Hands On With The Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus: Another step closer to the convergence of security and home automation.

…It’s fascinating to watch the security industry hitting its stride with some great new products that, at times, rival the likes of Control4, Savant, and others. Clearly, these solutions all have their place and their installation should be driven by understanding client needs, but it’s nice to have a solution in the toolbox that could allow a fully installed home automation platform (including cellular connectivity) in the home for less than $500 all in. Don’t even get me started on the recurring monthly revenue (RMR) upside.  Read Full Article. 

News: SDM State of the Market: Connected Home.

 

…Manufacturer Qolsys describes 2017 as a record year, according to Mike Hackett, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the San Jose, Calif.-based company, which bills itself as a provider of “quality-of-life” systems. “Traditional security dealers are quickly adopting modern technology to compete in the marketplace; many of our dealers reported 25 to 50 percent year-over-year growth. ...  Security dealers are no longer the expert service provider entrusted to install a burglar alarm. Today’s dealers are in the center of the consumer residential IoT wave.” Read full article

News: ISC West 2018 – Qolsys Review


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Qolsys blew us away with their upcoming daughtercard for DSC PowerG Sensors. This add-on for the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 will allow Power G Sensors to be used with the system. The PowerG Sensors boast an astounding RF signal range of up to 3,000 feet in open air and roughly 2,000 feet when used indoors. The Power G lineup includes outdoor PIR motion sensors with integrated cameras, outdoor siren/strobe combos, and a door contact with a wired input for long range expansion. The sensors operate at a wireless frequency of 900 MHz, meaning that they won't interfere with the low-band RF signals in the 300-400 MHz range for other legacy protocols such as GE/Interlogix/Qolsys (319.5MHz), 2GIG/Honeywell (345MHz), and DSC (433MHz). These sensors also offer 128-bit AES encryption so that they cannot be hacked or taken over by others. We plan to start featuring the PowerG Sensors on the Alarm Grid website sometime in the coming months.

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News: Residential Security and Encryption: Setting the Standard, Protecting Consumers

The security industry needs to evolve to meet the challenges of cybersecurity threats. Unencrypted sensors and lack of firewalls and panel security open companies to litigation and expose consumers to danger. Dealers have an obligation to understand the evolving threats from cybersecurity attacks, select partners that have addressed known vulnerabilities, and put mechanisms in place to quickly respond to new threats as they emerge. This whitepaper outlines specific threats to sensors, security panels, and network connections that security dealers need to address. 

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News: Qolsys Announces Support for Johnson Control’s PowerG Sensor Line

Qolsys, a leading security and smart home technology provider, announced support for the line of PowerG sensors to its flagship product, the IQ Panel 2.  The updated IQ Panel 2 will also support multiple legacy technologies including 345 MHz, typically used by Honeywell and 2Gig, and 433 MHz used in DSC wireless systems, in addition to the Qolsys S-Line encrypted 319.5 MHz line. 

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News: How I Use My System by Todd Homitz

Todd Homitz, Guardian Protection Services’ marketing project manager, has been with the company for 11 years. “Two years ago, I transitioned to my current role as the marketing project manager and really enjoy getting to interact with all teams, staying on top of the latest projects and trends, and even helping ideate new programs and projects,” he said. In late February, he told Security Systems News about his home alarm system.

What kind of system do you have?

I have the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 with one outdoor camera, two indoor cameras, one HD video doorbell, smart thermostat, garage door controls, lights, locks, CO and smoke detectors. 

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News: Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Review

The IQ Panel 2 is the flagship panel from Qolsys, a relatively new security company that has already made great strides in the industry. Qolsys sought out to create a modern and easy to navigate security panel that would appeal to every type of homeowner and business owner. In the end, they accomplished exactly that, as the IQ Panel 2 meets all of the requirements that a new buyer would look for in a security system. Overall, it is pleasing to the eye, offers a quick learning curve and presents a plethora of outstanding features and capabilities.

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News: An Inside Look at Beta Testing the IQ Panel 2

Bench Test reviewer Bob Grossman shares what it was like to beta test the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 over 18 months.

Back in December of 2014 we reviewed the Qolsys IQ Panel as one of our earlier bench tests. When we review a product, it is generally done over a fixed time period ranging from a few days to a couple of months.

This gives us enough time to learn the product, put it through its paces, and verify the stability and operability as best we can under the usual time constraints. We don’t live with a product for an extended period, so our reviews are, by necessity, educated first impressions.

When Qolsys started working on the follow up IQ Panel 2, they invited us to participate in its beta program. We’re not sure if this was done because of our enthusiasm for the first-generation IQ Panel, our fresh approach to the product (also called “inexperience, I believe), or the relentless stream of questions they got from us the first time around.

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Review: Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Is a Hub Above

The IQ Panel 2 remains the Swiss army knife of alarm panels with a strong lineup of security and home automation features.

In December 2014, we reviewed the Qolsys IQ Panel, mentioning that it was an extremely difficult product to review. This is not a single function device but rather what I would term a partnership product.

It requires the panel itself, myriad accessories, the back-end support of Alarm.com, and the involvement of a skilled and trained dealer for installation, support and alarm monitoring.

The IQ Panel 2 remains the Swiss army knife of alarm panels and includes several features we believe are unique to this platform.

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SDM ‘Top 10’ Company adopts Qolsys Security & Smart Home Platform

 

Guardian Protection Services, Warrendale, Pa., ranked No. 6 on the SDM 100, announced that it selected the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 as its next-generation platform following a one-year evaluation period.  Trusted by more than 300,000 clients throughout the nation, Guardian has provided state-the-art technology to homes and businesses for more than 65 years through the professional installation and monitoring of its residential and commercial security systems and smart home technologies... continue to full article.