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Hi, my name is Sandi Laufenberg. I am the lead developer at LadySword Productions, which is based in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. I started LadySword Productions in 1998. In 2004, LadySword became part of The Winner's Way, Inc. Then, in 2014, we became a division of YHWH Is Our Rock, Inc.

Bragging is not really my forte', nor my hobby---but this would be the time to do it, I guess... So let me say that formerly, as a freelancer, I had produced hundreds of artistic AND awesome webpages, rendered hundreds of graphics, and created many databases. However - things just got better and better for LadySword. You see, over the years we have grown in our connections and associations. This network of professionals make up "our team". And now -- though I myself can't do everything -- OUR TEAM CAN.

More info and my resume links can be found here.


Dedicated to Excellent Service


LadySword Productions has an excellent team of associate programmers. Their combined talents CAN DO ALMOST EVERYTHING. No lie. 

Our network is made up of a number of excellent IT professionals.  Whether you need a brand new website -- a new or improved database -- or -- a programming fix, you have come to the RIGHT place!

With LadySword Productions, you will get fantastic results -- that is my personal promise to you.



Future Goals

  • We are looking to constantly improve upon our services and our systems.
  • Working to expand and improve the resources we offer to the public through our website. 
  • Plans for the future: 
    • More free articles and information.
    • Increasing the availability of economical business solutions without sacrificing quality.
    • In general - helping the Internet to become a better resource for all.

So.... if you don't see what you need on our site -- please don't hesitate to ask... or make a suggestion.  We'd love to hear from you.

With our network of professionals --- the sky is the limit !!


- Sandi Laufenberg

 

 

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IOT Devices Can Save Your House From Flooding

Water leaks can result in very heavy losses.  But in this day and age, we have a new type of home - a "Smart Home".   Smart homes are part of the Internet of Things (IOT).  Most smart home systems  include water leak detectors, capable of interacting with a centralized management system. The most advanced water sensors are battery-powered and work via a number of various kinds of wireless technologies.  For example, Z-Wave. They are connected through a central hub in the home.  You can track the status of the leak-sensing device (and your home) by using your smartphone or tablet.

Here is an introduction to several such “smart” devices that are present in the market and are compatible with many home automation systems.

 

Fibaro Flood Sensor

Working with the use of wireless communication standard Z-Wave, sensor Fibaro Flood Sensor looks nothing like the typical sensor that monitors leaks. In addition to its futuristic design, it differs in that it contains a tilt sensor (i.e. if someone moves it from it's place, you will get a message on your mobile phone), a temperature sensor, siren, LED, and a built-in testing signal.  Plus, the built-in temperature sensor can be used to control floor heating systems or serve as a fire sensor.

Fibaro Flood Sensor can also be used on uneven surfaces, thanks to telescopic probes.

The device can operate in conjunction with any professional alarm system, but it is easy to install. When used together with a control relay, such as the Fibaro Controller/Relay, the sensor can independently shut off an automatic valve. The sensor is powered from the battery, the life of which is approximately 2.5 years.  To take full advantage of the Fibaro Flood Sensor, you will need a hub, the Fibaro Home Center 2 or another hub based on Z-Wave. I found this awesome site which shows you a number of compatible hubs for the Fibaro Flood Sensor. One such hub that's available on Amazon is the Securifi Almond+

Product websites:   fibarozwaveshop.com

$59.98 at Amazon (as of 13-Oct-2015)

 

 

Wally

 

The WallyHome system is quite simple, and it does not use the usual Z-Wave, Bluetooth, or Zigbee; instead, it uses it's  own protocol SNUPI (Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure). This means that the existing wired network wiring is used as an antenna that can transmit data from the sensors to the WallyHome hub.

You need to include a hub in a network via Ethernet and install sensors in problem areas – under the sink, next to the refrigerator, hot water heater, dishwasher, etc. All notifications will be sent to your mobile device via the Internet. The Wally water sensor also senses the temperature and humidity levels, which is really cool because it not only allows you to monitor significant water leakage, but also the formation of small puddles and even the appearance of mold.

It's rumoured that it's not easy to get Wally to work with other systems because of its own unique wireless system. However, their website has dedicated a link to Nest, and seem to have a thorough explanation of how to set it up with a Nest thermostat.  Therefore, it seems it is possible to connect it to other compatible devices.

Product website: www.wallyhome.com

At Amazon, the cost is $ 299 a set (as of 13-Oct-2015), and it includes a hub, six sensors, power wire and Ethernet cable. The Wally water sensor can also be purchased separately for $ 35 (as of 13-Oct-2015).

 

 

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