Guardian Protection Services, Warrendale, Pa., ranked No. 6 on the SDM 100, announced that it selected the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 as its next-generation platform following a one-year evaluation period.  Trusted by more than 300,000 clients throughout the nation, Guardian has provided state-the-art technology to homes and businesses for more than 65 years through the professional installation and monitoring of its residential and commercial security systems and smart home technologies.


“We are honored to bring the IQ Panel 2 to Guardian’s customers and dealers,” said Mike Hackett, Qolsys senior vice president of sales and marketing. “As security and IoT converge, Guardian is perfectly placed to deliver this best-in-class, connected home solution to residential, builder and small business segments.”


Guardian’s emergence as an industry leader in security has consistently been recognized by independent industry observers. In 2017, the SDM 100 ranked Guardian among the top three companies in residential installation volume.  Guardian was named Dealer of the Year by SDM magazine in both 1999 and 2013 — the first company in history to have received this great honor twice, Qolsys noted. The honor is bestowed upon one security systems company each year that demonstrates unparalleled success, innovation, steady growth and discernible accomplishment. Guardian also has been recognized by The Monitoring Association (TMA) for its award-winning monitoring service. Its U.L.-certified 24-hour monitoring centers have attained TMA Five Diamond certification.


“The IQ2 represents a great opportunity for Guardian to deliver more value to our customers,” said Kevin Bish, Guardian’s vice president of marketing. “It’s beautiful, intuitive and feature-rich; we think it will create more desire for our customers to engage and use with their smart home. As a result, it’s a better experience overall, one that helps to solidify our relationship with that customer for the long term.”


The “all-in-one” IQ Panel 2 is an elegant, modern, tablet-like panel with a 7-in. HD capacitive touchscreen, delivering upgraded features and functionality with an intuitive swipe-based user interface, LTE and Wi-Fi dual path connectivity, 5MP panel camera, software updates via the cloud and Z-Wave Plus, Qolsys described. Building on several industry firsts, Qolsys continues to innovate with proprietary encrypted sensor technology and built-in applications such as Bluetooth Touchless Disarming, glass-breakage detection, Z-Wave and SRF diagnostics and remote diagnostic tools for troubleshooting and adjusting settings and features.


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