Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5 Ways Home Automation and Security Work Hand in Hand




Over the next couple of months KJB Security will be transitioning our ENTIRE line of SleuthGear Wi-Fi cameras to SG Home automation with our new SG Home App. Home automation and security work hand in hand. This merger of your favorite home and business security products with the new world of home and business automation brings with it some great features and advantages that will make your life so much easier.


Here are 5 ways home automation and security work hand in hand.


Home automation keeps safety within your control 24/7
With our SG Home app you now have 24 hour / 7 days a week remote live viewing from the palm of your hand. Yes, this means you can be 2,000 miles away on a beach sipping a fruity drink while viewing your home our business interior or exterior to make sure everything is secure! Or you can be at an event and check in on your kids anytime you need to simply with a glance at your phone. Keep an eye on everything: Your home, business, kids, pets and valuable possessions from your tablet, PC or smartphone. Don’t like what you see? One touch recording allows you to quickly record and share video or snapshots of the scene. Anytime… from anywhere.


Home automation is secure
We’ve made sure you will feel secure every time you check on your home or business from your SG Home app by enabling password protection. Furthermore, hidden SSID means that your camera's location is completely hidden from intruders. And last but not least, built-in battery operated covert camera models are available, including outdoor cameras, for an additional layer of security. Get up to 90 days of standby battery life in these hidden cameras that blend into your home, office or outdoor environment.


Home automation simplifies your life
One touch recording allows you to quickly record and share video or snapshots of the scene. Our SG Home long life battery models offer up to 90 days of standby recording. One touch recording allows you to quickly record and share video or snapshots of the scene. Plus switching from the EZ See app used by our old products to the new SG Home app will make setup a snap.


Home automation alerts you immediately
Our new SG Home app sends push notifications when the camera is activated by something entering its area! You can quickly wake up the camera to check the scene remotely from the SG Home app with Wake PIR. Afraid of false alerts? We’ve got that covered. Our latest technology has PIR sensors for fewer false alerts.

Our Home Security Automation will soon include Cloud recording!
KJB Security will soon be first in the WORLD to offer cloud recording for hidden cameras! With cloud recording you will be able to access your recorded videos from any device connected to the internet. Also, your files won’t take up valuable space on your hard drive. Finally, with cloud recording you can have peace of mind knowing your files will always be safe from hackers or computer failure. The future of cloud recording for Wi-Fi covert security cameras will be here very soon!

Contact us today at 800-590-4272 or sales@kjbsecurity.com to learn more about our Home Automation Security Products!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Four Ways To Stay Safe On Your Next Camping Trip



Spring is here and the weather is perfect for camping and hiking! When planning our camping trips we tend to focus mainly on what to bring and where we are going to go. There are many resources available online for planning camping trips like  Reserve America and, of course, the National Park Service. You can browse and book your favorite camping spot anywhere in the US!

Safety is often at the bottom of our checklist when planning your camping trip. Maybe we assume campground management has thought it through and there's no need for additional planning on the campers part. Or we’re just so excited about all the impending fun that we don’t want to think about potential safety issues! With just a little forethought and pre-planning we can relax and enjoy our camping experience and feel safe!

Four ways to stay safe on a camping trip:



1. Stay safe by protecting your valuables from theft

Lets face it, our stuff is more vulnerable at a campsite for the simple reason that tents don’t have locks! Once you get everything set up and situated you want to be able to go out and explore and not have to worry about what you leave behind! Articles like this sadly remind us that on campgrounds our ‘stuff’ is often not as safe as we may want to think.

So what should you do with your ‘stuff’ while you’re out exploring? We recommend taking portable covert surveillance with you to the campground! Our Xtreme Life Plus Hidden Camera backpack will fit right in with camping equipment! It has 28 hours of continuous recording battery life, is Wi-Fi enabled, motion activates and is water resistant. It is truly the only product on the market for outdoor long term use!


2. Stay safe by protecting your body and health
Save yourself lots of potential frustration and pain by planning ahead for physical safety while you're on a camping trip! Here are a few things to remember to pack or do to keep your health and body safe:

  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, hat, bug spray, medications and a First Aid Kit.

  • Never use fuel-burning equipment such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up and cause suffocation.

  • The CDC Recommends the following: Before you leave, check the weather report, learn about security at your camp location, and tell family and friends your plans. Know who to contact at the camp to report issues that may come up.  


3. Stay safe by not getting lost
Camping and hiking go hand in hand. There’s nothing better to do on a camping trip than go explore the great outdoors all around you. We don’t realize, however, just how GREAT the space is around us. Heartbreaking stories like this are sad reminders that it can be easy to get lost, even if we’re not too far away from our campsite. It’s even more difficult to be able to send our kids out into the wilderness to explore by themselves.


Almost every outdoor enthusiast will say their number one piece of advice for a safe hike is “Never hike alone.” That goes for a two hour jaunt through a park on Sunday afternoon and a week-long trek through the back country. The iTrail GPS Solo goes hand in hand with never hiking alone.  It sends location updates every 30 or 60 seconds and has 14 hours of battery life. It is very durable and easily fits into a child's backpack! And the best part? You can know when your hiker has left a specified area using our GeoFence alerts! Finally, it has CDMA for the most coverage in the USA! Think about outfitting all members of your hiking party with one.


4. Stay safe by protecting your environment from wildlife
No matter where you decide to camp in the US, you will need to prepare for wildlife. Wildlife can be a great source of fun and excitement on camping trips. On the flip side, they can also present potential danger for your stuff, yourself and your animals. Here are a few recommendations for staying safe from wildlife:

  • Keep your pet within your sight and on a leash at all times.

  • Don’t ever touch or get too close to a wild animal. Even if they seem tame as they can carry rabies or other diseases. They can also attack or bite if they feel threatened when you invade their space.

  • Never get between a wild animal and its babies.

  • Never feed a wild animal.

  • Bring good food storage and be familiar with campsite food storage guidelines.


We hope these tips help you as you plan your camping trip so you can relax and enjoy it!


BONUS: Call us ( 800-590-4272 ) at and mention this blog post to get a special price on a iTrail Solo tracking and XTreme Life Backpack bundle!



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ISC West Follow Up


Wow! The only word to describe ISC West 2017 is SUCCESS!


Our Kill Marry Kiss breakdown of ISC West:
  • Kill- The dry weather out in Vegas! Got so dry I lost my voice! (Jill)
  • Kill- Our flight. Was delayed until 2am in the morning. UGH! (Neil)
  • Marry- Our customers! We had so much fun with them in at our booth! (Neil)
  • Marry- The show closing bell! (Jill)
  • Kiss- Crystal from LawMate as she did a great job in our booth! (Neil)
  • Kiss- The new delta X! It was a huge success! (Jill)
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We met with a wide variety of customers from installers, law enforcement, resellers, end-users, corporate security, loss prevention and much more. Everyone was very pleased to find KJB as we were the only company offering the wide range of security and Surveillance tools at ISC West.




Our ISC West customers were excited about the following KJB Security initiatives:
  • Our product line moving to a Cloud based solution!
  • The new remote access and remote playback features of the SG-Home as well as the responsiveness to the app.
  • The Delta X was a big hit, especially the GPS Car Tracker mode! The GPS mode is a selectable option within the Delta X’s software that identifies every SMS signal used by US based GPS trackers. Placed within the car while driving the Delta X will analyze each individual pre-selected SMS signal, allowing the Delta to monitor if such signals are being transmitted and detected and in what pattern this is occurring.


Until next year ISC West!!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4 Tax Deduction Tracking Tools for the Self Employed


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Around this time every year, self-employed business owners can be seen doing the following:
  • Digging around the car to find half torn, coffee stained receipts.
  • Yelling out “Dang it, I’ll just have to take the standard mileage deduction again!”
  • Trying to figure out which room in your home you actually worked the most in this year. It’s always the largest, right?
  • Scrolling through that latest and greatest expense-tracking app that was meant to help alleviate all of this hassle last year, only to find that it isn’t as ‘easy to use’ as was promised!  

Yes, every year we resolve to have a better plan and inevitably the plan seems to fail. Well, we’re here to tell you that you, the self employed business owner, are not alone. We’ve all been there… and done that.

And we’re also here to help by providing a list of 4 tools that will help you get organized and keep track of those tax deductions for next year! It’s never too late to try again.

4 great tax deduction tracking tools for the self employed...


1. Evernote

We love Evernote for staying organized! It’s one of our favorite tax deduction tracking tools! Here’s how tracking your taxes in Evernote works:
  1. Create a folder for the current year’s tax deductions.
  2. Throughout the year email or scan in any docs or receipts associated with deductions and save them in your new folder.
Next year you’ll have everything in digital format and all in one place and can easily ‘share’ the folder with your accountant or prepare your own taxes... if that’s your thing. Here’s a great blog series for keeping your tax docs organized using Evernote!

2. iTrail GPS Tracker

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Keeping track of your mileage for all those business-related road trips may be one of the most difficult things to do when it comes to self-employed tax deductions! To do it correctly requires meticulous mileage logging every day. In reality, most of us probably find ourselves guessing on this one each year because it can be too much hassle.

In this Yahoo Finance article, Joshua S. Barger, vice president of tax services at Foundation Financial Group in Manhattan, recommends keeping thorough documentation of travel mileage, medical expenses and meals-and-entertainment expenses -- the categories IRS auditors are most persnickety about monitoring. "Whatever miles you've driven for business purposes, you need to keep proper logs," Barger said. "You need to write down what the odometer is when you start and then you need to write it down when you get home."

What if we told you we have a solution that will save you hours and hours of time and could help you put a little more more money in your pocket around tax time? The iTrail Snap will help you track your mileage and quickly generate mileage reports to add to your evernote folder (mentioned above).
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It’s a snap to deploy and runs off the battery of your automobile or truck. Move it from vehicle to vehicle in seconds. One tracking tool for multiple vehicle tracking.

Tracking milage on a whole fleet of vehicles? No problem. Our iTrail Convoy can handle it!

3. Mint.com

Let’s all face the music: It’s a very good idea to keep track of your finances in one place online. There are so many options to choose from for personal finance tracking today. You simply import and track all of your your accounts from investments to loans to banks accounts. It’s all in one place.

Our favorite personal finance site for tax deduction tracking is Mint. How do you use mint for tax deduction tracking? Simply add a ‘tax’ tag to any expenses related to taxes throughout the year. When it comes time to do taxes, just search for the ‘tax’ tag and all of those tagged expenses will be there on one page. Super easy and simple!

4. iDonatedit

Finally, we’ve found a great tax deduction tracking tool that will help you keep track of your donations! The iDonatedit app tracks and values your non-cash charitable donations. Track the date of donation, the charity, and the fair market value. Include a picture of your donated item to help you document your donation! You can easily email the donation report to yourself or your accountant around tax time.

We hope these self-employed tax deduction tracking tools help you in your resolve to do a much better job of keeping track of your taxes this year! For more information on using the iTrail products to track your vehicle or fleet mileage visit us online, email us at support@myitrail.com or give us a call at 800-590-4272!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4 Tools To Add To Your University Campus Security Plan This Year



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In last week’s blog post we gave parents and college age students our favorite tips and advice on how to stay safe on college campuses. It can be extremely difficult and scary as a parent of a college student to place the ‘all grown up’ son or daughter they’ve kept safe for 18 years into the hands of campus security. As campus security experts, it’s your job to help alleviate those fears and concerns and insure that those precious children will be safe. That is a high honor and a lofty task entrusted to you!


Today, all across America, university campuses are putting forth their best effort to do just that! Campus safety has become a top priority across the country and the statistics prove that it's working! That is why, this week, we want to help you, the campus safety expert, by providing a valuable list of tools that will aid in your important mission- our kids’ safety!


Here are KJB Security’s top 4 security tools to add to your security plan in 2017


Add Wi-Fi/ Cloud Hidden Camera Technology to your security plan..
In a recent article addressing Campus safety and security plans for 2017, research showed that 81% of American universities plan to increase security through technology (biometric access, surveillance cameras, kiosks, etc.).


Another recent article in Campus Safety Magazine supports this same conclusion.
“Continuing to drive change in the industry will be the use of the Cloud and how it is leveraged for delivery of services. Interaction with the Cloud and providing integration across different platforms will use APIs to build upon capabilities.”


Our new SG Home Automation Hidden Cameras are the perfect addition to bring your security plan into the new WI-FI / Cloud era. We offer remote live streaming over a wi-fi network and cloud storage! You can view real-time video remotely via our new SG Home app!


Add Covert Surveillance to your security plan…
Surveillance cameras in full view have been an integral tool for effective crime prevention on American university campuses for many years.

In 2017 we highly recommend you consider adding covert, hidden cameras to further strengthen and support your campus security efforts. Our Zone Shield DVRs combine customizable recording features with 24 hour surveillance. Place hidden cameras in everything from backpacks to wall clocks to work site buckets and provide an extra layer of protection to your campus.
You can find all of these products and more here on our website. If you decide to add hidden cameras to your security plan, make sure you are aware of state and local laws regarding hidden surveillance.


Add GPS Tracking to your security plan…

We recommend adding our latest iTrail GPS tracking devices to valuable assets on your university campus that were donated or purchased so you can know and track where your assets are at all times.


Some ideas around your campus for adding GPS Tracking:
  • Exhibitions or displays in the campus museum.
  • Expensive supplies in the science department, labs and research facilities.
  • Musical instruments.
  • Valuable materials in the university library.


Add Detection Devices to your security plan
As mentioned above, hidden camers are a great tool that can be used to protect students and campus assets. Unfortunately, when placed in the wrong hands, they can also be used for harm. We see news stories about finding hidden cameras planted in private spaces all too often. Stories such as this one are so disheartening, especially when the crime involves young college students.





For this reason we recommend adding detection devices to your security plan this year and doing regular surveillance sweeps of restrooms, locker rooms and dorm room areas. Our DD1200 pro hidden camera finder is the highest grade camera lens finder available and was designed specifically to remove hidden camera that other detectors cannot find.







We hope you will consider adding all of most of these effective security tools to your 2017 campus security plan. Call us at 615-620-1370 or 800-590-4272 and we’ll help you find and bundle the perfect campus security product package for your university!


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