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46 THE SHOP JULY 2018 A ftermarket remote start systems remain wildly popular. Although some manufacturers offer a key fob with remote start built-in from the factory, most entry-level models don't include the technology from the get-go. Moreover, even if a company has a remote start unit available on the options checklist, it may not have the ability to be started from a smartphone app. And what about all the legacy vehicles on the road, some of which may not even have keyless entry? One thing is for sure—nothing can top the convenience of a top-shelf remote start system. But what constitutes top shelf? Quality components from a manufacturer that stands by its products coupled to a quality installation. A quality manufacturer not only offers the latest technologies but, more impor- tantly, the support needed to get the job done. There are no other products in the 12-volt world that require as much time spent with tech support as the remote start, security and convenience category. So, why discuss remote starts now as we are smack in the middle of summer? Two reasons: there are customers interested in cooling off their blazing vehicles before they get in them (especially new moms since those car seat buckles can get blazing hot and burn a child), and it helps to pre- pare you for winter before the remote start selling season kicks into overdrive. Learning a little now introduces your shop to a category that will help bolster sales throughout the year, and especially during the winter months. PLUG-&-PLAY SYSTEMS A SLAM-DUNK One company that prides itself on working with independent retailers is Omega Research & Development. The small company is a subsidiary of VOXX Elec- tronics. It is like getting personal service with the backing horsepower of a major corporation. In order to make it easier for novice technicians, plug-and-play systems are a slam-dunk. "Our new line of vehicle-specific plug-in harnesses can be used with any Excalibur 70 series remote start with an OmegaLink bypass module. This initial launch will cover the majority of domestic vehicle applications," says Javier Leiva, North American sales director of Omega. "We have also released a new v1.3 firmware for our Excalibur remote start line. The new line of OmegaLink plug-in harnesses are compatible with all Excalibur 70 series remote start systems combined with an OL-BLADE-AL64 or OL-MDB-ALL inter- face module." Installers can take advantage of the time- saving benefits of plug-in systems without sacrificing features, he explains. "For example, our AL-1870-3DB two- way remote start/alarm can be installed in 2011-'17 Dodge Caravans in under 30 minutes with only one hardwire connec- tion that needs to be made to the vehicle for flashing lights. Just connect the siren and shock sensor to complete the system. In record time, the vehicle can be equipped Remote Start for the Faint of Heart Suppliers look to expand options, simplify installations. By Brett Solomon 46 THE SHOP JULY 2018 Firstech, maker of Compustar, Arctic Start and DroneMobile, has launched a new lineup of remote kits for controlling a remote start or security system. The new lineup of Compustar and Arctic Start remote kits highlights the company's focus on two- way remote technologies. (Photos courtesy Firstech)

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