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!

Why You Need Surge Suppression
ELK Tech Support - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Lightning --- We've all seen it and for some it is a spectacular event to be admired, photographed and studied. For others lightning is frightening causing severe stress and panic. In either  ..
Automating the Sprinkler System
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
With spring and warmer weather approaching us, automating the sprinkler system can be a great way to care for your landscaping, while helping to conserve water. Water schedules can easily con ..
When You Arm Away, Keep Water Away
- Monday, April 14, 2014
Each year, water causes billions of dollars in property damage. One of the leading causes of water damage is the failure of appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, toilets, ..
Light Your Way
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Lighting is a very important aspect to any home or business. With the right setting you can create a certain mood in the space to enhance comfort and style. Have control of your lighting a ..
Up to 199 Users for Door Access
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Door/Gate Entry Control The M1 Cross Platform Control can be used as a limited or small access control system. The control can accommodate up to 199 users (requires firmware version 4.4 ..
Know an Alarm Has Occurred
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Siren Has Timed Out, So How Do You Know An Alarm Has Occurred Before You Enter The Premises? Entering your home or business after an alarm has been activated can be dangerous. Recent r ..
Controlling The Garage Door
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
Have you ever left home, been well on your way, and thought, “Did I shut the garage door?” Your only option is to drive all the way back home, right? Not with M1… The ga ..
M1 To the Rescue
- Wednesday, April 09, 2014
You May Forget, But The M1 Won't! Using M1 to Turn Off Small Appliances You are on your way to work and everything is going smoothly, and then you realize... "I forgot to turn the coffee pot  ..
M1 Voice Dialer Notification
- Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Voice Dialer Notification The built in voice dialer can be used for notification of an event based on time, system status, zone changes, last user, temperature reading, etc. It can ca ..
Auto-Arming Based On Occupancy
ELK Tech Support - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The M1 System can be automatically armed using rules. This is useful in commercial applications. The customer may desire to have the system armed at a particular time. This is easily accomplished u ..