Technology-Based Security System Monitoring
The third security system monitoring option that you should consider is the technology-based option. This is when smart devices and innovative technology are used to better monitor your DIY home security system.
This type of monitoring can be:
- Via a central station.
- A combination of both.
Of the three home security monitoring options available, technology-based monitoring is the one that can vary in cost. Anywhere from $0 to $50 to $100 + per month depending on the set up and the services. It’s also referred to as remote-monitoring.
Technology-based security system monitoring provides the following innovations:
Remote Access – The homeowner can access the security system from anywhere via a PC, laptop, cell phone, PDA or similar device.
Stand-alone DIY systems allow the user to remotely perform basic functions like:
- Verify the status of the alarm system.
- Receive e-mail notifications.
- Receive text message notifications.
This is made possible through home security software and the homeowner’s PC acting as dedicated Web server. They also provide more advanced interactive features like the ones mentioned in the next section.
Central station monitored DIY security systems include the above-mentioned features as well. Homeowners usually have access to these services via the alarm company’s website. Alarm companies however, usually charge the homeowner an extra monthly fee for access to the advanced interactive features mentioned below.
Advanced Interactive Features – These are the features that have put the control of home security monitoring in the hands of the homeowner. They make the most use of recent breakthroughs and innovations in technology.
They can include the ability to remotely:
- Arm/disarm the alarm.
- Enable/disable live video surveillance.
- Enable/disable video capture.
- Position the security cameras.
- Control the lights.
- Control the thermostat.
- Lock/unlock the door locks.
They give homeowners the cutting-edge tools they need. These tools allow them to provide better home security surveillance and home protection from anywhere in the world. One of the biggest factors has been the development of better home video security systems.
Advantages/Disadvantages – There are two main advantages to the technology-based monitoring option. Homeowners have:
- Greater control over the security system (specifically the interactive featured mentioned above).
- Better access to the information being recorded by the system.
The main disadvantages are the limitations found in the industry. Not all alarm companies and monitoring centers support DIY home security systems. Certain security systems do not offer video surveillance or home automation services as of yet. As always, do your homework before purchasing a DIY home security system or signing a contract with an alarm monitoring service.
Technology-based security system monitoring provides many innovations. It is reliable, secure, interactive, and puts control of the do-it-yourself alarm system in the hands of the homeowner.