smart garage door openers

Smart Garage Door Controllers: How They Work and The Benefits of Going Smart

Getting to Know Smart Home Automation and Security Systems

If you are looking for the best garage door opener for your home that can be controlled by remote access even when you are away from the house, consider investing in a smart garage door controller.

Many people are looking for ways to eliminate the number of keys or controllers they have to carry, but want to keep their home safe and secure while away. Home automation systems are designed to make our lives easier, and in recent years, the smart technology market has developed a solution that helps make garage doors even easier to access and operate than a standard garage door.

By turning to smart technology, the chances of losing your remote controller are minimized, but the security of your home is increased. 

Switching to a smart garage door controller can save you a lot of space and time and, when used correctly, can bring a lot of other benefits to your day-to-day routine.

How Do Smart Garage Door Controllers Work?

If you haven’t replaced your garage door controller yet, now is the time to go smart. There are many different types of garage door controllers on the market, but not all of them are smart. 

Whereas traditional garage door controllers usually require a physical device and are often battery-powered, a smart garage door controller operates on WiFi and is operated by an app on your smart device or home hub. They have an attractive, streamlined construction that won’t take up lots of room in your garage.

The Benefits of Owning a Smart Garage Door Opener

Introducing high-tech solutions into your home should be simple and fun, not frustrating. There are many benefits to owning any sort of smart home automation system and they are designed to be effortless and complementary to your lifestyle. 

The benefits of using a smart garage opener include:

  • Easy to use – Using the simplicity of a single touchscreen device, you can utilize everything your smart garage door controller has to offer. Need to open it for a delivery while you are at work – that’s easy when it’s smart.

If your smart garage door opener is a part of a broader smart home security system, you may be able to adjust lighting and temperature, as well as audiovisual and security solutions with the same app. 

  • Give peace of mind – Say goodbye to worrying and obsessing whether you turned off the lights, locked the door or closed the garage. For busy homeowners and renters, being able to check on your home’s security remotely with an app automatically makes automation reassuring and worth the investment.
  • Convenience – Have you ever found yourself digging through your purse to find the remote garage door controller or had to struggle to get a manual garage door open with full hands? The garage door should always be a port of entry into the house which is easily accessed by the members of the family. With a smart garage door controller, you can remotely open or close the garage door. This is convenient for coming home, leaving the house, lifting heavy items and transporting things to and from the house via the garage with finesse. No more jangling keys trying to find your garage door remote controller. You are just one simple tap away from your garage opening and closing at your wish. 
  • App-controlled – One big benefit of having your garage door opener controlled by an app is that you won’t ever lose it. You can even have it stored in a backup device just in case the battery dies on your cell phone.
  • Security – As the owner of a smart garage door-controlled system, you are able to add or remove authorized users and devices as needed. Smart systems can also include added security features like notifications of misuse or attempted access by a non-authorized user.

Is Your Garage Door Controller Part of an Integrated Smart Security System?

Some of the most superior smart garage door controllers are only a small part of a wider, more sophisticated home security system. You can invest in a complete home smart security system and know what’s happening on your property at any time. These systems allow:

  • Security alerts when entry is detected.
  • Bespoke alerts and reminders for changes and updates on your property.
  • Connected Car to protect your vehicle and whoever drives it with behaviour alerts, vehicle alerts and location tracking, among other features.

At Kobalt Systems, we are proud partners with We sell, install and maintain a wide range of smart security systems including smart garage door openers. security systems integrate with most major garage door opener companies such as:

  • Genie
  • Lift Master
  • Chamberlain
  • GoControl
  • OHD Anywhere

You Can Take Your Smart Garage Door Opener With You If You Move

Are you moving? Do you need to add or remove a location to your device? New garage door controllers are more flexible than ever before, since they connect to smart devices. Simply reprogram your security system or device to your new location while deleting or forgetting your old one. Don’t give up on your state-of-the-art smart garage door controller and leave it behind with your old house.

Get Expert Help to Install and Program Your Smart Garage Opener

If you have chosen to install a smart garage door opener, you are making a great choice to optimize your home’s smart attributes. When deciding which system is best for you, call an expert such as the team at Kobalt Systems, who can help program and automate your system to your personal requirements.

Kobalt Systems, based in Victoria BC and serving southern Vancouver Island, offers free consultations to assess your home’s security needs. Whatever you are in the market for, or if you’re just curious about how to make your home as secure as possible, starting with your garage door, book an appointment with Kobalt Systems today.

Home Security Add-Ons

Boost Your Home Security with Our Wide Selection of Innovative Features

In a previous post about home and business security, we discussed how important it is to keep your residential and commercial properties secure and walked you through the security packages that we offer.

Did you know that we also provide hardware add-ons that you can include in your residential security package? In addition to the basic cameras and motion detectors that we all know, these add-ons are great gadgets that will further protect your family and your possessions, and while they are affordable, they are worth the additional investment. Many of these are devices that you may not have considered before, so we’d like to walk you through them and tell you a bit about these products so you can get the most out of your residential security system.

1. Window and Door Sensor

Window & Door Sensor: Know when every entrance is open or closed

We’ve all been there. We left the house in a rush and thought to ourselves, “wait, did I close the door, or shut the window?” It’s easy to keep an eye on your home when you’re not there with a quick check on your home security app on your phone. One look and you’ll know if every entry point is open or closed.

2. Smart Thermostat

Remember that heatwave this summer? It was a struggle for many of us to keep our homes cool, and oftentimes a fan just won’t cut it. Or, as winter approaches, maybe we want to ensure that our house is warmed up for when we arrive home after a long day. In either case, the smart thermostat will allow you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere. (This is also a great relief for our pets in the summer while we’re at work!) 

3. Smart Lock

The smart lock will allow you to set up a code that you can use to provide access to your home while you’re away. Coded doors are a great solution if you have a friend, family member, or a neighbour who might require access to your home, or maybe even your shed in the backyard.

4. Smart Garage Door Opener


Smart Garage Door Opener: Close your doors from anywhere and feel reassured

If you can’t remember whether you closed your garage door earlier, this door opener can do that for you, no matter where you are. With the click of a button, you can rest assured that your garage and your home are secure.

5. Motion Sensor

This handy gadget will detect activity around your home, and it will alert you whenever something suspicious comes around. So, when you hear a strange sound, you’ll know it’s not just you!

6. Glass Break Sensor

With this sensor, you’ll be alerted right away if a burglar attempts to break into your home by breaking or smashing any windows or glass. With this device and a security camera, you’ll be equipped to deter or even find the perpetrator and keep your home safe. This is a great option for securing sliding glass doors.

7. Carbon Monoxide Detector

This is one that many don’t think about, but it’s an important one. Carbon monoxide is an unseen hazard that can creep up in any home, and this carbon monoxide detector will protect you from that. This device will alert you if it detects any carbon monoxide in your home, so you don’t have to worry.

8. Flood Sensor 

This flood sensor will notify you of any emergencies that could result in damages to the property. You might consider putting one near your hot water tank to let you know if the tank started to leak or fail.

9. Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Camera


Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Camera: Have a full view of your home

Have full range of view to the outside of your home with this little add-on. You’ll be able to see who is walking up to your door, such as the delivery person, or you can even check on the kids as they play outside on the driveway or the lawn.

10. Smart Smoke Sensor

Maybe the kids are baking or cooking something at home on the weekend or after school. This smart smoke sensor will help to give you some peace of mind, as you will get an alert as soon as any smoke is detected.

11. Slimline Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera

Not only will you be able to see who is at the door, but you also have the ability to have a two-way conversation from wherever you are. So, you can talk to the pizza or Amazon delivery person and tell them to leave your items wherever you wish!

12. Siren

With the siren, you’ll be able to hear the alarm from any room in the house—so you don’t have to worry about missing it if you’re in a certain part of the house, like the attic.

13. Touchscreen Security Panel

The touchstone security panel will allow you to easily control your security system and connected smart home devices, all in one spot. Now you don’t have to worry about complicated buttons or techie jargon when you’re in a rush or in an emergency.

14. Hardware Panel

This panel will connect your existing devices and sensors seamlessly. 

While this list contains many of our products, you can see our full list of available security add-ons and see what they look like by checking out our
products page.

Contact us today at Kobalt Systems, and we’ll be happy to get you started with a new residential security system and the add-ons you need for your home. Based in Victoria, BC, we have highly experienced staff who will provide top-quality service and make sure your system is properly set up and ready to go in no time. For more information, learn about our services or call us directly at (250) 213-3788

home and business security systems

Is Now the Time to Rethink Your Home or Commercial Security Setup?

Security Systems Provide Protection and Peace of Mind in One Package

One of the pride and joys of our business is our advanced security systems that we offer for local residential and commercial properties. We believe that a home is a precious place where you and your family should feel safe and relaxed, and it should be protected by only the best! The same can apply to one’s business, too. As a small business ourselves, we know how hard you’ve worked to build your business from the ground up – no matter how big or small it may be. A strong security system is a smart investment to protect what you’ve grown and to stay in control, even if you’re miles away.

We are partnered with to offer the best and most trusted service in the industry, so you can trust that you’ll be getting a top-quality system installed by one of our friendly and professional technicians.

Let’s start with the residential security system. Here are some of the features:

Indoor and Outdoor Home Security Video Monitoring

One of the prime features included in our home security system is video surveillance for outside and inside your home.

This enables you to see exactly who is ringing your doorbell, and provides you with custom alerts to focus on people, vehicles and animals, and also specific areas of your property. You only have to get alerts for what you want. You can see when your kids or family members get home, or even check in remotely with a video call through your phone or tablet.

It also allows you to not only see but talk to any visitors at your door, so you can allow them access and unlock the front door for them through your phone’s app. A very handy feature for when keys might go missing, or you want a delivery brought inside.

Hear something outside in the night? You’ll be able to see if it’s an intruder or simply a raccoon looking for scraps.

A Security System with Easy Home Automation

Other features include easy home automation that you can control no matter where you are. Not only can our system provide video surveillance and lock control, but you can also control temperature settings, lighting, fire safety controls, and water usage/protection. So you can rest assured that your home is always running smoothly and operating at its safest, most environmentally friendly (and cost-effective) levels.

A Unique, Stress-Free Home Security System

You may be thinking that this is a system that involves multiple apps and complicated systems that are hard work to stay on top of, but we have good news for you! Our custom home security system makes it simple with an easy, all-in-one system that is a breeze to control and does all the monitoring for you, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Along with your control panel, the app is all you need to set your controls; and no matter how advanced you want to get, it always remains uncomplicated and straightforward to use.

In the event of an emergency, your monitoring service will alert your local police, fire department, and/or an ambulance. It can also detect smoke and carbon dioxide levels, and will alert you if they become unsafe.

Ok, so that’s some of the features of our home security system. Now, let’s talk about a commercial security system for your business.

Why Consider a Business Security System?

The better question is why wouldn’t you? A security system will not only protect you and your staff from potential dangers such as theft and other customer incidents, but you’ll be able to monitor and control your settings from wherever you are, just like the residential systems. By being able to manage your settings at all times, you’ll actually be saving costs in addition to keeping an eye on your business.

Commercial-Grade Systems for Multiple Locations

Our commercial security systems will grow along with you, so if you have multiple locations or you’re a larger corporation, never fear. We have custom plans for both small business and larger scale companies. You’ll be able to view the cameras for all your locations at once, and you’ll be able to control the settings for each of them on the Enterprise Dashboard, which you can access on either your app or web dashboard. Once there you can manage everything from system status and video feeds, to employee access and temperature monitoring.

Secure Platform

Our alarm systems have advanced technology that updates software automatically, and provides end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication. Therefore, you can trust that the system is completely secure.

Costs for Residential / Commercial Security Systems

The price is dependant on the size and scale of your home or business, and whether or not you decide to enter into a contract with us—but you can check out both our plans and pricing and services page to get an estimate. We’ll be able to give you an exact quote during a consultation, and we can work with you to establish a payment plan that works for you.

Hopefully, this has inspired you to get the ball rolling and set up a security system for your home or business. It may seem like a costly investment, but so was your business, and it’s worth it to know that your loved ones and your home is safe and protected. Contact us at Kobalt Systems today to inquire and book a consultation, and we’ll be happy to get you set up!