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Monitronics to acquire Security Networks

After $487m cash deal, Monitronics will have 600 dealers, 1 million customers
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07/10/2013

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Monitronics will have more than 600 dealers and 1 million accounts when it completes the $487 million acquisition, announced today, of super-regional security company Security Networks, the 14th largest residential alarm monitoring company in the United States.

Monitronics gears up for new charity 5K race

Acclaimed runner Bill Rodgers to be at race
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07/27/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics is joining with Mission 500 to host the Moni 5K race on Aug. 6 to benefit local schools, the first of what could be an annual event and an example of Mission 500’s new model.

ADT gets into the Ring

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ADT announced earlier this week that the Ring video doorbell is now available for its customers nationwide. While the Ring has made some noise in the smart doorbell category, there are many options to choose from when it comes to this first-line-of-defense product for homeowners.

Others who have had success with doorbell cameras include Vivint, Skybell and August, to name just a few.

As more and more consumers begin to embrace smart home products like the video doorbell, dealers are adding these devices to their security and home-automation offerings, and partnering and integrating with others to provide a complete home automation and security package.

For example, ADT customers can incorporate the Ring video doorbell as part of their ADT Pulse smart home security system and lock their door, turn on their lights, and activate their ADT security system directly within the Ring app, all while seeing who is at the door.

Similarly, Vivint’s Doorbell Camera, which won a 2016 Innovation Award from the Business Intelligence Group earlier this year, works with its smart home platform, so homeowners can engage in two-way conversations with visitors on their doorsteps from their mobile devices, while simultaneously using Vivint’s smart home technology to remotely unlock the front door, open the garage door, disarm their security system, for example.

On the supplier side, SkyBell, which was nominated for a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, has integrated with Nest, Amazon Echo, Honeywell, Alarm.com, Monitronics, Kwikset, Icontrol Networks and IFTTT, all in an effort to allow complete control of a homeowner’s security and smart home system.

And the August Doorbell Cam is part of the August Smart Home Access System, so all of the August Home products, along with its app, work together. August is also integrating with other companies, such as Honeywell, which recently integrated the August Smart Lock with its Total Connect 2.0 Remote Services platform.

For many homeowners, the video doorbell is their first-foray into smart home technology, and it is helping to drive the continued growth of other security cameras and smart home devices and apps. 

In fact, new research that came out this week from Parks Associates estimates that nearly 24 percent of U.S. broadband households will have an IP camera by 2020, while more than 50 percent will have a smart home controller and 26 percent will have a home security system.

What this study and others like it are finding is interest in products like the video doorbell is driving consumer interest in security, which can only benefit security dealers moving forward.

 

 

Monitronics hires ex-ADT exec, adds marketing directors

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07/14/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics recently hired ADT’s former director and lead human resources business partner, Kelly Harris, to join the company as chief people officer, and also added two new directors of marketing.

ADT to add Engarde to its CRM options

CRM will enable ADT dealers to do credit checks, e-contracts, homeowner verification, among other capabilities
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07/06/2016

SALT LAKE CITY—Engarde, a cloud-based CRM software company based here, is set to begin integrating with ADT, Timm Tippetts, president of Engarde, told Security Systems News.

Monitronics announces newly supported products

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06/13/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics now offers a wider variety of new smart home products for its customers and dealers.

Five Questions: Frank Guido

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05/24/2016

Frank Guido, who recently joined Monitronics as chief marketing officer, has more than 25 years of leadership experience in branding, agency management, digital marketing, advertising, and sales and operations at a number of Fortune 500 companies, including most recently with Windstream and Alltel. Security Systems News recently asked Guido five questions.

Monitronics partners with WAVE Electronics

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03/31/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics partnered with WAVE to bring new distribution services for its dealers.

CRM designed by dealers for dealers attracts major players

FillQuick emphasizes ease of information for dealers
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03/23/2016

EDMONTON, Canada—Designed by a former ADT dealer and developed specifically for security companies, FillQuick is a new CRM software company that is attracting some big name customers, like UCC, AvantGuard and, most recently, Monitronics.

Monitronics partners with telecom for lead generation

Frank Guido: Moni may partner with other telecoms
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03/09/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics has entered a lead generation partnership with telecom company Consolidated Communications, according to Monitronics’ CMO Frank Guido.

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