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ISC West is the premiere trade show in our industry. It happens in Las Vegas each spring and all the manufacturers of security products show up. Of course, we're interested in Qolsys, Alarm.com, Resideo, AlarmNet, and 2GIG, but there are many more! They'll display all their best new gadgets.

This year Alarm.com showed up to ISC West loaded for bear! They rolled out several new offerings in the form of both products and services. Many, but not all of these devices were targeting commercial applications. We'll list the big new items below:


Outdoor Floodlight Camera and VizBlinder:

The Outdoor Floodlight Camera is a new product. As the name implies, it mounts outside in darker areas where an intruder may attempt to enter or gain entry to an area where they shouldn't be.

The new Outdoor Floodlight Camera features 4MP video and Two-Way voice options. It has 3,000 Lumen floodlights, allowing you to customize your lighting options. It's suitable for homes and small- to medium-sized businesses. Additionally, because it uses video analytics, the floodlight can automatically respond to threats when unwanted visitors or vehicles are detected. It can activate red and blue warning lights and also play warning sounds from a powerful siren.

VizBlinder will incorporate new hardware as part of the new feature. It allows the central station operator to fill a room with a vision obscuring white haze. This is done after the operator has accessed the available Alarm.com cameras and determined that an intruder is present. If cameras that support Two-Way audio are in use the operator will be able to engage with the intruder prior to activating VizBlinder. If I were an intruder, and the room suddenly began filling with an unknown white fog, I would skedaddle!

Remote Video Monitoring Console:

The Remote Video Monitoring Console (RVM) is a system that allows central station operators to offer "round-the-clock concierge video monitoring and proactive defense services to customers with Alarm.com Video Analytics cameras." Operators will receive immediate alerts when a vehicle or person enters an area that is restricted. Through the RVM, the operator can review the situation and, if necessary, intervene through the RVM using hardware located on the protected site. This includes using the two-way voice feature of some cameras to talk to the unexpected visitor.

Because both the cameras and the RVM Console are provided by Alarm.com, this is truly a seamless end-to-end integration. The fact that Alarm.com makes the cameras, video analytics, and the central station hardware, there is no special interface equipment required. The Remote Video Monitoring Console is what allows the central station operator to deploy VizBlinder, which we outlined in the previous section.

Sunflower Labs Autonomous Security Drone:

Alarm.com has partnered with Sunflower Labs to offer an autonomous outdoor security drone. Sensor activity on the alarm system and Video Analytics trigger the drone to deploy and investigate suspicious events. It can cover 10 acres in 90 seconds, making it perfect for larger commercial and residential properties. The drone provides "eyes in the sky" for property owners and central station operators alike, and puts intruders on notice that they're being watched. Presumably, central station operators can also deploy the drone based on information they glean through the RVM Console.

Shooter Detection Systems

Adding to their commercial offerings, Alarm.com introduces the Shooter Detection Systems (SDS) Indoor Gunshot Sensor. In the event of an active shooter situation, this system allows for a faster and more accurate response while also providing valuable information to both police and medical first responders.

The SDS sensor uses dual-authentication technology identifying both the acoustic and the infrared signature of a gunshot. It has an accuracy rating of less than 1 false alert per 5 million hours of use. Gunshot detection signals are automatically forwarded to Alarm.com and the appropriate central station is alerted within seconds. With the information provided by the system, the operator can inform the authorities exactly where the incident was reported.


First Alert® VX5 Indoor Camera

Adding to their recently released First Alert® VX1 video doorbell and First Alert® VX3 outdoor camera Resideo introduces the new First Alert® VX5 Indoor Camera at ISC West. Like most of these products, the VX5 is not yet available, so information about it is scarce, but we know it will offer these features:

    Advanced Event Detection
  • Privacy Mode
  • Integration with ProSeries Security Panel
  • Compact, Versatile Design
  • 2MP resolution and day and night vision with WDR
  • Two-way audio
  • Easy to Use App – TC 2.0 - for full control of the connected home or office


E+ Extended Range Sensors

2GIG brings their new E+ Extended Range 900 MHz sensors to ISC West. This is an exciting addition to their portfolio. This product line will capitalize on the extended range capabilities of the 900 MHz wireless frequency. The E+ lineup will offer up to 1.2 Mile (2km) transmitting range. These sensors are bi-directional and fully encrypted with extended battery life as compared to regular 2GIG 345 MHz sensors. As with most products rolled out at ISC West, these are not yet available, but a data sheet for each is linked below. We will link to the products once they become available for sale.

Available sensors, so far:


We saved Qolsys for last because they didn't really roll anything out especially for ISC West. Qolsys finished 2023 strong with the release of their PowerG Everywhere 900 MHz automation devices and the Qolsys IQ4 NS no screen security panel.

PowerG Everywhere combines the excellent transmitting range we've come to expect from PowerG with the battery-savings and simplicity of use we get from Z-Wave. The resulting product is a battery sipping tour de force. So far, they offer the following PowerG Automation products which are compatible with the IQ Panel 4, IQ4 Hub, and IQ4 NS running firmware 4.4.0+ and the IQ Pro with firmware 4.3.0n+:

  • IQ Lock-PG
  • IQ Dimmer-PG
  • IQ Switch-PG
  • IQ Socket-PG
  • IQ Smart Plug-PG
  • IQ Outdoor Plug-PG

The IQ4 NS is a budget-friendly panel based on the IQ Panel 4. It's nearly identical to the IQ4 Hub, in fact, with one exception. It does not include a touchscreen interface. Instead, programming is performed using the IQ Installer App, available as a free download from the iOS and Google app stores. You can read all about the IQ4 NS and PowerG Everywhere in our blog posts here and here respectively.

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Qolsys has done it again, leading the industry with a first-to-market product that suits nearly any need. They've taken the IQ Panel 4 and merged it with the DSC PowerSeries NEO. The result is a hybrid system. From a small home to a school, church, or hospital the IQ Pro can protect them all.

The Qolsys IQ Pro jumps right into the market with a Qualcomm SnapDragon 8 Core SOM (System On a Module) processor and 16GB of NAND Flash Memory. It supports up to 128 zones, 8 partitions, 1000 users, and 16 keypads (wired or wireless). All IQ Pro panels offer PowerG and some also have an optional, built-in legacy wireless receiver.

It also has Dual-Path LTE and WiFi or Ethernet internet communication capability. It is available with an AT&T, Verizon, or Telus(Canada) cellular option. Also, as pictured above, it comes in either a plastic enclosure (left front) or a metal enclosure (right rear). The metal enclosure is the only enclosure option that will accept an external antenna.

The IQ Pro communicates through Alarm.com. When dual-path communication is enabled, it will send every alarm signal through both available paths. The signal that reaches Alarm.com first is processed, and the slower signal is disregarded. In this way, Alarm.com always ensures that each individual signal uses the fastest available path to communicate.

For Alarm Grid customers, a plan that includes cellular communication is required to activate the IQ Pro. Use of the WIFI or Ethernet path is optional, but the LTE cellular communicator must be registered with Alarm.com in order to activate the system for any type of monitoring. With Alarm Grid's Self Monitoring, all signals are sent from Alarm.com to the end-user via text, email, push notification, or any combination of those options. There is no central station involved.

For Full Monitoring customers, each signal is sent to Alarm.com and they forward the signals to the appropriate central station, and to the customer via text, email, push notification, or some combination of those options. The Alarm.com website or app is also how the customer can log in and control their system, check system status, and control automation devices, including Z-Wave devices that are connected to the panel. Alarm.com also offers many third-party automation options, such as the use of MyQ garage doors, Rachio or Rainbird irrigation, Sonos whole-house speaker systems, and many more. Both Self Gold and Full Gold Alarm Grid customers will have remote control options. Customers who aren't interested in remote control and automation options can choose the Alarm Grid Cellular Alarm Monitoring Plan.

The IQ Pro panel can be expanded by adding hardwired zones, an addressable wired loop, and/or variable wireless options. Adding hardwired zones requires an HSM2108 module. Each of these modules added provides an additional eight (8) hardwired zones, up to the max of 128 total zones. An addressable wired loop is usually used in a situation where the wire run for the devices is longer than usual, and may be more spread out. If you are replacing a system that has some type of addressable loop in place, you can choose to keep those points protected with wired devices by purchasing the corresponding compatible MX device (see table below) or replace them with PowerG wireless sensors.

There are multiple keypad options. The panel can support up to a maximum of sixteen (16) hardwired, or DSC NEO touchscreens (with a firmware update to the keypad via SD card), up to five (5) wireless or PowerG IQ remotes, and up to three (3) WIFI IQ Remote touchscreens.

For those who only plan to use the PowerG long-range, encrypted sensors, there is the PowerG-only IQ Pro. Or in addition to PowerG, users can also choose either a 345 MHz Honeywell or 2GIG compatible, 319.5 MHz Qolsys or Interlogix/GE compatible, or 433 MHz legacy DSC compatible model. With each also having a choice between a metal or a plastic enclosure.

The IQ Pro can also support up to ten (10) PowerG PIR Cameras such as the PG9944 Outdoor Motion Camera, or the indoor PG9934P PIR Camera. It has four (4) onboard programmable outputs and is expandable with up to 148 outputs. These relays are customizable according to your needs.

The IQ Pro has incorporated an addressable MX loop. By adding an HSM3105 module to the system, you can build out an addressable loop with up to 124 devices. In low-power mode, the MX addressable loop will get its power from the IQ Pro Corbus, which is how the MX module connects to the panel. In this configuration, the HSM3105 can be mounted inside the IQ Pro cabinet or in an approved external cabinet. In this mode, the MX Loop can have a maximum current draw of 67mA at 40V (equivalent to 360mA @ 11.3V or 325mA @ 12.5V). Wiring between the IQ Pro and the HSM3105 must not exceed 3' (1m) using 22 gauge wire, regardless of which power mode is used.

There is also an option to add an HSM2300 or an HSM2204. The HSM2300 is a power supply module that provides an additional 1A of current. The HSM2204 is a power supply and PGM module combined. It can provide an additional 1A of current and four (4) high-current programmable outputs. When used with either power supply, the power supply and the HSM3105 should be mounted in an approved auxiliary enclosure next to the main panel. This configuration is called high-power mode where the power supply connects to the Corbus, and the HSM3105 connects to the power supply. The HSM2300 and HSM2204 can only provide up to 228mA @ 40V (1000mA @ 12.5V) or 260mA @ 40V (1000mA @ 11.3V).

The HSM3105 has four (4) terminals for the MX Loop. This allows you to set it up in either a 4-wire "loop" configuration or a 2-wire "spur" configuration (see image below). The 4-wire loop configuration starts at one set of (+) and (-) terminals on the left side and terminates at the other set of (+) and (-) terminals on the right. The 2-wire spur configuration uses the left and/or right set of (+) and (-) terminals and terminates in the field at the last device.

Configuring the HSM3105 is done via the IQ Installer app, which is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The family of MX devices includes a wide range of sensors to protect almost any environment. Each MX device uses the connection from the HSM3105 to get its power, whether the loop is in low-power or high-power mode.

MX Devices

Compatible Addressable Loop Devices

Model # Description
MX945 Universal Input
MX916 Smoke/Heat Detector
MX862 360 Ceiling Mount PIR
MX920 Line Isolator Module
MX922 Glass Break Detector
MX926 Smoke Detector
MX936 Heat Detector
MX975 Door/Window Contact
MX974 PIR w/ Pet Immunity
MXBASE 4" Fire Base
MX916KT Smoke/Heat Detector w/ 4" MXBASE
MX926KT Smoke Detector w/ 4" MXBASE
MX936KT Heat Detector w/ 4" MXBASE

Qolsys IQ Pro Panels with Verizon LTE Communicator:

Qolsys IQ Pro Panels with AT&T LTE Communicator:

The Qolsys IQ Pro is sure to be a crowd pleaser! With support for PowerG wireless, legacy wireless, multiple keypad types, wired expansion when it's needed, dual-path communication, including LTE wireless, optional Bluetooth disarming, and support for Z-Wave Plus, it has just about every feature you could want in a modern alarm system. If you've been looking for the perfect system, you can stop, it's right here.

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The Smart Arming feature can be enabled for any residential customer who has an interactive monitoring plan with Alarm.com. Once enabled, the feature can easily be configured using either the customer website or iOS or Android app.

Once configured, the Smart Arming feature will automatically arm the system to the Stay Mode once the occupants of the home have gone to bed. This can be accomplished using a schedule, or by configuring certain door and/or motion sensors to work in conjunction with the feature. You can reach the Smart Arming settings by going to Security, or through the Automation page. The Smart Arming programming is listed as Goodnight for Arming, and Wake Up for Disarming.

For example, you can set the system to Arm Stay at 10:00 PM, or you can set the system to Arm Stay when no activity has been detected for 30 Minutes between 10:00 PM and 11:30 PM (this is just an example, and you can use whatever time frame you want). If you choose the latter option, you then configure which zones you want to apply this logic to.

For the Stay Arming feature, doors, windows, and motions can be used along with the feature. So, once you choose the zones to be used with this logic, if no activity has been detected on ALL of those zones for a full 30 Minutes, and the time is between 10:00 PM and 11:30 PM, the system will automatically Arm Stay. Smart Arming logic is canceled if the system is already Armed Away.

For Disarming the options are similar. You can set the system to Disarm at a specific time, or you can set it to Disarm when motion is detected on certain motion detectors within a specific time window. For example, in our screenshot below, you can see we have our system set to Disarm if the Upstairs Motion detects movement between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. We also have it set so that if no motion is detected, the system will still disarm at 9:00 AM, which is sort of the best of both worlds.

Notice that only Motion Detectors are now available to tie to the Disarm logic. You don't want someone opening a door to disarm the system. By the same token, be sure that no outdoor motions are configured to work with this automation.

This is an excellent new feature that can go a long way toward preventing false alarms. No more forgetting to disarm the system when you go to let the dog out in the morning. As long as you set it up so that a motion you walk past on your way to the door causes the system to Disarm, you're all set. No more laying in bed wondering if you remembered to set the alarm. Now, as long as you have configured the Goodnight options, you know your system will arm itself based on either a schedule or activity (or lack thereof) combined with a time window.

The following Alarm.com compatible panels support this feature:

Panel Compatible Motion Sensor
Groups (Arm & Disarm)
Compatible Contact
Sensor Groups (Arm Only)
2GIG GC2/e 4, 10, 23 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 23
2GIG GC3/e 4, 10, 23 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 23
2GIG Edge 4, 10, 23 All
DSC PowerSeries Neo/Pro 4, 5, 9, 10 4, 5, 9, 10
Interlogix Concord 15, 17, 18, 20 14, 16
Interlogix Simon XT/XTi/XTi-5i 15, 35 14, 16
Qolsys IQ Panel 2 17, 20, 44, 43, 35 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 25
Qolsys IQ Panel 4 17, 20, 44, 43, 35 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 25
Note: Sensor-based disarming is only available in the Simon XT/XTi/XTi-5i with firmware versions below 193a.

What do you think of this new Alarm.com feature? For that matter, what do you think of Alarm.com's commitment to bringing you new products and features in general? They're doing an excellent job of listening to customers and responding with great new options. Drop us a note in the comments and let us know what you think. We always look forward to hearing from you!

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Johnson Controls released a Technical Advisory Bulletin on Monday noting that some PowerSeries Neo, Pro LTE, and Internet Dual-Path Communicators have labeling errors. The serial number on the box appears to be incorrect. Comms built between August 15, 2021, and July 29, 2022, are affected.

The model numbers affected are the DSC TL880LECVZ, TL880LECAT, TL880LEBAT, TL880LEBTL, and TL880LECTL. This is a labeling error only and does not affect the signal transmitting, or Alarm.com remote control capabilities of these communicators in any way. The mixup seems to be with the name on the label on the product, and the serial number on the label on the box.

The model name listed on the label of the product is incorrect, while the serial number listed on this label is accurate. The model name listed on the sticker for the box is correct, but the serial number listed on the box is incorrect. So, be sure when registering one of these units that you use the serial number from the sticker for the product and not the one from the box.

The following products, built during the listed date range, are affected:

Model Name Production Dates
TL880LECVZ January 4, 2022 - July 29, 2022
TL880LECAT July 5, 2022 - July 29, 2022
TL880LEBAT November 15, 2021 - July 29, 2022
TL880LEBTL November 15, 2021 - July 29, 2022
TL880LECTL June 6, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Beginning July 29, 2022, new, updated and correct labels should be placed on these products. Remember, the performance of communicators that were manufactured during this timeframe is not compromised. This is only a labeling error, so as long as the serial number taken from the sticker affixed to the product itself, or the IMEI number from the printed circuit board is used everything should work as intended. DSC offers a handy Date Code Lookup tool at this site. You can find information on looking up a date code for any DSC product on that page.

The fact that this issue wasn't discovered sooner seems to indicate that this is a very minor issue. What do you think about this announcement? Do you often use these communicators? Have you run across this issue? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think. We always enjoy hearing from our readers. That's all for today, until we meet again, stay safe!

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