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.

Give up?

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?”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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