Vista, Calif. -
has added home-control features to its Viper SmartStart smartphone apps, which let consumers remotely control their car systems and track the car in real time via cellular.
Version 2.2 of the company's apps for the BlackBerry,
iPhone, and Android smartphones let owners monitor, arm, and disarm their
security system. A flip of the wrist toggles between car-control and home-control
screens, the company said.
The app connects the smartphone via cellular to an Alarm.com server, which itself connects via cellular to a cellular transceiver in the control panel of the home's alarm system.
For controlling and tracking vehicles, the apps connect via cellular networks to embedded cellular modems in the $199-suggested VSM200 Viper SmartStart module and $299 VSM250 Viper SmartStart GPS module. Depending on the compatible car-security or remote-start system from Directed, the SmartStart app will remotely start the car's engine, lock and unlock doors, pop the trunk, activate the car's horn or security-system siren for use as a panic alert or car finder, and receive pushed security alerts. The SmartStart GPS module adds the ability to track a moving vehicle, whose location would appear on a map on the smartphone screen.
Viper SmartStart requires a $49.99 annual service plan, or a $99.98 three-year plan. SmartStart GPS requires a service plan starting at $5 a month.
Said Directed VP Mike Simmons, "With control of the things customers access on a daily basis in one convenient app, we are one step closer to replacing the keychain with the smartphone thanks to Viper SmartStart."