Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, ADS Security is ranked the 23rd largest electronic security firm in the nation. ADS was established in 1990 and currently serves over 70,000 businesses, industrial facilities and residences throughout the southeastern United States. ADS provides a full range of burglar and fire alarms, as well as video surveillance and access control systems. However, ADS is also one of the most expensive home security companies in the industry, and the company’s poor online transparency may motivate customers to investigate top-performing home security companies for their home security needs.
- Robust Security Cameras
- Water Automation Feature
- Pet Protection
- 75% Cancellation Policy
ADS provides superior security cameras to help you monitor your home while you’re away. Customers can view up to six video feeds at once and receive either text or email alerts in the event that the camera’s motion sensor has been triggered. Users can easily pan or tilt their cameras via ADS’s smartphone app, and because ADS’s cameras are completely wireless, users can move them to where they’re needed the most.
All operators at ADS Security monitoring centers have also earned the highest training certificate in the industry, known as the Five Diamond Central Station. They are trained to install the equipment properly and monitor it correctly to ensure your safety. ADS offers a number of impressive home automation devices and features that protect both your home and your wallet. For example, ADS’s water automation feature allow customers to control all water fixtures (outdoor sprinklers, faucets, etc.) remotely to save money on water costs, and prevent costly water damage in the event of an emergency. ADS also provides a number of home security features exclusively for pets, including pet cams, carbon monoxide detectors, rescue decals, and pet protection profiles.
If you decide to cancel before your contract expires, ADS will only charge you 75% of the remaining balance. Most companies will charge 100% of the remaining balance or a hefty cancellation fee, which can cost you hundreds of dollars. Lightening the financial burden of canceling sets ADS apart from other home security companies.
- Limited Availability
- $200+ Upfront Costs
- High Monthly Rates
- Lengthy Contract
ADS is only available to seven states in the Southeast region of the United States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. And though the company services a smaller region than top home security companies that boast a true nationwide presence, ADS also charges monthly rates and upfront costs that are much higher than the industry average. In addition to upfront equipment costs of hundreds of dollars, customers will be required to pay at least $42.95 a month for monitoring. This is over twice the monthly rate of our top-rated company, and many other home security companies can provide comparable or more comprehensive services for the same price.
ADS Security’s minimum contract length is 60 months, and customers who wish to terminate their contract early will be required to pay 75% of the remaining balance. With such a long contract at such high rates, canceling your contract early can cost potentially over $1,000.
Alarm Detection Systems (ADS) offers a home automation system called OneSync. With OneSync customers can increase the functionality of their existing security system by integrating compatible thermostats, lighting, door locks and many other features. Also, it claims to save hundreds of dollars a year on energy bills by reducing waste when home owners are away by automatically turning of lights and heating.
According to ADS, the best features that they offer in their home automation package are:
- Remotely adjustable thermostats
- Indoor and outdoor lighting control
- Automatic door locking systems
- Customizable device schedules that fit your lifestyle
One of the main features that ADS emphasis with the home automation system that other companies do not offer is their eCare medical alerts. According to their promotional site, “ADS offers a wide-range of medical alert devices geared toward individual assistance and monitoring. When prompted by an event (such as the user pressing a button on a medical pendant), the eCare unit alerts our central monitoring station.” Also, through the two-way voice monitoring device the monitoring station can determine how assistance is needed. Beyond emergency responses, the eCare devices can be used for medication reminders and fall detection. Most security companies do not provide these devices.
While ADS does a good job at providing some nice home automation features, they also leave out many amenities that most security companies provide. For example, most basic home automation packages include some, if not all of the following: text & email alerts, video monitoring and surveillance, flood and pipe-freezing sensors, energy-saving light bulbs, and weather notifications. ADS does not provide any of these features.
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