Welcome to our blog, the Security & Automation Connection! Learn more about security, home automation, business solutions, energy management, access control, and many other solutions available though ELK's M1 Cross Platform Controls. Our goal is to make this blog a great resource for getting new ideas on how to take advantage of the powerful integration and programming capabilities of the M1. We will also provide tech tips and how-to's on a variety of applications to get you well on your way to securing and simplifying life!

M1 Controls - The Secure Choice
Amy Strickland - Monday, August 07, 2017
M1 Control products are designed to safeguard against cyber threats and other security risks. Superior encryption & multi-level authentication for alarm communicators and Io ..
Is Your Wireless Solution Truly Secure?
Amy Strickland - Monday, May 08, 2017
Wireless security systems offer a practical solution for new and existing homes and business, requiring less time and complication to install. However, many conventional wireless products  ..
ELK Recordables = Halloween Fun!
Amy Strickland - Monday, October 10, 2016
ELK's recordable modules are a great way to incorporate scary sound effects to your next Halloween event. The ELK-120 (http://www.elkproducts.com/_webapp_2981388/ELK-120__Multi-Cha ..
M1 Energy Saving Solutions
Amy Strickland - Friday, April 22, 2016
M1 ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS HELP REDUCE ENERGY COST WITHOUT SACRIFICING COMFORT The M1 Security & Automation Control offers an incredibly flexible solution for r ..
NC New Area Code Overlay and 10 Digit Dialing
ELK Tech Support - Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Article by Chris Lohr, NCESA Vice President, NCESA Security News, February 2016 Edition As you may know new area codes have been introduced in our state because we are running out  ..
Automating a Gas Water Heater
Amy Strickland - Friday, January 08, 2016
Save Money on Your Gas Bill. Extend the Life of Your Water Heater. Every time your gas water heater fires throughout the day and night, it’s costing you money and aging  ..
M1 - Not Just for Residential Installations!
Amy Strickland - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Did you know that M1 Controls are great for commercial applications? Sure, M1 Controls have been installed in typical homes, as well as those of the rich and famous; but M1 has also been installed ..
Alarm Reporting Alternatives: IP & Cellular Alarm Reporting Options
Amy Strickland - Wednesday, April 29, 2015
If you are looking for alternatives to reporting over a traditional phone line, IP or cellular reporting options may provide the solution you need. In this post, we will outline th ..
System Integration Just Got Easier With D-Tools New SI 2015 Software!
Amy Strickland - Tuesday, April 07, 2015
D-Tools System Integrator 2015 (SI 2015) is a complete software solution that helps increase productivity and efficiency by bringing together project estimation, system design, and pr ..
Avoid the vulnerability of conventional wireless with ELK's Two-Way Wireless Technology
Amy Strickland - Wednesday, February 04, 2015
ELK’s two-way wireless product line for the M1 control transforms the way we think of wireless by providing advanced features that increase reliability and overcome t ..