Battle of Home Automation Platforms: Alarm.com Scores With DSC
Once upon a time, Alarm.com, a leading provider of cloud-based services for interactive home automation and security, was only compatible with security systems from 2GIG and Interlogix (formerly GE Security). Then it added startup Qolsys to the roster. Now Alarm.com announces support for DSC, a popular security system from Tyco Security Products.
Alarm.com will be available in early 2014 on DSC’s Impassa series, followed by select other hybrid systems for global markets later in the year.
DSC originally launched its interactivity service with iControl, a competing platform employed by ADT, among others. DSC launched the service in 2011 under the Connect24 brand.
Last month, DSC replaced its iControl-direct relationship working with Telguard HomeControl, an iControl-powered service from Telular.
Telguard also supports security/home automation systems from 2GIG by Linear.
It appears DSC now will offer dealers their choice of Telguard or Alarm.com services (as does 2GIG).
Meanwhile, all three of the service providers—Telguard, Alarm.com and iControl — are embroiled in lawsuits with each other.
And arch rival Honeywell is going about its merry business with its own Total Connect service.
— Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-large, CE Pro
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