Lowe's beefs up home security offering with professional monitoring

Home improvement chain Lowe’s has long offered its Iris home security system to the DIY crowd, but it has always left the security monitoring as a DIY project as well. Today, that’s changing — the company is adding an optional professional monitoring service to its setup.

Lowe’s is partnering with United Central Control to offer professional monitoring packages for $14.95 per month. UCC, which monitors many different security systems, will keep an eye on the Iris sensors and alert the required authorities if something goes wrong.

Lowe’s Iris security system is getting some other upgrades as well. The new Alarm Tracker is a centralized spot in the smartphone app to see where alarms are coming from and letting users better assess the situation. Iris is also now compatible with some premium sensors from Bosch that better detect pet movement.

But the marquee new feature is the professional monitoring. The system has a cellular backup for consistent coverage and the professional monitoring solution will keep users’ homes safe around the clock.

“Our goal is to help our customers feel safer and more secure in their homes by combining professional monitoring with all the benefits of a smart home. Smart home security doesn’t have to be a luxury—we believe in delivering the best value without the hassle and expense of a long-term contract and high monthly fees,” said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris. “Our easy-to-install, DIY system means customers choose exactly what they want, exactly how they want it, for the most affordable and complete smart home of their dreams.”

Iris equipment packages start at $99. The professional monitoring service can be activated today from the Iris web portal.