Konnected says its alarm panel can turn any wired alarm system into a smart alarm. However, an independent forensic analysis shows it disregards security and life-safety standards and represents extreme danger to consumers.
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Konnected of Orlando, Fla., bills its alarm panel as “an open source solution for connecting wired sensors and switches to home automation platforms.” In a nutshell, the company claims that its diminutive circuit board adds features to legacy alarm panels and works with nearly all wired sensors, including those protecting doors and windows, as well as for motion, glass-break and smoke detection.
Consumers can order the panel direct from the company or through online vendors. It can be installed DIY or professionally via the company’s network of affiliated installers and dealers. Instead of installing a new listed circuit board in replacement to the existing panel, assuming it is non-functional, the Konnected alarm panel is said to replace the old motherboard, entirely. Professional monitoring is optional.
After scrutinizing Konnected’s Internet marketing efforts — including videos produced by company Founder Nate Clark — I became interested in forensically analyzing the panel to determine if it indeed lives up to being a “modern replacement” for common wired security systems.
What follows are my investigative results, which include my…