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Vivint Smart names David Bywater as new CEO

June 9, 2021SSN Staff

PROVO, Utah—Vivint Smart Home, Inc. announced that David Bywater has been appointed chief executive officer. This follows Todd Pedersen stepping down as CEO of Vivint Smart Home, although he will remain a member of the board of directors. Bywater will also be joining the company’s board of directors. These changes will become effective on June 15, 2021. “We are pleased to have a leader with David’s robust skillset and intimate understanding of our business and operations...

Todd Pedersen, Vivint Smart Home


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Todd R. Pedersen to step down as Vivint CEO

May 27, 2021SSN Staff

PROVO, Utah—Vivint Smart Home announced this week that company Founder and Chief Executive Officer Todd R. Pedersen has decided to step down as CEO, effective once the board of directors of the company appoints his successor. Pedersen will remain a member of the board of directors. “I have decided that after 20 years of building a successful company, it is time for me to pursue my other entrepreneurial goals and devote myself to those investments and businesses,” said Pedersen....

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DIY installation of security systems up nearly 40% since 2018

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DIY installation of security systems up nearly 40% since 2018

May 19, 2021SSN Staff

DALLAS—Self-installation of newly acquired security systems reached 55 percent in Q2 2020, up from 40 percent in 2018, an increase of nearly 40 percent, Parks Associates reports. The firm’s latest whitepaper, Home Security: A Redefined Market, finds the rise of interactive services and DIY installation are two key trends defining the home security market, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, lower prices, and new smart home solutions. “The installation method for newly acquired...

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ADT announces executive leadership changes

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ADT announces executive leadership changes, Q1 results

May 5, 2021SSN Staff

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT Inc. announced several changes to its leadership, starting with the retirement of Jim Boyce, president, chief business development officer, effective May 31, 2021. The company also announced its Q1 financial results, showing continued recovery and growth and the commercial side of the business. Leadership Changes The company is grateful for Boyce’s leadership, wisdom and dedication, and for his many contributions as CEO of Defenders and its successful integration...

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Vivint to pay $20M to settle FTC claims it misused consumer credit reports

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Vivint to pay $20M to settle FTC claims it misused consumer credit reports

April 29, 2021Paul Ragusa, Editor

PROVO, Utah—Smart home security and monitoring company Vivint Smart Homes Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that the Utah-based firm misused credit reports to help unqualified customers obtain financing for the company’s products and services. Under the settlement, Vivint will pay a $15 million civil penalty and an additional $5 million to compensate injured consumers. In a complaint filed by the Department of Justice on behalf...

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My Alarm Center to restructure under Chapter 11 protection

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My Alarm Center to restructure under Chapter 11 protection

April 29, 2021SSN Staff

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Home security provider, My Alarm Center, filed for Chapter 11 protection this week, with 100 percent of its senior lenders and other key stakeholders agreeing to support the company’s prepackaged plan of reorganization that provides for elimination of approximately $235 million of legacy debt obligations, the company told Security Systems News. My Alarm Center said it will continue to operate in the “ordinary course of business” during the restructuring...

Amy Kothari, Chapter 11, My Alarm Center


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ADT brings trademark suit against Amazon’s Ring

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ADT brings trademark suit against Amazon’s Ring

April 27, 2021SSN Staff

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT has brought an action for willful trademark infringement, unfair competition, and related violations against Ring LLC (Ring), an Amazon company and provider of smart home security devices. In March 2021, the complaint asserts, Ring adopted a blue octagon mark that is virtually indistinguishable from ADT’s iconic blue octagon mark, which is protected under numerous federal trademark registrations. ADT’s blue octagon is iconic in the security market, proudly...

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Home security owners want protection beyond the home, says new report

April 19, 2021SSN Staff

BOSTON, Mass.—TrueMotion, a leading smartphone-only driving data platform, announced a new report on home security owners’ willingness to purchase protection beyond the home, specifically car crash detection and emergency response. The report reveals that as home security providers look for strategies to grow revenue and increase customer loyalty, paid car crash detection and emergency response products are a viable path forward. New products that can grow revenue and increase customer...

Brendan Bellefeuille, TrueMotion


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ADT, Google announce Nest smart home security integration

April 12, 2021SSN Staff

BOCA RATON, Fla. — ADT, a leading provider of security, automation and smart home solutions, has announced that its customers can now purchase Google Nest Mini, Nest Hub, and Nest Hub Max products and have them professionally installed by ADT’s nationwide network of smart home technicians. According to ADT, if a customer’s hands are full, that person could just say, “Hey Google, disarm my security system” so he/she could go straight to the kitchen counter...

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Resideo acquires regional distributor Norfolk Wire & Electronics

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Resideo acquires regional distributor Norfolk Wire & Electronics

April 2, 2021SSN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas—Resideo Technologies, Inc. announced it has acquired privately held Norfolk Wire & Electronics ("Norfolk"), based in Richmond, Va. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Norfolk was founded in 1985 and is a leading regional distributor of security, telecom, network and audio-video (AV) related products, supplies and tools. With 11 full-service retail locations and a 43,000-sq.-ft. distribution center, Norfolk serves customers across the mid-Atlantic region, and will be...

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