Vivint Delivers Tornado Alerts to Customers
The Utah-based security provider is offering a free upgrade to give in-home severe weather warnings on its Go!Control panel.
The past month has seen unbelievable paths of destruction as tornadoes have torn through the American Midwest.
And while it might be harder to protect your clients’ homes against unpredictable Mother Nature than your average night-time burglar, at least one security provider is trying to give them a head start. Vivint, the Provo, Utah-based company well known for its door-knocking sales campaigns, has added tornado alerts to the messages that customers can receive on their Go!Control panels.
The warning information comes from the National Weather Service. Once it issues a tornado alert, the information is relayed to Vivint customers via the Go!Control panel. A series of three loud beeps sound inside the home, and a detailed warning message appears on the wall-mounted control panel, Vivint says. The alert then continues every minute until the homeowner deactivates the warning, or until the alert is discontinued by the weather service.
The service was launched earlier in May 2011 and is being offered as a free upgrade to clients who have the Go!Control panels and live in these areas of the Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
“Tornadoes hit fast and without much warning. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of those who have been affected by the unusually brutal tornado activity we have already seen this spring. I’m pleased our team was able to fast-track this feature and get it into our customers’ hands this season,” says Alex Dunn, chief operating officer for Vivint. “Protecting families has been a part of our company mission since it began. We view the release of severe weather alerts to be an extension of that mission - another tool to keep the families we protect safe.”
Formerly APX, Vivint has 5,000 employees and did custom residential revenues of over $5.4 million in 2010.
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