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Smart-Home Pros Love Ring Doorbells, but Doorbird Surges - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

2018 Brand Analysis for front-door security shows more CE Pro 100 dealers offer Ring and Doorbird video doorbells than any other brand; Yale tops the list for smart locks and Control4 takes the access controls category.

Smart-Home Pros Love Ring Doorbells, but Doorbird Surges - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis
Yale smart locks, Control4 access controls (video intercom shown) and Ring doorbells are top front-door security brands among CE Pro 100 smart-home pros, according to the 2018 Brand Analysis. This year, Doorbird nearly overtakes Ring.

CE Pro Editors · June 7, 2018

Front-door security swelled over the past year, as the largest smart-home pros picked up more brands of video doorbells and smart locks. The category itself got a big mass-market boost from giants like Amazon and Walmart, which introduced systems for unattended access for in-home deliveries.

In the video-doorbell category, more CE Pro 100 dealers offered Ring in the past year, even though the products do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems. A more integration-friendly brand, Doorbird, surged over the year, gaining about 30 new dealers among North America's largest smart-home pros.

Next year, look for Google to make its first appearance in the front-door security categories, as the company just began shipping the new Nest Hello smart doorbell and Nest x Yale lock, both of which employ the Thread networking standard and Nest's own Weave home-automation protocol.

Long before any of these popular consumer brands hit the market, companies like Channel Vision and Holovision dominated the channel in the video-entry category. Their market share among the largest installation companies continues to dwindle, although 20% of CE Pro 100 dealers did name Holovision as an "access control" vendor in the 2018 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis (below).

% of CE Pro 100 integrators offering each brand

Top 5: 

  1. Ring: 51
  2. Doorbird: 50
  3. Skybell: 18
  4. Control4: 7
  5. Channel Vision: 6

Other Brands: 

  • August: 4
  • Savant: 3
  • Holovision: 2
  • 2N: 2
  • ButterflyMX: 1
  • Vivint: 1
  • Custom: 1
  • Lilin: 1
  • Siedle: 1
  • Swann: 1
  • Nest: 1

Previous Year

2018 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

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The top four smart-lock companies in the 2018 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis -- Yale, Kwikset, Schlage (Allegion), and August --kept their positions from the prior year, and each of the brands collected a significant number of new dealers. Assa Abloy, the parent company of #1 lock brand Yale, is becoming a powerhouse in the smart-home channel, acquiring #4 brand August in 2017. Last year, August introduced a "Pro" version of its retrofit door locked featuring by Bluetooth and Z-Wave communications.

% of CE Pro 100 integrators offering each brand

Top 5: 

  1. Yale: 62
  2. Kwikset: 53
  3. Schlage: 34
  4. August: 10
  5. Ercole: 1

Other Brands: 

  • Latch: 1
  • Baldwin/Control4: 1
  • Nest: 1
  • Weiser: 1
  • Vivint: 1

Previous Year

 

"Access Control" can be a confusing category, especially since the relatively new categories of video doorbells and smart locks have skyrocketed over the past few years. As such, CE Pro 100 dealers name a hodge-podge of products from a variety of categories as their preferred "access control" brands. Home-automation companies (Control4, Savant, Crestron) , smart-lock vendors (Yale, Kwikset), traditional alarm manufacturers (Honeywell, Interlogix) and what the industry considers "traditional" access control vendors (Holovision, Siedle), all have a place in the "access control" category.

All of the major home-automation companies have improved their integrations with front-door communications and camera systems. Control4 continues to improve upon the video-intercom software it launched in 2015.

% of CE Pro 100 integrators offering each brand (NOTE: Corrected from print edition)
 

Top 5: 

  1. Control4: 53
  2. Yale: 33
  3. Savant: 29
  4. Kwikset: 26
  5. Crestron: 25

Other Brands: 

  • Crestron: 25
  • Holovision: 20
  • Honeywell: 16
  • Siedle: 14
  • Interlogix: 13
  • URC: 13
  • Card Access: 12
  • Aiphone: 10
  • Elan: 9
  • Viking: 9
  • Leviton: 8
  • Nortek: 8
  • RTI: 8
  • DSC: 7
  • HID: 7
  • Bosch: 7
  • Baldwin: 7
  • LiftMaster: 7
  • AMX: 6
  • Linear: 6
  • Schlage: 6
  • Door King: 6
  • Securitron: 5
  • Channel Vision: 5
  • Alarm Controls: 4
  • HES: 4
  • Paxton Access: 4
  • Emerge: 3
  • IEI: 3
  • Keyscan: 3
  • Elk: 3
  • Custom: 3
  • Kantech: 3
  • Keri Systems: 2
  • Rosslare: 2
  • Assa Abloy: 2
  • SDC: 2
  • ProdataKey: 2
  • Brivo: 2
  • NKS: 2
  • Sielox: 2
  • CDVI: 1
  • Doorbird: 1
  • Audio Access: 1
  • InVixium: 1
  • Latch: 1
  • Butterfly MX: 1
  • Isonas: 1
  • DMP: 1
  • Dwelling Live: 1
  • Software House: 1
  • DSX: 1

Previous Year

 

CE Pro 100 Lists & Analysis

CE Pro's annual Brand Analysis study surveys the top 100 highest-revenue residential integration firms, otherwise known as the CE Pro 100, to determine their preferred brands in the categories of audio, video, home automation, networking, lighting control, security and more. 

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Comments

Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 7, 2018

Kevin—I take full blame for writing the commentary. I disagree with your assessment that it is “incorrect.” We state that Ring products “do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems.” It’s very nice that dealers can use your custom driver to create triggers for motion and button-presses for two specific home automation systems. However, my opinion is that if there is no audio and video integration, and Ring itself doesn’t make an effort to enable such integration, then in fact the products “do not integrate WELL with traditional home-automation systems.” I believe integrating “well” would include the ability to do something that a common motion sensor couldn’t do.

Here is the story we wrote about the very nice BlackWire driver last year: https://www.cepro.com/article/control4_finally_integrates_directly_with_ring_video_doorbell_sort_of

Posted by BlackWire Kevin on June 7, 2018

This article is incorrect about Ring integrating with home automation systems.

BlackWire (a Ring Doorbell partner and distributor) offers an authorized Ring Events driver for Control4 and URC. The drivers allow you to program events and actions based off of the button being pressed and motion. While there is currently no video on the automation touch screens of these platforms events provide a great integration into the systems.

Control4: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/c4z-ring-events/
URC: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/urc-ring-events/

Posted by BlackWire Kevin on June 7, 2018

This article is incorrect about Ring integrating with home automation systems.

BlackWire (a Ring Doorbell partner and distributor) offers an authorized Ring Events driver for Control4 and URC. The drivers allow you to program events and actions based off of the button being pressed and motion. While there is currently no video on the automation touch screens of these platforms events provide a great integration into the systems.

Control4: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/c4z-ring-events/
URC: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/urc-ring-events/

Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 7, 2018

Kevin—I take full blame for writing the commentary. I disagree with your assessment that it is “incorrect.” We state that Ring products “do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems.” It’s very nice that dealers can use your custom driver to create triggers for motion and button-presses for two specific home automation systems. However, my opinion is that if there is no audio and video integration, and Ring itself doesn’t make an effort to enable such integration, then in fact the products “do not integrate WELL with traditional home-automation systems.” I believe integrating “well” would include the ability to do something that a common motion sensor couldn’t do.

Here is the story we wrote about the very nice BlackWire driver last year: https://www.cepro.com/article/control4_finally_integrates_directly_with_ring_video_doorbell_sort_of