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Alarm.com wraps cars into its smart home security system

The Alarm.com mobile app can now receive details about a customer's car, while also controlling home security, and send notifications on both

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The Alarm.com mobile app can now control home security details as well as customer's cars, and send notifications on both

Home security platform Alarm.com is expanding the reach of its service to include cars. The company's mobile app will now allow customers to not only manage their smart home security system, but also notify people about any car alerts, including real-time driving details as well.

The new service will require a second device, called the Alarm.com Connected Car, which plugs into a car's OBD-II port — and can be added in by customers on their own to most cars made since 1996. The device links to a cellular connection, which allows the mobile app, and also the home security system, to pick up readings such as whether a check engine light is on, or the car is running low on fuel, all from within the car.

Connected Car device from Alarm.com The new Connected Car reader from Alarm.com plugs into the vehicle's OBD-11 portAlarm.com

Because the reader has a battery backup, the device works even when the car is not turned on so it can notify owners if the vehicle moves if the engine is off which could be an indication that it's been hit in an accident, or even towed. But the reader can also send real-time details to the app including driving behavior happening in the moment, including excessive speeding, sudden acceleration or if someone is braking hard.

But the integration with the Alarm.com system also means people can set up automations between their car and their home. That could include having the lights turn on and the thermostat increased when a car arrives home in the driveway. Conversely, people will also be able to get an alert as they drive away through the app if they hadn't locked the front door, or forgot to close the garage.

The new integration comes courtesy of a collaboration with CalAmp, a telematics monitoring company, and the Connected Car portion can be picked up as a standalone option — or folded in to existing Alarm.com systems.

The Alarm.com mobile app with car People will get notifications from the Connected Car device right into their mobile appAlarm.com

The Alarm.com mobile app with car

"We're excited to extend the technology and benefits of Alarm.com to include cars," said Alarm.com Chief Product Officer Dan Kerzner in a statement. "Connected Car, like the rest of our offering, helps people monitor and manage the things they care about most on a unified platform with a seamless user experience. Adding cars is another step forward in our ongoing commitment to helping our partners improve the lives and safety of their customers."

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