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July 23, 2010

Honeywell Adds Total Connect Video Surveillance to AlarmNet Services

Honeywell’s AlarmNet division has added a new Video Surveillance option for their Total Connect alarm services. Providing both real time video surveillance along with video alerts of programmed events, Total Connect Video allows you to stay connected to every aspect of your business or home security situation. This video from Honeywell shows some of the newest video capabilities of the already award winning AlarmNet Total Connect servcies:

Total Connect video is accessible from your existing AlarmNet remote services login, or can be purchased as a Video Surveillance system independent of a Honeywell security system. The video services integrate seamlessly with Honeywell’s Total Connect app for iphone and other platforms to bring streaming video to you on the go!

Total Connect Video on iPhone

Total Connect Video on iPhone and Remote Keypad.

For only $15 per month, you can get Honeywell’s Total Connect Video service with remote services for up to 6 cameras. You can choose the standard IPCAM-WI Honeywell Total Connect Wireless IP Camera or the IPCAM-PT Honeywell Total Connect Wireless Pan & Tilt IP Camera. At $174.99 and $274.99 respectively, these wireless IP cameras provide a cost effective way to view live video and recorded events.

There is also an easy Honeywell Total Connect Video starter kit available that includes a Honeywell Wireless Access Point to facilitate wireless network compatibility and ease of installation. If you already have AlarmNet Total Connect, you can add the video services for only $10 more than your current rate. Check out GeoArm to sign up for the full range of Honeywell AlarmNet and Total Connect Video Services. for more information on Total Connect and the new Video services, go to


July 22, 2010

Simple Home Security Ideas and Tips!

Filed under: "DIY",Alarm Monitoring,Security Systems,Security Tips — Blake @ 4:07 pm

Today we have a few home security tips for you. Often overlooked but simple home security fixes can sometimes mean the difference between a vulnerable and secure residence.

1. Remember the basics. Besides your alarm system and other security gadgets, security door locks, strong doorframes, and locked windows need to be the foundation of a well protected home. Even with a top notch alarm system and monitoring service, you can still be vulnerable to an old fashioned smash & grab break in. Strong barriers to entry (as well as well positioned security signs and decals) are always your first line of defense.

2. Lighting & Landscaping. Why would you want to provide potential criminals with cover? Now we know that everybody’s botanical tastes are different, and some prefer a more lush yard, but it is important to not provide areas on your property where a burglar could easily hide or feel safe. Keep trees and bushes trimmed when possible, and provide plenty of lighting! A criminal would aways prefer to approach a target with the cover of darkness than when exposed by outdoor lighting.

3. Environmental Protection. Maybe you have a good handle on the security of your home, but safety is about more than preventing a burglary. Don’t forget fire protection! Monitored smoke detectors can often bring an extra discount from your homeowner’s insurance provider. Other devices such as temperature sensors and flood detectors can help save you money and aggrivation by alerting you to potential problem areas. Carbon Monoxide detectors are valuable for personal safety, especially in areas that could have ventillation close to a grage or generator site.

4. Plan ahead. Before you are in an emergency, whether a home intrusion, burglary or fire, you should have though ahead about potential contingency plans. Know your evacuation routes and have fire extinguishers available to everyone in the household. Wireless panic buttons can provide additional protection. for both intrusion and life safety. Have a kit of emergency supplies that is well stocked and accessible.

5. Remember vulnrable areas. People often forget to protect their garages, and even leave their garage doors unlocked. There are often many valuable items stored in garages, power tools, car radios etc, besides the easy home access. A security safe can also be a great item to store important documents or valuables and jewelry.

We will be sure to update with more tips for you soon! In the meantime, for additional reading, check out these links:

Keep safe!


July 21, 2010

Real Customer Testimonials of GeoArm!

Filed under: Alarm Monitoring,Security Systems,Security Tips — Blake @ 11:44 am

Check out the new Alarm System Reviews & Customer Testimonials over at GeoArm. Customer response is usually a good indicator of how well a company is doing its job, and according to these GeoArm customers, they are doing a fantastic job:

“I would like to thank you and your team at GeoArm for your exceptional customer service.”

“I take pride in my DIY projects and GeoArm has enabled my success in the home security arena.”

“I am very impressed with the service that I have received.”

“I won’t hesitate to recommend your service.”

“The customer service I received is unheard of these days.”

“The technicians are very knowledgable and helpful.”

“I now have peace of mind in regards to my home security/safety needs for my family.”

Read the rest and see why you should transfer your alarm service to GeoArm.


July 20, 2010

eSecure users can save money with Total Connect from GeoArm

Filed under: Alarm Monitoring,Security Savings,Total Connect — Blake @ 2:51 pm

eSecure is a branded version of Honeywell’s Total Connect Interactive services provided by Protection One. Users who have eSecure service can switch to GeoArm’s AlarmNet service with the Total Connect option and sometimes save more that 50% on monitoring services. Signing up for GeoArm’s AlarmNet monitoring service online is easy, and our technicians are experienced with all the available Honeywell AlarmNet radios and serivices. Internet AlarmNet service with Total Connect is only $17 per month, while Cellular AlarmNet service with Total Connect is only $25 per month. GeoArm’s central station is UL listed and has an excellent track record of customer service and timely response. Why pay more to Protection One when all they are doing is rebranding the same service with their logos?

Honeywell’s Total Connect App provides all the interactive security services available with your equipment, without the protection one brand. Dowload Total Connect from the Itunes store for free! There is no need to be paying Protection One’s high rates when you can get the same service without the private branding from GeoArm!


July 19, 2010

DSC GS3060 Universal Cellular Alarm Monitoring

With GeoArm’s new low prices, you can now add cellular alarm monitoring to your system with the GS3060 today. DSC’s GS3060 Cellular Alarm Communicator is universal to any control panel that has Contact ID as a communication option. Most modern control panel’s can be connected to the GS3060 with a simple 2-wire connection, and all signals will then be transmitted to GeoArm’s central station over AT&T’s cellular GSM network.

GS3060 Universal Cellular Alarm Communicator

DSC GS3060 Universal Cellular Alarm Communicator

Cellular alarm monitoring service from GeoArm starts at just $15 per month! Don’t have a phone line for your alarm system? Want to protect your system from phone line cut? The GS3060 is an excellent fit to transition most existing alarm systems to cellular service. GeoArm’s experienced alarm technicians pre-program and pre-wire all cellular alarm communicators before they are shipped to provide clients with the easiest possible installation. So, you can get your system communicating to GeoArm’s central station over the most reliable communication path!

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