Wireless vs. Landlines

Alarm Security Systems has a history that dates back to 1853 when Augustus Russell Pope patented his electro-magnetic alarm system invention. Just four years later, in 1857, Edwin Holmes bought the right to Pope’s invention and established the “Holmes Electric Protection Company.” Holmes led the way in the business of electro-magnetic alarm technologies. In the late 1860s Edward A. Calahan invented the first gold and stock ticker and came up with the ideas of the first emergency call apparatus and call boxes that connected to a central monitoring station. Then in 1871 Calahan helped form the American District Telegraph, also known as ADT. It wasn’t until after WW2 that the system became less expensive and demand for Home Alarm Security became more necessary.

From the beginning of security history landlines have played a major role in connecting alarm owners to emergency services.  However, the major downfall of landline security systems is the fact that a burglar can cut off one’s landline and proceed to burglarize the home without notification to emergency officials. Landlines also require a home phone connection in order to operate. Often, these services are provided separately from the security system. As technology has progressed, the world of security has developed more innovative ways of securing homes. Considering majority of Americans now own cellphones, landlines have become obsolete. Wireless security systems offer a more reliable connection to monitoring stations and a cheaper route to securing one’s home since homeowners are not required to be enrolled in landline services. Choosing how your home connects to your security system is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when purchasing home security.