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Consumers ‘ho-hum’ about home automation?

Study says demand is down, products must become easier to use

LOS GATOS, Calif.—Advances in connected home technology were all the buzz at ISC West 2015, and recent studies point to a boom, too, but an alternative report from Argus Insights suggests that the big buzz is overrated. The market is stalling and may even be shrinking, it says.

Alliance Security credits employee smarts for big growth

Resi company’s learning culture leads to high retention rates, CEO says, prepping move to new, bigger HQ

WARWICK, R.I.—Alliance Security, a burgeoning resi security and home automation provider, based here, anticipates increasing its sales from $56 million to $110 million this year. It also expects to double its workforce to 600 by the end of 2015 and is in the process of moving to a new 60,000-square-foot site in Cranston, R.I.

ADS adds $70,000 in RMR in latest buy in Tennessee

Company still on acquisition roll; three more ‘in pipeline’

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, continuing to expand its footprint in the Southeast, has acquired 3,200 customer accounts from Professional Alarms of Clarkesville, Tenn.

Ding-dong! Vivint can tell you who’s calling

Remote-access Doorbell Camera available soon

PROVO, Utah—Vivint’s new Doorbell Camera allows customers to engage in a two-way conversation with visitors from their mobile devices and provides them with a 180-degree view, with night vision, of their doorstep.

ADT’s new partnerships ‘push the boundary’

LG, Nest give ADT broader reach

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT’s recent partnership with LG Electronics and Google’s Nest is the company’s means to “push the boundary” between residential security and home automation with the goal of extending “protection and security to as many people as we can,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduña.

Doyle expands into mass marketing

Strategy could expand company footprint

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—To reach new audiences and expand the company, Doyle Security Systems, based here, is introducing a new mass-market strategy.

AlarmForce ordered to pay Matlin court fees

Company drops suit over employee injunction

TORONTO—AlarmForce Industries must pay $45,000 in court costs to company founder Joel Matlin and others after AlarmForce dropped a lawsuit that sought to bar two employees from working for Matlin’s new company, ThinkProtection.

B Safe buys backyard competitor

‘Hometown feel’ matters, general manager says

MANTUA, N.J.—B Safe, a regional provider of security and fire alarms in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has acquired Security Connection of Gibbstown, N.J.

Ex-ADT exec kick-starts Abode

Home security company exceeds fundraising goal

PALO ALTO, Calif.—A former ADT executive’s Kickstarter campaign to help finance a new DIY home security company exceeded its $100,000 goal, and the company, Abode, is up and running.

AlarmForce names third CEO in less than two years

Toronto-based company has yet to resolve suit brought by Joel Matlin

TORONTO—Graham Badun is the new president and CEO of AlarmForce Industries, its third leader in less than two years.



SSN News Poll November 2015

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