As the popularity of VoIP land-lines grow the Home Alarm industry is starting to renew and catch-up to this new trend.
However many of the big names in the monitored Home Alarm industry are skeptical about VoIP, as it is perceived as less reliable and dependent on the internet connection. Also in some cases is because the hardware used as part of the home alarm system is old and is not able to communicate with ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) devices. Some Home Alarm companies are offering an expensive GSM device (a stripped-down mobile phone), as a cellular back-up should there be a disruption to the internet service.
However, should be noted that in spite of Home Alarm Systems reluctance in many cases users have reported their Alarm services using VoIP lines works just as fine. Also, there’s a new industry forming in the Home Alarm front, which is embracing the internet and is IP based. Internet monitoring is growing in popularity. For example, nextalarm.com offers an adapter that is put between the existing alarm system and the ATA device – this sends the signals to nextalarm.com central. The central can alert you via SMS, email or phone call if the alarm was triggered and also notify if your internet connection went down.
Another company is IP Alarms; in this case, they even allow for you to keep the existing alarm service provider (be it ADT, Alarm Force or Protectron etc..) the service is supplied by alarm-monitoring.net or another alternative is to use an Uplink Universal Broadband Communicator. Essentially what the UpLink unit does is to give the capability of a dial-up alarm system to transmit signals over the internet.