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40% of All ADT Clients Now Use ADT Pulse

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.'

Analysis: SnapAV Owner Acquires Majority Stake of DIY Security Giant SimpliSafe

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.

Now That’s How You Make $43.3 Million on Custom-Installed Technology

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.

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)

Distributor PAA ‘Ecstatic’ with Catalyst AV Results

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.

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.

Amazon IoT Patent Shows ZigBee Home-Automation Signals over Power Cable

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)

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.

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.

Who ‘Owns’ Doorbell Camera Surveillance Video? (and 4 Other Legal Questions)

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.

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.

Amazon Acquires Smart Doorbell Maker Ring for $1 Billion

By Steve Karantzoulidis · February 27, 2018 • Further entrenching itself in consumers' homes, Amazon has purchased smart doorbell maker Ring for $1 billion.

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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