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.
The IQ Remote provides a way to arm and disarm the IQ Panel 2 and control Z-Wave devices including lights, locks, thermostats and garage openers from other home locations.
SAN JOSE — Qolsys, a provider of security and smart home technology, announces the availability of the IQ Remote. The IQ Remote is a 7” secondary touchscreen tablet with a built-in camera that supports full security, life safety and Z-Wave control.
Qolsys says the IQ Remote provides additional secondary full-feature access to the IQ Panel 2 security and smart home system.
IQ REMOTE NOW AVAILABLE
7” Secondary Touchscreen Tablet Pairs With Award Winning IQ Panel 2
FEBRUARY 27, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. – Qolsys, a leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that the IQ REMOTE is now available. The IQ REMOTE is a 7” secondary touchscreen tablet with a built-in camera that supports full security, life safety and Z-Wave control. Complimenting the award-winning IQ Panel 2, the IQ REMOTE provides additional secondary full-feature access to the security and smart home system.
“The IQ Remote delivers a modern industrial design and user experience,” says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP of Sales and Marketing. “By pairing the IQ Remote with the IQ Panel 2, Qolsys dealers can support larger homes and multiple entry points while providing a consistent experience. We are excited to release the IQ Remote with our recent 2.1 software update supporting additional features only available on the IQ Panel 2.”
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.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Qolsys, a provider of security and smart home technology, announced recently that Guardian Protection Services, a residential and commercial security systems provider based in Warrendale, Pa., has selected the IQ Panel 2 as its next generation platform following a one-year evaluation period... continue to full article.
Check out the Guardian blog post below.
Home security panels haven’t changed a lot over the last 10 years. Sure, some have become small touch screens. Some have changed in shape and size, minimally. In reality, however, most panels are pretty similar. The Guardian IQ2 Security panel is not your average security panel. It’s slimmer, smarter and more powerful. The IQ2 panel looks and feels like a smartphone, is easy to use... continue to full article.
SDM Top 10 company adopts leading security and smarthome platform
February 12, 2018 – SAN JOSE, CA. – Qolsys, a leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that Guardian Protection Services, a Top 10 ranked security systems firm, has selected the 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.
“We are honored to bring the IQ Panel 2 to Guardian’s customers and dealers,” says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP of Sales and Marketing. “As Security and IoT converge, Guardian is perfectly placed to deliver this best-in-class, connected home solution to Residential, Builder and Small Business segments.”
IQ Panel now available at Graybar Canada
(1-9-2018, San Jose, CA) Qolsys announced today that it has expanded the availability of the IQ Panel 2 in Canada with the addition of the 30 branches of Graybar Canada spanning Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
IQ Panel 2 is a 7” HD Touchscreen with built in 5MP panel camera packed with hardware and software features including Bluetooth Touchless Disarming, S-Line sensor encryption, LTE and Wi-Fi dual path connectivity, disarm photos to your phone, and much more.
Panels sold in Canada include an AT&T 4G LTE HSPA radio which provides fallback for 3G signaling and utilizes AT&T’s existing roaming partnerships to provide coverage across most provinces. For detailed coverage maps refer to your Alarm.com dealer portal.
All locations also offer the entire portfolio of Qolsys S-Line sensors, an affordable yet powerful encryption protocol that prevents hacking and replay attacks becoming more and more common. To find a distributor near you visit https://qolsys.com/find-a-distributor/
Boucherle’s Pick: Qolsys Touchscreen Control Panel
Residential security is rapidly evolving. Qolsys’ IQ Panel 2 is a great example of forward-looking technology with robust communications, including LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth technology built in to future-proof communications.
The integrated panel has built-in microphones and software for glass-break detection; 7-inch HD touchscreen panel; a built-in 5MP camera for capturing who disarmed the system and then sent to your smartphone; and Z-Wave Plus technology enabling connectivity to up to 128 smart home devices.
The Bluetooth Touchless Disarming feature connects up to five smartphones, which means you can leave your phone in your pocket and the system will disarm itself automatically. This panel also supports the new S-Line encryption pairing with door and window sensors for better security. qolsys.com
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