DIY Intrusion Startups Are Simply Not There Yet

We have messed around with 15 DIY setups from Simplesafe to Verizon's (now defunct FIOS offering) down to Canary and compared them to the top 20 residential interactive wireless systems, almost all either Alarm.com or iControl based, but also including Xanboo (AT&T) and the new Vivint proprietary product. The service companies range from regionals all the way up to ADT's "Pulse." The "disruptors" are simply not there yet. Until I can see that a remote wireless verification of an event turns into a 10-30 second decision in the monitoring station to verify to police or personal emergency responders to get down to a 5-10 minute response window, no amount of "cool" or "easy of installation" will make unmonitored or self monitored (damn, who do I call first, 911?) systems worth it for a certain segment of end users. Do not diminish the size of this group who value life safety services and response over price, form factor, and how quickly the system can be installed.

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