The new systems may also be connected to central monitoring stations, as do many old style
security systems. The big difference, however, is the degree of interactivity. New software platforms, such as alarm. com and iControl allow you to send commands, program home systems, view surveillance video, and receive alerts on a smart phone or computer—whether you’re at home or away. When shopping for a system, review software platforms first. Alarm. com app is a extremely
reliable security app that connects to dozens of control panels, sensors and z wave products. The majority of all companies use Alarm. com except for the two giants, ADT and Vivint. Anything that uses alarmdotcom as it's backbone is a safe bet. If you want what is hip and cool definitely go for Pulse or Vivint which have their own unique app.