Remote Monitoring

New Samsung SmartThings Wifi Melds Home Automation Hub with Plume Mesh Wi-Fi

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • ‘Next iteration’ of Samsung Connect Home is full-fledged SmartThings hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave, plus mesh Wi-Fi from Plume, featuring ‘AI-based network optimization.’ New $15 ZigBee home-automation 'Button' launched.

Clients Should Have Remote Monitoring ... ‘Like It or Not’

By Sponsored Content · July 6, 2018 • Access Networks will now include its Live Monitoring service in every network it builds, and debuts its Access Networks Certified Expert (ACE) certification.

Tech Support Superfecta: OneVision adds SnapAV OvrC to Remote Managed Services

By Julie Jacobson · June 28, 2018 • OneVision becomes the only smart-home tech-support provider to work with four major managed services platforms in the custom installation channel.

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.

Why SnapAV, Lutron Partnership is Such a Big Deal for Smart Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · April 5, 2018 • Way beyond a "distribution deal," the partnership between Lutron and SnapAV is an ambitious effort to expand the lighting-control universe, and to extend the ecosystem of OvrC-enabled managed services for the home-technology channel.

ISC West 2018 Preview: 10 Trends in Security, Home Automation, IoT

By Julie Jacobson · March 28, 2018 • Smarter video surveillance, neighborhood-oriented services, and machine learning are some of the alarm and home-automation trends to to expect at ISC West.

New RMR Opportunity: Smart Thermostat Service?

By Jason Knott · March 23, 2018 • Parks Associates data shows half of U.S. households would pay $5/month for subsidized smart thermostat installation with ongoing service program.

SnapAV Acquires Allnet, Major Midwest Distributor for Home-Tech Pros

By Julie Jacobson · March 22, 2018 • SnapAV, leading provider of home-automation, audio, video, networking and security products – as well as the popular OvrC platform for remote network management – acquires Allnet, a top home-tech distributor in the Midwest. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

ProSource: ‘We’re Two Years Ahead of Everyone Else’ in Remote Managed Services

By Julie Jacobson · March 19, 2018 • The ProSource buying group is pushing lighting control and remote managed services as new opportunities for home-technology integrators, adding OneVision, Parasol, OvrC, Coastal Source and Colorbeam to its roster of providers.

A Nor’easter Superhero: Smart Home Pros Pack on the Power Protection

By Julie Jacobson · March 13, 2018 • The home-technology pros at Creative Systems save the day for storm-ravaged clients, thanks to layers of protection from back-up generators, power regulators, surge protection and remote monitoring systems.

OneVision Spreads Tech-Support Joy to RMR-Starved Dealers in 18-City Tour

By CE Pro Editors · March 9, 2018 • 24/7 tech support for smart-home clients can generate recurring revenue (RMR) for integrators, while also improving staff morale and productivity, and fostering customer happiness -- the stuff referrals are made of. OneVision shares the vision in an 18-city tour.

Control4 Acquires Ihiji, Will Drop Recurring Fees for Remote Network Management

By Julie Jacobson · January 3, 2018 • In acquiring Ihiji’s remote monitoring and management system, home automation leader Control4 will eliminate monthly fees for smart-home pros.

Yes You Can Turn Off Sonos Wi-Fi: No More Broadcast Storms!

By Julie Jacobson · December 7, 2017 • Users hate that Sonos unleashes a Wi-Fi broadcast storm even if you’re not using a wireless SonosNet connection. Now Domotz running on a Luxul router lets you kill the RF.

Hacking 101: Why Video Surveillance Should be Left to the Pros

By Julie Jacobson · November 15, 2017 • When selling video surveillance systems to would-be DIYs, remind customers it's not just physical security to consider, but also data security, given all the cybersecurity hacks out there, especially through IP cameras.

Eero Bundles Cybersecurity, Remote Network Monitoring for Smart-Home Pros

By CE Pro Editors · September 7, 2017 • Home-technology integrators get a “share of the economics” when they add Eero Plus cybersecurity service to Eero mesh-networking solutions.

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