We mentioned previously that Viper was working on SmartStart but their solution is now available for BlackBerrys. The solution is compatible with the BlackBerry Tour 9630, Bold 9700 and 9000, and Curve 8900 & 8300 with support for other devices coming soon.
The app and hardware will let you start your car from your BlackBerry. It will also let you lock and unlock the doors, pop the trunk, or panic their horn or siren which can also be used as a car finder.
You can find out more about it at www.viper.com/BlackBerry if you have always dreamed of being able to pull off a James Bond…
DIRECTED ELECTRONICS’ AWARD-WINNING VIPER SMARTSTART NOW AVAILABLE FOR BLACKBERRY
“Start Your Car from Virtually Anywhere with Your BlackBerry”
Vista, California (February 23, 2010) – Directed Electronics announced that its award-winning Viper SmartStart, which allows users to start their car remotely with their iPhone, can be used with most BlackBerry smartphones starting today.
According to Mike Simmons, Executive Vice President of Directed Electronics, “Viper SmartStart is now available for BlackBerry devices through a free app, available for download now at http://www.viper.com/BlackBerry and soon on BlackBerry App World, providing BlackBerry users all of the great features that iPhone users have been enjoying since the product was introduced in October.”
Particularly popular in cold weather climates, remote start allows users to start their vehicle by remote control to defrost the windows and pre-warm the cabin in the winter or pre-cool the car in the summer, so they get into a comfortable car that’s ready to drive. Most remote start systems use a small remote control on the user’s keychain to activate remote start, but these "keyfobs" typically have limited range. Viper SmartStart has virtually unlimited range – an important feature to remote start users.
“After we introduced Viper SmartStart for the iPhone, we quickly heard from our dealers and customers who carry BlackBerry devices. They are just as passionate about their choice of smartphone and they have been anxiously awaiting Viper SmartStart for BlackBerry,” added Simmons. “By leveraging their smartphone user interface, Viper SmartStart introduces a whole new value proposition to customers. From operating key functions on their vehicle without using their key, to remote unlocking if a family member is locked out of their car, to the most advanced vehicle security features ever available, Viper SmartStart is truly creating a new paradigm for the future of the remote start and car security category.”
BlackBerry users with most security or remote start systems from Viper, Clifford or Python will now be able to download the free app, have SmartStart professionally installed on their vehicle, then activate their account. Depending on installation, users will be able to start their car, lock and unlock the doors, arm or disarm the security system, pop the trunk, or panic the siren, (which can also be used as a car finder) – all using their BlackBerry. Users with a compatible security system will also be notified on their smartphone if their siren has been triggered by an attempted break-in.
According to Kevin Duffy, President of Directed Electronics, “Today we have made Viper SmartStart technology accessible to tens of millions of BlackBerry users – a significant and distinctly different market from the iPhone, whose users are likely to be just as receptive to the innovative features offered by our product.”
Retailers already carry the necessary hardware – either the VSM100 Viper SmartStart module, or the equivalent DSM100 Directed SmartStart module, each with an MSRP of $299. Besides the free app, users will also need a compatible Viper, Python or Clifford remote start or remote start/security system, available at thousands of authorized retailers nationwide including Best Buy stores.
“We will continue to develop the Viper SmartStart product roadmap in 2010 and beyond,” according to Duffy, “with new products and features enabled by software, on a variety of hardware platforms and in new markets around the world. Viper SmartStart truly is a game-changing product.”
For more information, please visit www.viper.com/smartstart