Customers can now be alerted by their Alarm.com-enabled security control panel when a tornado, fire or tsunami is headed their way
Vienna, Virginia – June 7, 2011 – Alarm.com today announced the release of new Severe Weather Alerts that provides customers advanced warning of impending severe weather in their area. Alarm.com tracks severe weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service and provides real-time alerts to customers when a severe weather warning is issued near their home or business. The alerts are integrated with Alarm.com's proven technology platform and are delivered directly to the customer's security control panel giving them additional time to seek protection from dangerous weather conditions.
Since 2000, Alarm.com has been the leading provider of interactive security services for homes and businesses. This new capability extends beyond the traditional property line to alert people of external events which could put their families and belongings at risk. Many people are caught off-guard in severe weather situations because they are not listening to the radio or watching TV when a weather warning is issued. Alarm.com's Severe Weather Alerts ensure that if a person is inside their home or business he or she will be forewarned when a tornado, tsunami or fire is headed their way.
"Our goal is to use innovative technology to improve the safety and security of people and their property. With Severe Weather Alerts we recognized a very valuable way to leverage our capability of having the security system in the home be connected with external events like severe weather conditions." said Alarm.com CEO, Steve Trundle. "By developing new capabilities like Severe Weather Alerts we strive to give people more time to react and help reduce the number of people harmed during these unfortunate events."
Vivint, a leading national security and home automation provider and key Alarm.com partner, deployed Severe Weather Alerts throughout their customer base this spring. During the recent tornado activity in the Midwest, Vivint customers in the affected area of Kansas and Missouri received an alert through their panel, directly in their home and were able to react quickly. "It must have been over 5 minutes from the time my Vivint system warned me of the tornado and when the neighborhood sirens finally went off," Vivint customer Jim Schneider of Pittsburg, Kansas explained. "That is precious time when you are trying to get your family to safety during a killer tornado. That's five minutes my neighbors in Joplin wished they had Sunday night."
Alex Dunn, COO of Vivint, recognized the impact and benefit Severe Weather Alerts could have for Vivint customers. "We worked closely with 2Gig and Alarm.com to accelerate the release of this life saving feature to our customers. When we made that decision, we had no way of knowing how devastating the tornado season would be this spring. We have received numerous calls of thanks from customers who can now be alerted in their home. They no longer have to rely only on neighborhood sirens, or alerts through their television or radio. This potentially life-saving feature is just one more way that we accomplish our company mission of protecting families."
Alarm.com is committed to developing innovative products and features to increase security, safety and convenience for its Dealer Partners and their customers. For more information on Alarm.com's products, services and technology, visit www.alarm.com.
Alarm.com, founded in 2000, is the industry leading technology provider of interactive security solutions. Through advanced wireless monitoring, mobile and web-based services, and a proven hosted services platform, Alarm.com helps protect hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout the United States and Canada. Alarm.com's products and services are offered exclusively through a network of over 2,000 licensed and authorized Security Dealers. Alarm.com's headquarters is located in Vienna, VA. For more information, visit www.alarm.com.
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