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Firstech, makers of DroneMobile connected car solutions, has announced today that its latest product, the DR-3400, will be powered by AT&T’s wireless network.
DroneMobile is a telematics solution that adds a cellular connection to a vehicle, giving its driver the ability to remote start, secure, and GPS track it from a smartphone app or computer. The solution is compatible with all vehicles, utilizing “KLON” technology that securely mimics the vehicle's original key signal, in order to safely start its engine or lock its doors. 
“Our relationship with AT&T means that cars using the device will be supported by a reliable network that covers more than 99 percent of Americans,” shares Firstech’s Managing Director Jason Kaminski. “Moving to AT&T’s network will allow us to break ground in terms of the DroneMobile hardware’s speed and responsiveness.”
“AT&T is a leader in delivering connectivity solutions for cars,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility. “We’re proud to power DroneMobile, a great way for customers to enhance the safety and control of cars with useful functions such as remote start and unlock.”
DroneMobile systems can be purchased and installed at over 2,500 retail locations across North America, including Best Buy. Through the first quarter of 2016, DroneMobile will be one of two connected car solutions featured near the front entrance at over 1,000 Best Buy locations. All DroneMobile systems require a service plan that starts at $49.99/year.
Firstech will be showcasing DroneMobile and other products at the company’s suite at the Wynn Las Vegas during CES 2016. To schedule a meeting and/or interview, please refer to the media contacts provided below.

For more information on DroneMobile products, please visit www.dronemobile.com.

Firstech announces release of DroneMobile Feature for Google Home and Google Assistant

August 25, 2017 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of aftermarket remote start and security solutions, has announced the launch of the new DroneMobile voice control feature for Google Home and Google Assistant.

DroneMobile is a connected car solution that gives drivers the ability to lock/unlock, GPS track, and remote start their vehicles using their smartphone. In 2016, Firstech expanded the DroneMobile app to work on wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear.

DroneMobile users that have an active subscription will be able to enable the DroneMobile voice control feature via the Google Assistant app, which is available for Android and iOS. Once enabled, users will be able to use voice commands to lock, unlock, and track the location of their vehicle. For the time being, remote start features have not yet been enabled through voice control as a safety precaution. Firstech plans on releasing updates in the near future to safely implement remote start.

Earlier this summer, Firstech released the DroneMobile skill for Amazon Alexa devices. The company is also currently in development for Apple’s Siri, which would make DroneMobile compatible with the “Big 3” of voice control solutions.  

“Hands-free voice control remains a top priority for Firstech’s development of DroneMobile,” comments Firstech’s managing director, Jason Kaminski. “Working with Alexa and Google Home opens the door for countless opportunities for DroneMobile to integrate with hundreds of other cloud-connected products.”

DroneMobile solutions are available exclusively at authorized retail locations across North America. To request more information, or to find an authorized dealer near you, please visit www.dronemobile.com.

Firstech to assume the iDataStart brand of remote start solutions for the US market
AUGUST 27, 2021 - (Seattle, WA / Montréal, QC): Ahead of the upcoming remote start season, Firstech and Automotive Data Solutions (ADS) are announcing a strategic alliance to bring further innovation to iDataStart remote start solutions in the U.S. market. As part of this announcement, Firstech and ADS will also streamline future product development by better aligning the efforts of both teams.

iDataStart was created by ADS in the mid-2010s and has since become one of the leading brands of remote starters, particularly in Canada. Some of the key advantages of iDataStart products include:
• All-in-one remote start and bypass module interface
• Industry leading coverage featuring a wide range of vehicle-specific t-harnesses
• Web-programmable from desktop, tablet and mobile
• Easy-to-follow installation guides
 
By partnering with Firstech, ADS will instantly enhance iDataStart’s presence in the U.S. market while also streamlining product development to meet the specific needs of U.S. consumers and dealers. Firstech will extend the opportunity to purchase iDataStart products to its dealer base of 1,500+ U.S. retailers along with any new dealers interested in upgrading their remote start assortment.
 
“We are thrilled to bring Canada’s #1 remote start brand by volume to the U.S. market. More importantly, with the teams from both companies more closely aligned, we can speed up product innovation and better react to changing market dynamics,” said Jason Kaminski, Managing Director of Firstech.
 
ADS and Firstech’s alliance signals a new chapter in the companies’ shared history of collaboration and innovation. In 2007, Firstech and ADS co-released the revolutionary “BLADE-AL”, the first-ever cartridge-style immobilizer bypass module. Several years later, the two companies released the DC3 all-in-one remote starter, which remains one of Firstech’s best selling products. Lastly, Firstech’s award-winning telematics solution, DroneMobile, is compatible with all iDataStart remote starters.
 
“Building on the long, successful partnership between our two companies, we are excited to make iDataStart products more broadly available to Firstech’s wide network of U.S. retailers. By creating synergies with Firstech’s national salesforce and top-rate technical support staff, we are confident that iDataStart products will quickly become a valued addition on dealers’ shelves across the country,” added Robert Di Cesare, General Manager of ADS.
 
Firstech will transition to the exclusive source for iDataStart products in the U.S. as of September 2021. Products will be available for purchase directly from Firstech, online at myFirstech.com, and through authorized subdistributors.
 
To learn more about iDataStart’s U.S. lineup, please visit www.idatastart.us.
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About Firstech
Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past 6 consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.
 
About ADS
Founded in 2005, Automotive Data Solutions Inc. (ADS) is a privately held company specialized in the development and marketing of remote start and audio integration solutions destined for the automotive aftermarket. ADS’ award-winning products – including iDatalink®, iDatalink Maestro® and iDataStart® brands – are sold and installed through a network of authorized dealers across North America. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, ADS comprises of full-service Research & Development, Information Technology, Marketing and Technical Support teams. For more information about ADS, visit www.adsdata.ca
 

August 25th, 2020 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech has announced that Compustar and DroneMobile products will now be sold and installed at all Custom Sounds & Tint retail locations in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma.

Custom Sounds & Tint will offer many of Compustar’s premier solutions, including the 3-Mile Range PRO T12 remote starter and alarm system. Over the past 5 years, Firstech has increased marketing efforts to promote the benefits of Compustar remote starters in hotter climates, utilizing platforms like Facebook and Google to fuel a 90 percent increase in consumer engagement over that span. Firstech’s retail partnership with Custom Sounds & Tint will allow both companies to meet this increased demand head-on.

Named “The Best Place to Have Installation Work” by Install News Magazine, Custom Sounds & Tint has over 20 retail locations in major cities such as Austin, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City. Each location’s staff will receive direct training from Firstech’s award-winning technical support team led by Wade Beebe and Joshua Woodie.

To find a Custom Sounds & Tint location near you, please use Compustar’s Dealer Locator tool at www.compustar.com or visit www.customsounds.com. If you are interested in learning more about Firstech products and services, please visit the company’s website at www.firstechllc.com.

About Firstech Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort, and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past 6 consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

12-Volt Retailers Can Now Order Fleece and Electrical Tape from Firstech

June 14, 2016 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON) -- Firstech, makers of Compustar and Arctic Start remote starters, has announced that it is now an official North American distributor of TESA Tape. TESA is a manufacturer of self-adhesive products for a wide variety of applications, ranging from automotive to healthcare to marine.

Within the automotive electronics industry, TESA offers installers an easy-to-use, “OEM-grade” solution for wrapping wire harnesses and providing customers a “clean” install inside of their car. TESA tape also leaves minimal residue when removed, preventing surfaces from being covered with dust and dirt over time. Commenting on the new partnership with TESA, Firstech’s regional sales manager Tanner Wilson shares: “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with a company whose solutions complement our own. We believe that our customers will be equally thrilled about the convenience of purchasing TESA products directly from Firstech.” 

Firstech will offer TESA’s fleece (#51608) and electrical (#4173) tape in rolls of 33 and 25 meters in length, respectively. Bulk pricing options will also be available for both distributors and retailers. Pricing is now available and can be requested directly from Firstech at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

August 19, 2020 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, the maker of Compustar and DroneMobile products, is launching expanded support hours and virtual resources for installers. Effective August 15th, Firstech will offer over-the-phone and online installer support Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM PST.

Installers will have access to these extended hours throughout the holiday season. Firstech has also expanded its offering of digital training resources for installers. The company’s award-winning technical support team conducts biweekly virtual trainings using Facebook Live. All of these trainings are hosted on Firstech’s “TechFeed” support group, one of the industry’s largest installer-only communities on Facebook.

In addition to live and on-demand trainings, Firstech announced the beta release of major updates for “MyFirstech Install” (https://install.myfirstech.com). MyFirstech Install provides a one-stop-shop for installers to access technical documents and wiring schematics for remote start and audio applications. The website also features a portal for installers to activate and configure DroneMobile connected car systems. Beta access is currently reserved exclusively to members of Firstech’s TechFeed support group on Facebook.

Firstech’s technical support team is led by a 24-year industry veteran, Wade Beebe. Beebe shares, “Firstech is committed to investing in the current and future generations of installers. We believe that innovation in our industry starts and ends with those individuals that are open to learning and trying new things.” If you are an installer in the mobile electronics industry and would like to learn more about Firstech’s products and services, please visit firstechllc.com or search “Firstech Techfeed” on Facebook.

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort, and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past 6 consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

For More Information:

Justin Lee, Marketing Director

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Firstech’s #MyMomento contest rewards drivers for submitting videos recorded on a Momento M6 dash camera.

April 3rd, 2018 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Momento in-vehicle camera solutions, has announced the start of its “#MyMomento” contest, which will reward one driver a week $500. To enter the #MyMomento contest, entrants need to submit a video recorded on a Momento M6 dash camera.

Momento dash camera owners can enter the #MyMomento contest by completing the steps at https://mymomentocam.com/contest. Every Friday through June, the company will announce one winner of $500 on the Momento Facebook page.

“Everyday, crazy things are happening on the road right before drivers’ eyes,” said Firstech’s marketing director, Justin Lee. “Through the #MyMomento contest, we hope to share how these exciting incidents are captured in clear detail on Momento dash cameras.” 

The #MyMomento contest follows Firstech’s announcement of the Momento M6 “Smart” dash camera system. The M6 is the company’s first dash camera that connects wirelessly to a driver’s smartphone via the Momento app. Using the Momento app, drivers can edit and download videos from the M6 onto their smartphones for the purpose of filing an insurance claim, reporting an incident to the authorities, or going viral on social media.  

To learn more about the #MyMomento contest, please visit www.momentocam.com/contest. To learn more about Momento or other Firstech solutions, please visit www.myfirstech.com.

About Firstech Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. The company was founded in 1998, primarily focusing on aftermarket remote car starters and security systems. Firstech has been voted the “Top Vendor in Security, Safety, and Convenience” by Mobile Electronics retailers five years in a row, from 2014-2018.

Opus Marketing Group to Represent All Firstech Brands including Compustar, DroneMobile

August 5th, 2020 – (SEATTLE, Wash.): Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile connected car solutions, is hiring Opus Marketing Group to represent the company’s solutions in Mid-Atlantic and Michigan. Opus Marketing Group will represent all Firstech brands and products, including Compustar, DroneMobile, Arctic Start, and Momento. Daniel Fellers, Firstech’s Eastern regional sales manager, describes the partnership as an “alliance between two of the strongest forces in automotive remote start and security.”

Firstech’s announcement comes in anticipation of the upcoming 2020-21 remote start season, which will follow one of the busiest summers in recent mobile electronics history. Despite the freshness of their partnership, Firstech and Opus Marketing Group promise to immediately hit the road both virtually and physically. Jamie White, the owner of Opus Marketing Group, said, “With all great things come better things and we look forward to continuing to provide the dealer base the best customer service and cutting-edge technology for many years to come with this recent alignment.”

All Firstech brands and products are available for purchase on www.myfirstech.com. To gain access to pricing and free, same-day shipping, contact Opus Marketing Group at (866)438-6787 (Mid-Atlantic, Michigan) or email Firstech at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (U.S.A., Canada).

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort, and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past six consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

Opus Marketing, LLC employs five full-time sales managers with well over 75 years of combined experience in the industry, along with a full time office manager to cover the Mid Atlantic, NJ, Upstate NY, and Michigan markets. Centralized toll free number (866-GET-OPUS) for all areas that we cover along with E-Fax (866-596-OPUS) that reaches the entire sales force. Opus Mkt specializes in 12-volt audio, security/convenience, safety, marine and powersports products.

Momento M7 records in 2K QHD with 3-Channel Support for Front, Rear and Interior Vehicle Surveillance

May 3rd, 2022 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, the Seattle-based maker of Momento and Compustar vehicle security solutions, has announced the release of the Momento M7, a 3-channel dash camera system with 2K QHD recording and battery-saving technology.

The Momento M7 is now available for preorder and will begin shipping in early May from Firstech’s new distribution center in Texas. All-Time High Dash Cam Awareness As more drivers return to their regular morning commutes, mobile electronics retailers have reported a surge in customer demand for dash camera solutions, otherwise known as “dash cams.”

Retail experts and analysts have attributed this growth in consumer awareness to the effectiveness of dash cams in fighting accident fraud and the rising trend of viral video recordings of on-road incidents. In response to this growth, the Momento M7 arrives as a key addition to Firstech’s Momento brand of dash cams. The M7, or MD-7200, includes two cameras for front and rear recording along with an additional video input for a third camera. M7’s front camera records in 2K QHD, promising clearer visibility of details such as license plate numbers or faces – key ingredients in fighting accident fraud.

“ECO” Battery Saving Technology Despite their rise in popularity, dash cameras have faced one consistent obstacle: car battery depletion. For a dash camera to monitor activity around a parked vehicle, it needs to constantly draw current from the battery. In as little as a day, a dash camera could completely drain a car’s battery. The Momento M7 addresses this issue head-on with the introduction of “ECO” mode. “ECO” mode is Firstech’s new battery-saving technology that reduces the M7’s power consumption by up to 90% while the vehicle is parked. It works by turning off the M7’s image sensor and instead using radar to detect motion in front of the vehicle.

When the M7 front camera detects a vehicle or person approaching the vehicle, the system will reactivate the cameras’ image sensors and begin recording. The utilization of radar greatly reduces battery usage while retaining full motion detection capabilities. More About M7 Momento M7 will serve as the brand’s co-flagship product along with the M6, which Firstech released in 2019. Whereas the M6 features a companion mobile app for iOS and Android devices, the M7 is an “all-in-one” device that has a 2-inch touch LCD screen built into the camera for reviewing video.

In addition to the touch LCD, the Momento website touts the 3-channel M7 as having an enhanced low-light image sensor, on-board GPS antenna, and industry-leading 2-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty (most other dash cam brands offer 1-year of warranty protection). To learn more about the Momento M7, please visit www.MomentoCam.com or follow the brand’s Instagram page @momentocam. MSRP for M7 (MD-7200) will be $379.99. Dealers interested in reselling the Momento M7 can contact an authorized Firstech distributor and/or sales representative - or visit www.myfirstech.com.

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Firstech is 7-time recipient of the Top Vendor Award by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- February 29, 2019 – Firstech, maker of aftermarket driver safety and security solutions, has announced the release of the Momento M6 (MD-6200) dash camera system. The Momento M6 is described by Firstech as a “smart” dash camera that connects wirelessly to drivers’ smartphones, making it easier to review, edit, and share video footage. 

The Momento M6 system includes front and rear cameras, each equipped with wide-angle lenses capable of recording in 1080p high-definition. The M6 front camera, which resembles a compact, action camera, also features enhanced backlighting thanks to its Sony STARVIS Image Sensor: the industry standard for surveillance camera applications. Lastly, the M6 has built-in motion and shock sensors that trigger “Events”, special recordings that the system stores separately from normal driving footage.

In the event of an accident or hit-and-run, drivers can review video evidence of the incident using the Momento Dash Cam Viewer app, now available for iPhones and Androids. The Momento app works by pairing the user’s smartphone to the Momento M6’s wi-fi “hotspot”. Once this secure connection is established, drivers can edit and download footage from the Momento M6 for the purpose of filing an insurance claim, reporting an incident to the police, or going viral on social media. Alongside video recordings, the Momento app provides additional insights, such as speed, location, and mileage. 

“Drivers across the world are realizing that if you’re in an accident, there is no better witness than a dash camera,” said Firstech’s marketing director, Justin Lee. “The Momento M6 lives true to that by providing superb video quality and an app experience that makes it easier to share video footage with the authorities or on social media.” 

The Momento M6 and other Momento camera solutions are available at over 2,000 retail locations across North America. To learn more about Momento or to find an authorized retailer, please visit www.momentocam.com. Authorized Firstech Dealers can also learn more about the Momento M6 at www.myfirstech.com. 

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. The company was founded in 1995, primarily focusing on aftermarket remote car starters and security systems. Firstech is a five time recipient of the Mobile Electronics “Top Vendor” Award in Security and Convenience (2014-2018).

For More Information Justin Lee Marketing Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (888)820-3690 Ext. 108

DroneMobile Becomes the First Connected Car Platform in the 12-Volt Industry to Offer Monthly Renewing Plans

December 7, 2016 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Compustar and Arctic Start remote start and security systems, has announced that DroneMobile users can now subscribe to monthly plans for DroneMobile connected car services, which include smartphone car control and GPS tracking.

DroneMobile plans are available at four levels of service: Basic, Premium, Business, and Business Plus, each of which offers different levels of control, tracking, and reporting features. Plans start at $5.99/month, and the company offers up to 20 percent in savings when users purchase any of the prepaid yearly plans, which are available in term-lengths of 1, 2, and 3 years.

“Prior to the availability of monthly plans, customers had to pay upfront for hardware, labor, and a year of service in order to enjoy their DroneMobile systems,” shares Firstech’s marketing director, Justin Lee. “Now, for a monthly payment that’s cheaper than Netflix, DroneMobile users can remote start their vehicles during the winter with a little more cash in their pocket for the holiday season. DroneMobile is the only connected car service in the industry that can make that pitch.”

DroneMobile plan pricing and authorized retailer locations can be viewed at www.dronemobile.com. DroneMobile systems can be purchased and installed at over 2,500 retail locations across North America, including Best Buy.

Firstech Invites Dealer Network to Participate in “Drive for Coats” Campaign to Bring Warmth to Those in Need

October 13th, 2017 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): On November 1st, Firstech, makers of Compustar remote start systems, will launch “Drive for Coats”, a national campaign to collect coats for those in need.

Every winter, as temperatures drop, millions of Americans are forced to choose between warm clothing and everyday necessities, such as rent and food. Despite the improving economy, the U.S. Census Bureau still reports that the poverty rate is 12.7%. A warm coat is a luxury that many families simply cannot afford. In response, Firstech is inviting all Compustar, DroneMobile, Arctic Start, and iDataStart retailers to join “Drive for Coats” to collect coat donations in their stores.

To ensure proper delivery of all donations, Firstech has partnered with One Warm Coat (onewarmcoat.org), a national coat drive organization responsible for over 5 million coat donations for the past 25 years. Retailers that sign up for “Drive for Coats” will receive a marketing kit, which includes both digital and printed signage. Using these tools, retailers are encouraged to promote discounts on remote start purchases with a customer’s donation of new or gently used coats. Exact savings are to be determined by individual retailers. 

The inspiration for “Drive for Coats” came from one of Firstech’s top retailers, Mitchell Schaffer of Mobile Edge in Lehighton, PA. For the past decade, Mobile Edge has promoted coat donations alongside remote start discounts, earning positive local media and PR attention. “Over the years, we’ve collected thousands of coats and put them all to good use in our community,” Schaffer explains, “I’ve leveraged this program to improve our company’s profitability, sell-through, and consumer perception.” Schaffer also distributes tools
for other 12-volt retailers to hold similar coat drive campaigns through his content marketing company, 1sixty8 media. 

Retailers that are interested in joining Firstech’s “Drive for Coats” can register at www.compustar.com/coats/dealers. Registration for the campaign closes October 25th, 2017, and “Drive for Coats” will be promoted to the public on November 1st, 2017.

September 18th, 2018 - SEATTLE, Wash. – Firstech, makers of Compustar, Arctic Start, NuStart, and DroneMobile, has opened registration for its annual “Drive for Coats” campaign for dealers. Firstech’s Drive for Coats campaign is an effort to collect new and gently used coats throughout winter to donate to those in need across North America.

Firstech first launched “Drive for Coats” in 2017, when the company partnered with One Warm Coat, a national coat drive organization. In the campaign’s inaugural run, Firstech dealers collected over 6,000 coats – all of which were distributed by local charities vetted by One Warm Coat. Participating retailers include Mobile Edge of Lehighton, Pa. Mobile Edge has promoted coat drives campaigns similar to Drive for Coats for nearly a decade, generating hundreds of coat donations and a great deal of positive and free press in the process.

“Drive for Coats is a tool for empowering 12-volt retailers to partner with their communities and to improve their business’s visibility in local markets,” said Firstech’s marketing director, Justin Lee. “We at Firstech believe that Drive for Coats is a win-win-win for our dealers, their customers, and their communities. We hope to double, if not triple, last year’s number of coats collected by the end of the year.”

Registration for Firstech’s Drive for Coats opens on September 18th and closes on October 1st, 2018. Retailers can register by visiting www.compustar.com/coats/dealers. Upon registration, retailers will receive free in-store and social marketing kits developed by Firstech and 1sixty8media, a digital marketing company that focuses primarily on helping 12-volt retailers. Drive for Coats will be launched to the public on October 1st, 2018.

Heading into Remote Start Season, Firstech is excited to revamp over 80% of the company’s lineup of remote kits.

August 11, 2017 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Compustar, Arctic Start, and DroneMobile, is announcing the launch of the company’s 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 2-way remote technologies.

Firstech’s flagship brand, Compustar PRO, will be headlined by the new PRO G15 and PRO R3, both of which feature Firstech’s “Digital Spread Spectrum Technology” and up to 2 miles of range. Each of these remote kits is equipped with 2-way confirmation, a feature that Firstech is committed to adding to every remote start customer’s purchase.

“Since Firstech was founded in 1995, our company’s specialty has been 2-way technologies,” shares Firstech’s Managing Director, Jason Kaminski. “Firstech was the first company to release a 2-way remote with 1 mile of range, and also the first to release an IPX-7 waterproof 2-way remote. Our 2-way technologies have been a critical point of differentiation from our competitors, both aftermarket and OEM, and we look forward to continuing that legacy with our updated lineup.”

In addition to Firstech’s updates to Compustar PRO, new 2-way remote kits have been added to Firstech’s core brand, Compustar PRIME, and also Arctic Start. Details regarding each of these individual kits will be released at Knowledgefest 2017 in Dallas, Texas on August 11th, 2017.

All Firstech remote start and security systems are upgradeable, meaning that customers with legacy hardware will still be able to add these new remote kits to their existing systems.

Firstech’s new lineup of remote kits is scheduled to ship in early September 2017, and those interested can view the company’s corporate catalog at www.firstechllc.com.

The new SKSXC Smart Key Starter developed by Mid City Engineering will support all Firstech long-range RF remote kits and DroneMobile telematics for newer Volvo models.

March 28th, 2019 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, maker of Compustar remote start and security solutions, has announced that it will begin shipping the new SKSXC Volvo Smart Key Starter by Mid City Engineering on April 1st, 2019. The SKSXC is the industry’s first ever vehicle-specific remote start solution for newer Volvo vehicles, supporting popular models like the S60 (2019), S90 (2017-19), XC90 (2015-19).  

The SKSXC Smart Key Starter delivers remote start functionality right out of the box and features a streamlined installation process that can take as little as 15 minutes. Once installed, drivers will be able to use a factory or aftermarket remote transmitter to start their Volvo’s engine. 

In developing the SKSXC, Mid City Engineering partnered with Firstech to add full support for Firstech remote kits such as the Compustar PRO T11, the company’s flagship 2-way model. In addition, the SKSXC supports DroneMobile, Firstech’s smartphone app solution for unlimited range remote start and GPS Tracking.

Firstech and Mid City Engineering’s partnership dates back to 2010 when the Smart Key Starter for Mercedes-Benz vehicles first featured support for Compustar remote kits and DroneMobile. “The release of the SKSXC will kick off the next decade of our partnership with Mid City Engineering,” said Justin Lee, Firstech’s marketing director. “We are excited for Compustar dealers to finally tap into the market of Volvo drivers demanding remote start.”

The SKSXC Smart Key Starter carries an MSRP of $199.99 and will be available through Firstech and Firstech Authorized Distributors by April 1st, 2019. Readers interested in learning more about the SKSXC or other remote start solutions should visit www.myfirstech.com to learn more. 

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. The company was founded in 1998, primarily focusing on aftermarket remote car starters and security systems. Firstech has been voted the “Top Vendor in Security, Safety, and Convenience” products by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association of America for five consecutive years from 2014 through 2018.

August 18th, 2016 – (SEATTLE, WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile connected car solutions, has announced that in September 2016, the company will be launching “myFirstech Rewards”, a dealer-incentive program aimed at rewarding supporting retailers for the sale of Firstech products. Upon launch, the focus of myFirstech Rewards will be on DroneMobile, Firstech’s smartphone solution for remote start, security, and tracking systems. Participating retailers will each receive a myFirstech Rewards Visa prepaid card that will be loaded with funds for every month that a DroneMobile system they sell stays active.

Monthly payouts per device will vary depending on a DroneMobile customer’s plan type. Firstech offers four plan levels to DroneMobile customers: Basic, Premium, Business, and Business Plus. While many manufacturers have released solutions for remote starting a car from a smartphone, myFirstech Rewards is the first initiative in the industry to reward dealers for activating these systems in the first place.

“Firstech’s goal is to offer our dealers significant value from a variety of angles,” managing director Jason Kaminski explains, “several other industries follow a similar recurring revenue model, and we at Firstech are thrilled to be the first company to introduce it to our dealers for remote start products.”

Firstech retailers will be able to sign up for myFirstech Rewards starting on August 19, 2016. Firstech will begin distributing Visa prepaid cards in September, after which dealers will be able to start collecting rewards for the sale and activation of DroneMobile systems. To begin registration for myFirstech rewards, Firstech requires all entrants to watch a short video and take a short quiz at www.dronemobile.com/myfirstechrewards.

KP2 offers drivers a secure, easy-to-use method for managing vehicle access

JUNE 16, 2021 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, the maker of Compustar and DroneMobile connected car solutions, has announced that it will begin shipping the KP2 Keyless Touchpad (FT-KP2) in July 2021. KP2 is a windshield-mounted touchpad that gives drivers the ability to lock, unlock, and share their vehicles without the use of a key, remote, or smartphone. In daily use, the KP2 Touchpad functions as a convenient replacement for car keys for unlocking and locking the doors.

To lock/arm the vehicle’s doors, the driver simply needs to hold the “Lock” button on the KP2. When the driver is ready to hit the road, they can unlock the doors by entering their 4-6 digit PIN code onto the windshield mounted touchpad. The KP2’s upgraded capacitive touch sensors respond quickly for drivers who are on the go. KP2 now supports two separate PIN codes, one reserved for the vehicle owner (“Master PIN”) and one reserved for shared drivers (“Guest PIN”).

The Guest PIN code is time-sensitive and will expire on the time/date appointed by the vehicle owner via the DroneMobile smartphone app. In order to enable Guest PIN codes, the KP2 must be installed with a KL1 KeyLocker, which Firstech released in Spring 2020. Guest PIN codes make the KP2 an ideal solution for car sharing situations. Whether a vehicle owner is hosting out-of-town guests or using car-sharing services such as Turo or Getaround, he/she could share PIN codes with other drivers without revealing his/her own Master PIN code.

The KP2 will eventually be included with every Drone KL1 KeyLocker, giving car sharers an all-in-one vehicle and key management solution. Installation of the KP2 Keyless Touchpad is simple, requiring only a single connection to a compatible Firstech remote starter, alarm, or KeyLocker. As usual, Firstech offers an array of programming methods via desktop, smartphone, or Firstech’s proprietary “OP-500” option programmer. KP2 is Firstech’s fourth touchpad release.

Previous models include the KP1 and the RPS TOUCH, one of Firstech’s best-selling accessories over the past ten years. In comparison to previous models, the KP2 features a new “OEM”-style interface, unbranded design, and two additional digits for code programming. Internally, the KP2 boasts significant upgrades to its memory and processor, improving the speed, responsiveness and reliability of the touchpad.

As a standalone accessory, KP2 will start at $49.99 MSRP. KL1 KeyLocker systems bundled with the KP2 will retail at $199.99 MSRP. If you are interested in learning more about the KP2 Keyless Touchpad, please visit www.myfirstech.com or email Firstech’s sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past 6 consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

August 24th, 2016 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Compustar remote start and security solutions, was recognized as the “Top Vendor of Safety and Convenience Products” at the Mobile Electronics Group’s Knowledgefest show in Dallas, Texas.

The “Top Vendor” awards recognize industry’s top distributors, retailers, and manufacturers in various product categories. The award is based on a vote conducted by mobile electronics specialists across North America throughout the months leading up to the event. This marks the third consecutive year that Firstech has received this honor.

Firstech’s award followed the company’s many announcements made throughout the weekend at Knowledgefest. First, Firstech announced that it would be launching a recurring rewards program to incentivize retailers for the sale of DroneMobile connected car products. Also, the company unveiled a new low-current remote start platform called DC2 to its retailers that will be installable with most remote start t-harnesses manufactured by Automotive Data Solutions (iDatalink).

Wade Beebe, Firstech’s Head of Technical Support, commented on the company’s latest achievement, “We truly appreciate our retailers and support and acceptance of all of the things we do. We promise to continue exceeding expectations and to offer the best customer experience possible.”

Firstech Partners with 12-Volt Retailers Across North America to Bring Warmth to Those in Need.

November 1st, 2017 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, makers of Compustar and Arctic Start remote start systems, has publicly announced its “Drive for Coats” campaign, a national effort to collect coat
donations for those in need. 

Every winter, as temperatures drop, millions of Americans are forced to choose between warm clothing and everyday necessities, such as rent and food. Despite the improving economy, the U.S. Census Bureau still
reports that the poverty rate is 12.7%. A warm coat is a luxury that many families simply cannot afford. In response, Firstech has partnered with retailers across North America to hold in-store coat drives for
collecting new and gently used coat donations. In order to promote these coat drives in their local communities, retailers are offering discounts on remote car starters for customers that donate a new or
gently used coat. 

Firstech’s “Drive for Coats” campaign will run from November 1st, 2017 through December 31st, 2017. To ensure proper delivery of all donations, Firstech has partnered with One Warm Coat (onewarmcoat.org), a
national coat drive organization responsible for over 5 million coat donations for the past 25 years. Donations will be distributed to local charitable organizations, vetted by One Warm Coat, which will make
sure that each coat reaches a child or adult in need. “For the past 20 years, Firstech’s remote starters have brought warmth to millions of drivers,” shares Firstech’s marketing director, Justin Lee. “This holiday season, we are hoping to take our efforts a step further by partnering with our retailers and reaching out to those less fortunate.” 

For more information on Firstech’s “Drive for Coats” campaign, please visit www.Compustar.com. On the Compustar website, use the dealer locator to find a “Drive for Coats” participating retailer near you.

SEATTLE, WA, July 24th 2018 - The Elite Distributor Alliance (EDA) is partnering with Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile, on the launch of “NuStart,” a new brand of remote start solutions reserved exclusively for EDA members.

NuStart will feature a unique lineup of remote starter kits, ranging from traditional, analog systems to digital, web programmable systems. Each remote starter kit will include two close-range remotes, and can be easily upgraded using any one of NuStart’s RF remote kits– all of which offer extended range and water-resistant remotes.

Furthermore, NuStart’s digital remote start systems will support Firstech’s award-winning smartphone control solution, DroneMobile. As part of the NuStart launch, EDA and Firstech are enforcing a strict policy against online sales of NuStart in order to preserve dealers’ profitability in the remote s tart category. “Dealers need to be protected from online predatory pricing; installation services need to be valued; and technology needs to be packaged into remotes that look and feel great,” said EDA Executive Director, Jim Warren.

Early response to NuStart’s launch has already been immensely positive, with one distributor sharing, “NuStart combines state of the art engineering with the smart go-to-market strategy our customers are looking for. NuStart is going to be huge.”

Participating dealers will gain access to NuStart marketing materials and hands-on training by Firstech’s awardwinning technical staff. Additionally, Firstech has developed a 6-foot tall free standing product displays to solidify NuStart’s brand presence in dealers’ stores. Dealers interested in learning more about NuStart can visit www.nustartauto.com/become-a-dealer.

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. The company was founded in 1995, primarily focusing on aftermarket remote car starters and security systems. Firstech has been voted the “Top Vendor in Security, Safety, and Convenience” products by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association of America in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. www.firstechllc.com.

EDA is a high integrity, member-owned buying group serving the 12-volt specialists throughout the United States. With over 7,000 active customers, EDA is the largest 12-volt buying group servicing the unique needs of distributors. www.elitedistributoralliance.com.

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