How I Use My System: Jeff Likosar

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jeff Likosar, ADT’s CFO, entered his role—and the industry—last October. Previously he worked in a variety of industries, including industrial manufacturing and technology spaces. Likosar talked with Security Systems News in early July about his security system. Specifically, he likes the ability to access his system from the ADT Pulse app on his phone.

What kind of system do you have?

It’s, of course, an ADT-based interactive system. It includes door and window contacts throughout the home, motion detectors, smoke and CO protection along with video. And then I have several home automation features that include thermostat controls, garage door openers, door locks and lighting control.

Why this particular setup?

For us, it was about both security and convenience. For the security part, the important part of the setup for me was 24/7 monitoring by ADT. … As for convenience, we especially wanted to be able to integrate control of lights and thermostats and garage door into the system, along with the ability to program routine tasks.

What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn’t want to live without?

The professional monitoring by ADT; I would put at the top of my list. As for the features, I’d say its the ability to control it all via the ADT Pulse application. … My family and I use the system … many times daily and probably 90 percent of that usage is via the application.

Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends?

I think the key trend is the continued expansion of traditional security offerings to converge with home automation … and then over time, even more interconnectedness of devices throughout the home. Another example I should maybe mention is that ADT and Amazon recently launched a partnership to integrate ADT into Amazon’s Alexa platform, which I also have in my home.