Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage and Backlog of Shipping Containers is Disrupting the Security Industry

Backlog of shipping containers is directly impacting the security industry.

As many of you have probably experienced or heard about, there is currently a backlog of container ships in most US Ports; this backlog is causing a delay in the regular supply chain that leads security products to customers.

So you may ask yourself, how exactly has this happened? Well, there are a few reasons why supply chains have been stressed across a plethora of industries, thus resulting in product availability delays. Over the past two decades over 90% of the world’s global trade has been shipped by sea and with 70% via shipping containers. Simply stated, shipping products by sea has been the most cost effect means for sending goods abroad.

The United States has continued to increase the outsourcing of the production of goods to foreign countries, mostly for economic reasons which has resulted in a supreme reliance on importing goods, instead of producing them at home, in today’s global commerce. As well, US companies have also increasingly relied on JIT “just-in-time” inventory systems to order their goods at the last moment, rather than stocking the items on their shelfs, which has resulted in lower inventory levels.

Together with, during the past two decades the shipping business has not been too profitable, meaning little investment has been put into building new ships. To make matter worse here in the US, our railroad companies have also been cutting costs and reducing their headcounts which has created the perfect storm for the shipping logistics crisis that we find ourselves in today.

The global semiconductor shortage causing is affecting the availability of security related parts.


Many industries including the security industry are also experiencing a global semiconductor chip shortage too. The sudden lockdown from the coronavirus created a ripple effect, where suppliers were unable to meet the growing demands for the silicon microchips that power today’s security system electronics. The remote work from home environment along with cloud infrastructure amplified and prioritized the sales of gaming gadgets, phones and several other electronic devices. And, the remaining stock of chips left available was insufficient to catch up to the pent-up demand in a slew of industries, including the security industry.


The good news is that we anticipate both crises to come to an end soon. Shipping routes now have alternative locations, like Florida, which are offering to carry more of the load, and semiconductor manufacturer’s, like Qualcomm, have stated that they expect the chip manufacturing shortage to be resolved by the second quarter of 2022. So, if you are one of the many who are experiencing delays in receiving your parts order, you are not alone. Here at GeoArm, we are monitoring the two shipping crises described in this article on a day-to-day basis and keeping track of the out-of-stock items. So that when these parts do become available again for distribution, our customers will be first in line to receive them.

GeoArm and M2M Team Up for Low-Cost Alarm Monitoring for Customers

GeoArm and M2M partner for discount PRO and DIY alarm monitoring services.

GeoArm, a leading provider of no-term contract security, automation and smart home solutions serving residential and business customers in the United States, today announced the addition of M2M products and services to its website offerings.

Together, GeoArm and M2M are paving the path to switch away from the traditional overpriced alarm company. With universal compatibility, the do-it-yourselfer can easily add the M2M alarm communicator into most commercial fire alarm and burglary intrusion panels already installed in existing homes and businesses. Whether a consumer has a DSC PowerSeries, Honeywell Home VISTA-Series, GE Interlogix NetworX NX-Series or other takeover control panel that supports Contact ID, SIA and Pulse 4+2, the M2M line of alarm communicators are a great choice for low-cost nationwide alarm monitoring.

“We are thrilled to add M2M solutions into our brand’s portfolio of products and services that our customers have to choose from in advance of the cellular radio sunset dates set to take place in the first quarter of 2022,” said Joe Rosenthal, President and CEO of GeoArm. With the impending sunset of cellular 3G/4G AT&T network beginning first in the month of February 2022, and the cellular 3G/4G Verizon network slated to shutdown later next year in Dec. 31, 2022, it was important for users to find a low-priced, future proof, cellular 5G LTE module that offered maximum network longevity.

The M2M product line of alarm communicators can be installed in a matter of minutes by simply landing just two-wires on the circuit board and anyone can do it. “Because these alarm communicators are low-voltage and run off the control panel’s battery, there is absolutely no need to hire an expensive professional to get them hooked up,” said Rafael Alvarez, Technical Manager of GeoArm. Just sit back and watch the appropriate how to installation video found on GeoArm’s YouTube page, that illustrates the steps to follow that will make the M2M communicator setup a breeze.

Best of all the M2M’s RControl app gives GeoArm customers the ability to interact with their compatible burglar intrusion panel for no additional monthly charge. The end user can remotely download the RControl app on any Android or iOS device to arm/disarm the security system in “away mode” when they are not home during the day, and also have the ability to arm it in “stay mode” when they are home at night. The app allows for real-time push and email notifications for multiple end users and devices per account so that all family members and business managers are on guard. Also, there is an admin portal that allows for 24/7 device management and real-time status monitoring of all accounts with 12 months of event history stored for use at a later time. To ensure the M2M communicator works when it matters most, the modules are designed with supervised connectivity that includes polling in 10 minute intervals for exceptional reliability.

Once installed into an existing compatible alarm system, the M2M communicator will transmit alarm systems data to either GeoArm’s central station and/or directly to the end user in the event of an alarm initiating event. With both do-it-yourself and professionally trained operator alarm monitoring services offered by GeoArm starting at $8 a month for burglary intrusion security systems, and $30 a month for commercial fire alarm systems, homes and businesses can finally lower that costly alarm bill and start enjoying the monthly savings.

Free Shipping Over $200 at GeoArm!

Oh, Yes We Did!

Get FREE ground shipping on all orders over $200 at GeoArm Security in the continental United States. We listened to some of our harshest online critics and updated our policy for the best DIY shopping experience.

Now you can buy all your favorite DIY security system brands such as; 2GIG, Alarm.com, Alula, DSC, Honeywell Home, Qolsys, Resideo and not pay a penny more for shipping!

Alula RE663 Wireless LED Keypad added to Connect+ 3-1 Security Kits

The just released Alula RE663 wireless LED alarm keypad has been added to all Connect+ wireless 3-1 security system kits on GeoArm.

The Alula RE663 is an Connect+ encrypted wireless LED alarm keypad with that is designed for the Connect+ control panel. The RE663 keypad is easy to use with 6 one-touch buttons that the user to disarm, arm in stay mode, alarm in away mode, night mode, silent arm and instant arm by pressing just one button.

The RE663 LED keypad can be mounted to a wall or placed on a table. The keypad has backlit keys and an LED light bar to provide visual arming status. Amber colors on the corner of the keypad indicate a trouble condition. The light bar blinks periodically and will double blink periodically if zones are open.

It can be battery operated or powered by existing AC. To trigger a panic alarm, hold the asterisk and pound button simultaneously.

Alula RE663 Wireless LED Alarm Keypad with Desk-Mount Stand.

Product Features:

  • Compatible with Helix/Connect+ Panel
  • White Color Casing
  • Displays real-time status
  • Easy to read LED keys
  • Light bar confirms arming status
  • Wall or table mount
  • AC powered, or 1-year battery life
  • User replaceable batteries
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty

GeoArm Partners with Affirm for BNPL Options

GeoArm partners with Affirm to offer customers “Buy Now, Pay Later” services.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Affirm, a leading “Buy Now, Pay Later” consumer financial provider in the United States.

Now shoppers can now finance purchases over 3, 6 or 12 months to buy their favorite security system in monthly installments on GeoArm’s website. With Affirm there are no late fees and no compounding interest of any kind. By removing the upfront costs, GeoArm and Affirm are disrupting the traditional security market by making the choice easy for DIY customers with flexible BNPL payments minus the gimmicks.

By selecting Affirm on GeoArm checkout, you can pay over time for your favorite wireless security system brands such as; 2GIG, Alarm.com, Qolsys, Resideo and more!

2022 Resideo AT&T 3G/4G Cellular Radio Sunset

AT&T Sunset: AT&T plans to end service on its 3G wireless networks in February 2022. Any existing 3G/4G communicators that are currently registered are expected to communicate and be supported by AlarmNet through February 2022 under Resideo’s agreement with AT&T. If you cancel a registered/billable 3G/4G account on or after June 26, 2019, you cannot reactivate the 3G/4G communicator.

LTE Radio portfolio: Resideo (aka “Honeywell Home“) has expanded its communicator portfolio to include LTE radios, which provides a transition to new cellular technology, and offers maximum network longevity.

Order Your Compatible Resideo LTE Radio from GeoArm Today!

  1. Resideo Cellular-Path Alarm Communicators (for Solo Cellular LTE)
  2. Resideo Dual-Path Alarm Communicators (for Ethernet/Cellular LTE)

GeoArm Holiday Hours 2020

Below is our Customer Service, Shipping, Sales, and Tech Support Holiday Hours:


Holiday Party – We will be closing at 5 pm EST on 12/23/20 and re-opening on 12/24/20 see hours below.


Seasonal Holidays Schedule – We will be closing at 2 PM EST on 12/24/20 and re-opening on 12/28/20 for regular business hours.


New Years Day – We will be closed on 1/1/21 and re-opening on 1/4/21 for regular business hours.


You can rest assured that our 5 Diamond Professional Alarm Monitoring Station is open 24-hours a day as usual.


From everyone here at GeoArm by AlarmClub, we hope you have a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season!

NextAlarm is Cancelling Monitoring Services via Ethernet/Internet Path

If you are currently a monitored NextAlarm customer with IP service and wish to continue alarm monitoring services we recommend going with the M2M wireless alarm communicator as an alternative as it will be hosted on either the AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile LTE cellular towers.

The M2M alarm communicator itself is only around $70 and holds a no-term contract monthly alarm monitoring rate of $13/month. With the M2M wireless alarm communicator, GeoArm can apply this to just about any alarm system that has been used with NextAlarm.

Cellular alarm communicators are a much more reliable means of communicating alarm signals from your alarm system back to the central alarm monitoring station.

The reason why is if an intruder before breaking in cuts your power meter box or internet lines, your alarm system will still be able to transmit signals to the receivers unlike the internet “aka IP” communications.

The M2M wireless alarm communicator is amazing for anyone looking to have very inexpensive alarm monitoring services for both home and business security.

It has come to our attention from callers that after many years of providing alarm monitoring service via the internet, NextAlarm will be canceling this service.

The last day they will provide alarm signal delivery via the internet will be June 30, 2020. They also stated that if you have pre-paid for service that extends past June 30, 2020, NextAlarm must be notified by May 29, 2020, and they will arrange for a refund of any months after June 2020.

NextAlarm in their email to customers didn’t clearly state their intentions with current cellular-based customers, but have no fear because GeoArm is here.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Welcome NextAlarm Customers to GeoArm!

Welcome NextAlarm customers to the GeoArm family at last. We look forward to serving you and working as quickly as possible to re-program your accounts to our central monitoring station.

We can monitor IP alarm communicators, cellular and Dual-path alarm communications. We recommend emailing us at service@geoarm.com photos of your alarm system as well as your alarm communicator. After we receive these photos we will analyze them and contact you back very promptly.

GeoArm is known to have the least expensive no-long-term contract monitoring in the USA with rates starting at $10/month. This makes for a perfect alternative to NextAlarm monitoring services.

If you have an existing 3g/4g cellular communicator please DO NOT deactivate during this transition because if it is deactivated it will have to be replaced to receive service anyone.

For information on transferring your account please call our customer service department at 877-443-6276 option 4. We are also available by live chat on our website geoarm.com.

The GeoArm customer service staff is processing orders on a first come first serve basis and thanks you for your patience while we transition your accounts.

GeoArm Holding Strong during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We hope this finds you, your families, and employees, safe and well. During these unusual and difficult times, we want you to know that GeoArm is continuing to serve you at full strength.

Our Monitoring Center will continue to operate without interruption 24/7. As an emergency response company, we are prepared for disasters. To date, our dedicated employees continue to fill orders and provide support services from our general offices. It is business as usual for our purchasing, billing, accounts receivable, and shipping departments.

In the event it should become necessary for our employees to telework from their homes for their safety, our company will continue to be available to service your needs. All employees have computer access to our business network and remote cell phone connectivity to our phone system in order to provide the services you expect.  Although it would be the first time since our inception in 2008 to operate remotely, we are confident that we are equipped and ready to perform seamlessly for you.

Our call answer time may be slower than normal due to an increased volume, so let me thank you in advance for your patience.  In order to ensure that your call is answered, we have extended our published business hours. Naturally, we are hoping that our need to work remotely does not occur, but if it does, we want you to have peace of mind that we are here to serve you.  We wish you and your families, and employees, good health through the COVID-19 pandemic, and a quick rebound moving forward.

Sincerely,
Joseph Rosenthal
President