While Bluetooth proximity unlocking and the GPS locator features of Viper SmartStart and SmartKey come in handy, it is a fairly big installation and will apply to limited scenarios and vehicles.
Viper's new SmartKey system includes the ability to unlock your car through Bluetooth, and offers GPS location features.
Viper's SmartStart mobile app comes to its third platform this week. The car starting, door unlocking, and panic button enabling app hits Android's Market on Thursday and brings the same features found on iPhone and BlackBerry devices.
Viper SmartStart, which began starting and unlocking cars from the iPhone in October, will soon be available for BlackBerry owners.
Car security company Directed Electronics has unveiled a new iPhone application that lets customers control parts of their Viper SmartStart-enabled vehicle from their iPhone or iPod Touch.
Compaq attempts to position its general purpose servers for intranet applications by adding software from Microsoft, Netscape, Novell, and Raptor s to its SmartStart server configuration utility.
Compaq Computer will include evaluation copies of Hummingbird Communications' PC-to-enterprise internetworking software with every model of its Professional Workstation. The bundle is part of Compaq's SmartStart installation and configuration CD set, a try-and-buy program in which products can be converted to fully-licensed copies.