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Posted on July 22, 2019 by OnGuard
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Posted on June 28, 2019 by Kirk Booher
 
 
Check out the interface with Apple's iWatch and Alarm.com
 
 
  
                                     Apple iWatch and Alarm.com app
 
Talk about convenience!
 
The Alarm.com app for Apple Watch includes features like:
  • Arm or Disarm the system
  • Control locks
  • Control garage door
  • Control thermostats
  • Control lights
  • View live video from most Alarm.com cameras

Note: At this time, the Apple Watch app currently does not support Alarm.com Wi-Fi Doorbell Cameras, '22 series, '25 series, and '26 series Alarm.com cameras.
 
 
Glance view allows you to quickly check the status of your system, and Actionable Notifications allow you to respond to certain notifications directly from the Apple Watch
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS
To add the Alarm.com complication to a watch face using the Apple Watch: 
 
Go to the Home screen. To return to the Home screen from another app or screen, press the Digital Crown (dial on the side of the watch). 
 



 
Firmly press and hold the display.
The Home screen will zoom out and Customize will appear below the current watch face.
 
Note: Some watch faces are not customizable. If the face is not customizable, there will be no Customize option. Swipe left or right to select a face that has the Customize option. 


 
Tap Customize.
At the top of the watch face you will see small dots. One will be white, the others grey, this indicates the number of pages that can be edited. Swipe to a page with small square boxes.
 


 
Tap the location on the face you would like to add the complication to.

Note: The Alarm.com Complication can only be placed in the small square boxes.
 
 
Rotate the Digital Crown (dial on the side of the watch) to scroll through available complication icons.

Note: The Alarm.com Complication icon is:


 
To save your changes, press the Digital Crown.
Tap the watch face or press the Digital Crown to set this as your current face.
 
Posted on March 29, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General, Intrusion Alarm
Cell communicators are the most popular forms of alarm communication to Central Monitoring Stations and pushing notifications to customers. 
 
 
 
They are popular because:
1. Supervised - the alarm company should now quickly when they are offline or have problems.
2. App - they provide customers with a digital connection to the internet.
3. Fast - being all digital the data and notifications the monitoring stations and customers apps typically just take a few seconds.
4. Reliable - your alarm company is in control of what happens, unlike relying on a 3rd party who may disconnect, shut off, switch, etc. This, of course, improves reliability.
 
There are a few drawbacks, like anything, including:
1. They need updating periodically as what happened a few years ago with the 2g network.
 
T-Mobile will sunset their 2G network no later than December 31, 2020 (highest priority to upgrade). AT&T and Verizon 2g were shut down 2 years ago.
 
3G radio sunset dates:
The sunset date for and Verizon 3G (CDMA) is Dec. 31, 2022
AT&T 3G sunset date has not been set but assumes Dec. 31, 2022.
 
ADC (Alarm.com) will discontinue accepting 3G activations on June 30th, 2019.
 
2. They can be wirelessly jammed. 
 
3. Rely on cell towers, though are generally reliable.
 
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution is supposed to last longer than 3g. With the advent of 5g, we don't know how long is long. Verizon currently says 2032 which if true, is plenty long with the advent of technology these days.
 
 
 
Options
Redundancy is always a good idea with regard to security.
 
Other forms of communication include the Internet via wired or WiFi. Landline phones are still possible but not recommended. Alarms were never designed to communicate over VoIP internet-based phone systems though companies do connect them, it is the least desirable way to reliably communicate emergency alarm signals.
 
Several of our manufacture's system can have multiple forms of communication. QOLSYS can be also connected via WiFi plus built-in cell. We use Verizon as our standard. DSC NEO sports cell and hard line internet connection.
 
 
 
 

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