In the not-so-distant past, home alarm systems were judged solely on their proven ability to detect intrusion and alert the proper authorities when the bad guys came around. The times have changed. While Frontpoint still places a premium on providing customers with a complete home protection solution, there are more than a few other factors to consider.
Smart vs. Connected
Modern alarm systems are expected to be more than just safe. Increasingly, emphasis is placed on not only how a system can make your life safer, but also how it can make it simpler. It’s easy to lump these features under the broad category of “home automation,” but there’s a little more nuance to it than that. When we talk about home automation, features best fit into two categories – smart and connected.
So, what’s the difference? And which features are right for you? Let’s take a look at both.
The Smart Home
This is probably the most commonly used term to describe home automation in general. However, when a home or system is referred to as smart, it doesn’t mean the same thing to all people. Frontpoint uses the term to refer to a home in which all appliances are connected and able to be controlled remotely. This includes lights, thermostats and locks. One of the primary benefits of a smart home, besides convenience, is energy management and the subsequent savings.
The Connected Home
The features and benefits of the connected home are more tied to well, connectivity. When your home is truly connected, not only do your devices talk to one another, they talk to you, and they listen. You have the ability to stay in touch with and control your home from wherever you are.
The good news for you is that with a Frontpoint system, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. If you have any questions about home automation features and how you can take advantage of them, give us a call!