Alarm.Com Interactive App- Home Automation Services
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The Alarm.Com App provides a comprehensive security and home automation interactive service platform though web and mobile based applications.  In our  2017 Alarm.com Reviews , we delve into what makes Alarm.com  the leading platform for home automation and security system remote management.

Their cloud-based service provides a complete security and home automation eco-system.  You can monitor almost every aspect of a modern security and home automation system. Additionally, you can  remotely control your system  on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection.  There is an Alarm.com App for Windows, I-Phones and Android devices.

 

Alarm.com Review

9.3 HSA Review
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Pros
Easy to Set Up, Intuitive, Comprehensive Feature List
Cons
May be Overwhelming for Some Users
Summary
Comprehensive Security and Home Automation App that sets the bar for Interactive Security and Home Automation.
Set Up9
Ease of Use9.5
Features9.5

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Interactive Industry Innovator for 15 Years

 

Founded in 2000, Alarm.com is one of the oldest providers of interactive security solutions and is responsible for introducing remote notifications and alerts through GSM cellular communications.

They released their first mobile application in 2007.  It enabled a full spectrum of remote services which included video surveillance, home automation and energy management solutions.

Based on customer Alarm.com reviews, they responded with further enhancements in 2011 by incorporating Smart Scheduling, Geo-location automation and their wellness applications .

However, they did not  rest on their laurels, in 2015 they launched their own Alarm.com thermostat and integrated software for the new Apple Watch!

 

New for 2017  – Alarm.com App Fingerprint Access

 

Never one to rest on their laurels, they responded to comments from online Alarm.com Reviews  and made it even easier for Android users to log in to the Alarm.com App by including fingerprint authentication capability for supported Android devices.  Now, you can access their powerful interactive capabilities with a swipe of your finger tip!

Of course, they still have the 4 digit access code, as well.

Alarm.com Reviews - Fingetprint Scan
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Alarm.com is also working on software enhancements that will enable interfacing with drones that can deploy a camera equipped drone to the location of an activity to provide video footage at the location of an intrusion or event.

 

 

2017 Alarm.com – Summer Update

 

New Skybell Doorbell Cam

 

Alarm.com continues to expand their 3rd party product integration in 2017 with exciting new home automation technologies

Skybell Doorbell Camera
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and innovations. The Alarm.com Slim Line Doorbell Camera by Skybell provides a more practical form factor (for doors with narrow frames) and a more modern aesthetic while delivering comparable features and benefits to it’s predecessor the Skybell HD Doorbell Camera.

This unobtrusive doorbell cam is fully integrated into the Alarm.com ecosystem and it will enable one to see who is at the door, get motion activated text or e-mail alerts and even hold a two-way conversation from anywhere in the world through the Alarm.com App.

 

Home Irrigation from Rachio and Rain Bird

 

Alarm.com - Irrigation
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As we enter the “dog days of summer”, Alarm.com is extending their water management control capabilities to include a couple of the most popular yard irrigation systems.  Now you can manage your lawn maintenance in Ohio, while sitting on a beach in Maine…through your Alarm.com App.

Alarm.com will now integrate with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Control and the Bird Irrigation Controller to help you keep your lawn lush and green no matter where you are.

 

Stayin’Alive with the Scenes with Smart Audio from Legrand

 

Whether you are a fan of the Bee Gees or Blue Oyster Cult, you can program your Alarm.com App with  a “Scene” that will turn on the lights, disarm your system, adjust the thermostat and activate your favorite streaming playlist or radio station automatically when you integrate Legrand’s On-Q smart audio system.

Alarm.com reviews continue to praise the Alarm.com App for the stability, ease of use and innovation that continues to set Alarm.com apart from the rest of the home automation management systems in the market.

Alarm.com Audio Scene
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An Interactive  App for Every Device

 

Alarm.com is a FREE download (although you must subscribe to the service through your alarm dealer) and is compatible with the following devices:

  • I-Phones, I-Pads, IOS System Computers and the Apple Watch
    Alarm.com App for Windoes, I-Phone and Android Devices
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  • Android Phones and Tablets
  • Windows Based Phones, Computers and Tablets
  • Blackberry

And the application integrates seamlessly with the following Home Security Control Panels:

  • GE Interlogix
  • 2Gig
  • Qolsys
  • DSC

 

…and is able to interface with  Z-Wave  controlled LiftMaster garage door openers  and Yale, Kwikset and Schlage  lock sets.

 

Alarm.Com App Features

 

Security Features

  • Text and E-mail Alerts and Notifications- Homes equipped with Alarm.com interactive capability
    Alarm.com App - Alarm.com Notification Alert
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    can be programmed to send an e-mail or text to let you know when a specific activity occurs.   For instance, you can program your system  to let you know when the kids get home from school (or can even be set up to let you know the system has not been disarmed by a specific time) or alert you that a package has been delivered.  Additionally, you can place notification sensors on medicine, liquor or gun cabinets to enable you to keep tabs on sensitive areas. This can also serve an important wellness functionality by monitoring movement and activity (or lack of) throughout the house.

 

  • Arm/Disarm Remotely- Need to allow access to your home-but, don’t want to give out your code? Your system can be disarmed…and then re-armed remotely from your smartphone.

 

  • Check Alarm Event History- Want to know when the system was disarmed?  You can check the event history right from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

 

emPower® Home Automation Features

Not only does the Alarm.com provide a full spectrum of interactive security features, but their emPower®  program provides one of the industrys’ most powerful home automation platforms.

  • Door Lock Control- Not only can you control access by being able to lock and unlock the door remotely, but you can assign new lock codes to enable guests, babysitters, dog walkers or contractors  access in your absence.

 

  • Control Lights & Lamps- Never come home to a dark home again.  Now you can turn on lights and even small appliances remotely. Additionally, you can pre-program lighting schedules based on your normal activities.  Going to be away from the home for awhile?  You can take advantage of the intelligent lighting functions available in Smart Schedules which will automatically vary your schedules so that there are no predictable lighting patterns to tip off would be intruders.

 

  • Energy Management- Turn up the heat from the car on the way home from the ski slopes and it’ll be toasty warm when you get home! Not only can you program your system the Alarm.com App, but you can  fine tune your home energy management system and optimize savings with their exclusive Predictive Performance Energy feature. Ina addition, you can take advantage of their proprietary algorithms to calculate the estimated savings you would realize by making temperature  and scheduling adjustments!

Alarm.com App -Energy Mangement
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emPower® Video Surveillance

  • Video Monitoring- You can look in on the kids, pets and loved ones ….from the basement, while you’re on the road, at work or even thousands of miles away on vacation.You can enable “triggers” to receive e-mails or video clips when a door is opened, an area is accessed or a package is delivered,  Just set up sensors with rules that govern video activity and initiate specific system responses.  Moreover, you can store clips and video  archive the clips for review later.

 

  • Continuous Video Recording – While the standard video monitoring solution will meet the needs of the vast majority, some users may require an even more comprehensive video solution.  If you are looking for 24/7 high definition video recording and remote access, check out Alarm.com’s SVR (Streaming Video Recording) solution.

 

Special Features

 

Alarm.com offers some unique features in the Alarm.com App that are unavailable in some of the top competitors such as the SimpliSafe App and the ADT Pulse Android App.  It is difficult to find an Alarm com review that doesn’t praise their innovative Geo Services and Crash and Smash features.

 

Alarm.com App - Geo Fencing
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  • Geo-Services– This is the  next generation of home automation. It enables your system to perform certain functions based on your location. It does this by interfacing with the GPS service on your mobile phone.  Essentially, it creates an interactive, cloud-based home security ecosystem and enables the user to create a number of “Rules” based on the phone’s location.

    For instance, you can program the system to arm automatically, turn off lights and turn the thermostat down when you (and your phone) leave a pre-defined distance from your home. Additionally, you can  “turn off” cameras when you enter the home-affording you additional privacy.

    This feature truly puts the “automation”…in home automation!

  • Power Outage Notification – A system equipped with Alarm.com will send a text or e-mail notification
    Power Outage Notifications by Alarm.com
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    if the system loses power.  This can be critical in situation where there is medical equipment operating, water pumps or temperature control is important.  An alert will enable you to take measures to power critical equipment-such as getting someone to start the generator.

 

  • Crash and Smash–  Security systems have evolved into sophisticated whole house  automation technological masterpiece. However, the means by which the common criminal defeats the average wireless home security system is decidedly unsophisticated.  Almost all security systems provide  a  minimum 30 second delay to enable you to disarm the system when you get home.  An intruder knows that they have 30 seconds to identify the location of the panel….and destroy it, before the alarm is activated and a signal is sent.

Hence the term…Crash and Smash.

Alarm.com’s patented, Crash and Smash technology identifies when there is a breach in the system, and no corresponding “disarm” code is received. This technology ensures that the authorities will be notified, even if your system is destroyed.

Alarm.com Skill for Echo

The Alarm.com App now enables voice control of certain functions of the smart home through Amazon Echo.  Now you can ask Alexa to turn off the lights, activate the alarm system, turn down the heat and lock the doors with voice commands on the Amazon Dot, Tap or Echo.

Alexa can even control multiple functions simultaneously.  Just log into the Alarm.com App and automate a series of events which will tie into a single command.

Additionally, Alarm.com now integrates with Apple TV and enables one to request Siri to display video feeds on the screen through the Apple TV App.

Truly, Alarm.com is positioning itself at the forefront of the SHaaS (Smart Home as a Service) industry and has become the leader in home automation and security integration.  For details on how they can help you take home automation to the next level – check out Frontpoint or Link Interactive.

 

iOS and Android Updates

Alarm.com recently updated the App to make it even easier to control your home security system on your mobile phone.

Alarm.com Widgets
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 In the new iOS 10 update, the iPhone Today Screen will include a shortcut to the Alarm.com shortcut-with up to 12 commands for your most common function and scenes.

The capability to add widgets is also available for Android users. You can control entire scenes (a series of system actions controlled by a single command i.e. arm system, turn off lights, lock door, turn down heat)  right from the home screen without the need to open the app!

These enhancements make it even faster and easier to use the award winning Alarm.com interactive home automation platform.

 

How does the Alarm.com App rank against the competition?

 

To asses how Alarm.com fares against the competition, we compiled the Google Play ratings by Android users and the iTunes ratings from Apple users of 5 major home security interactive Apps.

  • Alarm.com
  • Total Connect
  • SMART Connect
  • eSecure
  • ADT Pulse

The results were as follows:

RankCompanyGoogle PlayiTunes
#1Alarm.Com4.43.3
#2Total Connect3.82.9
#3Pro1 eSecure3.52.1
#4ADT Pulse3.21.7
#5SMART Connect3.11.5

We think the numbers pretty much speak for themselves.

Clearly, Alarm.com is the interactive mobile app of choice!

 

Alarm.com Providers

Alarm.com Services are available through their network of Authorized Dealers.  Some of these dealers are:

 

Some companies have even begun to scuttle their own proprietary mobile apps to take advantage of the more stable platform and ongoing research and development of the Alarm.com App.  Protection One has recently transitioned from their e-secure platform for this very reason.

 

An App that’s Smart and Easy to Use

 

The Alarm.com App is available for download at iTunes and Google Play.

You can easily activate  your account once it is is set up with your Alarm.com security provider.  The Alarm.com App is very intuitive and the user experience is rated favorably – 4.4 on Google Play and a 3.5 on iTunes .

Alarm.com App
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Navigation is icon and tab based…and there is almost no learning curve to be able to move from task to task. This  enables you to observe cameras, open doors, turn up the heat and turn on lights right from the palm of your hand! It creates a fully integrated system which enables both security and home automation functions to integrate seamlessly.

 

Rules

For instance, one can create a rule that  shuts off the heating system and activating lights if a smoke detector or carbon monoxide were activated.  This would prevent the home heating system or air conditioning system from spreading deadly noxious fumes and light the way to safety.

Of course, you can use rules  for more basic functions such as turning on a light when you unlock the integrated door.

Scenes

In addition, you can create a whole series of events.  For instance, one create a scene which would turn on lights, turn up the heat and start the coffee when the system is disarmed from the bedside in the morning!

Schedules

Moreover, you can set up scenes to work based on a set time with the Smart Schedule function.  In this instance, the same events are tied into the scheduled times programmed into the system.

 

Geo-Fence

Don’t like too much structure or perhaps a bit forgetful at times?  Program your system to let you know if you forgot to turn off lights, shut the garage door or arm your system once you move beyond a pre-configured distance from the home. Once you move beyond the geo-fence parameters, the system will send a text or e-mail notification to remind you.

 

Alarm.com practically pioneered the interactive security industry and has done an exceptional job of integrating security and home automation features into an App that gives you control of almost any function at your fingertips!

 

Compatible Hardware

The Alarm.com App supports an incredibly vast array of security and home automation products.

Security Control Panels

Most of the major brands of the latest control panels used by many the best home security companies are compatible. Supported hardware includes:

Frontpoint Security Cost - Qolsys IQ Panel-Home
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  • 2 Gig Technologies – Go!Control, Go Control 3
  • DSC – Impassa, Power Series Neo
  • Interlogix – SimonXT, Simon XTi, Concord4, Network
  • Qolsys IQ

The system will support any security sensors that are compatible with these companies.

 

Lighting and Energy Management

You can integrate the following lighting, appliance control, thermostats.

Lighting and Appliance Control

Z-Wave Appliance Module
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  • Evolve –  Appliance modules, wall switches and outlets, dimmers.
  • GE  – Appliance modules, wall switches and outlets, dimmers.
  • Linear
  • GoControl Smart LED light
  • Qolsys IQ Light Bulb

 

 

Thermostats

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  • Alarm.com Smart Thermostat
  • Radio
  • Stelpro Line Voltage
  • Trane
  • Z-Wave Programmable Thermostats (by GE, 2Gig etc.)

 

Home Access

Z-Wave programmable locks and garage door devices by:

Z-Wave Door Lock
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  • Kwikset
  • Liftmaster
  • Linear
  • Schlage
  • Yale

 

 

 

Video Monitoring

You can use the Alarm.com  App  to control  most video cameras.

In addition, they have their own their lineup of video cameras which are optimized for use and integration within the Alarm.com Application. These include:

Skybell Doorbell Camera by Skybell
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  • Indoor Wireless IP Camera – with night vision
  • Indoor Pan and Tilt
  • Outdoor Wireless IP with Night Vision
  • Skybell Door Bell Camera – with color night vision and 2 way voice
  • 4 Channel Video Server
  • 8-Channel Stream Video Server

 

Summary-  Alarm.Com App Leads the Field

 

In summation,  Alarm.com has created an App which is the yardstick by which all other competitors are measured.  The app is intuitive- with a user friendly interface that makes it easy to operate and set up with little to no experience. Moreover, it is a stable platform that is compatible with many of the most popular security and home automation companies and brands of equipment.

Ongoing research and development ensures that the product continues to expand the feature set and develop relationships with other companies.  It is available as a stand alone product with some companies such as Armorax, or available as an advanced monitoring feature with companies such as Frontpoint and Link Interactive.

If you are ready to give it a try you can take advantage of a Free 30 day trial with two of our Top Alarm Companies –  Frontpoint and Link Interactive.

 

Get Started with Frontpoint

 844-88-2894

or

Get Started with Link Interactive 

866-302-6138

 

 

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Alarm.com Reviews of the 2017 Alarm.com App was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Mike HSA
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