|GE Concord IV|
This will typically be a "hard wired" or "hybrid" system that uses a separate panel box and keypad. Wireless devices may supported 'on-board' as is the case with the GE Concord or may require the addition of a wireless transceiver. Typical panels used are the Honeywell/Ademco Vista/Via Series, GE/ITI Concord Series and DSC PowerSeries.
|Honeywell Ademco Vista 20P|
In this scenario the installing custom alarm company is usually who provides the monitoring-either at their own in house facility or by contract with a national monitoring provider. In the Chattanooga, TN/North GA market the type of services described here are available from Action Alarms, Dependable Security, PM Alarms and ADT Corporate. Please note that I do not specifically endorse any of these companies. Plenty of information is available online to help you determine whether the alarm provider you have chosen is reputable.
|GE Simon XT Wireless All-in-one panel|
|DSC Impassa Wireless All-in-one panel|
Alarm dealers make their money by selling the monitoring contracts to a national alarm monitoring company. This action makes you direct customer of the national monitoring company and effectively removes the dealer from the transaction-usually after your unit has been installed for 90 days. If you require service, the national company can at their option send a technician from the installing dealer, another dealer or one of their own corporate technicians.
|Honeywell Lynx/QuickConnect Plus|
Here are the main bullet points of comparison:
Custom Alarm Company
* Up front cost for equipment
* Hard wired or hybrid system
* Short or no monitoring contract