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Remote Home Monitoring Service Leader iWatchLife Announces Extended Spring Fever Sale in Time for Cottage Openings(April 01, 2014)
Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) April 01, 2014
Remote-home-monitoring service provider iWatchLife announced today that they are extending their annual Spring Fever sale until the end of April.
Originally planned as a four-week sale ending yesterday, the Spring Fever sale, which offers consumers a $20 break on their Essential service package, will run for an additional four weeks, until April 30th.
Tom Leger, VP of Business Development for the company, says consumers have been expecting warm spring temperatures to herald the beginning of cottage season, but the warm weather has not been forthcoming. We know that it has to happensooner or later!and we want to be there offering the lowest price points in the industry when consumers make their move.
Late spring remains the most popular time for opening up the cottage, but Leger points out that cottagers are already preparing their vacation homes for the upcoming season. People have already been spending their weekends at the cottage, dusting, cleaning, turning the water and power back on, and setting up their security cams. If the cottage is going to be unoccupied during the week for the next few months, they feel better with some sort of security in place.
Many consumers use home monitoring services such as that offered by iWatchLife in their primary residences, but it is becoming more common to find them in second homes and vacation properties. The National Association of Realtors Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey for 2013 reported that sales of vacation properties rose 10 percent in 2012 over the previous year, and that vacation property sales made up about 11 percent of all home purchases in 2012.1 Last year, nearly half of the vacation homes purchased were over 500 miles away from the owners primary residence. With that many vacation homes so far away from their owners, says Maureen Campbell, Director of Marketing and Communications for iWatchLife, there is obviously a growing need for remote monitoring options.
Burglaries are one worry. In Sonoma Country, for example, a popular vacation destination for the affluent, there were 52 vacation property burglaries between September 2013 and March 2014.2
But remote surveillance is not just for the wealthy any more. Technological advances have now made it well within just about everyones reach to monitor several properties remotely, Mr. Leger continues. iWatchLife has the most advanced technology and the lowest prices in the marketplace. What makes us particularly appealing to budget-conscious customers with a second property is that we dont charge extra service fees for additional cameras. You purchase the cameras themselves, but we dont ask you to pay extra service fees for the privilege. So, you can have a few cameras at home, and a few at the cottage, and youll know whats going on at both places, wherever you happen to be.
To use the service, you do need to have internet at the cottage, but it doesnt have to be wi-fi (you can connect the camera directly to the router with a cable) and it doesnt have to be souped up. Leger stresses that iWatchLife spares bandwidth because it uses patented, advanced algorithms to target activity in areas specified by the customer, rather than recording continuously. People often only have basic internet at the cottage, but iWatchLife works well within those limits. Because you draw your own zones of interest, say the front and back doors, or a window, the camera is only prompted to record when something happens in that zone. So the cameras are not recording 24/7only when something happens. That makes it ideal for lower internet speeds, but even people with high-speed access will notice theres no drag. Other systems that run 24/7 suck up bandwidth and make it frustrating to do more than one thing at a time, like watch Netflix or play online games.
Ms. Campbell adds that iWatchLifes cloud storage means one less headache for people who operate the service from a long distance. With cloud-based storage, you dont have to worry about a hard drive or memory card filling up when youre a hundred miles away. Not only that, the video is completely safe and securewe use the same technology banks doand only the subscriber can get to it. A thief who steals the camera wont have access to your video.
People who have purposely purchased vacation properties in low-crime areas may still find themselves in need of a monitoring service. Floods, like those that ravaged cottages in Upstate New York and Vermont courtesy of Hurricane Irene in 2011,3 are always a risk for homes near the water. Furry intruders that take up residence over the winter are another thing owners need to keep an eye on. Says Ms. Campbell, You want to know about these things as they are happening so you can do something about it as soon as possible, rather than waiting for an ugly surprise when you turn up in the spring.
1. Vacation Home Sales Surge across America. Mark Johanson, International Business Times, April 3, 2013. http://www.ibtimes.com/vacation-home-sales-surge-across-america-1167343
2. Burglars target Sonoma County vacation rentals Kale Williams, SFGate, March 14, 2014. http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2014/03/14/burglars-target-sonoma-county-vacation-rentals/
3. In Vermont, Overflowing Lake Champlain Floods. John Curran (AP), USA Today, May 6, 2011. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/floods/2011-05-06-lake-champlain_n.htm
iWatchLife is a do-it-yourself, video monitoring system that lets the user remotely watch over all aspects of lifehome, vacation property, family, contractors, even petsfrom any computer, tablet or handheld device. Our unique, cloud-based, smart technology understands context, importance and relevance of images and sounds and notifies the user anytime, anywhere when events that have been specified as being important are detected. See, monitor and share what matters from anywhere. iWatchLife brings Internet cloud-based video monitoring technology to the consumer market, making it affordable and easy to use. Our service uses advanced video analytics and artificial intelligence to provide unparalleled functionality for our users.
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