As secu­ri­ty alarm equip­ment has advanced over the years, it’s now eas­i­er and more afford­able than ever to make sure that your home or busi­ness is total­ly secured. But it’s impor­tant to keep in mind that not all alarm sys­tems are made equal.

With tra­di­tion­al secu­ri­ty sys­tems, when the alarm is tripped, it’s not always clear when a sit­u­a­tion actu­al­ly requires police inter­ven­tion or is sim­ply just a false alarm.

That’s where ALARM‑i comes in. With ALARM‑i, you get actu­al video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion of every alarm event, so that you (and the 24-hour ALARM‑i mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion) can see what’s real­ly hap­pen­ing at your home or busi­ness.

If you’re new to ALARM‑i, here are some fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions to help you under­stand how it works and what the advan­tages are.

What is ALARM‑i?

ALARM‑i is a video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that com­bines the func­tion­al­i­ty of a tra­di­tion­al mon­i­tored secu­ri­ty sys­tem with video cam­era tech­nol­o­gy to cap­ture alarm events as they hap­pen. This pro­vides visu­al ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the premis­es, so that you and/or mon­i­tor­ing-cen­ter dis­patch­ers can take the appro­pri­ate action.

How does it work?

ALARM‑i records video in the area where an alarm has been trig­gered or an inci­dent has occurred. This pro­vides you (and ulti­mate­ly law enforce­ment) with video ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the event, thus elim­i­nat­ing the response to false alarms.

When your alarm goes off, a video clip will be sent to your mobile device, which gives you the option to dis­patch police or dis­re­gard the alarm. The same footage is also sent to a 24/7 mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion, where dis­patch­ers can take action if you’re unable to review the footage quick­ly enough.

What are the benefits of video alarm verification?

In addi­tion to the con­ve­nience and peace of mind, the great­est ben­e­fits of an ALARM‑i video alarm sys­tem are:

  • Faster response to alarm events
  • Reduced false alarms
  • High­er arrest rates for bur­glar­ies

With ALARM‑i Video Alarm Ver­i­fi­ca­tion, the police are on their way under Pri­or­i­ty dis­patch con­di­tions, which is up to 85% faster and results in an appre­hen­sion rate of more than 50% (com­pared to 0.08% for tra­di­tion­al alarms). (Source:

Plus, by access­ing video clips through your mobile device, and being able to arm or dis­arm the sys­tem from prac­ti­cal­ly any­where, you’ll be able to enjoy increased safe­ty and secu­ri­ty, while also min­i­miz­ing the num­ber of false alarms that you or law enforce­ment have to deal with.

What kinds of events will trip the alarm?

Any event that trips your secu­ri­ty sys­tem will trig­ger video ver­i­fi­ca­tion. An ALARM‑i sys­tem uses door con­tacts and motion detec­tors to detect activ­i­ty where there should­n’t be any. So for exam­ple, if a front door is forced ajar or move­ment is detect­ed while the sys­tem is armed, it will trig­ger the alarm, noti­fy­ing you and the ALARM‑i mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion.

What video clips will I receive?

Cam­eras are already rolling when alarm events occur. When an alarm is tripped, you receive pre-alarm clips and real-time video on your cell phone and/or com­put­er with­in moments.

What if I’m unable to respond to an alarm notification?

Because the video is also sent to our mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion, you will still be pro­tect­ed whether or not you are able to ver­i­fy the video your­self. And in the event that law enforce­ment needs to be dis­patched, it will be tak­en care of from the mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion if you are not avail­able to dis­patch the police your­self.

Can I use ALARM‑i for my home?

Yes! ALARM‑i pro­vides pro­tec­tion for res­i­den­tial homes and com­mer­cial busi­ness­es. Com­pare pack­ages here.

Can I use ALARM‑i video clips for insurance claims?

Yes, this is anoth­er impor­tant advan­tage of ALARM‑i video ver­i­fi­ca­tion. In the event of bur­glary or oth­er crim­i­nal activ­i­ty, video footage can be used to file insur­ance claims and, when applic­a­ble, can also be used for legal proceedings/prosecution.

Have more questions? Contact us today

For more details on how ALARM‑i Video Alarm Ver­i­fi­ca­tion can pro­tect your busi­ness or fam­i­ly, con­tact us to request a no-oblig­a­tion secu­ri­ty sys­tem con­sul­ta­tion.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.