New feature from Alarm.com matches home activity to thermostat schedules
Vienna, VA - February 28, 2012 - Alarm.com, the industry leading technology provider of interactive security solutions, today announced its release of Smart Schedule Activity Patterns. Alarm.com's newest feature enables thermostat users to optimize their thermostat settings by seeing their home's actual activity pattern, based on data reported over time by the security system. The new feature is an enhancement to the company's emPower™ home automation and energy management solution, and is a free service enhancement for its integrated emPower thermostat users who have an advanced interactive service plan.
Alarm.com first launched its emPower solution in the summer of 2010 with the goal of making it easy and affordable for its Dealer Partners' customers to achieve greater energy efficiency, convenience, and control. Today, Alarm.com is supporting over 100,000 emPower subscribers across North America. Alarm.com Smart Schedule Activity Patterns is another innovation that connects the valuable information from the Interactive Security System to make energy management easier for customers. Through Alarm.com's web-interface, users can intelligently program their home's smart thermostat schedule based on historical activity patterns to further optimize their energy consumption.
"An energy management system is much smarter when it's connected to a home's day to day activity patterns," said Alison Slavin, Alarm.com Vice President of Product Management. "Because our energy management solution is integrated with our security services platform, we have the unique ability to leverage data from the security system about activity throughout the home. With this increased insight, users are empowered to schedule their heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently and save money."
Smart Schedule Activity Patterns was piloted by select Alarm.com Dealer Partners and their customers early this year. The response from users was very positive. A reply from FrontPoint Security customer Samuel Christie explains, "I like having this type of data. This is great for helping to drive efficiency. Having more stuff like this available on your website only further enhances the value of this product." He also stated, "We liked how well it worked with our first-floor HVAC system that we bought a second, identical thermostat for our second-floor system. Both are now connected to Alarm.com, and it's working out really well."
FrontPoint Security Co-Founder and COO Peter Rogers said, "We are excited to include the Smart Schedule enhancement as a part of our home management line up. Partnering with Alarm.com allows us to offer our customers ways to reduce energy, save money and help the environment while providing additional value in their security system."
This is the first in a series of planned enhancements to provide end users with actionable information to make their homes more efficient and to deliver even greater value from the Alarm.com powered services they receive. By deepening the connection between the security system and energy management offering, Alarm.com is creating a more valuable experience for the end user and a stickier customer for the Security Dealer.
For more information on Alarm.com's emPower solution, home automation, and energy management services, visit www.alarm.com/empower.
Alarm.com, founded in 2000, is the industry leading technology provider of interactive security solutions. Through advanced wireless monitoring, mobile and web-based services, and a proven hosted services platform, Alarm.com helps protect hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout North America. Alarm.com's products and services are offered exclusively through a network of thousands of licensed and authorized Security Dealers. Alarm.com's headquarters is located in Vienna, VA. For more information, visit www.alarm.com.