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ADT Acquires Home Security Company LifeShield

ADT’s acquisition of LifeShield expands its reach into the DIY segment, where approximately 80 percent of households do not have professionally installed security systems.

Steve Karantzoulidis · February 11, 2019

Why Ring Acquired Mr. Beams: New Ring Smart Lighting System at CES 2019

Ring Smart Lighting system launches at CES 2019 one year after the acquisition of Mr. Beams, maker of quasi-connected outdoor lighting products that Ring is IoT-enabling. Why the proprietary RF and bridge?

Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2019

Dumb Old Low-Voltage Landscape Lights? New Ring Transformer Makes Them Smart

Launched at CES 2019, Ring’s new low-voltage transformer adds IoT to old landscape lighting for control via home-automation app.

Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2019

Arlo Launches New Security, Home Automation Hub with Proprietary ArloRF

Arlo chases Nest Secure, Ring Alarm, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Amazon and other IoT giants with new security system and home automation ‘SmartHub’ with proprietary RF technology. Launches at CES 2019.

Julie Jacobson · January 08, 2019

Canary Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Monthly Monitoring Fee

Smart home camera company Canary is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit after it stopped giving its users free features and instead started charging a monthly fee.

CE Pro Editors · December 21, 2018

Lowe’s Ditches Iris, Looks to Exit Smart Home Business

Lowe’s to exit ‘under-performing, non-core’ home automation business by finding a buyer for its Iris Smart Home business.

Jason Knott · November 26, 2018

Resideo’s Security, Home-Automation IPO: Comparing REZI, CTRL, ALRM

After IPO, Honeywell spinoff Resideo (NYSE: REZI) joins Control4 and Alarm.com as the only pure-play, pro-centric security and smart-home stocks. We compare 12 publicly traded competitors.

Julie Jacobson · October 30, 2018

Honeywell DIY, Alexa Enabled Smart Home Security System Now Available

Honeywell’s DIY system features an integrated 1080p wide-angle HD camera with night vision, 145-degree viewing, and facial recognition.

CE Pro Editors · August 02, 2018

Analysis: SnapAV Owner Acquires Majority Stake of DIY Security Giant SimpliSafe

Private Equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquires controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe. CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson reviews synergies with H&F portfolio companies SnapAV, Verisure (Securitas Direct) and HUB International insurance.

Julie Jacobson · July 02, 2018

Google Joins Azione, Pushing DIY Voice Control to Smart-Home Pros

Azione Unlimited, a buying group for home-technology pros, adds another DIY vendor to the roster — Google Home — shortly after Sonos joins the group.

Julie Jacobson · March 28, 2018