The DIY home security market is one of those fast-growing markets you don't hear that much about. But trust me, it's hot, and InGrid, one of the leading developers of digital home protection services, has entered the fray with the announcement today of the direct to consumer availability of its Digital Home Protection system.
According to the release, "The next generation in home security uses portable, digital technology and fully integrated broadband providing a nearly impossible to defeat system. Each InGrid kit comes with quick, easy step-by-step instructions and illustrations that guide installation and activation in less than 90 minutes. The system also streams up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, keeping homeowners aware of what's going on outside of their home. The sleek design of the InGrid wireless products changes the way home protection looks while the "grid of protection" changes the way it operates."
The typical custom-installed home security system starts around $4,000 and moves up from there. The good news for the do-it-yourself crowd is that this system starts at $199 for a "Basic Kit" kit that covers 1,500 square feet and $299 for a "Home Kit" that covers 2,500 square feet. The not-so-good news is to get those prices you have to subscribe to InGrid's 24-7 monitoring service, which runs $29.99/month. That's the standard rate for these types of monitoring services (I know, I pay for one myself), but at least the upfront costs are much lower.
I don't want to bore you with descriptions of all the components of the system, but if you want more info, check out InGrid's Web site.