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ADT: Consumer Electronics Show 'very important'

The event is productive for the security company on many fronts
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01/21/2014

LAS VEGAS—The annual Consumer Electronics Show didn’t used to loom so large on ADT’s radar. But 2014 marks the second year in a row the security giant has had a booth at CES and the company now views it an event not to be missed, according to Tony Wells, ADT SVP and chief marketing officer.

Alarm.com puts its own spin on PERS

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alarm.com’s new Wellness solution, unveiled recently at CES, may perform some of the same functions as a traditional PERS unit, but the solution has the unmistakable stamp of an Alarm.com offering.

The solution combines mobile notifications and sensors with the company’s home automation platform, a medley of functionalities that make it a unique contribution to the independent living product realm, which is fast becoming a widespread RMR-generating fixture in the industry.

That’s not to say Wellness doesn’t feature some of the typical trappings of more traditional PERS technology. The solution includes panic buttons, for instance. But how the offering differs from traditional PERS units in some ways parallels how Alarm.com initially distinguished itself as a company in the residential security space—through its automation functions. Through a network of sensors, the solution can automatically detect unusual information and send mobile notifications to caregivers.  

Since Wellness is fully integrated with the company’s home automation, energy management and security services, the offering essentially slots in as another component of the broader ecosystem of a connected home. Another neat wrinkle to the offering, and one that maybe shouldn’t be surprising given the overarching design of the solution, is that it enables caregivers to adjust household devices like thermostats remotely.

It’s hard to think of a product perfectly analogous to this elsewhere in the industry, though that doesn’t mean there’s not one, or at least something similar in scope and breadth. In the coming days, once CES is in the rearview mirror, I plan to speak to Alison Slavin, VP of product management at Alarm.com, to find out more about how this product puts a new spin on the PERS space, as well as what the future holds for the company in that market. 

Getting 'fence sitters' to commit to security

A new study from Parks Associates says a new value equation with smart home features draws customers
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11/01/2013

DALLAS—Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s homeowners with broadband at home—about 5 million households—considered purchasing a home security system over the past year but didn’t acquire one, according to a new report from Parks Associates, a market research firm based here.

AT&T’s Digital Life in 52 markets this week

The company exceeds its goal of expanding to 50 markets in 2013; ARPU higher than expected
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10/23/2013

DALLAS—When AT&T this spring launched Digital Life, its home security/home automation product, the company set a goal of being in 50 markets by the end of this year. But by the end of this week, AT&T will have surpassed that goal and says it plans to continue expanding to even more markets this year and next.

Baldwin locks integrate with Crestron systems

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10/07/2013

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Keyless entry deadbolts from Baldwin can now be integrated with Crestron control systems, the companies announced recently.

How I use my system: Talking panels and keypads with Dan Krumme of Cam-Dex

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08/14/2013

Dan Krumme, branch operations manager at the Cam-Dex Security Corp. office in St. Louis, is a fourth-generation employee at the company, a Security-Net partner. “I grew up in the industry,” he said.

Readers warming up to stand-alone home automation

Most News Poll respondents say security companies should at least offer a smart home-only package
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08/07/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In June, Comcast, a relative newcomer to the industry, rolled out Xfinity Home Control, which allows homeowners to control lights and thermostats and remotely view rooms in their homes without what was traditionally the foundation of such a package: a home security system.

New options driving connected home growth

Home safety products top homeowners’ wish list of additional features
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07/17/2013

DALLAS—A survey of consumers by Parks Associates found that the more features homeowners have in a home control system, the more likely they are to recommend the system to family and friends.

GuardMe Security moves into North Carolina

It’s the fourth time the New Jersey-based home security/home automation provider has expanded in three months
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06/26/2013

OLD BRIDGE, N.J.—After recent expansions into the Midwest and Maine, GuardMe Security, based here, in June added North Carolina to the growing list of states where it is offering home security/home automation.

Time Warner going retail with IntelligentHome

The company is offering the home security/home management product in its stores nationwide
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06/19/2013

NEW YORK—Time Warner Cable is joining the new trend of retailing home security by offering IntelligentHome, its home security/home management product, in its several hundred retail stores nationwide, according to Adam Mayer, VP of IntelligentHome.

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