Press Release: Alula Arms Alexa for Home Security

Alula Connect+ Upgrades Alexa Voice Assistant for Smart Home Security

HUDSON, WI–(PRWeb – JUNE 15, 2018) – Alula released an improved implementation of Alexa Voice Assistant skills for the Alula Connect+ Platform. With Parks Associates reporting over 70 percent of new home security installations including smart home control features, and in home penetration rates of 17% of U.S. households for Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Dot, Spot and Show with Alexa.

Alula Connects Alexa for Simpler Security
Arming or disarming an alarm system can be an anxiety producing juggling act. With the industry’s fastest-response times and option for full-service security without a keypad, Alula provides voice control through Alexa with the speed and simplicity homeowners expect.

Check Out Our Superior Security Additions for the Connect+ Panel

Your customers deserve the best in home security. Our Connect+ Platform was designed to make life simpler for end users. Our user-friendly platform makes securing the home more convenient for your customers, making it a wonderful addition to a busy lifestyle.

We offer superior security additions for the Connect+ panel. We designed Cryptix Sensors that feature cutting-edge technology and provide extended battery life. Your customers will love the tamper-proof design and the reliability of the sensors when it comes to optimizing the security of the Connect+ panel.

PIR Motion Sensor

The passive infrared (PIR) PyroflexTM sensors have integrated HighBarTM signaling. Your customers will benefit from a 90-degree field of view within a 44-foot range. This is the perfect sensor for homeowners with pets. It features a Pet Immunity of up to 85 pounds.

Glass Break Sensor

Your customers can utilize this budget-friendly sensor to expand the monitoring space for the home. The sensor detects the sound of breaking glass from up to 425 feet away from the monitored window.

Nanomax Open/Close Sensor

Our Nanomax sensor is the most compact security transmitter on the market today. It expertly detects when windows and doors are opened and closed. If the magnet is moved away from the sensor or if the external contact is opened, then the alarm goes off.

Wireless Door/Window Sensor

This security transmitter offers superior wireless range and battery life. The sensor detects when doors and windows are opened and closed. When an external contact is opened, or the magnet is pulled away from the sensor, the alarm is signaled.

Flood & Temp Sensor

With the flood and temp environmental sensor, your customers can prevent freezing pipes in the home. The sensor detects extreme temperatures and flood conditions. Your customers can configure the sensor technology with trip points for customized high and low temperatures.

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Why Transition from CDMA to 4GLTE

According to, the annual global subscription and market share for 4G LTE is forecast to expand from 1.9 billion in December 2017 to 3.6 billion by December 2020. Cellular technology has shifted dramatically through the years from 1G to 2G, to 3G to 4G. Such aggressive changes in cellular technology can seem intimidating.

However, economical and future-centric alarm communication solutions are available through Alula. Transitioning from CDMA to 4G LTE will bring your dealership and customers into a future-focused mindset. This means you can meet the customer demand for high-quality Dual-Path IP and Cellular alarm communications.

Understanding 4G LTE

In March 2008, the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) instituted standards for 4G connectivity. Any type of 4G service is required to adhere to the specific connection and speed standards set forth in the regulations. According to these standards, mobile devices must have an apex point of 100 megabits per second. These standards were considered extremely high to the real-world when they were first publicized. However, they were designed as an end-point for developers in the technology world. Technology caught up to these bold standards, and improvements have been made to 3G networks so they can now be classified as 4G. Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the pathway toward achieving 4G speeds. This standard of cellular communication is continually evolving.

The Wave of the Future

CDMA stands for Code Division Multiple Access. CDMA is a network that supports cellular and data transfer. It is used by Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular. Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications is a cellular and data supported network. The GSM network is used by AT&T and T-Mobile, and currently, GSM technology is used by all LTE networks in the US. However, CDMA technology is not current enough or compatible with LTE speeds. SIM cards are used with newer versions of Sprint and Verizon phones so that they also work on the GSM networks. Since many newer mobile devices are not utilizing CDMA technology, you should consider transitioning from this network to 4G LTE.

As a tech-savvy security dealer, you need to provide your customers with cutting-edge and future-centric alarm technology that is compatible with the high speeds of the 4G LTE. According to Fierce Wireless magazine, Verizon confirmed that they plan to close down their CDMA 1X network by Dec. 31, 2019. This is even more of a reason to get ahead of the game and begin transitioning from CDMA to 4G LTE.

Get Ahead of the Game

You can get ahead of the game with the industry-leading alarm communicators from Alula. They use the newest 4G LTE standard from Verizon. These Dual-Path communicators easily connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi (WPS) or an Ethernet connection. They have been pre-activated for compatibility with Verizon’s current network. Your customers will get the highest-caliber technology with Alula devices that are compatible with most current alarm panels. These Dual-Path alarm communicators work with the most up-to-date cellular technology. They provide your customers with the optimal solution for future-centric alarm data transmissions.

If you want to provide your customers with future-centered security solutions that feature cutting-edge technology, then making the transition from CDMA to 4G LTE is vital to the success of your dealership.

Z-Wave Compatibility List

Z-Wave Device Support Document
For Connect+ Wireless Security Panel

Alula’s Connect+ security and automation platform provides t h e ability to interface with
a broad range of commercially available products that have implemented Z-Wave®
communication protocols. The Z-Wave Alliance and supporting member community have
designed this RF communication system to maximize interoperability between
manufacturers. Despite these efforts, there are occasionally anomalies in
implementation and performance that limit full system support.
At Alula, we actively test Z-Wave devices to ensure devices are compatible with Connect+ and
our Alula network. This document outlines the results of these tests, confirming what
features the consumer can expect to have available if they are to integrate with various ZWave
products on the market.
We will continue to evaluate new products, and update the support matrix as new products
become certified.

There are three factors evaluated to determine if a device is supported.
1. Do all of the features outlined by the Z-Wave device function as expected.
2. Does Connect+ provide communication support required to join and talk to the ZWave
3. Are there features in the Alula app that allow the features and capabilities of the
device to be operated by the consumer.

It is possible to have a device operate perfectly well for 10 features, but have 2
capabilities unavailable in the Alula app. Occasionally we will come across a product that is
designed to be Z-Wave compatible, but the way it was implemented prevents Connect+
from communicating with it reliably. The matrix below outlines the products tested, with a
representation on overall system availability for each device.
Table of supported devices. The YELLOW features represent some minor observations for
the product, but they can be considered supported and tested by the platforms.



How many zones can a Connect+ Translator card support?

  • The Connect+ can listen to a total of 96 zones, which are a combination of encrypted sensors and translated devices.  
  • The range and performance of encrypted sensors is better than for the translator, due to encrypted sensors having better transmitters in most cases, and the encrypted sensor receivers being optimized for range.
  • Translated zones are store in the panel. If a card is replaced the zones do not need to be re-enrolled. You would need to ensure the protocol is selected.

How many sensor Repeaters can I use?

    • Of all the security industry wireless protocols, only the GE wireless protocol enables the use of multiple sensor repeaters in a system.  
      • In a GE system, where  RE524X sensor repeaters are used, the signals will only go through one sensor repeater, and will be stopped at the next sensor repeater.  
      • The GE installation can be made in a “star” pattern, with for example, and East Wing sensor repeater and a West Wing sensor repeater.  Bucket brigade (daisy chain) type installations will not work.
    • All other security industry wireless protocols, such as Napco, Honeywell, 2GIG, DSC, are problematic, because the signals can loop from repeater 1 to repeater 2 to repeater 1 to repeater 2… forever.  
      • The evidence of multiple sensor repeaters infinitely looping are that the green LED (I heard something) and the red LED (I am saying something) flicker for periods more than say 5 seconds.
      • Even if only one sensor repeater is in an installation, it is possible for a neighboring installation’s sensor repeater to join the party and cause problems.

Activity (LED) Lights (CDMA/LTE Devices) – Board Button Configuration

LED 9 –currently not being used
LED 1 –

  • When solid the device is ‘Online’
  • When blinking the device if ‘Offline’

LED 2 – will blink intermittently
LED 3 – indicates signal strength (the lowest)
LED 4 – indicates signal strength
LED 5 – indicates signal strength
LED 6 – indicates signal strength (the strongest)