By Julie Jacobson · April 19, 2019 • Julie Jacobson: Car-rental companies share passenger vans, parking lots, rental facilities, signage and often personnel. Why couldn't local home-tech integrators do the same?
By Julie Jacobson · December 5, 2018 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson: The custom home-technology sector invented "home automation" more than 30 years ago, but we haven't kept up with the technologies and business practices that define smart-home deployment today.
By CE Pro Editors · August 31, 2018 • This month's Editor Notes from CE Pro's Julie Jacobson, opining on Sonos, Sony, Samsung Bixby, Kaleidescape, and Emerald's acquisition of CE Pro.
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.)
By Julie Jacobson · April 10, 2018 • All those rich people who purchase smart-home systems and big TVs on Amazon ... are they "not your customers anyway" or do they just want a simple buying experience, a la Uber and Amazon?
By Julie Jacobson · November 30, 2017 • Home Automation and home entertainment products and technologies that coulda shoulda woulda had a longer life span, if only .... Remember Kenwood Sovereign Entre? Frox? Premise Systems? WebTV? Philips Streamium?
By Julie Jacobson · May 30, 2017 • IoT initiatives by Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon will forever change the smart-home landscape, providing new and different opportunities for professional installers serving the 99 percenters. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · November 2, 2016 • It’s not that Millennials and other with-it customers want cheap; they just want smart home solutions that are simple and convenient. Will traditional custom installers meet their needs, or will Millennial-run start-ups own the market? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · September 30, 2016 • Integrators like to think that consumers spurn custom solutions because they're cheapskates, but often they simply want the convenience of online shopping, the joy of everything-on-demand, and the ability to avoid pesky conversation. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2016 • There's Uber for drivers, KallDoc for physicians and Iggbo for phlebotomists. When will home automation and consumer electronics get their play in the on-demand economy? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · April 5, 2016 • What if you could add a Z-Wave module to Amazon Echo? Or a night light to Sonos? Or a voice-control pod to TiVo? Would customers stay longer? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · November 4, 2015 • If more integrators sold less-custom systems that could be replicated from dealer to dealer, could customer accounts be bought and sold like they can in the security industry?
By Julie Jacobson · July 24, 2015 • Embedding home automation technologies into routers and settop boxes -- and creating a rich back-end -- could go a long way in helping service providers support their IoT customers.
By Julie Jacobson · May 8, 2015 • A DIY that tries to install home automation and A/V products themselves might be the best prospects for CE pros.
By Julie Jacobson · April 3, 2015 • The custom electronics industry suffers from the inability to scale. Could an install-it-yourself model work? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)