ADT introduces Safepass key-tag
BOCA RATON, Fla.--ADT in August introduced a new Ã¢â‚¬Å“key-tagÃ¢â‚¬Â called Safewatch Safepass that it expects will help reduce false alarms and make disarming and activating home security systems more convenient.
The key-tag uses RFID technology to arm and disarm alarm systems. Since the technology is in the tag itself, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no retrofitting of panels necessary. ADT says itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first U.S. security company to launch this technology.
Anne-Marie Rouse, manager of product strategy for ADT North America, said the tag will work with Ã¢â‚¬Å“almost all of the currently installed ADT systemsÃ¢â‚¬Â and all new systems. It may be ordered through ADT for existing systems.
The tag fits on a key chain and it must be waved within a quarter inch of a specific spot on the panel. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no battery so thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no battery charging to worry about; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s maintenance free.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rouse said the key-tag is ideal for Ã¢â‚¬Å“busy parents who are coming in and out of the house with groceries and children.Ã¢â‚¬Â It can be given to children and teenagers and is a nice alternative to a key fob, she said, because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much less expensive. (An extra key-tag runs about $20, where a key fob is around $100.) It eliminates the need to memorize and punch in a pass code. In addition, the key-tag can be programmed to work at certain hours of the day, so it can be given to babysitters or housecleaners whose access a homeowner may want to limit.
Rouse said that ADT expects that use of the key-tag will reduce the number of false alarms because Ã¢â‚¬Å“most false alarms are caused when [a homeowner] enters the wrong code or hits two numbers at once.Ã¢â‚¬Â