With the arrival of the Internet, electronics manufacturers have leapt into the world of connectivity by incorporating user interfaces with their devices via a network connection. We live in a fast-paced, electronics world and we want to be connected to it. The Security Alarm and Home Automation world is no exception.
Traditional alarm systems had utilized a landline phone connection to send signals to a central station. This signal was sent over a slow POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) line. An incorporated digital modem in the control panel allowed communication in the event of an alarm.
With the success of the Internet and cellular technologies, new possibilities have arrived for the alarm industry. Now, a cellular or IP device could be utilized alone, or in conjunction with a landline for redundancy, to send digital signals to a central station. With digital high speed connections, not only can we send alarm signals, but we now have two-way high speed communications with our equipment, giving us full management and control of our security system over the Cloud.
Do you own a Smartphone, iPad or similar hand-held device? When it comes to security systems, yes, there is an app for that too! With the tap of a finger, the remote services apps let you control your security system, receive text messages and e-mail alerts. You can even view live video, event-driven video clips and pictures on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, BlackBerry® or Android™ devices.
Enable the virtual keypad and you can arm or disarm the system remotely. And with integration of Home Automation, you can control your lighting, HVAC, door locks, garage door openers and most anything electronic from any place in the world!
As Smartphones and other hand-held devices evolve, the security system manufacturers will race to stay integrated and quickly bring complete home automation into our lives.
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