So you want to get started with home automation and security? The abode Connected Home kit might help. It is a home security solution with home automation capabilities. The abode system is compatible with iOS, Android, and web applications. Unlike other home security services, these guys offer short-term contacts, so you can turn on security monitoring when you need.
abode features battery backup, cellular backup, and encryption for your protection. The optional 720p camera offers streaming from anywhere. The gateway is upgradeable and supports ZigBee, Z-Wave, abodeRF, and popular connected devices. Costs under $400.