3 Big Trends in Security & Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017 • The security and home-automation industries grapple with new technologies and business models today and in the near future -- insurtech, closed vs. open ecosystems, and cloud vs. local integration, to name a few.

Nest’s New Security and Home Automation System: Implications for Thread, Weave, Insurtech

By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2017 • Nest Secure, a new UL-listed DIY security and home automation system with professional monitoring by MONI, seems humdrum until you consider implications for IoT protocols Thread and Weave, as well as smart-home installers and the insurance industry (insurtech). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Research: 40% of Consumers Would Switch Insurance Providers to Get Smart-Home Goods

By Chelsea Cafiero · September 14, 2017 • Consumers' excitement about smart-home tech could give insurance providers a new opportunity to gain customers, reduce claims and develop new revenue streams.

Insurance, the Smart Home, and the Business of Keeping Customers Engaged

By Julie Jacobson · July 20, 2017 • How insurance (insurtech) and other industries are keeping customers engaged through smart-home technologies, remote IoT services, product warranties and client communications. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

6 Questions to Ask Your Errors & Omissions Insurance Broker

By Julie Jacobson · June 12, 2017 • Attorney Ken Kirschenbaum suggests security dealers and other service-oriented businesses request these statistics to select the best E&O insurance provider.

A Faustian Bargain: Will Builders Subsidize Smart Homes in Exchange for IoT Data?

By Julie Jacobson · October 21, 2016 • Speaking at Azione Unlimited fall conference, home-building expert Tim Costello wondered aloud about the possibility of builders mining IoT data from home automation and other residential technologies. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

The Over-Dramatization and Lessons of the Google, Nest, Revolv IoT Thing

By Julie Jacobson · April 15, 2016 • Nest finally bricks ill-fated Revolv home automation hub. World damns Tony Fadell, IoT, Google, Alphabet, the cloud, greed and the inability to control landscape lighting, but there are bigger lessons to be learned. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)