SmartStart from Viper is a Smartphone operated security system that keeps you connected to your car.
Vipers SmartStart GPS system can be installed as a stand alone system or can be added to your remote start system to turning your smartphone into a remote control for it. It also works with selected Viper alarms which are SmartStart ready via either the ESP2 Port or D2d, such as the 3606V.
It must be noted that you’ll need a remote start system added to have be able to start your car with your phone, but most of the other features are still available if the system is installed on it’s own, or with a supported Viper alarm.
How does SmartStart work?
First off you’ll need a Smart Phone. You can download the app for free and have a play with it in demo mode to get a good feel for how it works.
Because it’s an app based system feature updates are easy to get.
SmartStart is supported by all the major smart phone operating systems:
Get SmartStart installed
Pricing: NZ$449.00, plus installation which is typically about $150.00, but this will vary depending on which vehicle and requirements you have.
There is also an annual running cost, between AUS $69.00 to AUS $129.00 (Plans covered below).
Due to the fact that Viper is imported via Australia and the lack of population here in New Zealand we are getting treated as the 7th State, hence why running costs are in Australian dollars.
SmartStart can pretty much do anything that your Viper alarm remote can. Lock/Unlock your car, control Auxiliary outputs such as window closure, and trunk release as well as giving you the option of GPS Tracking.
I have one installed on the Obsessive Wagon so let me know if you’d like a live demo. No Remote Start hooked up on this one as I have a Cobra AK4615 alarm installed that does not support this feature, but it will arm/disarm with the Smartstart and alert me if the alarm is triggered.
SmartStart Annual Pricing plans.
Note: All annual plans are priced are in Australian dollars.
Secure AUS $69.00
Smart Park provides an easy way to locate your parked car.
When you lock the car with your smartphone the cars location is stored. You also have the option to take a photo or make a note at this time so you’ll know what level of the multi story park you have parked on.
SmartPark will then give you directions back to your car should your forget where you have parked.
No one likes parking tickets! Park Meter helps you to avoid getting a nasty fine.
Parking Meter provides you with a simple timer that counts down how long you have left on your meter.
Simply set the timer as you put your coins in the meter and you’ll be able to view how long you have left before risking a parking ticket.
If you have a Viper Remote Start System installed as well then you have full control over your vehicle.
Simply press the Smart Start button on the home page of the app and let your car warm up in the winter, or cool down in the summer.
Smart Start allows you to start your car form virtually anywhere with a cell phone signal.
The ultimate two way remote control!
Lock your car from the apps home page, or arm your Viper alarm if you have one installed.
The SmartStart app also allows you to check the status of your car so you can double check to see if it’s locked or the alarm is armed.
Nothing beats the security of knowing that your vehicle is protected.
Unlock your car with a simple touch of your phone, or disarm your alarm if you have one installed.
If you want to unlock your car to allow someone without a remote access then you can simply unlock it with your phone, no matter where you happen to be.
This feature also allows you access to your car when you’ve misplaced your keys.
Think twice before you do this!
Don’t open your boot if no one is by the car to shut it again!
Fortunately SmartStart asks you “Are you are sure you want to open the trunk?”
It’s a cool feature but it’s not really a toy to play with on this occasion!
Will activate the vehicles horn on stand alone units, or panic your Viper alarm if installed.
Panic can be activated from the apps home screen, or turned off again by pressing the icon a second time
When Your alarm is triggered you’ll receive an email notification so you’ll be able to take action.
You can view the status of your SmartStart at any time.
Have more then one car?
Install SmartStart in each one and control them all with the one app.
SmartStart also allows multiple smart phones to control your car, so long as they log in with your unique secure password.
You can also place a PIN number on the open page of the app for added security.
Secure GPS AUS $99.00
All the features of the Secure Plan Plus:
Locate you Vehicle
Know where your vehicle is at all times.
Vehicle Locate shows you the current location of your car.
It also displays the speed and direction it’s heading in if it’s on the move.
GPS Tracking made easy.
Share Your Cars Location
Use social media and let your friends and family know where you have parked up.
If they have SmartStart paired up on their phones they can even let themselves into the car if you’re not there to open it up for them.
Sharing is good.
Low Battery Alert
Secure GPS Premium AUS $129.00
All the features of the Secure GPS Plan Plus:
Scheduling allows you to set a Curfew restrict the Speed Alert and Lockdown features to one pre programmable time frame.
You can also set SmartStart to Remote Start on Minimum and Maximum Temperature so your vehicle and it’s contents are protected from the extremes
Not really a must have for most of New Zealand but an option just the same.
Allows you know know if you vehicle goes somewhere where it should not!
RRP: $449.00 (plus install approx $150.00)
Annual running Costs in AUS $
$69.00 = Secure
$99.00 = Secure GPS
$129.00 = Secure GPS Premium
One hellish plaything and good security to boot!
Lacks battery back-up but Viper have an optional battery back-up pack which I’ve asked them to import here…
- Viper 3606V alarm
- Viper Remote Start Alarm