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New Vivint Pro Program is ‘Dream’ RMR Opportunity for Home-Tech Channel

New Vivint Smart Home Authorized Pro program enables home-tech pros to earn RMR and product margins on alarm and home-automation systems and services, leaving all the heavy lifting to Vivint.

Julie Jacobson · April 09, 2019

Best and Worst States for Amazon Package Theft

Study reveals Wyoming, Vermont and California are the worst states per capita for Amazon package theft. Mississippi is the safest. December and November months have highest theft rates.

Jason Knott · March 22, 2019

Elan Intelligent Touchpanel Shows Slick Built-in Facial Recognition at CES 2019

No swipes, no pushbuttons needed for smart home control with Nortek Security & Control’s Elan Intelligent Touchpanels incorporating IntelliVision facial recognition.

Jason Knott · January 11, 2019

Home Tech Pros Should Get Hyperlocal With Nextdoor.com, Other Neighborhood Networks

Security dealers and home-tech integrators should try Nextdoor.com to generate hyperlocal business, referrals and repeat customers in a very efficient manner.

Julie Jacobson · December 28, 2018

Top 50 Cities for Amazon Package Theft

Research: San Francisco and Seattle are most frequent cities for Amazon package theft by ‘porch pirates’ and offer strongest potential to install front doorbell camera systems.

Jason Knott · December 26, 2018

Ring Video Doorbell Integrates with Crestron Home Automation in Award-Winning Install

Restrepo Innovations nabs Crestron Global Home Technology Award for clever use of AV LinkPro PBX Bridge to integrate Ring video doorbell with Crestron home-automation.

Robert Archer · December 14, 2018

SnapAV Now Sells Nest and Google Smart Home and Pro-Monitored Security Systems

SnapAV is offering full range of Google/Nest smart-home products, including cameras, thermostats, video doorbells, Thread/Weave Yale locks, Nest Secure pro-monitored alarm systems, and Google Home IoT hubs.

Julie Jacobson · November 14, 2018

Control4’s new Intercom Anywhere ‘Elevates the Smart Doorbell’

Unlike typical smart doorbells, Control4’s Intercom Anywhere ecosystem allows users to activate home automation scenes directly through the app, and communicate across Control4 touchscreens, video door stations and mobile apps.

Julie Jacobson · July 31, 2018

If Amazon Sells Homeowners Insurance with Security and IoT, Game Over?

Report says Amazon is contemplating selling homeowners insurance alongside robots, security, home automation and other IoT devices.

Julie Jacobson · June 22, 2018

Jeremy Burkhardt’s Biz Partner Builds a Better Video Doorbell Transformer

Wharton MBA, lawyer, investor, and Jeremy Burkhardt’s M&A guy Brent Sonnek-Schmelz runs OhmKat, manufacturer of purpose-built power supplies for Ring, Nest, Skybell and other popular video doorbells.

Julie Jacobson · June 08, 2018