Virtual Keypad App Features
The Virtual Keypad™ App allows security system owners to have mobile control. Home and business owners can arm or disarm, control lights, locks, thermostats and cameras offering automated services with the touch of a button.
Users never again need to worry about whether they armed their system before leaving their home or business. The app displays system status at a glance, and provides all the arming and disarming commands via the intuitive interactive shield on the home screen. Residential users can arm in Home/Sleep/Away modes and commercial accounts with All/Perimeter or Area arming.
When there's an event on the security system, the user can opt to receive an alert on their smart phone. Parents get peace of mind when seeing the system disarmed at the usual time their kids return home from school. Business owners see that the system disarmed or armed on-time for business opening. And of course the user gets an immediate alert of any alarms. Users can also review their history of events.
Manage System Users
The Virtual Keypad App provides convenient access to many system management activities, including the ability to manage users. The system owner can quickly add or delete users from the system, or change their login credentials. This is especially valuable for commercial applications, where employees come and go and their facility access privileges need to be quickly updated.
Manage System Profiles
Commercial users can use the app to manage the profiles of employees and others who need to access the facility or operate the security system. Profiles provide user code authority and access rights. Instead of entering all the system data each time a new employee is hired, fired or let go, the system administrator simply selects the corresponding profile to map to the user.
Manage User Schedules
Another popular feature for commercial users is the ability to manage user schedules via the app. Using the intuitive Virtual Keypad App interface, the administrator can easily establish schedules that provide specified employees with access to specific areas at designated times. Contractors, such as cleaning or service crews, can also be managed, limiting the times they can enter and where they can go in the facility.
Smart Control via Z-Wave Devices
Residential and commercial users are eagerly adopting smart Z-Wave technology to affordably add automation features to their security systems. All of the devices can be controlled via the app, enabling users to control lights, adjust their HVAC system, lock/unlock doors, and more. They can even create a customized, visual room control screen on their mobile device by taking a photo and adding hot spots for control of each Z-Wave device.
Scheduling & Automating Smart Control
Individual Z-Wave devices are easily accessed by the app, but users can also take their residential or commercial automation to the next level. Users can easily group devices and actions into Favorites that can be initiated with a single tap on the app. Z-Wave devices also can be linked to other panel actions so that, for example, when the system is armed the panel locks the doors, adjusts the thermostat, and turns on security lighting. Setting up favorites also allows users to schedule their automation devices so that the lights turn off and thermostat turns down at a pre-set time.
Geofencing relies on the GPS features of the user’s mobile device to trigger panel actions via the app. For example, when the user leaves home in the morning and crosses the designated “fence,” the system can automatically arm, lock doors, and take other actions. The user can also opt to simply receive a Smart Arming Reminder, for example alerting a business owner that all employees left the premises for the day.
When the user receives an unexpected system alert, whether it’s an arm, disarm or an alarm, they can instantly view the system cameras to determine the cause of the alert. They also have the option to record video, access video clips and download video. Video verification is a powerful tool to reduce false alarms, identify and prosecute perpetrators, as well as conduct a routine check on children or aged parents and keep an eye on the office.