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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.

 

 

SentryNet: Here’s how to take on national companies

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12/29/2014

RICHLAND, Miss.—SentryNet is hosting a series of classes designed to teach its dealers how to grow their businesses.

Kwikset by Kevo makes it easier to open your home to houseguests

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07/24/2014

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Just in time for summer houseguests, Kwikset this week introduced its latest upgrade to the Kwikset by Kevo Bluetooth residential door application, giving Kevo homeowners the ability to send free and unlimited guest electronic keys [eKeys] to recipien

Icontrol adds 11 devices to growing OpenHome ecosystem

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06/19/2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Icontrol Networks, a provider of connected home technology and innovation, announced June 11 that it has certified eleven new devices through its OpenHome Partner Program.

Kwikset partnering with Building Homes for Heroes

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02/11/2014

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Kwikset, a residential door lock manufacturer, has teamed up with the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes, which builds new or modifies existing homes to fit the needs of veterans with severe wounds and disabilities, mortgage free, the company announc

Kwikset introduces new smart lock

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01/16/2014

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Kwikset’s SmartCode 914 Deadbolt with Home Connect technology is now available, the company announced Jan. 16.

Kwikset deadbolt wins CEDIA award

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10/29/2013

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Kwikset’s SmartCode 914 Deadbolt received a Manufacturers’ Excellence Award at the CEDIA Expo 2013, the company announced this week.

Kwikset teams up with ADI

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05/30/2013

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Kwikset, a manufacturer of access control solutions, is offering its suite of SmartCode locks with Home Connect technology for both Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless protocols at ADI branches in North America, according to a company statement.

Kwikset locks now supported by iBridge-equipped Napco panels

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05/07/2013

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Kwikset, a residential security company based here, has announced that its deadbolt locks are now supported through the Z-Wave automation functionality of any new or existing iBridge-equipped Gemini control panel from Napco Security Technologies, a ma

ISC West Day 2: A new look at locks, and at home with radar

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

My second day at ISC West—Wednesday—was the first day the show floor opened. And among other things I learned from my visits to various booths was how to view locks from a new perspective.

For example, at the Kwikset booth, Stanley Black & Decker national account manager Brian Willis told me that as dealers work to convince homeowners to add home automation features to their security systems, “a lock is that transition piece.”  Kwikset is part of the Hardware and Home Improvement Group of Stanley Black & Decker.

The door locks that the California-based manufacturer makes serve as a bridge to home automation. For example, one of the many features of the 2nd Generation SmartCode deadbolt lock with Home Connect technology that Kwikset introduced at the show on Wednesday is its ability to integrate with home security and automation systems.

That means the lock can communicate with other wireless products in the home. For instance, Willis said, the lock can be set up so that if a smoke alarm in the house goes off, the door will automatically unlock. As Keith Brandon,Stanley Black & Decker director of residential access solutions, put it, such features “add value to consumers and dealers.”

Not surprisingly, ASSA ABLOY, a Sweden-based door opening solutions company, also was talking locks—a lot of them.

Martin Huddart, executive VP and CEO, said the company has launched 280 new products in the last three years. He said that typically 95 percent of a building’s doors require mechanical locks because they are low-risk entry points and 5 percent of the doors are high risk, so require more expensive access control.

But Huddart said ASSA ABLOY also has solutions for medium-risk entry points and he urged integrators to explore with their customers “matching the right level of technology with the risk.” He estimated about 15 percent of a building’s entry points might require those medium solutions.

Another highlight of my day was learning about a new form of residential security: radar. That’s the latest development from SpotterRF, which makes compact radar systems for military and commercial markets—and now for the residential market. SpotterRF, a company established in 2009 that has offices in Herndon, Va. and Orem, Utah, announced at ISC West that it has installed radar security at a luxury estate.

CEO Logan Harris told me that he can’t reveal much about the client for privacy reasons, but he said he believes the job was the first of more to come in the high-end luxury market. Installed was a 100-acre, 360-degree perimeter security system in just one day that cost about $12,000, he said.

Harris said that radar “gives you the capability of sticking on GPS tracker on someone without their actually knowing anything about it.”

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