Three years after Google’s $450 million investment in home security business ADT, the two companies have finally merged their DIY smart security service for users. Launched last month, ADT’s Self Setup solution will soon interface with Google Nest devices, including its video doorbell and interior and outdoor cameras.
Since immediately after the investment, ADT has included Google’s smart home devices in its professionally-installed packages, but this is the first time the two firms have offered a comprehensive software security integration for a DIY solution. Now, ADT’s sensors and Google’s cameras may be operated directly through the Google Home app or a Google Nest Hub, in addition to the ADT app.
ADT SMART Monitoring professionally monitors ADT Self Setup for $24.99 per month.
Moreover, the system may be armed and disarmed via a Nest hub. ADT Self Setup may be monitored professionally for $24.99 per month with ADT SMART Monitoring, which includes the option to activate video verification (this can help with faster responses from emergency services).
This is a tempting package on paper, and at $219.98 for a basic configuration (with a Nest Video Doorbell), it is far less expensive than Google’s superb but pricy Nest Secure system, which costs $400. This product was canceled immediately upon the announcement of the ADT alliance.
ADT Self Installation faces Ring and SimpliSafe.
ADT Self Installation is competing with Ring and SimpliSafe, whose hardware bundles begin at $200 without a video doorbell. Professional monitoring costs between $20 and $28 each month (SimpliSafe includes video verification, Ring does not).
But, we must wait to see how the hardware performs. ADT’s Self Setup gear appears to be identical to the hardware it offered with its unsuccessful initial DIY home security system, Blue by ADT. Blue was introduced one week prior to the announcement of Google’s involvement. Blue was once known as LifeShield until ADT acquired and rebranded it. It contained a suite of cameras, including a video doorbell, at the time. ADT has subsequently halted sales of Blue, although the service is still supported.
DIY Installation from ADT includes door and window sensors, motion sensors, flood and temperature sensors, and a keychain remote for deactivating the security system. ADT’s smart hub, which has a keypad and serves as the sensors’ brain, is also required. ADT’s website offers the system bundled with Nest devices, including the Nest Doorbell (battery-powered, not hardwired), Nest Cam indoor and outdoor, and both Nest thermostats.
According to an ADT video, you can utilize ADT sensors to activate smart home automations in Google Home, such as turning on or off lights when a motion sensor detects movement. The system may also be armed and disarmed via a Nest Hub. It is unclear whether Nest equipment can be integrated into the ADT system. ADT has been contacted for further information.