High tech home security

High tech home security

ERIN FEB 2On CTV’s Tech Talk this month, we looked at options for keeping your home and yard safe using several high tech wireless devices.

Dog & Bone Padlocks

 I can’t say enough about how easy these locks are to set up and to use.  Whether you choose the bigger more heavy-duty version, or the lighter, silicone covered padlock, they pair instantly, and are super responsive to signals from your smartphone.  You can add uses and give permission so anyone from visitors, to workmen can access your yard, shed, garage or anywhere you need to keep secure.  You can also get lists of who opened the locks and when, meaning you can keep tabs on teens accessing sports equipment, or neighbours borrowing tools.

Noke Padlock

 Who hasn’t momentarily forgotten their combination on a padlock at the gym, the back gate, or on the shed? I’ve misplaced (or outright lost, forever) the key to the padlock on my bike, meaning I need to both buy a new one, and find some bolt cutters to take care of business.

Now, a new product out from Fuz Designs (they made the really cool felted case I featured on CTV Morning Live and the blog not long ago!) shows that you no longer need those keys, or your faulty memory to open a padlock! Check out the 3 minute video of how Noke Digital Lock works: either with your smartphone or a Morse Code-like series of long and short clicks. Click here to read my full review of the Noke.

Kevo Smart Door Lock

kevo-Smart-LockKeys are so 2012! These days, keeping your home safe means going key-free and using your smartphone to lock and unlock your door . The Kevo smart deadbolt lock pairs with your phone, and has access you can share with others in the family, or temporarily with workers, housekeepers, babysitters, etc. The lock pairs easily with phones and unlike some others, is fuss free; I experienced no disconnections and no delays in opening and closing.

MiPow Garden Light

 Need more light in your yard, driveway or walkway? Don’t fuss with wires, stakes or unreliable dollar store solar spikes. Get outdoor lighting that’s versatile, and that works.  MiPow’s Garden lights will change colour, and can be moved anywhere to give you outdoor light where you need it. They’re solar powered and water resistant and once charged can run for 20 hours. You can also group several of these lights together via the MiPow smartphone app, and adjust, control and even dim them from your phone.

Smanos Wireless Home Security System

w020Gone are the days you need a technician to install a home security system. Today, systems are much more streamlined, don’t need a landline, and allow you the flexibility to customize, since there are no wires running all over the home.

Smanos home security bundle (W020) has an HD video camera, 2 door and window sensors, a remote control and the main hub. To install, you connect the hub to your home’s Wi-Fi, then add individual components to the system, such as the sensors, and the camera.  The system connects to your smart phone, and allows you control over it, as well as access to the video stream.

Then it’s as simple as checking your smartphone if you recieve an alert. You can arm, disarm or view what’s happening inside the home via the camera, then take whatever action is required; dismiss the alarm or call in the cavalry.

Win a Smanos Home Security System!

***CONTEST is now CLOSED. Congrats to contest winner Jenn Pink!.

Here’s how to enter: (**and please note you need to be able to come to CTV studios to pick up your prize)

–> Choose one of the following methods or websites below, you only need to enter once.

On this website: 

Write a (nice, preferably!) comment on this blog in the comments section below. Don’t forget to use the keyword I provided on TV.

OR On Twitter:

Follow me on Twitter, (so I’ll be able to DM you if you win! No DM, no win possible), then tweet me  @erinLYYC to tell me how much you’d like to win the Smanos kit.**Use the keyword I provided on TV.

Copy this sample tweet if you like: “I saw @ErinLYYC on CTV, and I want to win a @Smanos home security system #(insert keyword here) #tech #YYC ”

OR On Facebook:

Go to my Facebook Page, “Like” it, and write a short comment on the Contest section. (***Per FB rules, you need to do both to be properly entered. Without both Liking the Page and commenting, you won’t be able to win.)  **Use the keyword I provided on TV.

The Fine Print:
I’ll pick one winner at random from among all the social media and website entries. Only 1 entry per person please; duplicate entries will be discarded. Contest closes at 11:59pm MT tonight February 9, 2016. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Not valid in Quebec. Prize has no cash value.
Each winner will receive 1 prize: a Smanos W020 Security System, supplied by Smanos. **Winner must be able to pick prize up at CTV studios. ErinLYYC.com bears no responsibility for prizes not delivered, delayed or misdirected, or not claimed after 30 days.
I’ll get in touch with the winner via same somed/website platform by which they entered. Non-response within 48 hours, and I’ll redraw under same 48 hour timeframe until I get a winner.
Winner’s name(s) will be posted to this website and social media after the drawing.
If for any reason the Internet portion of the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of this website which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, ErinLYYC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Prize may not be exactly as show in accompanying photographs.
By entering this contest you agree you have read and accept the rules and are to abide by them.
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Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.


  1. akskywest on February 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Great blog Erin. Love the gadgets! Key word: lock


  2. Vern Lalonde on February 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Cool tech toys and reviews. Key word: Lock

  3. Daren olsen on February 9, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Awesome products and the prices of these “LOCKS” is excellent!!

    Great to see a local company showcasing these products…

    I know my wife and I could really use a great system like this! Thanks!!

  4. Penny Yule on February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Very cool gadgets! Key word is “lock”.

  5. Heather Knox on February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I loved your info on CTV this morning! Who knew there were so many amazing options for Locks? Thank you for all of the info!!

  6. Greg R on February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Wonder segment on new technology and security! Thanks Erin have been thinking about a wireless home security but haven’t made the plunge yet…

  7. simone on February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I saw @ErinLYYC on CTV, and I want to win a @Smanos home security system

  8. Tim on February 9, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Great session on ctv this morning! Buying the noke lock for the gym. No more lost keys!

  9. Wayne Siegel on February 9, 2016 at 7:30 am

    This security system looks amazing and easy to install. Something that I can even do.
    Keyword: lock

  10. ruth lindsay on February 9, 2016 at 7:30 am


  11. Leanne. Warner on February 9, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Love you on CTV! Look forward to all the cool stuff. Key word Lock.

  12. Linda on February 9, 2016 at 7:31 am

    The answer is Lock. Your website is full of good stuff. I think I may become a fan.

  13. Norm Sparks on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Wow Erin! I really love all those digital LOCKs you showed on CTV Morning Show this morning. The wireless home security system is the best. I’d love to win that complete home “LOCK”. Ya – Yay LOCK. Lockity LOCK.

  14. Monique Williams on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Very cool new products! Lock

  15. Greg Cundal on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Very informative segment on CTV Morning Live this morning! Very cool products, I will certainly revisit your website to see what’s new! Contest key word: LOCK

  16. Harrison Omanukwue on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Commendable tech and security initiative from ErinLYYC…thumbs up!

  17. Jane Kearns on February 9, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Great security systems. Technology has come a long way!

  18. Sherrill Gibson on February 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

    We would love to win the Smanos icky system! Our house was broken into 2 weekends ago and all my jewelry, cameras, sunglasses and large amount of cash taken, ( I know , I know, silly)! That system looks great and as you say , much easier to install. I will cross my fingers! Thank you!

  19. Tracey on February 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

    The technology is amazing! This gives me Christmas gift ideas. #lock

  20. Elizabeth Ziegler on February 9, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I saw @ErinLYYC on CTV, and I want to win a @Smanos home security system #(Lock) #tech #YYC ”

  21. Steve Hunt on February 9, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I would love to win this system it looks so easy to install and use. Please expect this as my entrance keyword:LOCK

    thanks Steve

  22. Kiima Cree on February 9, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed the segment this morning on security items and locks. It was informative and featured innovative products. Keyword: lock

  23. Marilyn Paillard on February 9, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I am not very tech smart, so I am VERY inerested in all your gadgets to lock your valuables and also beautify our home.

  24. Aurora Chavez on February 9, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Hello Erin,
    I saw you on CTV, great products!!
    Hoping to win the security system to help me keep my family safe :).


  25. Jason Williams on February 9, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Awesome Lock.

  26. Ken Davies on February 9, 2016 at 7:41 am


    Thank you for showing some of the good wireless tech. There are so many products out there and it’s so hard to know what is worthwhile.

  27. Natalie Little on February 9, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for your tech updates on CTV, I enjoy watching them to see what is new out there. Now that you have told us about your blog, I will be checking that out too.
    Smanos home security system competion keyword is Lock.
    Thanks !

  28. P. Mooring on February 9, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Enjoyed the info provided on CTV this morning and would love to be entered to win the Smanos Home Security System. Keyword: Lock Thanks for the updates on everything new.

  29. Keith Hill on February 9, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Wow! I love the Smanos home security system! And I could really use it since I am in the process of buying a new home!
    Thanks Erin…😊😊😊

  30. Stacey Cross on February 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the awesome info! I need all the help I can get when it comes to tech. So many good ideas you offered.
    keyword: lock

  31. Sandra Vicic on February 9, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I just saw Erin on CTV news, what an interesting and informative segment. Thank you for the knowledgeable information. I would love to win. The key word of the day is Lock.

  32. Jenn on February 9, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I always look forward to the items you bring to us on CTV. Thank you for picking items that can fit many budgets.It allows us to have choices and you do the homework for us! Keyword: Lock

  33. Jenn on February 9, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I always look forward to seeing the items you bring to us on CTV. You ensure there are items that can fit all budgets plus you do the homework for us!
    Keyword: Lock

  34. Ray on February 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The Home Security system would make me feel a lot safer knowing I can leave my home and know there is protection I can depend on. The Keyword is “Lock”

  35. Donna on February 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

    You caught my attention this morning while I was getting ready for work!! Great presentation. Love all of the new techie lock options you shows us, and I LOVE the security system! Oh ya, and that outfit looked AMAZING ON YOU!! 🙂

  36. Cindy Burns on February 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Hello, Loved the blog on all the locks, Home Security would be sweet.
    Keyword is “Lock”

  37. Tom Burns on February 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning, Please enter my and my family for this draw. Keyword is “Lock’

  38. Lorraine Schmaltz on February 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I found your information so valuable – love the alarm system.

  39. Shannon C. on February 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Great products and the presentation on CTV Morning Live today was informative.

  40. Shannon C. on February 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Great products and the presentation on CTV Morning Live today was informative. Keyword: Lock

  41. Andrew Bucholtz on February 9, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love seeing all the high tech items you show on CTV. The Keyword is “LOCK”

  42. Jenn on February 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Love how you introduce the latest gadgets- you keep it simple for simple folk like me! This Home Security system is something even I could manage thanks to your description of how it all works! Thanks so much!
    Keyword: “Lock”

  43. Gail Armitage on February 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Keyword: Lock
    Thanks for your always informative segments on CTV, especially this mornings! And for sharing your expertise on a wide variety of products via this blog 🙂

  44. Richard on February 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for bringing these great and affordable security options to my attention! I was looking to lock in on a home security choice and now I have one.

  45. Jaymie Fraser on February 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    This was a great segment on the morning news. Very cool products! I’d love to win a home security system…”.lock” me in!

  46. Ron on February 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    could use the security system.
    keyword: lock

  47. Jennifer on February 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Great blog. Enjoyed your segment on CTV Morning Live today. Keyword: Lock