One Platform. One Experience

When it comes to automation and smart home technology, today’s consumers are faced with new market entrants on a daily basis. So many homes are filled with multiple ways of interfacing with automation, security and smart devices. Universal remotes may have solved the coffee table clutter of the past but what is today’s solution for multiple apps on your mobile device to control the smart home features consumers love.

On July 17, 2018, Alula is rolling out a unified smart home experience. One feature-rich application that puts home automation, smart security and soon video access at your fingertips across all of your customers’ devices.

Security in your life. Not on the wall.

Whether on a smartphone, tablet or the Connect+ Touchpad, Alula’s simple, integrated app delivers direct control over consumer’s smart home features and security system. Without being tied to a panel on the wall, mobile app users can control lights, locks, thermostats, cameras and garage doors independently or in combination with the arming and disarming of their security system, in whatever order you choose.

Updated Features

Consistent look and feel across all devices

  • A consistent user experience through all device interfaces drives usability, minimizing the opportunity for user confusion.

Customizable screens to highlight what is important to the user

  • Screen personalization that enhances your customers experience by allowing them to see what’s important to them, and hide what’s not.

Insanely fast scenes and automation

  • Our scene and automation engine utilize an “always-available” communication architecture executing commands faster than the competition.

Easy grouping

  • Users can combine, view and operate their security, cameras and automation controls in groups that are meaningful to them personally – entryway, living room, and back patio are examples.

Favorites and locations

  • With favorites, your customers can pick zones, devices, and scenes they want to have quick access too.
  • Customers can even manage multiple locations from one device.

Alula Connects Alexa for a Simplified Security Experience

Voice assistant technology continues to become a staple in consumers’ homes. By combining Alexa with the industry’s fastest-response times of the Connect+, Alula provides voice control that delivers the simplified experience your customers expect.

“…with Alexa Voice Assistant integration, homeowners can control the critical security and automation features of their Alula Connect+ Platform.”

Using any product with Alexa Voice Assistant integration, homeowners can control the critical security features of their Alula Connect+ Platform.

Just ask Alexa to:

  • Arm the Connect+ platform
  • Get the status of the Connect+ platform
  • Disarm the Connect+ platform using a verbal PIN Code
  • Run home automation scenes by name that are already known to the Connect+ platform

In a smart home first culture, consumers expect the speed and flexibility of tapping, swiping or talking from wherever they may be. With Alula’s “always-connected” broadband backbone and Alexa “always-listening” interface your customers will not only experience a seamless response but at speeds that leave competitors behind.

At the heart of Alula is a desire to create simple, seamless and secure solutions for professional dealers. Solutions that meet the demands of today’s consumers while simplifying the way you do business. Be sure to head to the app store on your apple or android device and experience it for yourself!

Press Release: Alula Mobile Apps Make Security Simpler and Smarthomes Smarter

Alula Unifies Applications for the Alula Connect+ Alarm Panel Across SmartPhone, Tablet and TouchPad, Making a Single, Simple Secure Experience

HUDSON, WI–(PR WEB)– JUNE, 2018–Alula, the award-winning inventors of the Connect+ Platform, announced today the completion of advanced mobile app integrations that make security and automation simple and more intuitive. With the Alula app, security, smart devices, and video are seamlessly integrated creating a more engaging experience for consumers seeking more from their security solution. The Alula mobile applications will be available on iOS for the iPhone and iPad, and for Android phones, tablets and touchpads running version 4.1 and up.

Consumers can easily control their security system while controlling other devices and build scenes like “lock my doors” and “turn off lights” when arming their security system. In addition, dealers can easily brand the app with their own logo, reinforcing the relationship with their customers and letting users forego a wired wall panel altogether. This app builds on the powerful Connect+ wireless smart security platform from Alula. Security has never been this easy and this powerful.

“For a homeowner with a smartphone and smart home, there really is no difference between automation and security,” said Alula CEO, Brian McLaughlin. “Our goal is to put you at ease by making home security and automation simple and easy. And the professional security dealers who choose Alula can make this happen for homeowners every day.”
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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.
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Stay safe and connected with these New Life Safety Devices

Seamless setup with the Connect+

After a year of extreme weather events, the trend of staying put and riding out the storm is going by the wayside. With advances in technology, weather agencies are able to predict earlier and respond faster to events that disrupt and threaten personal safety and property. Last year thousands of Americans were forced to evacuate and leave their homes behind. This is an increasing number compared to the average number of evacuations in past years.

Stay Connected, even when leaving your home behind.

With breakthroughs in sensor technology and their practical application, smart home networks are now able to notify you immediately when there is an emergency. Whether you’re hunkered down or on the road headed away from danger, stay in touch with what matters with sensors designed specifically for your personal awareness.

Most of us are used to smoke sensors and their 9-volt batteries. So much has changed. With advancements in microelectronics and energy efficiency, your smoke alarms can communicate longer, check in with your smart security system more often and be even more reliable. These same advancements have opened the door to a whole new generation of sensors.

The “Not your Grandmas Smoke Sensor”: (RE614) This Smoke Sensor uses photoelectric smoke sensing technology, paired with a fixed heat limit, and a rate-of-rise limit. The alarm will signal when one or more of the signals are tripped: Smoke, Fixed Heat, or rate of rise.

  • Sensing smoke, heat and the rate-of-rise
  • Wireless communication with the Connect+

CO Detector:(RE615) CO or Carbon Monoxide poisoning, is still a problem today and being alert is a matter of life and death. Have your home prepared to alert you.

  • An alarm will sound when dangerous levels of CO have been detected
  • Strong, reliable RF signal for reliable communication

Our Flood & Temp Sensor (RE618) might not be able to calm the waves but it will notify you of water intrusion in your home.

  • Sensing flood conditions and extreme temperature changes
  • Set custom parameters to let you know when certain extreme temperatures are reached

The Glassbreak Sensor: (RE609) Branches and debris break windows too. Be alerted during a storm whether it’s your neighbors’ lawn chair or a burglar.

  • 4 – 6 years of battery life
  • Identifies the sound of breaking glass and transmits a signal to the Connect+ panel
  • Monitors a zone of 4 to 25 feet from a protected window

Life Safety isn’t just for homeowners

 

The Connect+ and this level of awareness are not just for 2000 square foot houses. Powered by Alula means technology that is developed by folks that genuinely care about your safety and protection. These life and property safety systems can be incorporated into small businesses or a whole apartment complex. If you are a smart home fan or just want to be updated in emergency situations these sensors are a solution.

Whether your enjoying life’s adventures or forced to leave your valuables behind, you can depend on the people behind the Alula brand to continue innovating in ways that keep you in touch with what matters most.

Request a demo today.

ISC West 2018 Wrapup

Just weeks before what arguably is the biggest security show of the year we proudly announced that ipDatatel and Resolution Products were now Alula. Not only was the Alula brand and story well received on the trade show floor but so was the introduction of our new CEO Brian McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin had the honor, along with the rest of the Alula team, to announce our new Alula mobile app , Alula Cloud Video and our new Connect+ complete home and small business security solution.

Trade show attendees were greeted by a clean, modern and open booth design with interactive hands-on kiosk featuring Alula’s complete solutions. A mix of product engineers, sales leaders and marketing team members manned the booth with the intention of connecting with current and future Alula dealers. During the show, we were excited to be selected by CEPro’s Julie Jacobson as one of the ‘Must See Booths” from ISC West 2018 .

Taking center stage at the Alula booth were four interactive kiosks that focused on introducing the simplicity of the Alula Connect+ platform. The “modular design” kiosk presented the system’s ease of expansion reducing initial cost. Dealers were also invited to view our advanced online portal that allows for full remote programming of the Connect+ system. Also displayed were the easy system enrollment and Alula’s new mobile app with powerful features such as home automation, scenes, and custom user management, and dealer branding.

As both our new and old friends found out this year at ISC West, Alula is more than a name that stands out in front of the crowd. Alula is the people behind the name, people that put the growth of your business first with a timeless philosophy of loyalty while also embracing the future.

Key highlights:

Alula To Launch New Security Apps, Products And Platform At ISC West

Alula Will Demonstrate Its Fully Integrated Smart Security Platform for Homes and Businesses

Alula announced plans to launch a newly integrated suite of mobile software, security and automation products and network services like cloud video that make up the Alula Security Platform. Fifteen-minute demos of the new mobile apps and security panel will be given at Alula’s ISC West booth number 22059, providing professional security dealers, installers and integrators with everything they need to deploy new systems, integrate with consumer-DIY devices or plan takeovers of existing wired security. Dealers can choose from four demos of five minutes each, walking through setup, install and support of an entire smart security system.

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Why Transition from CDMA to 4GLTE

According to 4GAmericas.com, 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.

Dealer FAQ

Why did we change the company name?

Since the acquisition of ipDatatel and Resolution Products we have continued to do business under our old brands, with the intention of developing a new name for the integrated company.  With the integration complete, we are ready to launch under a new name.

 

What is the new name?

Alula

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Alula delivers new smart security platform dedicated to professional dealer installers

Alula Holdings, LLC Recently Acquired ipDatatel and Resolution Products
Both Entities Now Operate as Alula, Delivering A Fully Integrated Home and Business Smart Security Platform

HUDSON, WI–(BusinessWire – MARCH 14, 2018) – Alula launched today as a unified group of companies offering a completely integrated smart security platform following  Alula Holdings, LLC’s acquisition of ipDatatel and Resolution Products. Alula includes two award-winning security system leaders that, together, create the most advanced smart security platform designed to meet the needs of today’s customers while simplifying business for professional security dealers, installers and integrators.

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