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Omega Research & Development To Launch Linkr Smart-Phone Mobile Control Platform

Douglasville, Georgia – September 12, 2016 Omega will begin shipping its long awaited Linkr-M1 Mobile Smartphone Control Platform the week of September 26th.

At Omega, Linkr is seen as the most versatile Smart Phone APP & Telematics hardware platform available. It was built as a Global platform, which currently supports six languages, has a built-in back-up lithium battery, and is a fully Configurable & Scalable. It is manufactured with name brand cellular components, and is certified by American & International cellular carriers. The APP is available for both ios & Android. Also, with Linkr, all plans including the low cost  "Lite-User" plan are fully featured including full GPS Tracking services (Location, 2 Geo-fences, a Security-Fence, Speed Alert, etc).

Linkr is also equipped with three analog outputs and three analog inputs. The three outputs can be configured to match needs. The APP SKIN will then reflect the output selections, only displaying the control buttons for the functions the user will actually be controlling. 

The three inputs can be used for a Panic Button, and to monitor both Positive & Negative polarity alarm sirens. If Linkr detects a siren come on, it will report an Alarm Trigger to the APP. Linkr will also monitor the vehicle battery level, and report low voltage conditions to the APP.

Linkr can be installed stand-alone, or plugged into any Vehicle Alarm, or Remote-Stater that supports the iDatalink protocol. If installed via a data connection, the user can control the "Host" Alarm, or Remote Start unit through data, while the analog outputs are still available for use & configuration. This doubles the simultaneous functionality of other telematics units.

Since the only thing the user actually sees and plays with is the Smartphone APP, instead of having a standard SKIN, Linkr offers the user different APP "SKIN" options to choose from, all of which support 6 languages, with more languages coming. These SKIN options include static images, and even a dynamic Weather SKIN that changes to match the ambient conditions.

The library of available SKINS grows with each APP update.  A user can even choose a different SKIN for different Linkr devices they are controlling from the same Smartphone.

And since the user can control multiple Linkr devices from a single Smartphone, or control a single LinkR device from multiple Phones, each device gets a profile, and that profile has an Avatar image to represent it. The Linkr APP provides a growing library of Avatar images, or the user can use a photo from their camera roll as the Avatar.

As a global platform, Linkr offers many valuable Telematic & Safety features that are not commonly available in the USA, and its architecture is just as diverse. A prime example is that traditional mobile telematic devices use both a cellular network provider, and a "Back-End" central station to relay the commands and responses between your Smartphone and the device installed in your vehicle, home, office, asset, etc. These Back-End servers are usually operated by third party companies who specialize in this field. They receive your command, translate it, and forward it to the device. They can log your usage, and record your location (very scary). Divorce lawyers love to subpoena this data.

Its not uncommon for these Back-End providers to close or decide to leave the industry, leaving all the devices hosted on their Back-End without service, unless all the data is migrated to a new provider's Back-End. This is a huge task, and also a huge vulnerability in the stability of your ability to use your device.

The Linkr platform was developed to eliminate this weak and invasive link, and offer absolute consumer privacy There is no Back-End, no one monitoring your commands or location. Since the Smartphone and the Linkr device communicate directly with each other via encrypted SMS messages, the only thing that comes in between the Smartphone and the Linkr device is the cellular service, nothing else.

When a command is sent, it travels directly to the Linkr device via an encrypted SMS text message, and vice versa. Thus, the usage and location are not recorded by Omega or anyone else, (what you do and where you did it is no one's business). And the user never needs to worry about a "Server Issue" interrupting the service. As long as you're in cellular range, it works.

An added user benefit of not having a Back-End is that the cost of operating Linkr is much lower. Most telematic offerings force the user to purchase a top-tier service plan in order to obtain full GPS tracking and related services. With Linkr, all plans including the low cost  "Lite-User" plan are fully featured including full GPS Tracking services (GPS Location, 2 Geo-fences, a Security-Fence, Speed Alert, etc).

Linkr service plans are broken out by number of monthly uses. With Linkr, a user who expects to have light usage can purchase a $40 a year plan, saving $60 or more a year in service costs, and still get every single GPS based service included. If the user outgrows the plan, they can upgrade to a higher use plan at any time.

Another unique user Safety feature is a "High-Risk" Panic routine.  If the in-vehicle Panic button or the APP's Panic button are pressed, the device will send an emergency alert message to all the phone numbers set up as "Alert Receivers", along with the device's coordinates, and begin an every 2-minute breadcrumb trail so all pre-set Alert Receivers are aware of your location in real time.

The Linkr device can be used in vehicles, boats, PWC's, snowmobiles, and even to monitor your home alarm. Omega will be adding new Linkr hardware's to the product family, all will be supported from the same Linkr Smartphone APP (ios & Android).

In other words, the Linkr platform is designed for easy scalability.

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For more information on Omega’s car security, keyless entry and remote start product lines, please visit www.CarAlarm.com, www.OmegaWeblink.com, www.OmegaCarlink.com, and www.OmegaGPS.com.