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Carter Brothers to build new security business with new partner

After selling its fire business to Tyco, Carter looks to collaborate with a cableco or telecom
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10/31/2012

ATLANTA—Now that he’s sold his fire business to Tyco, John Carter, president of Carter Brothers, plans to partner with a large company to provide security services on a national basis.

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.

 

 

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.

Comcast and Alarm.com reportedly in talks to acquire Icontrol

Alarm.com could win ADT business if deal goes through
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06/15/2016

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Interactive services platform provider Alarm.com and cable giant Comcast are in talks to acquire platform provider Icontrol Networks, according to several sources who spoke to Security Systems News, and published reports.

ADT loses appeal in case against Alder, formerly APT

Alder’s Christian: ‘We do things the right way’
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05/04/2016

SALT LAKE CITY—Alder, formerly Alarm Protection Technology or APT, recently prevailed in a legal battle with ADT, which had alleged that Alarm Protection Technology engaged in trademark infringement and fraudulent and deceptive sales tactics.

Qualcomm, ADT, August to talk trends at ESX

Panelists will assess the competitive landscape for the security industry
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05/04/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—ESX on May 3 announced that speakers from Qualcomm, ADT and August will be the panelists for its OpenXchange Breakfast, which will take place here on June 8.

ADT vote on acquisition April 22

Go-shop stopped, 24 potential ADT suitors not interested
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04/04/2016

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT stockholders will gather April 22 for a special meeting to vote on the proposed acquisition of ADT by Apollo Global Management. ADT announced in February that it had agreed to be acquired by Apollo for $6.9 billion. Apollo plans to merge ADT with Protection 1.

Megamergers: benefit or pitfall?

Industry leans toward ‘benefit,’ but debate continues
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03/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Industry consolidation will accelerate this year with two megamergers—the Tyco/JCI deal and the ADT/Protection 1 merger—expected to close by the end of 2016. Does this activity help or hurt the industry? Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest news poll who said massive consolidation is good just barely edged out those who said these megadeals hurt the industry. Meanwhile, another group of respondents said they have other things to worry about.

Monitoring companies foresee benefits from ADT/Protection 1 merger

Five leading monitoring companies share views on megamerger
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03/09/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Monitoring companies have an opportunity to attract new business, new dealers and new employees in the wake of the planned ADT/Protection 1 merger, according to five leading monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News.

Honeywell and UTC?

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Honeywell is reportedly shopping its Building Solutions Group, according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. The Honeywell Building Solutions business, which the WSJ says is worth between $3 billion and $4 billion, provides security systems integration and other services to commercial buildings globally.  

It is a separate business unit from Honeywell Security and Fire (HSF), but they are both part of the Automation and Control Solutions unit. Alex Ismail is the president and CEO of the $14 billion Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions division.

The Wall Street Journal says Honeywell has hired Goldman Sachs Group to work on the sale, which has been ongoing for about three months.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Honeywell was in talks to merge with UTC. While those reports were followed by comments from UTC that they deal would run into trouble with anti-trust regulations, the Wall Street Journal today said “Honeywell has signaled that it isn’t ready to give up yet on a merger with United Technologies, which would be one of the biggest deals at a time when such activity is booming.”

Would Honeywell sell the building solutions business if it does merge with UTC? The Wall Street Journal report asked that question to itself and answered “I don’t know.” It also added this editorial caveat: “In any event, as always, there may be no deal at all.” 

According the WSJ report, Honeywell is working with Centerview Partners and Lazard on the UTC deal, while UTC is working with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co

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