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.

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!

Honeywell LKP500-EN Alarm Keypad Review

The Honeywell Lyric Secondary keypad (LKP500-EN) is small in size, which makes it perfect for mounting in those hard-to-fit places. The sleek and stylish product design, allows the keypad to blend into any decor. The installation of the keypad is easy with choices of either wall-mounting or optionally using a Lyric Desk stand kit (LKP500-DK) which is great if you are planning on DIY installing on tabletops, nightstands or kitchen counter. A big benefit of the Lyric Secondary Keypad is its range. Previous 5828/5828v keypads could not be placed further than 50 feet while LKP500-EN has a listed wireless range of 300ft!

The LKP500-EN is the Honeywell wireless secondary keypad that works with systems that work with SiX Series encrypted technology such as the Honeywell Lyric Controller. The Lyric Keypad takes advantage of the 2.4ghz channel which offers full 128-bit encryption to prevent intruders from jamming the RF signals. With the LKP500-EN you also get a keypad that is fully supervised. This means that the Lyric Keypad sends signals back to the alarm control panel every 60 seconds making sure it is still within range. If the Lyric Controller does not receive this signal a supervision loss signal will be sent to our professional alarm monitoring station and if you have Total Connect Services activated with AlarmClub/GeoArm you will receive text and email notifications to your smartphone.

The Lyric Keypad allows you quickly arm/disarm the Honeywell Lyric Security System as well as listen to system status updates with its built-in speaker. One of the greatest benefits of the Lyric LKP500-EN keypad is its panic button features for police, fire, and medical purposes. The Lyric Controller will allow up to 8 LKP500-EN to be programmed at any given time. We recommend adding multiple LKP500-EN wireless Lyric Keypads spread out by the most frequently entered and exited locations such as front doors, garage doors, and master bedrooms.

With the Honeywell LKP500-EN you will have access to its own settings menu where you can adjust features such as turn chime on and off, toggle exit tone/entry tone, voice volume, key level, display brightness, and backlight brightness. To access this area of Lyric Keypad settings simply press and hold select key until menu begins, use the scroll key to the settings, use the select key to choose from desired menu item, use the scroll key to toggle menu options, press select key to save your settings and press cancel at any time to exit Lyric Keypad settings menu. When firmware updates are available for this product you can upgrade the software by manually or remotely by AlarmClub/GeoArm. To upgrade the Lyric LKP500-EN software locally go to the Lyric Controller programming menu select security, tools, enter the master code by default which is 1234, advanced, upgrade sensor firmware. After performing the upgrade command, the keypad displays the upgrade status then, when done, automatically resets twice. Once the Lyric Keypad completes the reset, it will return to normal operation.

Programming the Honeywell LKP500-EN secondary keypad is accomplished through the Lyric Controller installer programming menu. To access this area of programming on the controller you must have your installer code. The Lyric Controller Installer code is 4112. Once you access the installer menu select Program. This area of the Lyric control panel programming is the same area that you would program a Honeywell SiXCT door/window contact, Honeywell SiXPIR motion sensor, Honeywell SiXGB, or a Honeywell SiXSIREN although the programming tactics would vary from device to device.

The Honeywell LKP500-EN product includes:

• Battery pack (7.2VDC) provides 24-hour backup battery power (Included)

• An external 110VAC input/9VDC output power pack and cable (Included)

Honeywell LKP500-EN FAQ’s

Honeywell LKP500-EN Product Manuals