Introducing AlarmNet 360 Checklist

Adam Triculis by Adam Triculis | 11.30.2017
How can you ensure that every installation follows company standards? AlarmNet 360 Checklist.


The AlarmNet 360 team has created a new feature called Checklist. AlarmNet 360 Checklist is a customizable set of rules that can be checked against an installation to quickly uncover any deviations, helping to eliminating guesswork and resulting headaches.

In the past, in order to have visibility into deviations from installation standards, you would have had to do a manual comparison of an individual account against Programming Templates. Checklist solves this problem. Now, you can set up a Checklist once and use it for future installs. This helps to ensure that the installation complies with the rules you set through AlarmNet 360 while the techs are still onsite. This can save you time spent on customer service, troubleshooting and revisiting install sites.

How does AlarmNet 360 Checklist work?

Checklist helps you easily and quickly evaluate installation quality to improve operations. Examples of items you could add to your Checklist include:

  • Installer code should not be 4321
  • Cellular communicator strength should be greater than “Good”
  • Sensors should not be programmed using Loop 4

AlarmNet 360 does most of the evaluation work for you—by measuring each rule against the installation. You will be provided with the total number of rules that failed along with a list of Rules, Descriptions, and Evaluation Results (Pass/Fail). It’s that simple!

Who can use AlarmNet 360 Checklist?

Our Checklist feature is available for accounts programmed with a Lyric Controller, Lyric Gateway and LYNX Touch 5200, 5210 and 7000 Series Home and Business Control Systems.

Why use AlarmNet 360 Checklist?

Checklist brings you peace of mind, giving you confidence that every install is being done correctly. This not only saves your company time and money, but also improves customer experience leading to higher retention and positive recommendations.

To Upgrade or Expand? Solving Your Video Security System Dilemma

Andrew Shen by Andrew Shen | 11.28.2017

Analogue or digital?  When it comes to video security systems, it’s not so black and white – in fact, there are many shades of gray.

Traditional analogue video security systems have been around for several decades.  However, with that history comes increasing technological complexity.  Several different analogue video standards have evolved (AHD, CVI, TVI), making the path towards evolving legacy systems a confusing one.

Video Security: Upgrade or Expand?

At first glance, there are two choices: upgrade or expand.

Improving legacy systems through expansion is usually less costly.  However, this can mean that the end-user misses out on the improvements in video quality, functionality and ease of use that have become standard in newer products.

On the other hand, upgrading to the latest IP video technology might be attractive at face value, but it can be very costly, as well as time and labor intensive.  Moving from analogue to IP requires careful planning to ensure reasonable cable lengths, adequate system power, etc.  Then, layer on top of that the uncertainty of whether or not you are investing in the most future-proof solution, as devices and formats go through their lifecycles.

Neither of the above choices is ideal for the SMB market, where the goal is usually an optimization of costs AND functionality. Recognizing this, Honeywell has been working on the development of devices that are multi-format, and therefore capable of supporting AHD, CVI, TVI and traditional analogue formats, as well as IP video.

Multi-Format Video Security

As the market evolves, new technologies are being developed ever more rapidly.  However, we all know that the real upgrade cycle is somewhat slower than the rate of development.

Multi-format video security devices offer an ideal upgrade path, allowing a video security system to evolve over time, instead of requiring a periodic full system rebuild in order to take advantage of the latest technology. This results in a very cost effective way to evolve video security systems, without having to compromise on quality or functionality. It also allows the buyer more choice at each stage of evolution about what and how much to upgrade.

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Honeywell Life Safety Award Presented at CONNECT 2017

Larry King by Larry King | 11.10.2017

For 20 years, I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Honeywell Life Safety Award presentation. Every year, we honor someone who has been involved in a life-saving incident. Today, we recognized an individual who founded an organization that saves lives…two at a time. Graham Bloem started Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to help our nation’s veterans.

It’s an amazing organization and I was very proud to participate with the video below that details why Graham was presented with the award at CONNECT 2017 in San Diego. Please take a look at the video to learn more.

The Role of the Pro in the Smart Home Era

George Janelis by George Janelis | 11.10.2017

Smart home technology is becoming synonymous with security and convenience, and Pros have an important role to play in this thriving new industry.

Smart home integration

Smart home devices abound.  But to start getting real value of a smart home, all of those devices need to work together.

Many consumers don’t have the appetite to research and figure out which ones will play nicely together.  And even then, not everybody wants to configure and install those devices themselves. As the complexity of the smart device market increases, there will be a strong need for experts that can provide smart home services and support.

Value added smart home services

Smart home devices generate lots of data.  And as smart home technology evolves, consumers will expect more and more value out of the data their devices generate.  Pros that can give customers insight into how they can use their smart homes more effectively could have a leg up on the competition.

For example, providing consumers with insight into how they could optimize lighting and thermostat usage while the security systems are armed could help them reduce monthly energy bills.  Many consumers might be willing to pay for consultative services that help them get the most out of their smart home technology.

Smart homes and first responders

DIY solutions work for awareness, but they fall short when it comes to connecting with first responders.  What happens when there is a burglary or a fire?  Only a pro can provide the connection between smart homes and first responders, so that police and fire are notified if an emergency arises.

If you’re at  CONNECT 2017 in San Diego, join us for more exciting sessions on the future of the home  security industry!


How Commercial Security Is Evolving in the Face of Smart Buildings

Jacqi Levy by Jacqi Levy | 11.09.2017

Today’s buildings are more than just structures.  They contain complex systems and technology.  The rise of smart devices is changing the way we inhabit buildings, and consequently, how we think about securing them.

Always On Awareness

As building systems become internet-connected, we have developed an even greater level of awareness of what is going on inside them.  Video analytics can now monitor the activity of people on premises and send a notification as something happens.  And as buildings become smarter, those analytics can begin to identify behavior patterns and predict scenarios, allowing you to intervene before a situation becomes a security threat.

Integration of Security Systems 

In the digital age, what used to be a number of disparate security systems can now be connected by a single platform.  This allows for more efficient security management and faster decision making.  As these platforms evolve, they may begin to interact with one another, so that an activity detected by one system could automatically trigger an action in another.

Insight into Occupant Behavior and Resource Use

The integration of building security systems means that data can be analyzed not just in the moment, but over time. This paves the way for security professionals to better understand occupant patterns, and to refine and optimize security measures.  Buildings could even become more proactive in their own management, making recommendations to direct the flow of people and employees, or even optimize the use of building resources such as heating, HVAC and lighting based on space utilization.

If you’re at  CONNECT 2017 in San Diego, don’t miss our exciting sessions on the future of the commercial security industry!


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