Qolsys’ Software Update Supports Dual-Path Communication for Smart Home Platform
Qolsys updated its IQ Panel, which includes support for Dual-Path Connectivity, an improved and sleeker user interface, expanded home automation support and a robust dealer diagnostic toolkit enhancing remote service to the IQ Panel.
Dual-Path Connectivity enables communication over cellular and broadband Wi-Fi channels. This allows the IQ Panel to leverage Alarm.com’s interactive services platform, adding redundancy to support reliability across all connected home services while making the solution more flexible. “Our integration of Dual-Path connectivity sets a new standard for security and home control platforms,” says Qolsys CEO David Pulling.
“As broadband adoption becomes more pervasive there will be significant performance advantages available to Qolsys users, however, traditional broadband-only platforms are notorious for suffering outages and downtime compared to cellular, which remains the most reliable method of communication.” continued Pulling. “Our new Dual-Path Connectivity gives the best of both worlds."
|Apart from the new dual-path connectivity feature, the IQ Panel features an intuitive touchscreen design.|
The IQ Panel has also been updated with a cleaner, user friendly look and feel, consistent with the interactive experience powered by Alarm.com. “Icons feel familiar, colors are in sync, and the entire customer experience feels consistent across all platforms,” says Qolsys SVP of sales and marketing, Mike Hackett. “Consumers demand more from their technology. They want something that’s easily upgradeable and attractive, gone are the days of the rubber number pads.”
The Qolsys software update includes expanded smart home connectivity with support for more than 200 life safety, security and smart home devices. The IQ Panel’s roster of supported devices includes Yale, Kwikset, and Schlage door locks, Trane, Radio Thermostat and Qolsys thermostats and Ecolink, Aeon Labs, and Jasco lighting modules.
The IQ Panel’s self-check features now include a robust Z-Wave diagnostic toolkit, enabling dealers to design, troubleshoot and maintain more reliable Z-Wave networks. The Neighbors List App now displays the Z-Wave network topography in the home, allowing end users, onsite installers, and remote technicians to determine how devices communicate with the IQ Panel, improving troubleshooting and creation of pathways. The Counters App tracks and reports Z-Wave commands over time, allowing users to determine if additional devices may be required to make the mesh network more robust and reliable.
The 1.4.1 update is available today for order and to all existing panels in the field using the Qolsys IQ Cloud, an update service utilizing the built in Wi-Fi connection of the IQ Panel. For information, visit qolsys.com.