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Vivint offers automotive and smart home security in a single app

21 March 2019
Vivint is offering security on both the home and now cars through one app. Source: Vivint

Vivint Smart Home has introduced a new service that allows homeowners to manage the security of both their smart home and their car using a single app.

The service, called Car Guard, allows homeowners to monitor the security, location and diagnostics of a car from anywhere and sends notifications to users if the car is bumped, towed or stolen.

Many homeowners park their cars in vulnerable places, such as on the street. In the U.S., a car is stolen every 41 seconds, resulting in about 800,000 stolen vehicles per year.

With a connected home and car, smart home lights and outdoor video cameras can observe if someone disturbs the vehicle in the driveway. Such disturbances then trigger the lights to turn on, doors to lock and garage doors to close. Car Guard also allows users to arm the security system when they are away.

Car Guard also helps locate a car with GPS tracking of the location and the direction the car is traveling in. The system even enables users to create geofences around important places such as the home, office or school and receive notifications when the car enters or leaves these areas.

Additionally, Car Guard provides reminders for regular maintenance as well as information about recalls. Likewise, parents and guardians of new drivers can receive alerts about smart driving analytics such as trip history, hard stops and rapid accelerations.

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