Can I Self-Monitor a Security System Using Alarm.com?
Yes, you can self-monitor a security system using Alarm.com. Self-monitoring means that the system is not connected with a central station. The user receives text and/or email alerts regarding any system activity. The user must contact the authorities on their own during an emergency.
Alarm.com is an interactive monitoring and automation platform used with alarm systems. A system can connect with Alarm.com using an Alarm.com Communicator. This accessory is what allows the system to transmit signals to the Alarm.com servers when needed. Alarm.com then forwards any alerts to the end user through text and/or email. The alerts will also be forwarded to a central station if the user has central station service. But the very nature of self-monitoring is that the system is not connected with a central station.
Self-monitoring with an Alarm.com System is possible because the user receives text and/or email alerts regarding any system activity. But there is one very important thing to keep in mind when using a self-monitored security system. Not having the system connected with a central monitoring station means that it will be impossible to receive automatic emergency dispatch. Instead, the user will need to contact the authorities on their own if an emergency occurs. Only users who can reliably check their phone or email and quickly alert the authorities if needed should use self-monitoring service.
If you do decide that self-monitoring is right for your home or business, then you can look into getting a self-monitoring plan from Alarm Grid. Our self-monitoring plans are less expensive than our central station monitoring plans due to the reduced costs on our end. You can choose between our Self-Gold and Self-Platinum Plans for use with Alarm.com. You need one of these higher-tiered plans because Alarm.com charges us for cellular service. The difference between these plans is that the Self-Platinum Plan will also allow you to use Alarm.com Cameras, while the Self-Gold Plan will not. If you would like to learn more about our monitoring plans, please check out our alarm monitoring page.
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