Overview: The DSM50BT SmartStart Bluetooth module, made by Directed Electronics,
allows you to operate specific functions of your vehicle with your smartphone
via Bluetooth. It can be added to an existing Directed product, including security,
remote start, and hybrid systems. It can also be installed as a standalone item
to lock/unlock your doors and pop the trunk/rear door. SmartStart currently
works in the US and Canada. No service plan is required with the DSM50BT.
Smartphone Compatibility: With the DSM50BT installed, you
can remote start (if applicable), lock, and unlock your car by pushing a button
on your smartphone, using the free Directed SmartStart App. The app is available
from the Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play, and BlackBerry App World.
SmartStart is compatible with the following smartphones:
- iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
- Android: SDK 1.6 or newer
- BlackBerry: OS 4.5 to 6. A beta app for OS7 is also available.
Security System Compatibility: The SmartStart Bluetooth module is compatible with the following
models of Directed Electronics Security and/or Remote Start Systems:
- Python: models 1401, 580, 1601, 872, 991, and 592
- Clifford: models 1.2, 1.3x, 20.7x, 2.2, 3.3x, 50.7x, and 590.2x
- By transmitter type: 1-way SuperCode (Remote Start or Security
System/Remote Start), Responder LE (RS or Sec/RS), Responder LC3 (RS or
Sec/RS), Responder HD
Operating Range: During normal operations, you should be
able to connect with your SmartStart Bluetooth system from up to 200 feet away.
The range can be affected by local interference, which direction you are from
the vehicle (facing it from the side, front, or rear), and whether you are
moving or standing still. Your smartphone will indicate the Bluetooth connection
status on its display.
Installation: The DSM50BT can easily interface with your
existing Directed security, remote start or hybrid system. The Bluetooth Control
Module is connected between the existing Directed control module and the
system's Control Center via the supplied cable. (An 8210 RF adapter kit may be
needed if the supplied cable does not fit the Directed system.) A simple power
and ground connection is also needed. If you are installing the DSM50BT as a
standalone unit, Door Lock, Door Unlock, Start/Stop, and Trunk wires have to be
connected in addition to Power and Ground.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have a SmartStart Bluetooth module installed
in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from
your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or compatible Blackberry or Android smartphone.
The Cars Screen lets you name and attach a picture for each vehicle you wish to control.
You can select the desired vehicle from the Cars Screen.
Power Saver Mode: If the SmartStart Bluetooth module doesn't
detect a connection with your smartphone for 24 hours, it will go into Power
Saver mode to reduce battery consumption. Power Saver mode reduces power
consumption to less than 12mA, approximately one-third of normal power
consumption. The module can be manually turned off (Sleep Mode) to eliminate
virtually all current draw. This is helpful if you plan on parking your vehicle
for long term storage.
LED Functions: The module has two LEDs that indicate the
status of the SmartStart system. The Blue LED blinks to indicate pairing with
your smartphone, and glows solid when connection is made. It shuts off after 2
minutes of inactivity to prevent distraction. The Red LED blinks to indicate
it's about to go into Power Saver Mode, and lights solid for a brief time when
you have selected Sleep Mode. The Red LED also indicates programming step
confirmation for installers.
Functionality: With SmartStart Bluetooth added to an
existing Directed security system/remote starter, you can use your smartphone to
pre-warm your car's cabin in the winter, pre-cool it in the summer, lock/unlock
the doors, arm/disarm your alarm, or find your car in the parking lot. Your
vehicle responds exactly the same way as it does when using the alarm system's
remote control, with audible and visual confirmations. On your smartphone, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on the touchscreen:
- Lock: Locks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message. (Can
also arm your vehicle's car alarm.)
- Unlock: Unlocks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message.
(Can also disarm your vehicle's car alarm)
- SmartStart: Remote starts your vehicle and sends a confirmation
message. The vehicle stays running for the programmed run time (default is
12 minutes). You can tap the icon again to turn off the vehicle.
- Trunk: Tapping the icon once opens a dialog box, asking you to
confirm the command (Yes/No). If you tap "Yes" the trunk opens the trunk and
a confirmation message is sent.
- Panic: Activates the panic mode for 30 seconds. You can tap the
icon again to turn off. (This feature is used to attract attention if you're
in a threatening position. It can also be used as a car finder.)
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app
screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open any of the four screens:
- Home: The Home screen is the default screen, and gives you access
to all of the remote commands: Lock, Unlock, SmartStart, Trunk, and Panic.
- Cars: The Cars screen allows you to control multiple vehicles if
you have a compatible security/remote start system installed in more than
- Status: The Status screen can show you the current
status of your vehicle, letting you know if the engine is running or not,
doors are closed/open and locked/unlocked, trunk and hood are open/closed,
whether the alarm is armed or unarmed. (Vehicle status requires compatible
Directed SmartStart GSM hardware with a service plan.)
- GPS: The GPS screen lets you locate and control your
car from almost anywhere. (Requires GSM and GPS hardware with a service
- More: Lets you access settings and other advanced app