Mobile apps represent the latest in home security system technology. Until this development, you’d have to set your alarm and “hope for the best.” Now with your phone, you can arm and disarm your system, watch live security camera footage, and more while you’re away from home.

Advancements in home automation have also made it possible for you to turn lights and appliances on and off, control thermostats, and perform other handy functions through an app.

While technology is always changing, most apps are compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, tablets, and other web-enabled devices.

Two Types of Security System Apps: Proprietary & Alarm.com

Proprietary apps: These apps are developed by security companies specifically for their own systems. Each company owns its app and is responsible for updates, bug fixes, and customer satisfaction. App quality varies by company, but the benefit of proprietary apps is that each is tailor-made for your system.

Alarm.com apps: Many companies forgo developing their own apps. Instead, they make their security systems and technology compatible with an app created by Alarm.com. This is a very common practice because Alarm.com is an industry leader in making home security systems. The app works seamlessly with a range of Alarm.com compatible systems and generally receives high customer review ratings in comparison to some proprietary apps

 

When it comes to apps that control your home security system, you should determine your needs. If you have children who walk home from school, you’ll probably want a video feature or arm/disarm alert that will let you know when they get home safe. If you like to check in on your pets, live security camera screening is something that will help you keep an eye on them. If you want to be able to control your lights and thermostat while you’re away, look for a plan and technology with home automation capabilities.