5 Tips for the M1 Data Bus

New to M1 and confused by the data bus? The M1 RS485 data bus provides fast and reliable communication to M1 peripherals. Proper wiring, termination, and device addressing are key. Common mistakes can lead to headaches, so it is important to get it right. These tips will help.. ..

Understanding Battery Testers

Battery testers that provide an amp hour reading may seem convenient, but misinterpreted readings could leave fire systems and other critical security/life safety equipment with insufficient backup power. ALL Battery testers test conductance, which is meas ..

Mounting Options for the ELK-SP12F

The ELK-SP12F is a discrete, flush mount speaker that works great for any interior speaker application. The low profile design and single gang wall plate size allows the unit to be unnoticed at outlet height. But, did you know... The SP12F can be mounted behind the M1KP2 ke ..

6 Tips for Better M1 Installations with the SWB28 Enclosure

ELK's 28" Structured Wiring Enclosures Are Perfect for Larger M1 Installations A larger enclosure is a must for M1 installations with several expanders, modules, and/or interfaces. The ELK-SWB28 enclosure is ideal for these installations. ELK offers a variety of mounting accessories f ..

Notification of Critical Temperatures

The M1 Security & Automation Control can monitor server rooms, freezers, coolers, boilers, wine cellars, aquariums, ponds, second homes, warehouses, storage tanks, livestock barns, etc. and contact you if the temperature is not in an acceptable range. In this example, a coole ..

Using Automation as an Intrusion Deterrent

Application & Programming Notes Outdoor motion detectors, like the ELK-6032 Two-Way Wireless All Environment PIR, are programmed as non-alarm zones in the M1 system. Rules are used to increment a counter to track the level of activity detected by the PIR sensors. Various voice announcem ..

Using Vacation Mode for Convenience, Peace of Mind, and Energy Savings

Vacation mode is a second level of Away mode arming that allows the system to activate different routines when you are away for extended periods of time. This may include: Setting back thermostats and turning off water heaters to save on energy costs Controlling lights on random schedule ..

Installer Branding Options for Apps

Strong branding is key to customer confidence and loyalty. For companies with a well established brand, it is important to extend this advantage across all of their efforts. Branding options are available to installers for our M1 partner apps eKeypad Pro (/m1-integration-partners/ekeypad) and M1 Tou ..

Add Value to Video Surveillance Installs with Voice

Video surveillance continues to expand its presence in residential and commercial markets as network capabilities and lower equipment costs increase marketing appeal. While some consumers may find DIY options attractive, there are many opportunities for professional installers to differentia ..

Transitioning from HAI Omni? Take a look at ELK's M1 Systems

Leviton recently announced plans to phase out the HAI Omni product family. If you are an Omni installer, you will soon find yourself deciding how to move forward and which products will be viable alternatives. We invite you to consider ELK's M1 Security and Automation Platform (/m1_controls.html) ..


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!

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