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How Do I Get Alarm.com for Business, And Other FAQs

Jul 24 2018
Interested in upgrading your business with smart security technology? Got questions about Alarm.com for Business and how to get it?

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Q: I already have a business security system. How is Alarm.com different?

A: It's smarter security that gives you more. As well as better protection, Alarm.com for Business gives you a suite of connected technology that will simplify and improve the day-to-day running of your business.  

You can control it from anywhere. Alarm.com for Business gives you a smart mobile app that lets you view, manage and control your security system, locks, video cameras, thermostats and more.

You get better protection. Alarm.com comes with new security safeguards for your business, including remote-controlled and automatic arming / locking options for when you're offsite.

It keeps you in the know. Alarm.com intelligently recognizes different types of activity around your business and alerts you to events you want to be aware of.

It saves you time and money. Keyless access control and smart thermostats help you eliminate the costs, inconvenience and waste caused by outdated access and HVAC technology.

It's always on. Old security systems only work when they're armed. Alarm.com technology works around the clock, armed or disarmed, making it useful and valuable every single day.

Find out more: What is a Smart Business Security System?  

Q: Do I still get a reliable alarm system?

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A: Yes. Alarm.com for Business is sold and supported by professional service providers and comes with best-in-class emergency protection.

Every Alarm.com-powered system is professionally monitored. Security professionals are on hand 24/7 to alert police or firefighters to an emergency at your business. This service is a "gold standard" of business security systems and ensures that you're always protected.

An Alarm.com-powered system also includes a dedicated cellular connection with battery backup. It can signal for help even if your power, internet or phone lines are cut. Even if an intruder smashes your security panel, our Crash and Smash Protection will let your monitoring station know.

Q: Can a single service provider install everything?

A: Yes. That's a big advantage of Alarm.com for Business.

Our service provider partners are trained security professionals and experts in connected technology. They're trained and equipped to design and install smart business security systems, smart video monitoring solutions, keyless access control solutions, smart thermostats and more.

You can have a full suite of Alarm.com for Business technology installed at once, or you can start with security and add new solutions as your business grows. Whichever option you choose, you'll benefit from a single vendor who understands your business and its needs, and one point of contact for customer support.

Q: Can I add Alarm.com to my old security system?

A: There's a good chance that you can.

Alarm.com for Business is compatible with security systems made by DSC, GE Security, Interlogix, Qolsys and 2GIG. Many older business security systems can also be upgraded with Alarm.com's cloud technology.

To find out if your existing hardware is compatible, have a service provider assess it. They'll identify the most economical way for you to upgrade, and will help you understand your options.

Q: What makes Alarm.com security cameras different?

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A: Alarm.com's smart video monitoring makes it easy to see live and recorded video at any time from your smartphone app or web dashboard. They can also send you proactive video alerts, which are clips of important activity that you should know about.

Our cameras record video 24/7 and store it digitally in a recording box at your business. They also store footage offsite, in Alarm.com's cloud servers, so that important clips are always safe.  Our service providers carry a full suite of commercial security cameras, including indoor and outdoor cameras, all of which require internet.

Find out more: Upgrading to Smart Security Cameras.

Q: What does Alarm.com access control do? How does it work?

A: Our smart access control is simple to use, gives you more control and eliminates the problems of keys.

You can use your app to remotely open, lock and unlock doors at your business from anywhere. You can quickly give employees their own access with user codes and keycards, all from your app or computer, and easily revoke access when employees move on.

Smarter access control is cloud-based, which means that you don't need a dedicated computer onsite, or to maintain or download software. Our service providers may even be able to use your existing access control hardware and upgrade it to work with Alarm.com.

Find out more: Keyless Access Makes Everything Easier

Q: How much does Alarm.com for Business cost?

A: It depends on the size of your business, the scope of the system, and the service provider you choose.  

Typically, you pay an upfront installation fee for your smart business security system, followed by monthly subscription payments for the life of your contract.

If you want a complete smart business upgrade right away, access control, cameras and thermostat solutions can be factored into the price and installed at the same time. Everything will work together from day one.  

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