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NewsPoll: SSN readers debate the utility of CES home automation gadgets

Should toasters text? Fourteen percent call it a good idea

YARMOUTH, Maine—Home automation gadgets coming out of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show are interesting, but discretion might be needed before some go too far, according to Security Systems News readers responding to our latest NewsPoll.

2GIG's co-founder has new gig and hot new first product

Lance Dean’s new venture, Encore Controls, has already sold 200,000 of its new smoke alarm detector

GRAPEVINE, Texas—Sales of a new device that can affordably turn existing home smoke detectors into monitored smart smoke detectors have surpassed 200,000 units in just a few months and more orders are pouring in, according to the manufacturer, Encore Controls, a startup co-founded by Lance Dean.