As technology becomes more readily available and prices more accessible to the average consumer, we are now seeing true revolutions in several consumer market industries.
One of the industries that have benefited the most with new and affordable technology is Home Security.
Most of us grew up understanding home security as those wired sensors in our windows and doors connected to a controlling panel, which in turn was connected via a telephone line to a monitoring station. The monitoring station would notify you and/or the authorities if someone tried to access your home without disarming the system first.
Well, today these sensors are still there. But in more moderns scenarios they are all wireless, communicating with the control panel via low frequency radio waves. Other sensors, until recent purely stand alone, like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, were incorporated to home security. The most advanced control panels will not use phone lines anymore to communicate with the monitoring station. They will not even use the Internet as a mean of communication. Advanced control panels communicate through embedded battery operated cellular devices that cannot be interrupted if someone cuts off power, telephone or even the Internet.
Many of these devices are now Home Automation controlling panels. They can control your A/C thermostats by adjusting temperature for different times of the day. They can lock and unlock doors. They can turn appliances on and off.
It is a home security revolution.
One thing that has not changed until recently is the monitoring aspect of the industry.
Under traditional monitoring, when someone tries to break into you home, the control panel sends a signal to the monitoring station. In order to avoid costly police fines for false alarms, an operator will call you before calling the police. If you don’t answer with your secret password, the operator will then alert the authorities. It became a process with an unnecessary redundancy, once technology now permits that you get notified directly. Not to mention the fact that a call in the middle of a break-in will alert an intruder, which in turn will make apprehension harder to achieve.
A couple of years ago some small systems began to offer self-monitoring home security. Under this scenario the system will automatically alert you in case of break-ins. The problem is that almost all of these companies offered proprietary hardware that was not professional grade or developed by trusted security companies. Not to mention that these systems did not permit any growth, updates or automation.
But the technology was there to allow a professional grade self-monitoring system.
That is where GlobalTech comes into place, offering for the first time a true open architecture Z-Wave security and automation system using alarm.com backbone for self-monitoring. Alarm.com is the leading home security and home automation platform in the US, with more than 2 million subscribers.
With GlobalTech you can get home security and automation right on your smartphone using alarm.com mobile and desktop app, but without the need for traditional monitoring. It is less expensive and more efficient.
You designate an unlimited number of people that will be notified via SMS text messages and email of any intrusions, break-ins, fire, flood, carbon monoxide presence, and many other events that could happen in your home. No verification calls. You can then decide if it is a false alarm and if the authorities should be notified.