Between the Internet of Things and intelligent energy management and storage systems, the custom integration industry continues to inch closer to connecting the smart home with the smart car. Now, Alarm.com announces it is one of the first smart home security platforms available on Android Auto to facilitate what it calls a unified car-to-home user experience.
Android customers now have a seamless connection to intelligent Alarm.com smart home and security controls right from the car display, putting important information and activities into their midst when they are away from the house.
The simple interface helps drivers and passengers perform key smart home and security actions, according to Alarm.com.
With one tap, customers can activate Home and Away Scenes, remotely open and close the garage door, and receive real-time alerts on the vehicle display such as security events, arming reminders, and other location-based reminders, Alarm.com states.
The move builds upon the company’s Connected Car, which Alarm.com introduced two years ago and was developed in collaboration with vehicle telematics solutions pioneer CalAmp to offer the benefits of a vehicle monitoring solution plus deep integration with the Alarm.com smart home security system.
Alarm.com Android Auto Support Adds Scenes, Garage Controls
“Alarm.com has long been focused on using smart home systems to provide seamless transitions when coming home or heading out. We’re pleased to pair our app expertise and the power of the full Alarm.com system together with Android Auto to further automate daily routines for our customers,” says Dan Kerzner, president, Platforms Business at Alarm.com, in the announcement.
“Our Android Auto integration is the latest example of how we create a seamless user experience when synchronizing the security system with home automation technology, both inside and beyond the home.”
For example, drivers can simplify their evening routine by activating an Alarm.com Home Scene on the way home from work so the garage door opens, the security panel disarms, the entryway and kitchen lights turn on, the smart thermostat adjusts the temperature, the living room shades lower, and the music starts to play.
Android Auto is available in 46 countries and is supported in most car models that are 2018 or newer. Users must have an Android phone running 8 or higher and the Android Auto app.
Alarm.com-powered systems are professionally installed and monitored and are also available in select international markets.
The Tysons, Va., headquartered company has been active in recent months introducing a breadth of solutions, like the Android Auto support, for both inside and outside of the smart home. It’s been a little over one year since Alarm.com rolled out its new solar monitoring services, which it followed up by debuting Alarm.com’s Smart Thermostat HD and Water Dragon leak detection devices.
In addition, Alarm.com has been in an acquisitive mode to incorporate new technology into its portfolio. The company acquired smart communications provider EBS in May of this year, on the heels of buying AI video analytics Vintra in April and acquiring the controlling shares of security equipment supplier Noonlight in October 2022.
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