Alula, a leader in smart security and automation systems for  professional installers and the inventors of the Connect+ Platform, announced the release of the BAT-Connect Communicator, a device that easily upgrades legacy security platforms and modernizes the mobile experience.

Beyond solving the looming problem of the CDMA network sunset, the intuitive BAT-Connect device bridges intrusion security, video and automation with the Alula iOS or Android App to give security professionals a path to instantly modernize their customers’ experience. Powered by the encrypted Alula network, system control is delivered instantly to the smart devices that customers already use and love. Upgrading aging security systems will enable dealers to increase recurring monthly revenue and retain more accounts. Because BAT-Connect uses IP as its first form of communication with cell as an optional backup, it doesn’t have the same vulnerability to sunsets as cell-only communicators.

“Our progressive partners are seeking efficient and cost-effective solutions to take over legacy systems that require an upgrade,” said Brian McLaughlin, CEO of Alula. “The BAT-Connect combines the latest cellular, Ethernet and Wi-Fi technologies into one device, delivering the most innovative and versatile communicator in the industry.”

With the new communicator, professional security and automation providers will cut install time and simplify operations as they streamline their takeover business. BAT-Connect offers the same tools and app-driven interface popularized by the Connect+ panel, providing one unified solution for both new installs and takeovers.

Three paths of Wide-Area Network (WAN) connectivity ensure the system never goes offline. The BAT-Connect links to the robust Alula network using Ethernet, Wi-Fi or LTE cellular. The Wi-Fi radio connects directly to a broadband router and also creates a Wi-Fi access point for the Alula touchpad, enabling security and automation professionals to appeal to today’s customers by upgrading legacy keypads inside the home.

 “Alula has 12 years of innovating alarm communicators,” said Dave Mayne, vice president – product management for Alula. “We’ve learned that staying ahead of change — like the coming cellular sunset — positions both security professionals and their customers for long-term success. Change is coming, but the internet is not going to sunset.”

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