NextAlarm Home Security and Alarm Monitoring

NextAlarm is a security systems firm founded in 2000 by Alex Elliot, who thought there was a need for an alarm monitoring support that could function with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

Exploring this idea further, Elliot found out that ordinary people can setup, operate, update, and monitor their security systems independently, without the need of a technician.

As many people switch to the Internet as the cheapest means of communication, NextAlarm offers alarm monitoring services 24/7 via the Internet for residences and small business establishments. NextAlarm makes it possible for customers to setup and monitor their alarm monitoring systems from a computer.

The company claims that security systems were not primarily designed to function over the Internet, making it hard for VoIP customers dependent on communication services like AT&T’s CallVantage or Vonage.

NextAlarm Costs/Prices

NextAlarm offers one of the most competitive monthly costs, but requires a larger installation cost. Over the terms of a 24-36 month term this results in a better rate than most of their national competitors

  • $275.00 For System Installation
  • $17.95 Per Month for monitoring on a 36 month term ($14.95 if the monitoring fee is paid in advance)

Bridging the gap, NextAlarm claims to create alarm monitoring products and services that are Internet-capable. It still offers conventional phone-based alarm monitoring for those who do not want an Internet-based system.

How NextAlarm differs from other alarm services?

NextAlarm claims to be unique in six different ways

  1. NextAlarm can upgrade your present security systems to Internet capability without the need to change them.
  2. NextAlarm “improves” and “innovates” the features of present security systems.
  3. NextAlarm is “reasonably priced” and gives the customer the liberty to run and operate his security system.
  4. NextAlarm omits the additional cost from having a technician to the installation of the alarm system. The customer takes control of his security system.
  5. NextAlarm can be “armed or disarmed” wirelessly from any computer or phone.
  6. NextAlarm sends warning signals via SMS.

NextAlarm Security Features

These are some features NextAlarm can provide to your present security system at no further charge:

  • E-Notify
  • E-Notify Latchkey
  • Online signal log
  • Alarm Broadband Network
  • Outside Access Point
  • Online account access
  • Online test mode

NextAlarm Service Packages

  1. Full dispatch monitoring (with live operator response to all alarms)
    Monthly prices:

    • $17.95 per month over dial-up or Internet (If payment for monitoring is done monthly)
    • $14.95 per month over dial-up or Internet (If payment is done annually in advance)
    • $11.95 per month over dial-up or Internet (If payment is done three years in advance)
    • Free activation (save $25)
    • Free and unlimited technical support
    • No additional charge for non-alarm signals (arm or disarm reports, maintenance signals, test signals)
    • Access to Internet Monitoring (ABN), E-Notify, and all of NextAlarm’s enhanced features
  2. NetAlarm (low-cost, non-dispatched monitoring)
    • Monitoring cost: $11.95 monthly over dial-up or Internet
    • No operator response, no police dispatch
    • No additional charge for non-alarm signals (arm or disarm reports, maintenance signals, test signals)
    • Access to Internet Monitoring (ABN), E-Notify, and all of NextAlarm’s enhanced features
    • Full control of security system

NextAlarm Security Products

  1. Abbra-2 Professional Series (powered by Visonic PowerMax)

    Price: $275

    The Abbra-2 basic kit consists of:

    • One-year alarm monitoring service with NextAlarm
    • Abbra-2 Professional Series control panel (with internal siren and keypad)
    • Fully automated sensor telemetry, complete status reporting on your whole system 24/7 (ABN adapter and broadband required for fast reporting)
    • Two wireless magnetic contact sensors for doors and windows
    • One wireless passive infrared motion sensor
    • One key-fob remote control
    • Pre-programmed, easy to install sensors and key-fob
    • Desk mount kit
    • Wall mount kit
    • Power transformer
    • Easy quick-start guide for fast and easy installation
    • Backup battery pack that will keep your Abbra running even during a power interruption
    • Screws, mounting brackets, all necessary hardware
  2. GE Simon 3

    Price: $331

    • The GE Simon 3 basic kit consists of:
    • One-year alarm monitoring service with NextAlarm
    • One pet-immune motion detector
    • One key-fob remote
    • One phone cord and one power cord
    • A comprehensive instructional manual
    • One owner’s video
    • Free technical support
  3. ABN Broadband Adapter

    Price: $115

    This adapter enables NextAlarm to monitor most contact ID-enabled security systems through via the Internet. It is pre-configured and is simple to connect to the alarm control panel. It also comes with an adapter kit and power supply.

UL (Underwriters Laboratory) -listed or not?

NextAlarm introduces itself to be UL-listed. However, some customers would later claim to find out that it is not UL-listed. A disgruntled user posted his dismay on www.alarmsystemreviews.com that a “completely separate” institution is watching over his home and family or “one of the third party wholesale monitoring companies” it contracts.