Sounds dopey but I do.....I bought a wireless security system from Frontpoint Security a few years back and yesterday it impressed me again. This time I had to do a quick writeup about it as I am sure the folks at Frontpoint (and alarm.com) would appreciate it. Yesterday the power in my house went off suddenly and unexpectedly. Not knowing whether it was only our house or not, I pulled out my cell phone and was about ready to start calling neighbors and looking outside when I got two text messages from the security system....
Thus my security system told me that it wasn't just my house. I have to say I certainly did not expect my security system to provide me the information that I needed right then and there but it sure was super useful and timely! I knew there was no need to call the power company and wait on the line for minutes or hours. It saved me the hassle.
Naturally, I was also concerned with how long the power would be out because of food in the refrigerator/etc. I needed to leave the house but I knew that it would be alright to leave because I knew that I would receive another text as soon as it came back on. As expected, about two hours later I received a text from my security system saying the power was restored.
You can't beat that. Great feedback from a great system. Even better is that the system is completely wireless (so its mega easy to install which I did myself) and operated on a battery so we are never at risk if phone lines or power is cut to the house intentionally.
Besides this great experience with the power outage, I love other features like:
- I am able to watch my house with our security camera from my iphone...I can see inside my house anytime from anywhere. We set it up to keep an eye on our dear old dog when we were out but its come in handy for checking to see if lights were left on, shutters left open, etc. Here is a snapshot of the live interface on my phone.
- The system will text message me if I leave the garage door open. Early in our time in AZ, we unknowingly left our garage door open and found half of my power tools missing 5 minutes later. With a text reminder, we never accidentally leave the door open.
- In the Fall/Winter/Spring in AZ, doors and windows are open a lot. Without hunting around the house to make sure everything is closed at night, the status page on the iphone app tells me which are open at any time.
All of that is to say, I love this system and I hope Alarm.com/Frontpoint keep adding innovative features because I will use them.
Not that I am trying to sell a system but if you are interested, ask me/email me about a referral code and you can get a pretty sizeable discount if you buy ( I get a free month of monitoring service).