When it comes to protecting your home, it is natural to want the absolute best. It is not uncommon for homeowners to be confused by the number of companies, services and equipment options before them. However with a little research, making the right decision can be relatively stress-free. Two leading companies that score high marks with consumers are Frontpoint and Scout Alarm.
Started in in 2007, Frontpoint is a new type of home protection company. Instead of playing up to the anxiety faced by homeowners, Frontpoint was developed with new technologies and attentive service plans. Unlike many other companies, Frontpoint security systems are available throughout North America. Clients may reside in any of the fifty states, including all provinces of Canada.
Frontpoint Control Panel Technology
Frontpoint makes the Control Panel in any home, the “nerve center” of their operation. This control panel communicates directly with the Frontpoint Monitoring Center. Using a mobile connection instead of a traditional “land-line” signal, communications are less likely to be affected by outages, weather or electronic disruptions.
Control Panel with Touch Screens
Consumers can opt for a Touch Screen panel. The touch screen allows homeowners to keep their security system connected, while giving them full access while they are home or not. Homeowners control and react to their security system via a mobile device.
Key Chain Remote Control and Panic Pendants
Frontpoint also offers a security remote kept on a key chain ideally kept with one’s household or automotive keys. A variable on this concept is the Panic Pendant, which allows a wearer to have instant access via a remote worn around their neck. As with a touch of the larger home Control Panel, authorities are alerted immediately in case of emergency.
System of Sensors
Frontpoint is known for their sensory system. Sensors are placed at all entry areas of the home, including doors, garages and windows. If a sensor is activated, the Frontpoint monitoring center is alerted to unwanted activity in the home. While the sensors are highly sensitive, they are designed not to be triggered by household pets.
In addition to a security threat, consumers need to be protected from other dangerous situations. A home Control Panel is able to alert the Monitoring facility if there is a gas leak, heat, smoke or flooding scenario. Your local Fire Department will be alerted before anyone has the time to place a call to 9-1-1.
Remote Camera Monitoring
Customers who install Frontpoint camera systems can monitor their home remotely on their computer or mobile device. This lets pet owners check up on their dog while at work, or peek in at their babysitter from afar. Images are streamed as they occur, and can be saved for later viewing.
Frontpoint is unique in the fact that their security systems are installed by homeowners themselves. Plug the Control Panel into an outlet, apply the sensors to the appropriate locations and call Frontpoint to activate your service. At this point, a Frontpoint agent will talk the consumer around the details of their new set-up. There is no need to schedule an appointment or wait for a service person to arrive at your home.
Frontpoint security requires no drilling of walls, unsightly holes or electrical wiring. When you move, your protection system is easily set-up in your next house, condo or apartment. Everything has been designed to give consumers extreme flexibility.
How Much Does Frontpoint Cost?
Frontpoint’s monitoring plans may be more costly than other brands, but each offers more options than what you’ll get with many other home security companies. In addition, consumers won’t need to sign up for a lengthy contract. Instead, you can sign up for professional monitoring on a month-to-month basis.
This monitoring package includes crash and smash protection, remote access and control, email and text alerts, home automation options, and mobile app access—all for just $44.99 per month.
Frontpoint also offers an Ultimate monitoring package that offers the add-ons of wireless live video and advanced home automation features for $49.99 per month.
Founded in Chicago in 2013, Scout Alarms were developed with cost conscious consumers in mind. Scout Alarm Systems also require no holes in household walls, or having to let service personnel into your house. Setting up your security system takes only a few minutes. After activation, a Scout Alarm system is accessible from any working mobile device. Consumers receive updates if their alarm has been tripped in any room of their home.
Scout Alarm Monitoring is currently available in the United States and Canada, with the exception of Quebec. Service plans and equipment rates are the same for customers residing in both nations. Updates are provided to customers who are in North America, and are delivered in the English language. Homeowners on vacation overseas, will not receive updates on international mobile phones.
Scout Alarm Systems wants their customers to customize their individual home alarm systems by choosing colors and finishes that match their decor. Services were created to be especially flexible, so the level of support one receives meets their needs exactly. Installed by clients on their own, Scout Alarms exceed UL Certification and utilize the same 3G cell technology used by today’s mobile telephones.
Scout Alarm Systems were designed to be personalized for the home you live in. This includes every model from a small urban apartment, the average suburban home or a sprawling estate. Your control panel is known as the “Scout Hub” and is continuously on the job. Should it be triggered at any time, a 106 decibel siren audibly sounds. This is in addition to direct communication with your mobile device. Consumers have options to install Door Panels, Access Sensors and Motion Sensors wherever they desire.
Scout Alarms are developed to be read from smart-phones and most mobile devices. Activity is fed through any number of household sensors, depending upon the actual number used by the homeowner. Users are able to start or stop alarm activity from any locale at their discretion. This includes granting temporary entry to their home when necessary or making strategic changes from a mobile device. Due to their knowledge of which sensor was activated, homeowners have a chance to alert law enforcement in case of a false alarm.
Cost of Equipment
Scout Alarms do not require a yearly contract of any kind, unless the consumer opts for one. Customers may start, stop or change their service without incurring unwanted penalties. There is a consumer friendly “money back guarantee” and a warranty on all Scout Alarm products that extends throughout the first year of use. A Scout Hub costs $129.00, Door Panels are $69.00 and Access Sensors are an affordable $29.00. A long range (25 foot) Motion Sensor is also available for $49.00.
Scout Alarm Service Plans
Service plans start at an entry level point of $9.99 a month. All service plans include email notifications, mobile access and text alerts.
Customers can opt into the Always On+ plan for $19.99. With this plan the Scout monitoring system will alert your local police on your behalf immediately, in the case of an emergency. Scout Alarm Systems offers their 24/7 monitoring technology and customer service to clients with this package.
For those customers who know they can commit to a yearly plan, Scout Alarms offers a 10% discount incentive on a twelve month basis. These plans are available to customers in the United States and Canada at this date.
Pricing, equipment and offers are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Please contact a representative for the most current information.
Written by Katherine Torres
Katherine has had several years of experience developing and executing multichannel marketing campaigns, but actually started her career path in journalism. Though she switched gears, she continues to be driven by the need to deliver information that can be helpful for individuals. As an owner of two rescue dogs, she is most interested in technology and products that allow her to keep a close eye on her pets when she’s away. Learn more