A Win For the Luddites (or, ARE They??)
What if there was a home security system that had all of the following virtues: it was simple and easy-to-use; (very) cheap; crash-proof; hack-proof; and never needed a software patch, update, or monthly subscription? (see, “very cheap”).
Fortunately, there is.
It’s called, “a key” (or, if you want to be more specific, “an analog key”).
Online vs. Off/Digital vs. Analog
If only the same could be said for integrated, Internet-based security systems, and the vanguard of such products, including Google’s “Nest” home control system.
I certainly understand the appeal for hotels, hospitals, and other institutions, which combine high turnover and professional management (including tech support).
But, for run-of-the-mill single family homes, I see no compelling benefit to “online” compared to “off.”
P.S.: I feel the same way about paper. 🙂
See also, “Realtors Who Keep Paper Records Are Luddites, Right? Wrong!; “New Homeowner “To Do” List: Change Locks, Meet Neighbors, Reprogram “Nest” (Huh??)“; ““Steve Jobs’ Next Invention”; “Home Thermostat as Trojan Horse“; and “Housing’s “Nest” Big Thing?”