Interest in the new ADT/smartthings system is understandable: I’d say about 20 percent of the questions we got in the forum prior to this system being released were about security.
Security based on the original hub has multiple issues:
One) no exit/entry delay that would run locally
Two) no way to arm/disarm the system locally
Three) basic unreliability
Four) No panel Device that would run locally
Five) no cellular communications option
Six) very limited professional monitoring options, specifically no fire department call out
The new systems addresses all of those, while still offering the exact same home automation functionality as the original hub with the exception of the loss of a few smart home monitor features.
If what you want is reliable inexpensive no – contract professional monitoring for both fire and single zone intrusion sensors, while still having the same smartthings home automation features that you had before, then the new system meets that need. Just being able to have the professional Center call the fire department is a big deal for many people.
The new sensors and the ADT features of the new panel do all run locally and are more reliable than any sensors on the home automation side. The home automation side still doesn’t run locally, but the security side does.
Beyond all of that is the undeniable brand power of the ADT name. Someone standing in a Best Buy store looking at various self – installed security and home automation starter kits will almost certainly at least look at the one with the ADT logo.
So it makes sense to me that there has been a lot of interest in the forum regarding that particular package.