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What Is Abode?

Abode is a new home security product that is currently on Kickstarter. The company was created by a former ADT executive along with an executive from Salesforce.com. Abode is a self-install home alarm system complete with remote arming capabilities and home automation. The company says that Abode will come with an upfront fee and then a monthly monitoring charge. It will not, however, have an annual contract.

The Abode system is a nice looking unit, where the central panel was designed to be displayed out in the open. It is stylishly designed, very appropriate for a product that originated in Silicon Valley. The unit seems to provide a good level of protection, however, without any actual clients in the field, the product is quite untested.

One issue I can see with the Abode system is that the peripherals are clunky. They were designed with a style over substance philosophy. With other smaller door contacts and window contacts available that do a superior job in providing outstanding protection, I don’t understand why the designers opted for such a large contract. With such an emphasis on cutting-edge style, such large contacts look like something from the 90’s.

I’m unsure what the future holds for Abode. With such competition in the self-install home alarm space, they will have to find a way to distinguish themselves from the Simplisafe’s and Protect America’s of the world. Whether they do this with value or with enhanced services, time will tell. As of April 7th, they have raised half or their Kickstarter goal of $100,000. We’ll see if there’s enough interest going forward to bring Abode to market. However, from the limited information I’ve been able to gather on the product, it seems as if it’s a good start to a home security system. They might be on to something. We shall see.

Simplisafe System Easily Bypassed With Magnet And Tape

Uh oh! Self-install home alarm company Simplisafe has been selling thousands of DIY home alarm systems throughout the US. The company has been very effective in selling these low-cost systems through direct marketing channels and the systems are all monitored through a cellular connection. But things might not be looking so good for Simplisafe, as a new report states that the system can be bypassed by simply using a magnet and scotch tape.

Here is the link to the article which was written on Forbes.com:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcwebertobias/2015/01/29/this-popular-wireless-alarm-system-can-be-hacked-with-a-magnet-and-scotch-tape/

The truth is that most alarm systems can be defeated in some form. In older systems, you could either cut the phone line which would not allow the system to contact the central station or smashing the main control box which would then disarm the system. As home security systems became more technologically advanced, they became harder to bypass. This new claim though, is alarming because of the ease of disarming the Simplisafe system.

While Simplisafe offers a great offer in regards to price point, if the system can be easily defeated then obviously customers should avoid buying a Simplisafe unit until the technology advances (perhaps hold off until they no longer use a cellular connection). There are other companies in the self-install home security space, so Simplisafe is not your only choice for home protection.

Think protection when choosing a home alarm system and make the smart decision.

Who Is Protect America And What Do They Offer?

Protect America is a home alarm company offering services throughout North America. They sell a self-installed DIY home alarm, where they ship it to their customers through the mail. Protect America has had great success with this model and have over 130,000 customers.

Protect America advertises significantly online. Customers reach out through internet and phone and order a system. The lowest cost plan is $19.99/monthly for a self-monitored system with a three-year contract. In regards to monitored home alarms, plans begin at $35.99/month with a three-year contract to $42.99/month also with a three-year contract.

There is no cost for equipment (as it is worked into the inflated monthly monitoring rates).

The self-monitored system sends a signal to the homeowners in the event of an alarm trigger. The monitored systems connect with Protect America’s central station, who then handle the break-in accordingly. Protect America does not offer live two-way voice monitoring.

Similar to other DIY self-installed home alarms, the system is easy to install, with no need for a trained installer.

While we believe self-installed systems are 100% the way to go with today’s technological capabilities, the two knocks on Protect America is the inflated monthly monitoring rates and the three-year contract. The services being offered should cost customers no more than $20/month. This inflated price is old school thinking, charge high prices simply because we can. Protect America is locked into these high prices due to a rebound effect from their current customers if they were to lower them for new accounts. Protect America is an expensive option for a self-installed home alarm.

A three-year contract,  or any contract for that matter, is completely unnecessary in today’s world of home security. Contracts encourage subpar service, as you are unable to switch to another company if you are unhappy, thus allowing the company you’ve signed the contract with to rest on their laurels. Beyond that, there is no real value given during the time of the contract. They may try to fool you into believing the value is in a warranty, but the truth is alarm equipment is now made so well there will most likely be no problems with the system not only during the course of the 3 years but far beyond that.

Stay away from any company that makes you sign a contract.

Self-installed home alarms are the way to go, however, Protect America is not the best choice in this space. There are other companies that offer lower monitoring rates, no upfront fees, and no contract. It’s important to think protection when getting a home alarm system, and think value and remember that if the company is $20/month and you plan on having your alarm system for say 6 years that’s $1440 more you’ll be paying!

Protect America can be found at protectamerica.com