In early 2019, ADT launched a new tool called ADT Command. It’s designed to provide an easy way to blend home security and automation solutions in the home with a simple-to-use setup. It’s now available in the U.S. and in Canada. There are a lot of features that make this a stand out option, but perhaps the most important is that it’s a customizable tool. It works with your home’s security and automation setup. It’s built on the ADT Pulse platform. If you have this platform, you will want to know more about how ADT Command can work for you.
What Is ADT Command?
As its name implies, the ADT Command is a command center for the home. It is a touchscreen system that works with your smart home automation. In short, it connects all of the other features of your home in one place, making it easy for you to do just about anything from this single location. By linking all of these ADT-compatible components, you can control your home faster and more efficiently. The system integrates many of the most important features of today’s smart home and home security, including the following components.
HD Video Security
With ADT Command in place, it is possible to manage all aspects of home security within it. You can use it to see your home security cameras using HD video quality. This allows you to see who is at the front door or walking around the house at any given time right from where you are. That’s great for those who do not want to come to the door before knowing who is there.
Smart Home Automation
Another key component is linking smart home automation features and making them work the way you need them. With this system, you can create different times of the day for the automations to turn on and work. In addition, you can set them up to interact or work when various specific situations occur. For example, if a sensor picks up moisture in the basement, this could activate the indoor camera in that area to provide you with a real-time view of what is happening there. You can even use geo-fencing technology like this. It can help you to activate things like your lights and the thermostat in your home to give you more control.
Voice Control Integration
Today, many smart home users want to focus on voice control for just about anything they do. The ADT Command system incorporates this. It does not have its own smart assistant. However, you can integrate another system into it. A common choice (and one the company somewhat recommends) is Amazon Alexa. This allows you to control all smart home aspects of your home using your voice through the ADT Command setup.
The ADT Command system comes with remote control as well. This allows you to control all of your smart devices remotely. You can use it to dock the doors or to change the thermostat. You can also use it to control just about any other smart device in your home that is connected to the system. And, you can do this on your phone or through the ADT app. It’s rather simple to use no matter where you are at any given time.
The ADT Command system features a touchscreen keypad. This is a common feature most people will find easy to use. It is intuitive, which means it learns as it goes with you. It is also wireless, so you do not have to worry about any complicated setup. It lets you access all of the features of your ADT Command system.
One of the most important features for smart home technology today is the availability of technology that keeps you safe. The ADT Command system works to protect your privacy through advanced encryption methods. The company states this is the latest such technology available and that it is two-way encryption. However, the two-way feature does not work with all devices. It does not work with any non-SiX device, specifically. Luckily, this is not too much of a limitation.
How to Personalize Your ADT Command
ADT wants you to own the ADT Command system, but it does not require you to buy just ADT products and systems. Rather, it links with a wide range of smart devices from various brands. Be sure to always check compatibility before you invest in anything, though. The company says it works with brands of smart home devices such as:
- Amazon Alexa
- Z-Wave technology – and there are likely more
ADT wants this new system to be the center of your smart home automation. Let’s say you currently have an ADT home security system. You love it and the quality of its design. Now, you can build up from there with new features and devices. You can, for example, add a few indoor cameras or connect your LiftMaster garage door to your ADT Command. As a result, you can tell the device, from your bed in the middle of the night, to close the garage door if you forgot to do so. It is this type of ease of use that ADT homes will help you to automate just about anything in your home.
A Few Other Tips and Tools Available
There are a range of features on the ADT Command that make it rather interesting. For example, there is a feature that takes a photo of whoever turns off the device. Let’s say someone sneaks into your home and turns off the device so they can access the rest of the home. It takes a picture before that happens, allowing you to have a record of who did it. Only the master user assigned to the device can actually see these pictures.
Another nice feature is that the ADT Command system allows you to set up codes for each person that you want to have access to the system. Let’s say you want to provide your kids with a way to access the device for their peace of mind but you do not want them to be able to turn off window sensors on the bedrooms (perhaps you don’t want that teen to try to sneak out!) You can set up the passcodes for each person to be able to do various tasks or to limit their ability to change things, like the thermostat.
Perhaps the most important feature for many people will be the app. You are able to connect the ADT Command to the app, as mentioned. This allows you to do whatever you want from the app that you could do by standing in front of the ADT Command system, but now you can do it on the go wherever you have your smartphone with you.
For those who have to plan to add home security, you already know and trust the ADT name. With the ADT Command, you can extend that trust further to include all aspects of your home’s smart home automation. And, because it is so easy to connect new devices, you can expand your coverage for your home over time, just the way you want and need to do so, or if you do not want that much control, there is no obligation to purchase dozens of devices.