Another company in the sea of home security companies is Protect America. Protect America offers home security services both in the United States and Canada.
It’s important to evaluate your security needs before pulling the trigger on a security system. Even if you’re just looking at a basic setup for your home to get started, you still want to keep in mind what options you have in the future if you decide to expand your home security system. There are many devices available today that you can connect to your security system to make it more cohesive. Let’s start with the control panel, and then go over each of the sensors in their lineup.
Simon XTi-5 Control Panel
The brains of Protect America’s security system is the Simon XTi-5 control panel. This panel has a 5-inch LCD colored touchscreen and 2-way communication enabling you to directly communicate with the emergency services. It has 40 wireless zones and 2 of those zones can be used for wired security devices. You can have up to 8 customized users codes and 1 master code.
The control panel can be mounted on the wall or placed on a surface and is AC powered with a 24-hour backup battery.
The micro door/window sensors are wireless and battery-operated and are super small allowing you to place them in a wide variety of door/window frame styles. If purchased through Protect America, these sensors come pre-programmed to the system, so all you need to do is stick them in place. The sensors have a battery life of up to 5 years and are tamper-proof. Installation is simple because the sensors come with double sided tape.
Protect America offers wireless indoor motion sensors as well. These sensors have a detection range of 25 ft. horizontally and are pet-immune for pets that weigh up to 40 lbs. They have an intelligent design that detects the unique heat signatures that people produce. The motion sensor is battery-operated with a battery life of up to 3-5 years. It’s super easy to install these sensors as well due to the double-side adhesive tape that comes with them.
Glass break sensor
Protect America offers glass break sensors that can detect breakage within a 20-ft. radius. The sensors are wireless and battery-operated with a battery life of up to 3-5 years. These sensors also come with double-sided adhesive tape making installation hassle-free.
The keyfob have a 4-button design that includes a panic button, a lights ON and lights OFF button and an arm and disarm button. It has a range of up to 500 ft. and is battery-operated with a battery life of up to 5 years.
Protect America’s smoke sensor does more than just detect heat and smoke from fires – it also sets off alarms any time the temperature drops to freezing point. The smoke detector is battery-operated with a battery life of up to 10 years and it connects to your control panel wirelessly.
If you already have smoke detectors in your home and are not looking to replace them but still want to integrate them with your system, you can purchase the Firefighter. The Firefighter will listen for the sounds of your current smoke detector’s alarm and trigger an event with your security system.
Carbon monoxide sensor
Protect America’s carbon monoxide detector will send an alert when the carbon monoxide levels reach dangerous levels. It will also alert you when there is a low battery or if the detector has been tampered with. The carbon monoxide detector is powered by 3 AA batteries with a battery life of up to 7 years.
Protect America’s system is DIY (just like ours), therefore there is no installation fee. Like most DIY systems, it is meant for an easy setup. The panel can be mounted or placed on a tabletop and the sensors can be put in place using the provided double-sided tape. The sensors are pre-programmed and activated upon setup.
Protect America offers both professional monitoring and self-monitoring. If you would like to compare Protect America’s monitoring plans with ours at Link Interactive, click here to see our offer!
Protect America offers professional monitoring for fires and floods, life and theft emergencies – all through a central station. The service is 24/7 with several monitoring stations spread out across the United States and Canada. You can communicate directly with the central station via the control panel (Simon XTi-5). The central station is alerted any time your alarm is triggered by an event. When an alarm is triggered, the central station will contact you to confirm whether it is a false alarm or a real emergency. If the central station is unable to reach the you, they will immediately dispatch the emergency services.
You’re also able to control your system remotely through the app on your smartphone or from a computer. Protect America’s app is called SMART Connect. This app allows you to check sensor event history, get alarm push notifications and arm and disarm your system. There are a few premium services that you can upgrade to which will enable you to set times for home automation devices and view live and recorded video. With the app, you can arm and disarm your system, control home automation devices, view live video, receive push notifications and alerts and check the event history of your sensors. You can also control other Z-Wave devices that are connected to your system (for e.g. smart lights) right from the app.
You have the option to automate your home with Protect America. They offer a wide variety of smart locks including several models of Kwikset smart locks. These locks are touchscreen and allow users to remotely lock and unlock doors right from the Protect America app.
Protect America also offers the August Smart Lock Pro. If you’re looking to remotely control your garage door you can purchase the Linear Garage Door Controller – it is wireless and connects to your system via Z-Wave. The controller will alert you of the status of their garage door and allow you to remotely open and close it.
To save on energy cost you can purchase smart thermostats, smart outlets and smart switches. Protect America offers a couple of different models of smart thermostats.