Frontpoint Home Security Systems: Can I Use It for my Business?
In a world where the Internet is so important to run a business, there’s no doubt cyber-security is crucial to keeping your private information secure, but your business also depends on physical assets, too. What would happen if the computers, displays, fax machines, servers, and everything that goes with making a business run smoothly were taken or destroyed? Really, could your budget handle that hard of a blow?
Cyber-security is essential but so is business security, and the latest security systems can help you protect your company by using modern technology. A system can alert you to a break-in, dispatch law enforcement, trigger an alarm, and provide you with video surveillance. Most of all, it can provide you with overall peace of mind that your business is safe while you are out.
Frontpoint Home Security is all over the country and loved by countless customers, keeping homes protected from emergencies, but can they be used in businesses, too? The answer is, “Why not?” Bring all the same benefits from your home into the workplace. Many employees consider their job their second home anyway. See how Frontpoint Security can be just the system you need to guard your business from physical threats.
How Can Frontpoint Help Your Business?
Although Frontpoint markets its products and services primarily to homeowners, the cofounder Peter Rogers says that in truth, ten to fifteen percent of FrontPoint customers are commercial and are used in places such as office spaces, retail locations, and warehouses.
If you don’t mind doing projects yourself, Frontpoint allows you the option of installing the system yourself for free. A real money saver for business owners, and they make the process as easy as possible. As long as you can mount the control panel near an AC outlet, there’s no need for electrical wiring. All of the equipment is wireless and low voltage.
And if DYI products aren’t for you, you can always contact Frontpoint for a professional installation for a small fee.
You can monitor, arm, and disarm Frontpoint’s systems from any computer, tablet, or smartphone with Internet access. They also provide you with apps that allow you to monitor and control the entire system using any Web browser.
The only requirements to use the Frontpoint system are that your facility must be within range of a cell-phone tower, and if you install cameras, you must provide them with broadband access to run. FrontPoint contracts with Alarm.com for monitoring but handles its own tech support and customer service.
Automation and Your Business
A FrontPoint Security system can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. You can add more to the packages for extra costs, and if you have questions about what will be right for you, you can always discuss your options with a representative at customer service. Every package includes a minimum of a wireless control panel and one wireless door/window sensor, but ideally, you should install one sensor per exterior door for complete protection. Of course, that decision is yours when you are ready.
If the system is armed and then tripped, the control panel sends an alert to a central monitoring office. Since the system is run with cellular monitoring, even if an intruder where to mess with the phone lines, the alert can still be sent. The cellular monitoring allows for that extra level of protection. Then, someone from the monitoring company will contact you immediately to see if the alarm was falsely triggered or a real emergency.
But Can I Afford It?
Frontpoint offers three packages, all with their own inclusions and benefits: the Protection Plan, Interactive Plan, and Ultimate Plan. A system consisting of just the control panel and one door/window sensor costs less than $300.00. With the equipment, a $43.00 per month fee is applied for the monitoring and access/control.
A more advanced system consisting of the control panel, two door/window sensors, one motion sensor, one lighting-control module, two indoor night-vision cameras, one in-wall light switch, one panic button, and a thermostat costs $980.00.
Support for the automation features increases the monthly monitoring fee to $50.00 per month.
The company does not require customers to sign a long-term contract, but the company does encourage such a commitment. It offers a $300.00 off equipment price if you sign their thirty-six month contract.
If you want more protection, Frontpoint offers all kinds of equipment that you can choose to use at an additional cost. You can pick from surveillance camera, keyless-entry locks, thermostat, motion, and water sensors, and lighting controls.
How can these extra pieces of equipment help? For example, you can program the cameras to record video automatically when motion is detected or an alarm is triggered. Or, if a keyless-entry is used, you can design your system to notify you on your smart-device, so you can monitor who is entering your business at all times.
FrontPoint’s smoke and heat detectors for fire detection are only used for residential installations because fire alarms in commercial buildings must be a different system, according to fire code laws.
Is Frontpoint for Your Business?
FrontPoint’s systems are best suited to home offices and smaller commercial facilities because of their smaller size control panel that cannot support more than thirty-nine sensors and its nine user-code limit. This isn’t an issue for some bigger companies because some of the equipment, such as a motion sensor, can stretch its sensory range up to 1,000 feet, so not many are actually needed.
You can also get around the nine code-user limit by providing employees with keychain remotes for $30.00 each, which can also arm and disarm the system. Both the assigned codes and keychain remotes can be tracked be the system. Clock-ins, clock-outs, alarms, and all other activity can be recorded. If everything in the Frontpoint system sounds like it’ll fit your business, the security company may be the right one for you. Frontpoint isn’t just a home security system anymore. It’s benefits can certainly extend into the workplace.