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 Security Partners with Ecobee Automation!

GeoArm Security has partnered with Ecobee and has added it’s Alarm.com compatible automation products.

Customers can now purchase the Ecobee (Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee4) dual-band WiFi SmartThermostats which learn and adapt to your schedule to deliver comfort where it counts especially when pairing with SmartSensor around your property. Place the SmartSensor in the rooms that matter the most to experience comfort that stays with you. The SmartSensor helps to manage excessively hot or cold spots around your small business or home and saves money on your annual energy costs.

Using the SmartSensor check the temperature in important rooms like the nursery using the Alarm.com app or your favorite voice assistant and adjust for comfort. With Follow Me detection, the SmartSensor automatically adjusts the temperature for energy savings when you leave home and restores your comfort settings when you get back. The SmartThermostat also adjusts automatically for indoor humidity, time-of-use energy prices (when electricity is cheaper and cleaner), and local demand for even more savings.

While both smart thermostats (the Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee4) are relatively similar, the Ecobee4 SmartThermostat also allows for hands-free calls anywhere in North America and send messages to friends for free. Listen to your favorite Spotify playlists and podcasts right over the reengineered speaker built-into the Ecobee4 SmartThermostat. For high-fidelity sound you can connect and stream to a smart speaker with Bluetooth. The thermostat is good-to-go with most music platforms and supports Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn Radio. And, lastly you can control other Alexa-enabled devices with your voice to amplify your voice to make intercom-style announcements.

Product Features:

  • Save 23% on annual energy costs
  • 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen (320 x 480 pixel display)
  • Monthly energy reports (Home IQ and Alerts/Reminders)
  • SmartSensor extends comfort to your most important rooms (one included with Ecobee4)
  • Comes with Alexa Built-in for calls, Spotify for music, and added control (feature of Ecobee4)
  • Reengineered speaker for rich sound (feature of Ecobee4)
  • Apple HomeKit and more integrations (Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT)
  • ENERGY STARĀ® certified
  • Learns your routines and recommends changes to your thermostat schedule
  • Can pre-cool at times of the day when electricity is less expensive and cleaner
  • Supports two-stage heating and cooling equipment
  • Compatible with HVAC accessories, including humidifiers, dehumidifiers, HRVs and ERVs
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • 3-year product warranty
  • Monitor and Control temperature anywhere from your Alarm.com iOS and Android apps

Introducing the Honeywell Home T6 Z-Wave Plus Smart Thermostat!

The Honeywell Home TH6320ZW2003/U is a T6 Z-Wave Plus smart thermostat lets achieve greater comfort and efficiency in their small businesses and homes. The T6 smart thermostat is compatible with Lyric Controller (LCP500-L or LCP500-LC) ProSeries (PROA7, PROA7CN, PROA7PLUS or PROA7PLUSCN) wireless alarm control panels.

It’s easy to install in minutes and features a large and sleek, user-friendly 7″ touchscreen interface. Power comes via 3 AA batteries, hardwired through a C-wire. The energy saving T6 Smart Thermostat can be programmed with a schedule or allowed to adapt to a busy life on the fly. Control and monitor usage from anywhere simply by using a smartphone or tablet, integrate it completely with your smart property.

Product Features:

  • Location-based temperature control (Geofencing)
  • 7 day, 5-1-1 day and 5-2 day programmable scheduling options
  • Auto change from heat to cool
  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo, and more
  • 7″ touchscreen display
  • Custom fan settings (cycled and continuous)
  • ENERGY STARĀ® certified
  • Optional c-wire is available (for hardwired power)
  • Compatible with Lyric Controller and ProSeries control panels