Alula: Connect-XT Offers First-Ever Remotely Installed 5G-Ready Sunset Fix

The Alula CAT-m1 cellular card interacts with the Simon panel serial automation interface, providing full sensor status, system status and arming controls.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alula announces a solution for installing security contractors to stay on track to upgrade smart home security systems to meet the approaching 3G cellular sunset. Connect-XT is said to provide dealers with an easy-to-install product that upgrades an outdated panel while servicing customers in a safe way.

Connect-XT, which can easily upgrade Simon XT, XTi and XTi5 panels to a modern, mobile, interactive security experience, can now be easily installed at home. Alula is the first to offer a 5G-ready cell card that can easily be installed by the end-user, according to the company. This allows Pro installers to get ahead of their sunset obligations even if they are unable to do an in-person visit due to concerns around the novel coronavirus.

The new CAT-m1 cellular card interacts with the Simon panel serial automation interface, providing full sensor status, system status and arming controls. Not only will this card save Simon products from the upcoming 3G sunset, but it is also compatible with the 5G standard as well, meaning that security professionals and their Simon customers need not worry about the next cellular sunset.

Beyond technological upgrades, the Connect-XT offers a solution for customers who are hesitant to have individuals enter their homes in these unprecedented times. The Connect-XT’s easy, one-tool installation allows for any individual with a legacy system and a screwdriver to complete the upgrade.

“At Alula, we are striving to do our part to maintain business operations and safety for our partners and their customers during a time of social distancing and uncertainty,” says Paul Saldin, vice president of engineering at Alula. “Providing this first-to-market product for an incredibly easy install gives Security Pros the opportunity to get ahead of the Sunset even if they can’t visit a customer’s house right now.”

During the development of the Connect-XT, the Alula engineering team drew on deep knowledge of the Simon products and harnessed this insight to deliver a solution that’s easy to install and upgrades the functionality.

“No longer must a security dealer choose between maintaining a security system and adhering to appropriate social distance protocol,” Saldin says. “The Connect-XT is a solution designed to keep our partners and their customers safe.”

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