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.
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.
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!
The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus wireless security system has a large easy-to-use 7″ HD touchscreen interface with built-in 5MP front camera and multiple wireless radios including; Alarm.com Verizon or AT&T Cellular LTE, WiFi, Z-Wave Plus, Bluetooth BLE Touchless Disarming, Built-in Glassbreak Sensor, PowerG and the new S-Line radio.
The panel serves as the brains of your security system and with it you can control lights, locks, thermostats, security and much more. It ships with the Qolsys 2.2 software, which encompasses several new features like Easy Install Wizard, Live View, the ability to view Alarm.com video cameras on the screen, and Live Answer.
Live Answer give DIYer’s the ability to answer their Alarm.com video doorbell from the IQ Panel 2 Plus inside the property, such as the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 touchless video doorbell. Live Answer will also work with Live View cameras that have voice capability, such as the Alarm.com ADC-V515 indoor security camera. With Alarm.com’s video monitoring solutions in place you can view and respond through the interactive app, and you can also see who is at the front door by just looking at the IQ Panel 2 Plus touchscreen.
Dual SRF: The IQ Panel 2 Plus QS9201-1208-840 simultaneously supports two radio security frequencies. Dual SRF featuring PowerG and 319.5 MHz (legacy Interlogix/S-Line) allows DIYer’s to retain installed sensors while adding and upgrading as needed with PowerG, the industry’s most robust sensor line to address common range and functionality demands. For instances when life safety devices are already installed, the IQ Panel 2 Plus will allow DIYer’s to retain these devices without incurring the cost, install time and maintenance of third party translators. Dual SRF featuring PowerG is designed to address the millions of legacy Interlogix systems installed while reducing costs associated with upgrading to the next generation security and IoT platforms.
PowerG: The IQ Panel 2 Plus includes PowerG, the revolutionary 2-way wireless communication technology with an unprecedented line-up of features designed to decrease operational costs for dealers while providing ultimate reliability for end users. Multichannel, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology enables the system to hop between wireless frequency channels to ensure the seamless transmission of secure communications between the devices and the control panel. Adaptive Transmission Power translates into up to eight years of battery life for the system’s devices and peripherals, reducing battery-replacement incurred costs. High transmission ranges allow for devices to reliably communicate 4 times further than legacy wireless protocols, reducing the cost of installing additional repeaters to service larger premises. 128 bit AES encryption offers exceptionally high level of protection against analysis tools and digital attacks.
Front Camera: The IQ Panel comes with a built-in front camera that captures photos in a variety of situations. When the panel is disarmed manually, the camera takes a photograph and saves it in the “ARM/DISARM” section. These photos are accompanied by the username of the individual who’s code was used, the date, and the time. When someone attempts to access your panel settings with an invalid code, the camera takes a photograph and saves it in the “SETTINGS” section. These photos are accompanied by the date and time. When the alarm is triggered, the camera takes a photograph and saves it in the “ALARMS” section. When the alarm is triggered, the camera will record up to a 4 minute video clip. This video is stored locally on the panel only. Using a Micro SD Card you can select individual photos or videos and save them on it.
Light Control: You can add up to 80 Z-Wave lights, lamp modules, or lightbulbs to the IQ Panel 2 Plus panel. This will allow you to control your lights (e.g. turn on/off, adjust the dimmer) locally on the panel and also from your Alarm.com mobile app.
Lock Control: You can add up to 6 Z-Wave locks to the IQ Panel 2 Plus panel. This will allow you to control your locks (e.g. lock/unlock doors individually or all at once) locally on the panel and also from your Alarm.com mobile app.
Thermostat Control: You can add up to 6 thermostats to the IQ Panel 2 Plus panel. This will allow you to control the temperature (e.g. turn up, turn down or change mode) locally on the panel and also from your Alarm.com mobile app.
Garage Door: You can add up to 10 Z-Wave overhead garage door controllers to the IQ Panel 2 Plus panel. This will allow you to control the garage door (e.g. open/close it) locally on the panel and also from your Alarm.com mobile app.
Live View: Streaming live camera feeds on the IQ Panel 2 Plus is a Qolsys exclusive in the Alarm.com ecosystem. “Live View” allows supported Alarm.com indoor and outdoor WiFi cameras to be viewed on the IQ Panel 2 Plus 7″ HD resolution touchscreen. With a wide range of available Alarm.com video devices, DIYer’s can become even more connected to their smart homes or businesses. The supported Alarm.com smart security cameras include: ADC-V515, ADC-V523, ADC-V622-WELL, ADC-V723, ADC-V821, ADC-VC726, ADC-VC736, ADC-VC826 and ADC-VC836.
Live Answer: An industry first, “Live Answer” streams the supported Skybell or Alarm.com Video Doorbell direct to the IQ Panel 2 Plus high-definition touchscreen. This innovative feature replicates the mobile app experience enabling users to answer the video doorbell, remote door lock/unlock, while continuing to provide doorbell call and motion notifications sent to your smart device. The supported Alarm.com video doorbell cameras include: ADC-VDB101, ADC-VDB102, ADC-VDB105, ADC-VDB106 and ADC-VDB770.
Install Wizard: The Install Wizard included in the 2.2 software streamlines installation by taking an installer step-by-step through set up ensuring key functions and features are properly configured. The already fast and intuitive installation process is made even easier ensuring every install is consistent and follows best practices, resulting in a better install experience and reduced installation times and long-term support. The new user-friendly wizard will also further simplify DIY self-installations.
Partitions: The panel allows for up to 4 partitions to be programmed. Partitions allow for the creation of zone groups in a home or business so that users can arm some sections of the property while leaving others disarmed. Partitioning enables greater personalization and functionality while simplifying installation. Each partition controls its local zone status, alerts and notifications. Any area or zone that needs to be armed or disarmed separately from the rest of the structure can be turned into a partition.
Photo Frame: When your IQ Panel 2 Plus is not in use you can program the panel to turn into a customizable photo frame. Inside the panel’s settings you can choose whether you want photos or a weather clock or if you want the panel to turn itself off automatically in the evenings, and more.
Schedule Scenes: Allows you to control multiple devices with the click of a single button right from your IQ Panel 2 Plus touchscreen (Powered by Alarm.com). Each option is a multi-device command that coordinates different smart devices to accomplish a complete task.
User Types: You can add up to 242 users to the IQ Panel 2 Plus system, each with a custom name and access level that you allow. There are three levels you can program for staring with the top “master” level allows the user to access panel functions, camera and system settings. Next, the “user” level allows access to panel functions, camera, but NOT system settings. Lastly, the “guest” level is used to give arm and disarm access to those users who will use the panel on a temporary basis. By creating individual users, you can set up custom text notifications when they access or use your system, keeping you connected no matter where you are.
Wellness: Allows quick and easy access to the emergency panic for senior care directly on your IQ Panel 2 Plus touchscreen (Powered by Alarm.com). This “wellness” page replaces the Security and Arming page as the default, home page to simplify use and access to help. The check in and check out feature notifies you when assisted living caregivers arrive and leave so that you have the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is getting the care they need and deserve.
We’re excited to introduce the ADC-V723, our newest 1080p Outdoor WiFi Camera with High Dynamic Range!
The Alarm.com ADC-V723 security camera delivers enhanced capabilities based on feedback from our partners. Offered at a similar price point as the ADC-V722W, the new camera delivers outstanding performance with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for sharper image quality, improved Wi-Fi performance, a 33% wider field of view and a new industrial design with flexible mounting for easy installation.
The key features of the ADC-V723 include:
117° field of view
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz)
Waterproof & Dust-tight (IP66)
Rich Video Analytics for detecting people, vehicles & animals (Make sure to sign up for Alarm.com video analytics cloud storage plan)
Please Note: With the release of the ADC-V723, Alarm.com will soon discontinue the sale of the ADC-V722W. Assuming typical order quantities, this should happen late in the third quarter. We will continue to support the installation and troubleshooting of any remaining units you may have.
With all Alarm.com security cameras, end-users will need to activate an Alarm.com cloud storage Plan. By activating the Alarm.com security camera cloud storage plan end-users will be able to remotely view their cameras using their smart devices via Alarm.com application.