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.

Alarm.com Announces it will still support GE Interlogix!

As you all know United Technologies announced that Interlogix after all these years is closing their doors at the end of 2019. Alarm.com a few days later sent us a confirmation email that they would still provide Alarm.com compatible communications devices for monitoring abilities. In addition, Alarm.com announced it will continue to support the product lines for dealer tech support.

This is big news for anyone who has an Interlogix such as a Concord, NX Series or Simon security system. This news confirms that the Interlogix systems life span has been extended at least up until LTE cellular modules are phased out. After LTE cellular communicators are phased out well down the line we are not sure what will happen from there or what communication modules will support the monitoring of Interlogix!

What we do know is that end-users that have Interlogix will still be able to enjoy Alarm.com monitoring services, remote app control with the Alarm.com interactive app, Z-Wave home automation control, Amazon Alexa / Google Home / Apple Siri voice control and Alarm.com compatible IP security camera abilities for quite some time.

Here is an example email that Alarm.com is sending to its dealer’s.

United Technologies recently announced that they are winding down their Interlogix security business in the U.S. and Canada, but they will continue to manufacture and sell through the end of the year.

Alarm.com will continue to support all Interlogix panels currently installed, as well as all new installations going forward. Our services will continue to work seamlessly on the lineup of Interlogix panels we support, now and into the future. Also, we will continue to manufacture Interlogix LTE upgrade modules.

Honeywell Home LYNX Touch L5210 Panel Features

The Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless security system is the newest system released by Honeywell Security. From factory the Honeywell L5210 comes with an 85db internal siren. Many people seem to think that is not quite loud enough to alert their neighbors. We are providing you with this DIY home and business security video to assist you with the installation of a powered external hardwired siren kit into the Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless control panel.

We like to use a Honeywell 702 powered outdoor siren but, that doesn’t mean you have to do the same as their are other powered siren options out there. Look for one that also includes a strobe light such as the Amseco SSX-52-s does. The biggest thing to keep in mind when ever deciding on which powered siren to go with is that it does not exceed 1.2 amps as this is the maximum output for the power supply we are using. Some things to keep in mind while installing a powered hardwired siren to the Honeywell L5210 is you will need to run wires from the powered hardwired siren back to the external hardwired kit. Once you have completed installing the powered external siren kit tuck all of the excess beanies back into the box for clean installation.

The part number for the GeoArm powered external hardwired siren kit is SIRENKIT-OD. This kit will include 1 power transformer, 1 sensitive relay, 1 IM 1240 backup battery, a can, and optional 702 siren selection and a power supply. Follow this how to video so that you too can have a very loud Honeywell L5210 wireless security system along with a powered external hardwired alarm siren.