Viper SmartStart Now Available for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Adam Zeis on 2 Mar 2010 11:13 am
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Back in January we first got news of the Viper SmartStart app for BlackBerry. The app lets you control a compatible Viper system in your vehicle and allows you to start the car, turn on/off the alarm and more. The system is now available for purchase with a MSRP of $299, and works with compatible Viper, Clifford and Python systems.

"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." 
The app is working with the Storm, Curve and Bold series on release. For more information on the Viper SmartStart system, head to viper.com/smartstart. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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

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About Directed Electronics

Headquartered in Southern California, Directed Electronics is the largest designer and marketer in North America of consumer-branded vehicle security and remote start systems (sold under Viper®, Clifford®, Python®, Autostart® and other brand names). Directed Electronics is also a supplier of mobile audio products sold principally under the Orion® brand name, and digital OEM Integration products sold under the XPRESSKIT® brand name. Directed Electronics markets its broad portfolio of products through many channels including leading national retailers and specialty chains throughout North America and around the world. Founded in 1982, the company's primary operations are located in Vista, California and Quebec, Canada. For more information, please visit www.directed.com. Directed Electronics is a business unit of DEI Holdings, Inc.

iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

BlackBerry® and related marks and logos are owned by Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and elsewhere. Used under license from Research In Motion Limited. SmartStart is a product from Directed Electronics and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Research In Motion Limited.

Other trademarks, service marks and trade names appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

Copyright © 2010 Directed Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved.

32 comments

mjbesen310

very nice! just wish I had a the remote start on my truck to use this feature

brooklynstrong

I've been waiting for this for my Viper alarm.

tavella

Receiving a 404 error.

dom5881

i just called my DEI rep he said directed will announce next week so the unit itself is not ready

coontag

wonder how long before we see "total" alarm feedback to phones? starting a car is one thing.. but receiving an alert that the alarm is trigged via a txt or phone app alert would be awesome.

Blacklac

unless they changed the features, thats what this is. If i remember correctly, the first year or something is free, but after that you pay a subscription fee. I guess the signal is sent over GSM or something.

I could be wrong, but that's what i remember reading when this was first announced.

dom5881

i think the new hardware/software will do it

whoami18

If I wasn't getting ready to buy a new car, I would totally buy this. I live in a mid-rise condo building. The signal to my car from my current remote start just about gets to my car and I have a long range transmitter. This is perfect for my situation.

Now if they could just find a way to remotely lower the top and/or add a feature to remotely lower the windows. :-)

KingofHeart4711

You can buy a module to add to your viper alarm that rolls the windows up and down

dom5881

o all of that can be done

tnmurdock

Did not see the 9630 tour only 9650? And no mention of the tour at all...

sean.scott

The 9630 Tour is the first BlackBerry listed and pictured when they showed all of the capable models.

-Sean
http://connectedcommuter.com

Upstreammiami

ok guys Clifford is also coming out with this.. and remember a viper is a Clifford they are owned by the same company... no need to switch to a viper just for this. Clifford is coming out with this also

entourage133

i have a python remote start already installed in my car. i wonder if it will work..i cant see to find any information yet on the viper website about the blackberry app.

Erievon

Interface unit more expensive then the remote start itself = fail in my opinion. My wife and I both have Viper remote start in our vehicles and love it. This add on would be really nice to have, but not at that price.

QBert

Agree. I'd have to buy a Viper system + smart start module + service plan. I'm OK with sitting in a cold/hot car for a few minutes rather than invest that much $$$. Great app, but not for me for that price.

KingofHeart4711

PAGE NOT FOUND.....wth? They keep saying its available now but where are we supposed to get it????

Skeevecr

Toyota need to come out with something similar, except that lets people remotely stop their car. :-)

rlhammon

Hmm... huge product announcement, and the link in the article doesn't even work yet. Should have waited to make the post IMO.

dnoredsi

Hey if anyone in the ny/nj area wants one of these or the iPhone smart start installed, contact me i have them in stock and as soon as the new bb models are available i'll have them as well...

Matt555

Ill be grabbing this; as soon as it's available in Canada.

cityhopper

....with a luxury price tag. Price is steep but maybe I can bite in a year or two. I have an older vehicle so being able to boot up "'ole girl" in the morning for a few extra minutes would be great without the hassle of going out to the car first or freezing inside of the car (or hot).

quinn4761

I will be getting one of these...just as soon as the app is available. Stupid 404 error. I have been in anticipation for this since I heard about it 1 1/2 months ago. Just give us the app already!!

ba_hamilton

Does this use GPS? Say if your car is stolen the police can track it down from a location on your phone?

nautcasprt6

Woowwwww. I've had the module installed in my car for alnmost a week now and I've been waiting for this day. They say its suppose to be released today but give us a dead link.....arghhhhhhhhhh. I'm having withdrawal and this app is my crack :)

chetman7

its a great concept..but they can do so much more with it. I personally would like the option to use it as a 2 way pager...like if someone breaks into my car and my alarm goes off...I want it to send a signal to my phone telling me someone is messing with my car.

W/O this feature..its only a fancy expensive car starter. Nowadays..if ur not near ur car and the alarm goes off...any civilians watching this crminial doing stuff to ur car aren't going to do anything

stevenje98

AudioVox \Prestige did this years ago. I’m sure they bought it from Audiovox; or the company that licensed it to them. Audiovox had many problems before with this. It's satellite bases. So What happens on a cloudy day, rainy day, foggy morning, etc.. with this. Will it still work?

bkhanni

Best Birthday ever, we get the gifts. :-)

nautcasprt6

Downloading the app now. WOOOHOOOOOOO.
Will update shortly.

nautcasprt6

App is downloaded and working, BUT, the screen does not fit all the icons. Not sure if they made it yet for the VZW 8530.
I have the Unlock, Panic, and Settings icon cut off, but i can still access them.

MrBenchMark

I downloaded the app successfully, but there's one problem. When I open the app, it displays in full when in landscape view, but in portrait view it only partially displays the whole app. Is this the way it is? If so, this one thing makes me not want to purchase it if the only way you can view the app correctly is in landscape view and when in portrait it's only partial...