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.
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.
The all-new Alarm.com WiFi 1080p touchless video doorbell camera is now available in two more additional aesthetically pleasing colors (silver and bronze finish) at GeoArm Security.
The Alarm.com touchless doorbell contains a built-in integrated camera, PIR motion sensor, digital microphone and speaker. It is the next-generation video doorbell camera and the latest installment in the Design Studio Series product line, has an expansive 150° vertical Field of View (FOV), allowing you to monitor the entire doorway area. With Two-Way Audio and a full portrait viewing in the app, the doorbell makes it easier than ever to see and speak with visitors.
Plus, this Alarm.com video doorbell uses video analytics to minimize false-positive motion detection and to enable rapid detection of people, so you receive alerts even if visitors don’t ring the bell. With the doorbell installed our do-it-yourselfer’s will always know who is at the front door of their home. It enables homeowners the ability to answer the door and speak to visitors via two-way audio, right from the Alarm.com interactive monitoring app.
Please note, the Customer app must be version 4.14+ to view video from the Alarm.com touchless video doorbell. An Apple or Android device is required for use of the Alarm.com app. The AC or DC transformer or doorbell chime does not come included and needs to purchased separately.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 STAR® 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
3-year product warranty
Monitor and Control temperature anywhere from your Alarm.com iOS and Android apps
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.
The all new 2GIG EDGE eSeries encrypted wireless security system sets a benchmark in form and function with its sleek design that is thinner and more powerful than ever. The panel contains a wireless 7″ touchscreen control panel that comes with a built-in WiFi and cellular AT&T or Verizon LTE alarm communicator which is powered by Alarm.com.
With on the edge processing technology, the
2GIG EDGE enables touchless Bluetooth disarm capabilities. The EDGE panel also
features facial recognition and analytics within the panel so private data
stays private for greater peace of mind.
The EDGE can add up to 100 users, 32 keyfobs, 8 keypads, 100 wireless zones and even has two wired zone inputs. 2GIG has developed a wide range of wireless eSeries encrypted sensors which may be added to the EDGE panel, together with older non-encrypted 2GIG and Honeywell 5800-Series security sensors.
It can also integrate Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus
sensors so users can take control of their home automation. For more complete
automation, users can create and execute scenes and schedules. Additionally,
the panel is also compatible with voice controls through Google Assistant,
Amazon Echo and Siri Shortcuts. So, you can easily lock your front door from
your couch by asking “Alexa” or “Siri” to do so!
For video surveillance solutions, the EDGE can
integrate with the full-line of Alarm.com security cameras and video doorbells.
Having a built-in front video camera, the 2GIG Edge can also display the live
video on the touchscreen and/or up to 4 cameras feeds at the same time.
With cutting-edge enhancements such as double
the viewing area, higher resolution, two speakers and dual microphones, the
EDGE delivers superb audio quality and 2-way voice communication. Together with
smart automation, the EDGE was developed as an all-in-one easy small business
and home security solution for the DIYer.