Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage and Backlog of Shipping Containers is Disrupting the Security Industry

Backlog of shipping containers is directly impacting the security industry.

As many of you have probably experienced or heard about, there is currently a backlog of container ships in most US Ports; this backlog is causing a delay in the regular supply chain that leads security products to customers.

So you may ask yourself, how exactly has this happened? Well, there are a few reasons why supply chains have been stressed across a plethora of industries, thus resulting in product availability delays. Over the past two decades over 90% of the world’s global trade has been shipped by sea and with 70% via shipping containers. Simply stated, shipping products by sea has been the most cost effect means for sending goods abroad.

The United States has continued to increase the outsourcing of the production of goods to foreign countries, mostly for economic reasons which has resulted in a supreme reliance on importing goods, instead of producing them at home, in today’s global commerce. As well, US companies have also increasingly relied on JIT “just-in-time” inventory systems to order their goods at the last moment, rather than stocking the items on their shelfs, which has resulted in lower inventory levels.

Together with, during the past two decades the shipping business has not been too profitable, meaning little investment has been put into building new ships. To make matter worse here in the US, our railroad companies have also been cutting costs and reducing their headcounts which has created the perfect storm for the shipping logistics crisis that we find ourselves in today.

The global semiconductor shortage causing is affecting the availability of security related parts.


Many industries including the security industry are also experiencing a global semiconductor chip shortage too. The sudden lockdown from the coronavirus created a ripple effect, where suppliers were unable to meet the growing demands for the silicon microchips that power today’s security system electronics. The remote work from home environment along with cloud infrastructure amplified and prioritized the sales of gaming gadgets, phones and several other electronic devices. And, the remaining stock of chips left available was insufficient to catch up to the pent-up demand in a slew of industries, including the security industry.


The good news is that we anticipate both crises to come to an end soon. Shipping routes now have alternative locations, like Florida, which are offering to carry more of the load, and semiconductor manufacturer’s, like Qualcomm, have stated that they expect the chip manufacturing shortage to be resolved by the second quarter of 2022. So, if you are one of the many who are experiencing delays in receiving your parts order, you are not alone. Here at GeoArm, we are monitoring the two shipping crises described in this article on a day-to-day basis and keeping track of the out-of-stock items. So that when these parts do become available again for distribution, our customers will be first in line to receive them.

GeoArm and M2M Team Up for Low-Cost Alarm Monitoring for Customers

GeoArm and M2M partner for discount PRO and DIY alarm monitoring services.

GeoArm, a leading provider of no-term contract security, automation and smart home solutions serving residential and business customers in the United States, today announced the addition of M2M products and services to its website offerings.

Together, GeoArm and M2M are paving the path to switch away from the traditional overpriced alarm company. With universal compatibility, the do-it-yourselfer can easily add the M2M alarm communicator into most commercial fire alarm and burglary intrusion panels already installed in existing homes and businesses. Whether a consumer has a DSC PowerSeries, Honeywell Home VISTA-Series, GE Interlogix NetworX NX-Series or other takeover control panel that supports Contact ID, SIA and Pulse 4+2, the M2M line of alarm communicators are a great choice for low-cost nationwide alarm monitoring.

“We are thrilled to add M2M solutions into our brand’s portfolio of products and services that our customers have to choose from in advance of the cellular radio sunset dates set to take place in the first quarter of 2022,” said Joe Rosenthal, President and CEO of GeoArm. With the impending sunset of cellular 3G/4G AT&T network beginning first in the month of February 2022, and the cellular 3G/4G Verizon network slated to shutdown later next year in Dec. 31, 2022, it was important for users to find a low-priced, future proof, cellular 5G LTE module that offered maximum network longevity.

The M2M product line of alarm communicators can be installed in a matter of minutes by simply landing just two-wires on the circuit board and anyone can do it. “Because these alarm communicators are low-voltage and run off the control panel’s battery, there is absolutely no need to hire an expensive professional to get them hooked up,” said Rafael Alvarez, Technical Manager of GeoArm. Just sit back and watch the appropriate how to installation video found on GeoArm’s YouTube page, that illustrates the steps to follow that will make the M2M communicator setup a breeze.

Best of all the M2M’s RControl app gives GeoArm customers the ability to interact with their compatible burglar intrusion panel for no additional monthly charge. The end user can remotely download the RControl app on any Android or iOS device to arm/disarm the security system in “away mode” when they are not home during the day, and also have the ability to arm it in “stay mode” when they are home at night. The app allows for real-time push and email notifications for multiple end users and devices per account so that all family members and business managers are on guard. Also, there is an admin portal that allows for 24/7 device management and real-time status monitoring of all accounts with 12 months of event history stored for use at a later time. To ensure the M2M communicator works when it matters most, the modules are designed with supervised connectivity that includes polling in 10 minute intervals for exceptional reliability.

Once installed into an existing compatible alarm system, the M2M communicator will transmit alarm systems data to either GeoArm’s central station and/or directly to the end user in the event of an alarm initiating event. With both do-it-yourself and professionally trained operator alarm monitoring services offered by GeoArm starting at $8 a month for burglary intrusion security systems, and $30 a month for commercial fire alarm systems, homes and businesses can finally lower that costly alarm bill and start enjoying the monthly savings.

Alarm.com Touchless Silver and Bronze Video Doorbells are now available!

The all-new Alarm.com WiFi 1080p touchless video doorbell camera is now available in two more additional aesthetically pleasing colors (silver and bronze finish) at GeoArm Security.

The Alarm.com touchless doorbell contains a built-in integrated camera, PIR motion sensor, digital microphone and speaker. It is the next-generation video doorbell camera and the latest installment in the Design Studio Series product line, has an expansive 150° vertical Field of View (FOV), allowing you to monitor the entire doorway area. With Two-Way Audio and a full portrait viewing in the app, the doorbell makes it easier than ever to see and speak with visitors.

Plus, this Alarm.com video doorbell uses video analytics to minimize false-positive motion detection and to enable rapid detection of people, so you receive alerts even if visitors don’t ring the bell. With the doorbell installed our do-it-yourselfer’s will always know who is at the front door of their home. It enables homeowners the ability to answer the door and speak to visitors via two-way audio, right from the Alarm.com interactive monitoring app.

Please note, the Customer app must be version 4.14+ to view video from the Alarm.com touchless video doorbell. An Apple or Android device is required for use of the Alarm.com app. The AC or DC transformer or doorbell chime does not come included and needs to purchased separately.

The original Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 touchless video doorbell in a white color finish by GeoArm.

Product Features:

  • Available in White Color Finish (ADC-VDB770)
  • Available in Silver Color Finish (ADC-VDB770-S)
  • Available in Bronze Color Finish (ADC-VDB770-BZ)
  • Expansive FOV (150° V, 115° H)
  • Full HD (1440 x 1920) video resolution
  • High dynamic range (HDR)
  • IR night vision
  • Video Analytics on the edge for faster, more relevant alerts
  • Live video and saved clip viewing
  • Two-Way Audio through the mobile app
  • Battery heater for low-temperature operation
  • 2×2 antenna for improved Wi-Fi range
  • Compatible with existing doorbell transformers (requires 16-30 VAC, 10 VA)
  • Compatible with mechanical and digital chimes

Alarm.com ADC-V724 Outdoor 1080p WiFi Security Camera has been released!

The Alarm.com ADC-V724 is a outdoor, 1080p high definition, wifi security camera with two-way audio that is designed specifically to work with the Alarm.com video service has been released by GeoArm!

The ADC-V724 outdoor security camera allows for proactive deterrence of unwanted activity on a customer’s property. With powerful video analytics from Alarm.com, the ADC-V724 can detect and alert customers to people and animals active around their homes or businesses. Additionally, the ADC-V724 comes with two-way audio giving DIY customers the power to discourage unwanted visitors. Plus, thanks to onboard recording with smart view the end user can locally record encrypted video onto a microSD (sold separately) and view footage from anywhere.

Product Features:

  • Two-Way Audio to hear and speak with visitors
  • 1080p HD video surveillance
  • 117° field of view
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Video Analytics for smarter detection and alerts
  • Onboard Recording with Smart View for continuous, local, encrypted recordings
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • IR night vision
  • IP66
  • Audio included in recorded clips for additional awareness
  • Improved mount for long-term stability
  • Easier access to microSD card door
  • Works with the Alarm.com Customer Website and Customer app

Free Shipping Over $200 at GeoArm!

Oh, Yes We Did!

Get FREE ground shipping on all orders over $200 at GeoArm Security in the continental United States. We listened to some of our harshest online critics and updated our policy for the best DIY shopping experience.

Now you can buy all your favorite DIY security system brands such as; 2GIG, Alarm.com, Alula, DSC, Honeywell Home, Qolsys, Resideo and not pay a penny more for shipping!

Alula RE663 Wireless LED Keypad added to Connect+ 3-1 Security Kits

The just released Alula RE663 wireless LED alarm keypad has been added to all Connect+ wireless 3-1 security system kits on GeoArm.

The Alula RE663 is an Connect+ encrypted wireless LED alarm keypad with that is designed for the Connect+ control panel. The RE663 keypad is easy to use with 6 one-touch buttons that the user to disarm, arm in stay mode, alarm in away mode, night mode, silent arm and instant arm by pressing just one button.

The RE663 LED keypad can be mounted to a wall or placed on a table. The keypad has backlit keys and an LED light bar to provide visual arming status. Amber colors on the corner of the keypad indicate a trouble condition. The light bar blinks periodically and will double blink periodically if zones are open.

It can be battery operated or powered by existing AC. To trigger a panic alarm, hold the asterisk and pound button simultaneously.

Alula RE663 Wireless LED Alarm Keypad with Desk-Mount Stand.

Product Features:

  • Compatible with Helix/Connect+ Panel
  • White Color Casing
  • Displays real-time status
  • Easy to read LED keys
  • Light bar confirms arming status
  • Wall or table mount
  • AC powered, or 1-year battery life
  • User replaceable batteries
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty

2FA Two-Factor Authentication coming to Alarm.com subscribers

To ensure maximum login security, GeoArm’s Alarm.com subscribers will be required to enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). Two-Factor Authentication requires the entry of an additional code at login, providing an extra layer of protection if passwords are compromised.

At the end of August, subscribers will be prompted to set up 2FA and verify their phone, tablet, or laptop as a trusted device when they log in to the mobile app or customer website. They can choose to receive 2FA verification codes via e-mail, SMS, or authenticator app. This update will roll out gradually.

Please note that 2FA can only be associated with one account, so creating secondary logins per user is recommended to provide the best experience for all users during their first login.

GeoArm Partners with Affirm for BNPL Options

GeoArm partners with Affirm to offer customers “Buy Now, Pay Later” services.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Affirm, a leading “Buy Now, Pay Later” consumer financial provider in the United States.

Now shoppers can now finance purchases over 3, 6 or 12 months to buy their favorite security system in monthly installments on GeoArm’s website. With Affirm there are no late fees and no compounding interest of any kind. By removing the upfront costs, GeoArm and Affirm are disrupting the traditional security market by making the choice easy for DIY customers with flexible BNPL payments minus the gimmicks.

By selecting Affirm on GeoArm checkout, you can pay over time for your favorite wireless security system brands such as; 2GIG, Alarm.com, Qolsys, Resideo and more!

2022 Resideo AT&T 3G/4G Cellular Radio Sunset

AT&T Sunset: AT&T plans to end service on its 3G wireless networks in February 2022. Any existing 3G/4G communicators that are currently registered are expected to communicate and be supported by AlarmNet through February 2022 under Resideo’s agreement with AT&T. If you cancel a registered/billable 3G/4G account on or after June 26, 2019, you cannot reactivate the 3G/4G communicator.

LTE Radio portfolio: Resideo (aka “Honeywell Home“) has expanded its communicator portfolio to include LTE radios, which provides a transition to new cellular technology, and offers maximum network longevity.

Order Your Compatible Resideo LTE Radio from GeoArm Today!

  1. Resideo Cellular-Path Alarm Communicators (for Solo Cellular LTE)
  2. Resideo Dual-Path Alarm Communicators (for Ethernet/Cellular LTE)

GeoArm Security Partners with Ecobee Automation!

GeoArm Security has partnered with Ecobee and has added it’s Alarm.com compatible automation products.

Customers can now purchase the Ecobee (Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee4) dual-band WiFi SmartThermostats which learn and adapt to your schedule to deliver comfort where it counts especially when pairing with SmartSensor around your property. Place the SmartSensor in the rooms that matter the most to experience comfort that stays with you. The SmartSensor helps to manage excessively hot or cold spots around your small business or home and saves money on your annual energy costs.

Using the SmartSensor check the temperature in important rooms like the nursery using the Alarm.com app or your favorite voice assistant and adjust for comfort. With Follow Me detection, the SmartSensor automatically adjusts the temperature for energy savings when you leave home and restores your comfort settings when you get back. The SmartThermostat also adjusts automatically for indoor humidity, time-of-use energy prices (when electricity is cheaper and cleaner), and local demand for even more savings.

While both smart thermostats (the Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee4) are relatively similar, the Ecobee4 SmartThermostat also allows for hands-free calls anywhere in North America and send messages to friends for free. Listen to your favorite Spotify playlists and podcasts right over the reengineered speaker built-into the Ecobee4 SmartThermostat. For high-fidelity sound you can connect and stream to a smart speaker with Bluetooth. The thermostat is good-to-go with most music platforms and supports Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn Radio. And, lastly you can control other Alexa-enabled devices with your voice to amplify your voice to make intercom-style announcements.

Product Features:

  • Save 23% on annual energy costs
  • 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen (320 x 480 pixel display)
  • Monthly energy reports (Home IQ and Alerts/Reminders)
  • SmartSensor extends comfort to your most important rooms (one included with Ecobee4)
  • Comes with Alexa Built-in for calls, Spotify for music, and added control (feature of Ecobee4)
  • Reengineered speaker for rich sound (feature of Ecobee4)
  • Apple HomeKit and more integrations (Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT)
  • ENERGY STAR® certified
  • Learns your routines and recommends changes to your thermostat schedule
  • Can pre-cool at times of the day when electricity is less expensive and cleaner
  • Supports two-stage heating and cooling equipment
  • Compatible with HVAC accessories, including humidifiers, dehumidifiers, HRVs and ERVs
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • 3-year product warranty
  • Monitor and Control temperature anywhere from your Alarm.com iOS and Android apps