Overview: The Viper VSM250 SmartStart GPS module lets you start, control, and track your vehicle from your
compatible smart device with the free SmartStart App (Current version 3.1.1 as
of June 2013). SmartStart GPS allows you to operate specific functions of your SmartStart-ready car security or remote start system from your
iOS device (iPhone,
iPad, iPod touch) with iOS 4.3 or later, and Android devices with SDK 1.6 or
newer. (SmartStart GPS is not available for Blackberry devices at this time.)
The VSM250 SmartStart GPS module also provides you with your vehicle's current
GPS location, speed, and customized alerts. The free SmartStart App can be
downloaded from the
iTunes App Store or Google Play, depending upon which device you own. A service plan is required, but not included.
Note: The iPod touch and some iPads communicate with the
vehicle via Wi-Fi. The vehicle's SmartStart GPS module and the iPod touch/iPad
must be on the same LAN.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have SmartStart GPS module installed
in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from
your compatible smart device.
The Cars Screen lets you select which vehicle to control.
Remote Start/Alarm Functions: With the SmartStart GPS, you can use your
compatible smart device 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 device, 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.
- SmartAlert: You'll receive a text message to your compatible
smart device if your alarm triggers.
- 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.)
GPS Functions: With SmartStart GPS, you can use your
compatible smart device to display
your vehicle's GPS location, the vehicle's current speed, and receive customized
GPS alerts. From your device, you can view the following GPS data, alerts, and
- Vehicle Locator: Press a button on the screen and receive your vehicle's current
location, plus speed (if it's moving).
- SmartPark: You can text or e-mail your car's location
just by pressing a button, or check-in to update your social network.
- Speed Alert: Request a notification when your
vehicle exceeds your specified speed limit setting.
- Lock Down: You can lock
down your vehicle with a movement alert and receive notification if your
vehicle is moved without your permission.
- Low Battery Alert: You
will receive a notification if your car battery drops below a safe threshold.
Premium Services: Three additional value-added features of
SmartStart GPS can be accessed with the Premium Secure Service Plans (see
- SmartFence: SmartFence
creates a secure zone around your vehicle, so you'll be alerted if your
vehicle leaves the zone.
- HotSpot: HotSpot adds a
virtual fence, or " Do Not Enter Zone," around a location so you'll be alerted if your vehicle goes
- Scheduling: Schedule
time frames and curfews for notifications by your device.
Home Control: The
SmartStart GPS module also allows you to arm or disarm your
security system, or to check on arm/disarm status from your compatible smart
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app
screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open the following tabs:
- 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 tab lets you see at a glance the
status of your vehicle and Viper system, including Remote Starter, Doors
(locked/unlocked), Doors (open/closed), Trunk, Panic, Ignition, Hood, Active
DTC Codes, Security System State, and Security System Triggered.
- More: The More button reveals nine additional options:
- Alerts: shows new status alerts from the alarm system
- Settings: lets you log into your account, change passcode, turn
on/off features, and make general settings
- SmartSchedule: continually monitors the temperature, location,
and scheduling variables, and will ping you with alerts when appropriate.
- Home Control: lets you control an Alarm.com-powered home security
system from the SmartStart app.
- Viper Motor Club: Free 24/7/365 roadside assistance from the
Viper Motor Club
- SmartPark: helps you find your car's location, and provides
directions when needed.
- Parking Meter: helps you keep track of how much time is remaining
on the parking meter, and will alert you when it's time to add more money to
- Customize: lets you purchase (99 cents) custom skins for the
SmartStart app, including a pink color theme (benefits breast cancer
research) and an Old School classic Viper 2-way Responder remote. Available
for the iPhone version of the app only.
- Find a Dealer: helps you locate the nearest Viper dealer
Virtually Unlimited Range: SmartStart GPS works over the 3G
cellular network or over Wi-Fi, giving you virtually unlimited range anywhere in
the United States. As long as your vehicle is in range of a GSM cellular signal
and your phone has a 3G signal, SmartStart GPS will work. When using Wi-Fi
connection, both the vehicle and device must be connected to the same LAN.
SmartStart GPS Service Plans: Once you have installed the
VSM250 SmartStart GPS Module, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart GPS
Service Plan. The SmartStart GPS Secure 1-year plan is $69.99, and the 3-year
plan is $179.99 (as of November 2013). GPS Premium Secure plans are $89.99 for
1 year and $239.99 for 3 years. Included at no charge with the SmartStart GPS Service Plan is
membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.