Alula delivers new smart security platform dedicated to professional dealer installers

Alula Holdings, LLC Recently Acquired ipDatatel and Resolution Products
Both Entities Now Operate as Alula, Delivering A Fully Integrated Home and Business Smart Security Platform

HUDSON, WI–(BusinessWire – MARCH 14, 2018) – Alula launched today as a unified group of companies offering a completely integrated smart security platform following  Alula Holdings, LLC’s acquisition of ipDatatel and Resolution Products. Alula includes two award-winning security system leaders that, together, create the most advanced smart security platform designed to meet the needs of today’s customers while simplifying business for professional security dealers, installers and integrators.

Alula is dedicated to making smart security simple for dealers. Alula helps dealers grow their business with a modern and simplified security platform that expands their reach, allowing dealers to win against often unreliable consumer off-the-shelf solutions through a simple, professional, yet easy-to-install approach. Dealers can also use Alula to embrace DIY as part of their strategy and extend into broader, connected home offerings. Alula is the first fully-integrated security product and service platform designed and dedicated entirely to professional dealers and installers. With integrated products and services, Alula allows independent security companies to bank on a single platform for hundreds of security configurations — the two-room townhouse, the suburban spread, the small shopkeeper and the growing business. From voice-controlled and mobile app-driven homes to video monitoring and smart device controls, Alula delivers a modern security solution for increasingly complex installation environments.

“Building Alula for professional dealers means we are advancing Resolution Products and ipDatatel beyond industry-leading sensors, panels, communicators, networks and software,” said Alula Holdings CEO, Brian McLaughlin. “Creating Alula means challenging ourselves to build a competitive advantage for our 3,500 dealer partners. For Alula, simplifying security means making security professionals more productive and profitable.”

Alula Connect+ (based on the popular Helix alarm panel from Resolution Products and the widely deployed SecureSmart Network by ipDatatel) is an innovative and reliable new solution for dealers.. The easy expansion and upgradability of Alula Connect+ ensures integration of smart devices, takeover of wired systems and communications to central stations via IP and cellular. And, Alula’s entire platform is designed to work for  professionals. Leveraging Alula Connect+, alarm dealers have the independence to price, configure and control their installations as they choose. Advanced capabilities provide customers with powerful automation of smart home devices, and integrated video making security a lasting feature of the smart home. Whether integrating existing systems or customer specified retail products, Alula Connect+ puts the professional in charge and provides a reliable point of recurring revenue.

“We are excited about the new company, Alula and are confident the melding of these two companies will be a force multiplier to continue to drive innovation,” said Michael Morton, Chief Revenue Officer, EMC Security. “In an industry filled with disruption we recognize the importance of choosing partners that embrace continual innovation. Both ipDatatel and Resolution Products have impressed us over the years with their ability to listen to the market and develop products that meet the desires of consumers.”

“Professional dealers and installers of security and automation solutions are being undercut by vendors and suppliers who promise the future while trying to make independent dealers a thing of the past,” said Alula Holdings CEO, Brian McLaughlin. “We built Alula to grow the professional dealer businesses as the industry’s best defense against commoditized products and services, off-the-shelf DIY and so-called ’powered-by’ partners that make dealers pay too much for too little.”

About Alula

Alula is the only security platform that delivers security simplified for independent security dealers and installers and the customers who rely on their service and expertise. Today, thousands of dealers across North America have over 250,000 active locations secured and connected with Alula. Designed for professional security professionals, the Alula platform provides a complete security, alarm, video and automation solution for renters, homeowners and commercial installations. Alula is a business-driven security platform designed to reduce truck rolls, increase RMR, simplify inventory and put dealers in control of their business, their customers and their revenue. The Alula platform is available nationwide through distributors that cater to the alarm and integrator industry.


Media Contact:
Laura Cruz
Tenor PR for Alula
(917) 406-7517


New CEO to Lead Recently Merged ipDatatel and Resolution Products

HUDSON, WI–(BusinessWire – February 13, 2018) – IPR, Inc. today announced Brian McLaughlin was named CEO to lead the recently merged company in its mission to empower independent security dealers to simplify the connected experience. As CEO, McLaughlin will be responsible for all aspects of the business, based out of the company’s Hudson, Wisconsin headquarters.

“The board is delighted to have found an exceptionally experienced and successful executive to assume the leadership role for this world-class organization,” said Robin Pederson, chairman of IPR. “Brian is joining our talented management team and will lead the recently merged company through its next phase of growth.”

“IPR has a long history of innovation and has brought dozens of firsts to the security industry,” said Phil Clough, managing general partner, ABS Capital. “And Brian McLaughlin’s deep understanding of technology, market strategy and sales channels, along with his track record of delivering sustained, high growth, made him the obvious choice to lead this pioneering connected security company.”

“It is a great honor to join this team of industry leaders. I look forward to applying my insights to driving IPR’s vision, while increasing revenue and profitability for our independent security dealers and integrators,” said Brian McLaughlin, CEO IPR. “Providing the simplest and most complete solutions to help security professionals grow their opportunity is our number one goal.”

Brian McLaughlin was most recently president of the Transportation Mobility division of Trimble, a global connected transportation technology company.  Prior to Trimble, McLaughlin was president of PeopleNet which he joined in 2001 and was acquired by Trimble in 2011. In his leadership and management roles, McLaughlin has led high performing, global teams to achieve significant growth while transitioning to a SaaS business model. He has also helped to shape logistics industry policy on standards and worked with a number of industry organizations on other technology and safety initiatives. McLaughlin has an undergraduate degree in management from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Russell Vail and Brian Seemann, founders of ipDatatel and Resolution Products respectively, remain on IPR’s board of directors and will continue in key executive management roles.

About the Merger of ipDatatel and Resolution Products
The newly merged companies provide dealers with a complete security solution ranging from industry-leading wireless sensors to alarm communicators and a unique stand-alone, modern wireless alarm system built for today’s security customer.  In addition, all solutions are powered by a reliable and trusted network for alarm communications, automation, video, and remote programming.  Now security providers can grow their business with a single experience that is flexible and configurable to meet the needs of their individual customer.

Dealer’s Edge: Top security stories this week

Welcome to Dealers’ Edge, a bi-weekly collection of what caught our eye this week on the web. As a professional security dealer, you’re busy focusing on your business, keeping your existing customers happy and finding opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

That’s why we dedicate a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.


DCda_15V0AAMld4Resolution Products Integrates Wireless Technology With Pella Smart Windows, Doors
Integrated within Resolution’s Universal Translator family, Pella’s Insynctive Technology will be compatible with leading home and business security systems.

Read more on Security Sales & Integration >>


Insurance, the Smart Home, and the Business of Keeping Customers Engaged
How insurance and other industries are keeping customers engaged through smart-home technologies, remote IoT services, product warranties and client communications.

Read more on CEPro >>


5 Steps to Successful Smart Building Automation
More efficient lighting and climate control is one of the several cost-saving benefits a smart building can offer your customers. Smart buildings are on the rise around the world as companies recognize the potential cost savings of automation. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), every building with an integrated security and access control system has the capability to also integrate the building’s energy use, water use, ventilation and more. Here are five steps to ensure successful automation of a commercial facility.

Read more on Security Sales & Integration >> 


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Universal Translator Named by Security Sales & Integration as a Top Innovation of 2016

We’re excited that our Universal Translator has been chosen by Security Sales & Integration as one of its Top 30 Technology Innovations of 2016! The top 30 innovations are a compilation of the year’s top electronic security industry products and solutions handpicked by SSI’s tech editors.

“Resolution Products has been doing so many exciting things the past few years it is sometimes hard to keep track. One of its products that really caught my attention recently is the Universal Translator. Alarm dealers that have the opportunity to take over an existing wireless security system account can now offer a special deal to their new customers.” – Bob Dolph, of Security Sales & Integrations’ Tech Talk column


Click the image above to learn more about Resolution Products’ Universal Translator

Some key benefits of the Universal Translator are:

  • A selector switch making it compatible with almost any panel the dealer is installing
  • The hardwired system provides power to devices using the integrated power supply and backup battery, and is fully UL compliant
  • The RE508X has a well-designed, spacious wiring area simplifying installation

Click below to get in touch with our team to learn more about the Universal Translator or here to find a distributor.

Learn more about the Universal Translator

Dealer’s Edge: Must-Reads of the Week

Welcome to Dealers’ Edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.

As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we dedicate a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.


Here are the five interesting articles we found this week:

Connectivity Where We Live And Work

By Thread Group

Today, there are many business applications that are driving the expansion of IoT in commercial buildings and the professional sector. Thread provides an IP-based reliable, low-power, secure and scalable mesh networking solution – making it a natural choice for connectivity beyond the home. From building security to energy management and lighting Thread Group’s President, Grant Erickson explains Thread’s role in the commercial building domain.

>>Read more here.

On Millennials, DIY, Smart Homes, Professional Installation and the Business of IoT Things

By Julie Jacobson

In a CE Pro article not too long ago, I said it: the DIY trend is starting to get scary. I addressed some challenges in the pro channel considering the new world order — one that includes very good, very inexpensive smart-home solutions for do-it-your-selfers, along with an entire ecosystem that makes it simpler for people to purchase and install their smart devices, whether by themselves or with a little guidance from a pro.

>>Read more here.

Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

By Stacey Higginbotham

Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return.

>>Read more here.

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

By Steve Lohr

The vision of the so-called internet of things — giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover — has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

>>Read more here.

Smart-Home and Other Convenience Updates That Add Resale Value

By Anne Machalinski

Whether it’s a new state-of-the-art kitchen, a landscaped front yard or the addition of a top floor and roof deck on a townhouse, some updates can translate to real value on the resale of a luxury property, while others can fall flat.

>>Read more here.

Winter 2016 Technology & Security Industry Events Not to Miss

The next few months are full of exciting events to dig deep into the security industry and all of the new opportunities that the latest and greatest technology has to offer. We hope to see you at one or more of the events below.


Security Sales and Integration Total Technology Summit | November 2-6, 2016
Omni Atlanta at CNN Center & Georgia World Congress Center
Resolution Products booth 1025

ISC East | November 16-17 2016
Javits Center North
New York, NY
Resolution Products booth 619

Louisiana Alarm Association Convention | November 16-17, 2016
The Pontchartrain Center – Kenner
Kenner, LA

Consumer Electronic Show (CES) | January 4-7, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
The Thread Group Booth
Sands, Halls A-D Number 40343

A Professional Security Dealer’s Edge: Must-Read for the Week

Welcome to our professional security dealers’ edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.


As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we’ll be dedicating a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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Results are In: 3rd Party Survey for Quality of Sales Teams

With over 100 combined years of serving customers and a passion for excellence, it’s no wonder that Resolution Products’ sales team is ranked #1 in a 3rd party survey by Readex Research. The survey is from a 2016 brand satisfaction study of suppliers for the security industry.


We’re Expanding to Meet Customer Demands

Resolution Products has made great progress in offering innovative products for the security industry. To meet the increasing demands for our products and to better serve our customers, we’ve been growing our team and facility.  In this post, we’re excited to report on our current office expansion to accommodate for all the additional staff.


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ESX 2016: June 8th – 10th

This year’s Electronic Security Expo (ESX)  will take place June 8th through June 10th at the Fort Worth Convention Center with association meetings happening earlier in the week. If you haven’t registered for this event, you’ll still have time to do so by going to >>here. The conference catalogue can be found >>here.


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