App of the Week – Vivint Car Guard

Published On March 20, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

Like a pet, a car is often considered a part of the family. You car is part of your household and you probably want to protect it the same way you watch over pets and children. That is why Vivint Car Guard is the App of the Week.

You’ve probably heard of Vivint Home Security. Well Car Guard is easily integrated into the existing Vivint Smart Home app. This app will notify you with a mobile message in the event something happens with your car. It works by plugging into you car’s onboard diagnostics port (OBD-II). The same port the mechanic uses to diagnose your car for repairs. After installation Car Guard tracks almost everything about your car.

You probably leave your car in a parking lot or on the street when you’re at work. Car Guard will alert you if somebody bumps it (like opening a car door into your car door). Is it being towed? Is someone breaking into it or trying to steal it? Car guard will sound the alarm. Car Guard also monitors your vehicle’s diagnostic information to alert you to a needed repair.

As we said, Car Guard is part of the Vivint Smart Home system. Using this system you can create a an extra layer of security around your home. Vivint Smart Home system allows you to customize how your house and car react when something triggers an alarm. If your car senses that mysterious “bump in the night” it can activate your exterior lights and cameras to start recording. You can relax. Your car is on guard duty!

You don’t have to have the Vivint Home security service to use Car Guard. Car Guard will be available as a stand-alone service or you can get the whole package. The device itself will cost $199 plus $10 a month for service. The Smart Home App is available for Apple andAndroid.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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