ZMI Connected Car Ushers in the Era of Smart Home/Vehicle Integration

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ZMI Connected Car Ushers in the Era of Smart Home/Vehicle Integration

The new Connected Car system might be the gateway for the long-awaited connection between smart homes and vehicles. is jumpstarting the integration between smart homes and cars with its new Connected Car system. The new product is a simple plug in for the car that allows customers to not only check the status and location of their car via their home automation system, but also control certain smart home functions from the car. Connected Car, developed in collaboration with vehicle telematics solutions pioneer CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), offers all the benefits of a vehicle monitoring solution plus the unique benefit of deep integration with the smart home security system. Vehicle insights, notifications and home automation features are all accessible through one interface – the (Nasdaq: ALRM) mobile app.

“We’re excited to extend the technology and benefits of to include cars,” says Chief Product Officer Dan Kerzner. “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.”

Compatible with most cars manufactured since 1996, the Connected Car device plugs into a vehicle’s OBD-II port for easy self-installation, reducing the need for costly truck rolls to add the device. Connected Car uses a dedicated cellular connection and has a battery backup, so it communicates with the home system and end user, even when the vehicle’s engine is off. With CalAmp’s telematics technology integrated with the solution, users can create rules so they receive notifications about specific vehicle details or activity, such as:

  • Diagnostics and potential repairs (check engine light on, low battery or low fuel)
  • Driving Behavior (sudden acceleration, hard braking, excessive speeding)
  • Unexpected Movement (vehicle moves while the engine is off, indicating it may have been towed, crashed into, or stolen) Connected Car hooks into the homeowner’s existing system to trigger auomation reminders using the vehicles location.

Vehicles with Connected Car installed can be added to a user’s existing smart home security system to trigger automation rules and reminders using the vehicle’s location. For example, lights turn on and the temperature adjusts as a driver arrives home. Or, alerts are sent to a driver’s mobile device if they leave without closing the garage door or locking the front door of their home.

“I love having my home and car connected through one system and the consistency of Connected Car,” says Taylor Proudfit, COO at Titan Alarm in Phoenix, Ariz. “It’s always on and works really well with the Z-Wave rules that I created to turn on the lights when my car pulls into the driveway. This takes security technology to a whole different level.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with,” said Jeff Gardner, President and CEO of CalAmp. “By integrating CalAmp’s innovative telematics technology, customers now have seamless access to real-time information that will improve driver safety, enhance vehicle security and allow customers to stay on top of vehicle maintenance needs.”

Connected Car is available through authorized service providers in the U.S. and Canada as a standalone solution or add-on to an existing system. Visit to learn more about Connected Car and click ‘Get Started’ to find service providers in your area.

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