Alarm.com Solution Connects Cars to Smart Home Security System

Alarm.com Connected Car integrates vehicle insights, notifications and home automation features into the Alarm.com mobile app.

TYSONS, Va. — Alarm.com (Nasdaq: ALRM) announces a new solution to connect the car and home through its integrated security platform to help people stay informed about their vehicle’s status and unlock more home automation capabilities.

Alarm.com Connected Car, developed in collaboration with vehicle telematics solutions pioneer CalAmp, offers all the benefits of a vehicle monitoring solution plus the unique benefit of deep integration with the Alarm.com smart home security system, according to the company.

Vehicle insights, notifications and home automation features are all accessible through one interface — the Alarm.com mobile app.

“We’re excited to extend the technology and benefits of Alarm.com to include cars,” says Alarm.com Chief Product Officer Dan Kerzner. “Connected Car, like the rest of our offering, helps people monitor and manage the things they care about most on a unified platform with a seamless user experience. Adding cars is another step forward in our ongoing commitment to helping our partners improve the lives and safety of their customers.”

Said to be compatible with most cars manufactured since 1996, the Connected Car device plugs into a vehicle’s OBD-II port for self-installation, reducing the need for costly truck rolls to add the device.

Connected Car uses a dedicated cellular connection and has a battery backup, so it communicates with the home system and end user, even when the vehicle’s engine is off. With CalAmp’s telematics technology integrated with the solution, users can create rules so they receive Alarm.com notifications about specific vehicle details or activity, such as:

  • Diagnostics and potential repairs (check engine light on, low battery or low fuel)
  • Driving Behavior (sudden acceleration, hard braking, excessive speeding)
  • Unexpected Movement (vehicle moves while the engine is off, indicating it may have been towed, crashed into, or stolen)

Vehicles with Connected Car installed can be added to a user’s existing Alarm.com-powered smart home security system to trigger automation rules and reminders using the vehicle’s location. For example, lights turn on and the temperature adjusts as a driver arrives home. Or, alerts are sent to a driver’s mobile device if they leave without closing the garage door or locking the front door of their home.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Alarm.com,” says Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of CalAmp. “By integrating CalAmp’s innovative telematics technology, Alarm.com customers now have seamless access to real-time information that will improve driver safety, enhance vehicle security and allow customers to stay on top of vehicle maintenance needs.”

Connected Car is available through authorized Alarm.com service providers in the U.S. and Canada as a standalone solution or add-on to an existing Alarm.com-powered system. Check out the new solution in action, below.

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