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Wireless home security is on the rise

Submitted by Robert Dennistoun, First Alert program manager for Floyd Total Security

There is a rapidly growing trend among homeowners to disconnect their home phone landlines and rely on their cell phones for communications. This growth is a sign of the change brought on by feature-rich cell phones, better signal strength and the “on the go” lifestyle requiring the need to be in touch.

This trend also offers opportunities for homeowners to enrich the monitoring of their home security alarm system and to gain the ability to stay in touch in their ‘on the go’ lifestyle. Home security systems no longer need the phone line to transmit alarm information and signals to the monitoring station but now use part of the cellular phone network – the GSM – to send signals.

Homeowners do not need a separate cell phone number or phone line for this and still get redundant transmitting of this important signal from their home to their selected monitoring central station provider. In addition to this being done without wires, the sensors in the home also communicate by wireless means. The quality of transmitters on a bedroom window contact or a glass break device in the family room now communicate to the control panel with every bit of reliability as if hardwired. Power outages are not a problem to breaching the security of the home.

With cellular technology as the backbone, homeowners can choose to use their cell phone, smart phone or computer to stay in contact and be involved with activity while away from home. Those devices act as remote key pads. They control as if in the house or as an information panel. This means that alerts about who is coming and going when and where in the house, watching cameras and remotely permitting only the needed access for deliveries or visits by service people can be managed reliably from work, while on vacation or any place that the homeowner finds themselves.

Floyd Total Security installs these home alarm and monitoring systems, just as it has been since 1945 to homes in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. Its reliability for the homeowner has been assisted by equipment manufactured by Honeywell’s First Alert security alarm division and the careful attention of its installation team.

As of Aug. 3, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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