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The latest equipment of home alarm system in 2014
The latest advances in home alarm system don't just make your home safer, they increase its IQ.
 
Modern next-generation security systems let you monitor your home - break-ins, smoke, comings and goings - using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Your home can talk to you, filling you in on what's happening with specific alerts, photos and video.
 
Since most alarm systems use GSM network, they're more reliable than older ones that relied on traditional phone line connections. If you lose electricity and phone service, GSM alarm systems retain power for at least 24 hours, plenty of time to alert you and a security company that there's a problem.
 
"You are buying peace of mind; that's really what it is, to know that I have a GSM alarm system that is not going to go down if someone cuts these two wires," says John Sciacca of Custom Theater & Audio, an installer of audio/video, security and automation systems in Murrells Inlet, S.C. "I can check in on the system remotely, and if the alarm is tripped, I'm going to get notified."
 
More than 15% of U.S. homes have a home security system that will alert a monitoring firm in case of incidents, according to market researcher. The installations, equipment and recurring fees generate as much as $10 billion annually for the U.S. security industry. Home alarm system spending is expected to double in the next decade, the research firm estimates, as nearly three in 10 homes are expected to get systems.