…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.
7” HD Touchscreen IQ Panel With LTE, Bluetooth and Built-In Camera Now Available to Security and Smarthome Providers
Northstar, a leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that Qolsys Products have been approved for dealers participating in it’s Affiliate funding program. The Qolsys product line, including the IQ Panel 2, IQ Panel 2 Plus, IQ Remote and encrypted PowerG and S-Line intrusion sensors will help NorthStar Affiliates attract new customers by offering appealing security, life safety, and smarthome solutions.
“This is direct reaction to partner demand,” says Northstar VP of Business Development , Nick Perry . “Qolsys is a leader in innovation and technology in our space, and their latest product line and feature set made this a very easy decision. In addition to receiving discounted pricing through distribution, NorthStar Affiliates will receive a premium panel bonus when installing Qolsys products, making it economically appealing to adopt the high-end panel,” Perry added.
New IQ Panel with Onboard Legacy Radio Bridges Install Base with Future Sensor Technology
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. –Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today a new model of the IQ Panel 2 Plus will be available on Monday, October 1. This IQ Panel 2 Plus supports Dual SRF featuring PowerG’s industry leading range, remote programming and encryption with a radio compatible with legacy 345 MHz sensors (Honeywell/2Gig).
“With the impending 3G sunset and demand for encrypted sensor technology, security dealers need a solution to upgrade their legacy install base,” says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP Sales and Marketing. “The IQ Panel 2 Plus with a 345 MHz sensor radio and PowerG bridges the gap between what the security industry has been installing for decades and what is now the new standard for security and smart home solutions, including PowerG 2-way encrypted sensor technology, LTE and rich feature sets that delight the customer and increase usage.”
…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
New IQ Panel Ships with 2.2 Software Including “Install Wizard”, “Live View”, and “Live Answer” Streaming Skybell Video Doorbell to the Panel’s HD screen
AUGUST 21, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. –Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today the new IQ Panel 2 Plus will be available Wednesday, August 29. IQ Panel 2 Plus supports Dual SRF featuring PowerG’s industry leading range, remote programming and encryption with a radio compatible with Qolsys S-Line encrypted sensors and other legacy sensors that utilize the 319.5 MHz protocol.
“PowerG takes range off the table while bringing a powerful commercial technology to the residential market including two-way communication, remote access, and banking level frequency hopping encryption,” says Mike Hackett, SVP Sales and Marketing. “Dual SRF allows dealers to deploy PowerG while still providing support for the legacy devices currently installed inside the home, eliminating replacement costs associated with wireless translators and life safety devices. Dual SRF delivers the most comprehensive sensor portfolio bridging the past with the future of security.”
All-in-One Panels To Support Proprietary Sensor Technology with Industry Leading Range and Encryption
JUNE 5, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. –Qolsys, Inc., a leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that IQ Panels with PowerG have been certified by Underwriter Laboratories and have earned the UL Listed Mark, meeting UL’s nationally recognized standards for safety, while incorporating PowerG industry leading range and encryption.
New IQ Panels with Power G will be available this summer. The award winning IQ Panel 2 and a full line of security and home automation devices are available today. Visit www.qolsys.com to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.