In the past, home and business alarm (security) systems were pretty simple and straight forward. You bought a system from a provider, they came and installed it and then they provided you with monitoring, which you paid monthly for. Traditionally, these alarm systems were wired and analog-based. Sensors for windows, doors and motion detection were all wired back to a central ‘brain’, and that brain communicated with the monitoring station via your home phone’s analog telephone line. In the past several years however, the alarm industry has undergone significant change. First came wireless sensors where you didn’t have to run wiring all over your home or business. Then came alarm systems that could be connected via Ethernet, which is where the game really began to change.
With alarm systems that could be connected to home and business computer networks, you no longer needed an analog phone line for monitoring. As well, people and individuals started wanting more control and visibility to their alarm systems. The old model of allowing a company to monitor your system and simply call you or the police when an alarm went off wasn’t enough. People wanted to see their alarm systems in real time, see what was happening, get instant notifications when systems are armed or disarmed, etc. More importantly, people didn’t want to be locked into monitoring contracts with companies, paying $30.00 a month endlessly for antiquated service.
SkylinkNet is one company that offers network-compatible alarm systems. Their entry level starter kit comes with everything you need, such as 2 door sensors, 1 motion sensor, a wireless keyfob and the main control panel. Everything is wireless, so the DIY installation is easily accomplished. SkylinkNet also offers, what is in my opinion, the most important feature of a modern day alarm system, the mobile app. Using your iOS or Android phone (BlackBerry as well if you side-load the app), you can control your entire alarm system, as well as receive instant notifications if an alarm is tripped. This is highly convenient for many reasons. For example, you can give employees access to the system through the mobile app. Say you had to terminate an employee under poor circumstances, or when they weren’t physically in the office. Instead of worrying about having to collect a physical keyfob or change PIN codes, you can simply delete their mobile app access to your system. Best of all, this self-directed monitoring is complete license-free, you don’t have to pay a dime for it. I have had one of these systems installed in my home for a number of months now and I can say that I’m very happy with it. It has performed as expected, and I have had no issues with the ‘online’ monitoring.
More can be learned about SkylinkNet’s solutions here: http://www.skylinkhome.com