Over the last 20 years, consumer awareness for the necessity and affordability of alarm systems has increased drastically. So much, in fact, that roughly 2 out of every 5 homes today has an existing, operational alarm system in the home. Most homebuilders, especially in the Great State of Texas, now wire the home for a security system, which has also increased the number of homes out there that have an existing system.
Why, then, would it benefit a homeowner to get a new alarm system if they already have one in their home? An alarm system is an electronic piece of technology, and a corollary can be made between alarm systems and any piece of technology. If I bought a state-of-the-art computer in 2001, why would I need a new computer if I already have one? Furthermore, why would I need a new cell phone if I bought a top-of-the-line Nokia phone back in 2003? Technology is advancing every day, every hour, and every minute, and what was state-of-the-art 10 or 15 years ago is often obsolete today.
Upgrade to a Cellular Linked Alarm System.
The same can be said for the alarm industry and home security systems as a whole. Many existing alarm systems in Texas are communicating to the central station via the customer’s home phone line. Home telephone lines have become outdated in today’s cellular driven world; many homeowners do not have or do not use their home phone line, and some are keeping their home phone line active for the sole purpose of maintaining their alarm system communication. These customers are generally paying around $20 per month for their home phone line, and then an additional $40 per month for their alarm system monitoring.
By upgrading their alarm system to a cellular connection, these homeowners are actually able to reduce their total out-of-pocket costs and upgrade to a more reliable connection path at the same time! Furthermore, telephone lines are vulnerable to being cut by a burglar because they can be accessed from the home’s exterior; this blocks the alarm system from transmitting alarm signals and renders the alarm system useless. Upgrading your alarm system to a cellular connection solves this problem by taking the home phone line out of the equation. A 3G cellular connection through Alarm.com even has “Smash and Crash Protection” technology, which prevents the burglar from breaking into the home and destroying the alarm panel before an alarm signal can be transmitted. This feature is only available through Alarm.com and makes this system the most secure alarm communication path in the industry.
Even for those customers who have an existing cellular monitored alarm system, there are several reasons to upgrade. Up until 2012, all cellular systems were installed on the 2G cellular network. That all changed in 2012, when AT&T and T-Mobile announced plans to sunset their 2G networks to free up spectrum for added capacity to their 3G and 4G networks. Once this 2G sunset is complete, cellular monitored alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate with their central monitoring stations. AT&T has attached a deadline of January 1st, 2017, and this date is rapidly approaching. It is best to be proactive in updating your system to avoid any interruption in service, and True Protection can upgrade any system to 3G cellular monitoring for zero dollars in upfront costs! True Protection even includes remote interactive services to remotely control the alarm system in their upgrade package.
Control your Automation Products with One Device.
As technology evolves, more and more home automation products are coming to market, and many of these home automation features can be tied into your alarm system to enhance functionality and streamline the user experience. The term ‘home automation’ refers to the control of lighting, HVAC, appliances, security locks of doors, and other systems to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Many of the home automation products you find at retail stores each require its own app to control the device, and the products can’t share data or interact effectively with each other. With an Alarm.com powered security/home automation system, there is one central app that controls everything from your security system to your home automation components, all in a sleek, user-friendly interface. This allows the end user to create multiple interconnected rules that truly automate the home. True Protection even has a package where they can provide one door lock, one thermostat and one lighting control for no upfront costs!
The 2Gig Go! Control Panel is True Protection’s alarm system of choice, and one of the great things about the 2Gig product is that we can update the panel’s firmware remotely over the Alarm.com cell card, future-proofing the system. As technology advances, the 2Gig Go! Control system will never become obsolete because the firmware can always be upgraded to make it compatible with any new technology. Also, the 2Gig system comes with a home automation receiver built into it, so the system is able to incorporate home automation devices right out of the box. So whether you want to add some home automation features now, or in the future, your system will be ready for home automation whenever you are. With so many reasons to upgrade your alarm system, it is a no brainer to give True Protection a call and see how they can upgrade your alarm system with no upfront costs.
By: John Jarvis