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.
Updated IQ Panel 2 first to support legacy installed base of 319 MHz, 345 MHz, and 433 MHz sensors alongside next generation PowerG long range two-way encrypted sensor portfolio.
Qolsys, the leading security and Smarthome technology provider announced today support for the line of PowerG sensors to its flagship product, the IQ Panel 2. The All-In-One 7” Touchscreen already includes best in class hardware and software integration with a built in 5MP camera, LTE, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth Touchless Disarming, Live View, and more. 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.
“We’re taking range off the table” said Qolsys SVP Sales and Marketing Mike Hackett, “Never needing a repeater, never going back to fix a non-reporting sensor, is powerful. Now add proprietary takeover proof military grade 2-way encryption and it changes the way dealers approach every install and measure their business.”
7” HD Touchscreen With LTE, Bluetooth and Built-In Camera Now Available to 70+ Security and Smarthome Providers
Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that Vector Security® approved the IQ Panel 2 and the Qolsys’ product line, including the IQ Remote and encrypted S-Line intrusion sensors for their Authorized Dealer Program. Vector Security, a leader in the security industry and currently ranked as the fifth largest security system providers in the United States, provides intelligent security and home automation solutions to more than 300,000 homes and businesses in North America, with multiple awards won for its outstanding service and industry leadership.
“We are proud to be approved by one of the industry’s most respected dealer programs,” says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP of Sales and Marketing. “We will be partnering with Vector Security authorized dealers to deliver the best-in-class security and connected home solution for Residential, Builder and Small Business customers.”
Beta for Streaming Video Cameras Now Available to Authorized Dealers
MARCH 13, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. – Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today the release of Live View, the streaming of Alarm.com video cameras to the panel’s 7” HD touchscreen. Live View was enabled in the 2.1 Software Update, released February 2018.
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.
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.
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.