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CellBounce Solves Massive 3G/CDMA Sunset Problem for Alarm Industry

By Julie Jacobson · June 12, 2019 • Top security and home-automation execs back CellBounce, reportedly the only DIY solution for upgrading 3G/CDMA alarm panels without a truck roll.

CE Pro 100 in 2019: Lighting, Recurring Revenue, AI, and Efficiencies

By Arlen Schweiger · June 5, 2019 • Members of the CE Pro 100 share thoughts on which new technology categories and markets they plan on expanding into, shoring up operations efficiencies, hiring and retaining talent, customer service and RMR strategies.

What Integrators Can Learn From Best Buy

By Joseph Kolchinsky · May 21, 2019 • The big-box retailer’s turnaround is rooted in retooling the customer experience. Companies serving higher-end clientele can take cues from how Best Buy created 15x multiple on tech support recurring revenue.

Don’t Be Dissuaded by Companies Offering ‘No Contract’ DIY Security Products

By Ken Kirschenbaum · April 17, 2019 • The recent trend of DIY security companies claiming to protect homes with no contracts isn't always 100% accurate.

ADT Ends Pulse, Adds Command & Control, Pauses Alexa Guard, Plots DIY

By Jason Knott · March 18, 2019 • New ADT Command and Control launches nationwide this month, ending long reign of ADT Pulse security and home automation platform. Company plots DIY course with LifeShield acquisition, but not with Alexa Guard quite yet.

Tech Data to Distribute Resideo Honeywell Home in Europe

By CE Pro Editors · March 1, 2019 • Tech Data will provide pan-European distribution of Resideo's Honeywell Home-branded DIY smart security products including smart thermostats and water leak detectors.

ADT Acquires Home Security Company LifeShield

By Steve Karantzoulidis · February 11, 2019 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · January 15, 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?

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

By Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2019 • Launched at CES 2019, Ring’s new low-voltage transformer adds IoT to old landscape lighting for control via home-automation app.

Arlo Launches New Security, Home Automation Hub with Proprietary ArloRF

By Julie Jacobson · January 8, 2019 • 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.

Canary Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Monthly Monitoring Fee

By CE Pro Editors · December 21, 2018 • 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.

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

By Jason Knott · November 26, 2018 • Lowe’s to exit ‘under-performing, non-core’ home automation business by finding a buyer for its Iris Smart Home business.

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

By Julie Jacobson · October 30, 2018 • 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.

Honeywell DIY, Alexa Enabled Smart Home Security System Now Available

By CE Pro Editors · August 2, 2018 • Honeywell's DIY system features an integrated 1080p wide-angle HD camera with night vision, 145-degree viewing, and facial recognition.

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

By Julie Jacobson · July 2, 2018 • 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.

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