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GHS Interactive Security rebrands as Vio Security

July 14, 2020SSN Staff

DALLAS—Community-based security alarm monitoring company, GHS Interactive Security, LLC announced Arena Investors LP, a U.S. institutional private invest firm, has recapitalized the company and acquired a majority stake. With this partnership comes a new brand identity, Vio Security, as well as a recalibrated focus on being the leading smart home and security service provider. “Arena is taking a hands-on approach as a committed equity partner, investing a significant amount of time and capital...

Arena Investors, Connected Home, GHS Interactive Security, Rebrand, rebranding, smart home, Via Security


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Monitoring Matters

Americans' trust issues, or lack thereof, with IoT devices and other security-related issues

May 1, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

The last blog I wrote, “What your connected smart home IoT devices are really doing,” highlighted the fact that there are no security standards for IoT manufacturers to follow when creating networked devices. This should cause concern or at least pause for people using such devices, especially in their homes. But, just how aware are consumers about potential risks and do people actually trust the devices they use every day? ASecureLife conducted a survey of 300 Americans nationwide to...

Alexa, ASecureLife, Connected Home, cyber security, IoT, IoT devices, smart home


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On The Editor's Desk

Study: Connected home solutions still in early adopter phase

March 8, 2017Paul Ragusa, Editor

Although a ton of research has been coming out recently looking at the high ceiling for smart or connected home growth over the next few years—Parks Associates says that half of homes will have a connected product by 2020—a recent study by research firm Gartner Inc. finds that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions. Gartner found that adoption of “newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase,” a conclusion based on...

Connected Home, Gartner, Parks Associates


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On The Editor's Desk

Study: Connected home solutions still in early adopter phase

March 8, 2017Paul Ragusa, Editor

Although a ton of research has been coming out recently looking at the high ceiling for smart or connected home growth over the next few years—Parks Associates says that half of homes will have a connected product by 2020—a recent study by research firm Gartner Inc. finds that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions. Gartner found that adoption of “newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase,” a conclusion based on...

Connected Home, Gartner, Parks Associates


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News and Notes

Honeywell's Connect 2014 on tap

October 15, 2014Amy Canfield

Honeywell's Connect 2014 is coming up next month, and I'm happy to say I'll be in attendance. Best-selling author and syndicated columnist Jeffrey Gitomer will keynote the event, an annual gathering of independent dealers, which is scheduled for Nov. 13-16 in Orlando. Gitomer is a sales and customer service expert who will speak on his unique approach to driving sales. More than 60 educational sessions aimed at residential, commercial and enterprise installers are scheduled. I've been looking at...

Connected Home, Honeywell Connect 2014, Jeffrey Gitomer, physical security


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General News

Customer service and the Internet of Things

June 18, 2014Leif Kothe

YARMOUTH, Maine—The Internet of Things phenomenon has left few industries untouched, and security is no exception. While the connected home has opened up a virtually limitless frontier for RMR, it has also spawned new demands for training and customer service that companies would do well to consider if they hope to minimize attrition.Enter the dreaded counterconcept to the user-friendly, interoperable, smoothly functioning smart home: the Internet of Broken Things. Used in a recent Parks Associates...

Connected Home, interactive services, Internet of things, physical security, SSN


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Monitoring Matters

Privacy and the connected home

June 18, 2014Leif Kothe

One of the most visible illustrations of the Internet of Things movement, the connected home continues to open up an expanding world of RMR possibilities for the security industry. But according to a recent CNN Money report, it's also opening up some new and murky legal terrain that, like many Internet-related matters, raises fundamental questions about privacy and information rights. The headline is as blunt as it is Orwellian: “Cops can access your connected home.” While the article...

alarm.com, Andy Stadler, Connected Home, interactive services, physical security, Security Partners, SSN


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On The Editor's Desk

Honeywell's Harkins transitions to new role

June 11, 2014Martha Entwistle

Honeywell's Scott Harkins is transitioning to a new role. Honeywell spokeman David Gottlieb today confirmed that “Scott Harkins has accepted a new role within Honeywell to help develop global growth opportunities within the Connected Home space. He will leave his current post as president of Honeywell Security Products Americas by the end of June.” Honeywell Security Group has not yet announced a successor to Harkins. “Honeywell Security Group has a strong leadership team in place...

Apple, Connected Home, David Gottlieb, Google, Honeywell Security Products Americas, Lyric, Nest, Scott Harkins, Security Systems News, thermostats


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Schneider Electric, Alarm.com partner to manage home energy

June 5, 2013SSN Staff

PALATINE, Ill. and Vienna, Va.—Schneider Electric and Alarm.com have teamed up to bring Schneider's Wise home management system to home builders, utilities and other service providers in the efficient energy space, the companies announced today. The partnership will capitalize on Schneider's strong presence in energy management and Alarm.com's back-end, data processing and user interface capabilities, according to a news release. Leveraging Alarm.com's Connected Home platform, Schneider's home...

alarm.com, Connected Home, EcoBusiness North America, Schneider Electric, SSN, Wiser home management system, Yann Kulp


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