I recently went on a job for a client that wanted to upgrade his home security needs. Being a security consultant I went through a lot of different things that he needed to think about. One of the biggest things that I advised him of getting was home automation. Many of the alarm systems that are coming out these days all have optional interfaces so that you can control different things from over the internet, or even your phone.
After we discussed the possibilites I advised the customer to check with the major companies. The most promising response the client got was in regard to the adt pulse pricing. I pointed him to a system that I personally recommend when going with central monitored alarms. He is happy with the system I recommended, and now he has turned into a home automation fool. He is buying pieces in small amounts, and getting the whole thing done.
When buying an alarm system for your home or business keep the automation idea in the back of your head. It is a nice feature because you can turn lights on, or off, and do many other things that people would not think could be done without being there.