now, the Dusto family can breathe easier while on vacation, knowing that a break-in will not happen again. Anywhere that the family can get a phone signal, they can activate lights, cameras and alarms inside their home. “I can check on babysitters, things like that,” Dusto said. “I feel much more relaxed. And if we have a package delivered or something, and I want to let the neighbor in, I can watch them come in and out.”
Peace of mind from technology that can turn on televisions from miles away. Dusto said, “If I would have to move, I would immediately have to have this in my next home.”
The service costs about $45 each month. The remote control smartphone apps were developed by ADT.