By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2018 • New Alexa Guard turns Amazon Echo into sound-recognition device, alerting users and professional monitoring stations to smoke/CO alarms and glass breaks; first partner ADT sees stock price soar.
By Jason Knott · August 10, 2018 • ADT reports 6% revenue boost and 73% of all new customers opt for ADT Pulse smart home automation. Pigeonholes Google, Amazon DIY security offerings as suitable for ‘renters.'
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.
By Jason Knott · June 27, 2018 • CE Pro 100 integrator Just One Touch / Video & Audio Center earns 45% of total revenues from custom installation by incorporating home automation into every part of the retailer's new high-end L.A. mall location.
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)
By Jason Knott · June 22, 2018 • Distributor PAA says being part of Catalyst AV has made ‘tremendous difference’ with 17 new lines added to portfolio in one year.
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.
By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2018 • Ideal for integrating Wi-Fi cameras with ZigBee door locks, Amazon invention shows ZigBee home-automation signals running over power cable to enhance wireless performance. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
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.
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 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.
By Jason Knott · March 28, 2018 • With the proliferation of front door camera systems such as Ring, Nest Hello, and others, the liability and ownership rights to the images is coming to the forefront.
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.
By Steve Karantzoulidis · February 27, 2018 • Further entrenching itself in consumers' homes, Amazon has purchased smart doorbell maker Ring for $1 billion.
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)