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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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · March 28, 2018 • Azione Unlimited, a buying group for home-technology pros, adds another DIY vendor to the roster -- Google Home -- shortly after Sonos joins the group.

DIY Audio Visual Is an Opportunity, Not a Threat for Integrators

By Adam Forziati · March 26, 2018 • AVIXA exec David Labuskes says A/V integrators should see the importance of following DIY audio visual trends.

IpDatatel, Resolution Products Rebrand as Alula, Offer End-to-End Security, IoT Platform for Pros

By Jason Knott · March 14, 2018 • Resolution Products and IpDatatel merge to form Alula, offering the new Connect+ security and home-automation hub, along with dual-path IP and cellular communicators and its own SHaaS (smart home as a service) platform.

ISC 2018 Preview: Trends, Technologies and New Business Models in Security and IoT

By CE Pro Editors · March 13, 2018 • APRIL 5, 2018, 2PM ET: This one-hour Webinar looks at new trends in security and home automation, including emerging technologies, competitive landscape, DIY developments, and new business models. PLUS: preview of new products and themes for ISC 2018.

2018 Market Report: Security and the Smart Home Installation Channel

By Scott Goldfine with Julie Jacobson · March 12, 2018 • Security dealers say DIY is hurting their business, but they still collect about $46.20 per month per customer, plus 10 to 20 percent for integrated IoT devices, according to research from Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration.

10 Indications 2018 Will be a Big Year for Smart Home Installations

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2017 • As smart-home products go mainstream, and IoT becomes ever more hyped and confusing, we should see more demand for professional installations.

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