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 ADC-V724 Outdoor 1080p WiFi Security Camera has been released!

The Alarm.com ADC-V724 is a outdoor, 1080p high definition, wifi security camera with two-way audio that is designed specifically to work with the Alarm.com video service has been released by GeoArm!

The ADC-V724 outdoor security camera allows for proactive deterrence of unwanted activity on a customer’s property. With powerful video analytics from Alarm.com, the ADC-V724 can detect and alert customers to people and animals active around their homes or businesses. Additionally, the ADC-V724 comes with two-way audio giving DIY customers the power to discourage unwanted visitors. Plus, thanks to onboard recording with smart view the end user can locally record encrypted video onto a microSD (sold separately) and view footage from anywhere.

Product Features:

  • Two-Way Audio to hear and speak with visitors
  • 1080p HD video surveillance
  • 117° field of view
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Video Analytics for smarter detection and alerts
  • Onboard Recording with Smart View for continuous, local, encrypted recordings
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • IR night vision
  • IP66
  • Audio included in recorded clips for additional awareness
  • Improved mount for long-term stability
  • Easier access to microSD card door
  • Works with the Alarm.com Customer Website and Customer app

New Alarm.com ADC-V723 Outdoor Camera

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.