A new age dawned in home security when the industry embraced wireless technology. Today’s wireless alarm systems give consumers advanced functionality, online access and innovative video monitoring, for the ultimate in peace of mind and convenience.
Alarm Systems – Reinvented
While many industries evolved dramatically in the latter half of the 20th century, home security systems changed very little. Alarm companies ignored the wireless technology and online connectivity already widely used in other businesses. Alarm systems consisted of bulky, unsightly control panels and security sensors, installed in the walls of the home and wired together. The control panel sent alarms to a central monitoring station over the home phone line. These systems afforded customers very little mobility or flexibility.
It took some forward-thinking companies like FrontPoint Security to catapult the industry into this century. Wireless alarm equipment is both easier and less intrusive than the old-fashioned kind, which will probably soon be “extinct.” With the integration of the Internet and streaming video, customers now enjoy the freedom to control their alarm systems from anywhere and monitor activity at their home with their own eyes.
The Advantages of Wireless Alarm Systems
Without complicated wiring, the new wireless alarm systems are simpler and quicker to install. The sensors have mounting adhesive, so no drilling or tools are required. Customers can set up the system themselves, on their own schedule, without hassling to arrange an appointment with a technician and waiting around for him to arrive. With a wireless DIY home security system, you can have your whole home protected in about 30 minutes.
Wireless alarm equipment has built-in flexibility, because it’s not bolted to the wall. You can rearrange or redecorate your home anytime, easily moving the security equipment or adding more sensors or cameras. You can also take the system with you to a new home.
With wireless security, there’s no reason to pay for installation or open your home to strangers. Just plug in the portable control panel, place the sensors, and call your alarm company for activation. The control panel automatically connects to the monitoring station, over a secure, low-frequency cellular network. Cellular monitoring is far safer than phone line connections, because there are no vulnerable wires for burglars to cut or storms to disrupt.
The best wireless alarm systems also provide interactive features, for convenience, flexibility and enhanced security. You can arm or disarm the system from anywhere, or program simple customization features, such as new user codes. Your alarm system can send you information using mobile apps, (often provided free from the best alarm companies). The most commonly used mobile app is the instant alert, which messages you on your phone, tablet or computer via text or email. With instant alerts, you’ll know immediately if there is a security breach or other kind of sensor activity at your home. You can also check system status, and view history, such as the user tracking log. The more advanced systems also provide home automation, which lets you control your lights, heat and other appliances, remotely.
This remote functionality ensures you are always connected, aware and in control.
Video Security Cameras
For some, the phrase “video monitoring” means CCTV – closed circuit television. CCTV video security is a self-contained system that usually includes a monitoring device and perhaps a DVR for play-back and/or an audio feature. CCTV is a stand-alone video system and is not integrated with a wireless alarm system. A CCTV system is often expensive, and offers none of the other benefits of a complete home alarm system. For true home protection and peace of mind, get a system that includes 24/7 monitoring service and remote control, in addition to security cameras.
When integrating video with a wireless alarm system, your wireless security cameras will stream video through your home broadband service. You can monitor the footage live, using any online device – like your mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This footage is completely private and password-protected – it’s not viewed at the monitoring center.
You can position video cameras anywhere inside or outside your home, to safeguard the most likely access points for intruders. For example, position indoor cameras to watch the front door or main living area. Outdoor cameras can monitor the driveway or backyard. The best wireless indoor cameras stream 24/7, but are also programmed to record a video clip whenever they sense motion. If a thief or neighborhood prankster comes sneaking up your driveway at night, the camera will spot him and start recording. At the same time, you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone. You can then log into your system and check out what’s happening via the live streaming video feed. Do it right there on your smartphone, without leaving the safety and comfort of your bedroom.
Security cameras have a nice personal benefit, as well as the obvious security advantages. Video helps you stay connected to the family when you’re away. Want to check on that rascally pup while you’re at work? Or see the kids arrive home safely from school? You can also make sure they’re not throwing a party! Many customers also use the cameras to keep an eye on babysitters, house cleaners or repair guys.
To read more about the advanced capabilities of the nation’s leading wireless alarm systems, see our website at www.frontpointsecurity.com.