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Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG

Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT.

Julie Jacobson · October 02, 2017

Lennar’s New Home-Automation Paradigm: Embracing Amazon Smart Home Services

Lennar is reportedly shedding traditional IoT products and ‘CEDIA’ installers in favor of wireless DIY home automation systems installed by Amazon Smart Home Services.

Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2017

April Fools Fell for Hub, a Fake Startup Whose Smart-Home Device Doesn’t Do Anything

Gotcha! A former Microsoft intern got his Yale classmates to apply for jobs at Hub, a fake startup with well-produced marketing video for a smart-home device.

Chelsea Cafiero · April 05, 2017

UPDATE: JCPenney Plays Gender Card, Launches Home Automation Biz and Pro Installation

Capitalizing on its large female customer base, JCPenney is the latest big-box brand to get into home automation with new “Home Services,” featuring Samsung SmartThings and and other smart-home systems. [UPDATE: JCP is not installing the smart-home equipment, just the other five Home Services categories.]

Julie Jacobson · March 16, 2017

Look Inside Part DIY, Part HelloTech Media Room Project

Avid DIY-er enlists ‘Do It For Me’ website HelloTech.com to help renovate her 1930s media room with Sonos, Amazon Echo, Lutron and Samsung SmartThings.

Lisa Montgomery · February 15, 2017

Samsung to Acquire Harman for Connected Car; What About AMX for Smart Home?

Samsung Electronics is acquiring Harman International for $112 per share, or $8 billion, largely for Harman’s leadership in automotive technology and consumer audio; IoT shows up in PR, but no mention of AMX.

Julie Jacobson · November 14, 2016

Samsung SmartThings, Leviton Partner to Offer Lighting Control Bundle

The preassembled bundle includes a Samsung SmartThings Hub, Leviton VRMX1 Z-Wave Dimmer and Leviton VRS15 Z-Wave Switch.

Steve Karantzoulidis · October 28, 2016

The Marketing Challenges of Remote Controls and Home Automation

Lessons from Logitech Harmony, Savant Remote and others: Are they universal remote controls or home automation hubs?

Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2016

Who Will be the Next Icontrol?

If Icontrol is acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com, we’ll see a gaping hole in SHaaS (smart home as a service) providers for integrated home automation and professionally monitored security. Here are some likely contenders as the ‘next Icontrol’.

Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016

Home Automation Hubs are Sold All Wrong

Today: Buy this hub, build a smart home. Try: You know all those smart devices you already bought? Buy this hub to connect them together.

Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2016