Home Automation – ADT Pulse

In our previous installment I wrote about the advantages of a Control 4 system for a new construction. This time ADT (yes the same guys that install security systems) have launched a new product offering with an integrated home control features called ADT Pulse.

If you are in the market for a home security system ADT Pulse adds a basic level of home control capabilities at a reasonable price that will let you control a thermostat, lights, cameras and general security of your home. Benefits are rather clear; since dedicated and more sophisticated home control systems of today have a steep initial installation cost ($5000 and up) ADT Pulse lets you spread the pain into monthly payments of about $49.99 plus a one-time installation fee of approximately $99 dollars, making home automation more accessible to a lot of people.

What does it do?
Depending on the program you choose it can do the following:

• 24/7 Burglary & Theft Monitoring
• Fire & Flood Monitoring
• Smoke/heat and flood detectors
• Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
• Remote Web & Mobile Access
• Email & Text Alerts/Notification
• Lighting & Thermostat Control
• Small Appliance Control
• Remote Real-Time Video
• Home Control Touchscreen
• Monitored Security System
• Smartphone integration

Bottom Line.
ADT Pulse cannot fully match the sophisticated control options of a standalone home control systems such as Crestron, AMX, Savant or Control4, but it does offer an interesting option at lower cost for those already in the market for a home security system. With its streamlined interface that also offers basic home automation capabilities ADT Pulse is a step in the right direction in the expanding home automation arena.

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