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

By Julie Jacobson · July 31, 2018 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · June 22, 2018 • Report says Amazon is contemplating selling homeowners insurance alongside robots, security, home automation and other IoT devices. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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

By Julie Jacobson · June 8, 2018 • 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.

Smart-Home Pros Love Ring Doorbells, but Doorbird Surges - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

By CE Pro Editors · June 7, 2018 • 2018 Brand Analysis for front-door security shows more CE Pro 100 dealers offer Ring and Doorbird video doorbells than any other brand; Yale tops the list for smart locks and Control4 takes the access controls category.

What Happens When Amazon Acquires a ‘Real’ Security Company Like Vivint, Guardian or Brink’s?

By Julie Jacobson · May 18, 2018 • Acquiring a national alarm company could help Amazon increase recurring monthly revenue (RMR), but also pave the way for Amazon to become a chief security officer (CSO) and managed service provider for the home.

Nest’s New Video Doorbell and Smart Lock are Shipping; This Pro ‘Can’t Wait’

By Advertorial · May 1, 2018 • Hooked on Nest thermostats, smoke and CO alarms and indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras, this Nest Elite Pro dealer -- and his Nest-obsessed customers -- can't wait to integrate the new Nest Hello video doorbell and Next x Yale smart lock, starting today. The products are now available.

That HUGE Story on Secretive ‘Amazon Home Security Services’

By Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2018 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson conjures up "the big story" on new Amazon Smart Security Services, including an army of licensed alarm installers, Amazon's own central monitoring station, Ring and Zonoff-inspired smart-home services, Amazon Key and more. (Spoiler: She was wrong.)

DMP Security System Integrates with Ring Video Doorbells

By CE Pro Editors · April 18, 2018 • DMP security panels already integrate with home-automation devices through the company's Virtual Keypad. At ISC West 2018, the company announced integration with Ring Video Doorbells.

9 Interesting IoT Finds at ISC: Blingy Smart Lock, Awesome Fire Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · April 12, 2018 • ISC West 2018: SnapAV pitches OvrC to alarm dealers, a smart lock for newlyweds, neat fire-protection system that could spawn a category ... and more security and home automation from Vegas.

Ultimate ISC Tech Guide: Hottest Products & Trends in Security, Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · April 11, 2018 • ISC West 2018 teems with new security and home-automation products highlighting trends in video surveillance & analtyics, AI-enabled alarm sensors, assisted-DIY solutions and more. CE Pro's Julie Jacobson has it here.

Parasitic Smart Locks: August and Nest/Yale Sponge Power off Doorbells

By Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2018 • August and Nest/Yale employ low-energy home-automation protocols (Bluetooth LE and Thread/Weave) for their door locks, connecting to the home network via Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbells powered over wire.

August Now Provides 24 Hours of Free Video Storage with Doorbell Cams

By CE Pro Editors · March 14, 2018 • Acquired by Assa Abbloy last year, August now offers 24 hours of free video storage for doorbell cams, which previously carried a fee for saving any amount of surveillance footage.

Interlogix UltraSync Adds Cameras, Voice, Doorbell Cam

By Jason Knott · January 25, 2018 • Interlogix stays focused on integration channel at CES 2018 with UltraSync SmartHome system, adding Amazon Alexa, 1080p camera, cellular module and doorbell camera.

Ring Settles with ADT in Zonoff Lawsuit, Acquires Lighting Co., Plans Spring Launch of Ring Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Video Doorbells Get Ugly: SkyBell Slams Ring in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2018 • In patent-infringement case, SkyBell says Ring (Bot Home Automation) competes on hype, not innovation. Meanwhile, Ring says Nest is a copycat.

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