Directed Ships Security, Remote-Start App

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VISTA, CALIF. — Directed Electronics’ SmartStart remote-start app, previously available for iPhones, is now available for BlackBerrys.

The company also began shipping new two-way security systems in its Viper, Python and Clifford brands.

The Viper-branded SmartStart app lets users remotely start or lock and unlock their cars by pushing a button on their BlackBerry. Other features include trunk release and panic or car finder.

Two versions are available: the SmartStart Module at $299 for users who already own a compatible Viper remote-start system, and the $499 SmartStart System for others.

Both versions require a $29.99 per year service plan, but a one-year service plan is included with both versions. Mike Simmons, executive VP at Directed, said there were plans to launch a SmartStart solution on the Android platform, although no specific timetable was given.

The new two-way security systems consist of two models from each brand. The Viper 3203 Responder LE will retail for a suggested $349, while the Viper 3303 Responder LC will retail for a suggested $399.

The comparable models from Python and Clifford are the Python 323 and 333 and Clifford 320.3X and 330.3X.

The two-way security systems communicate back-and-forth with the vehicle, confirming remote commands. The remote on the owner’s keychain also acts like a security pager, vibrating or making an audible tone when the vehicle’s siren is sounding.


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