YARMOUTH, Maine—It seems that everyday there is a new connected device, whether it is a smart thermostat or a spoon that counts your bites (yes, this exists), which can connect to the Internet. This is a part of a larger technology trend called the “Internet of Things” which represents the potential for everything to become a sensor or device that collects and shares information through the Internet.
PALO ALTO, Calif.—First, Google got into home automation early this year with the $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs. Now, Nest is buying startup Dropcam, which makes video cameras that stream video to a user’s computer or cellphone. The deal gives Google an entrée into home security.
PROVO, Utah—Vivint today launched Vivint Sky, a new cloud-based smart home solution featuring the company’s own control panel and software. The company anticipates a gradual migration of its more than 800,000 subscribers over to Vivint Sky from the 2GIG Go!Control panel and the Alarm.com software that they currently use.
GAINESVILLE, Va.—Alarm Pro America entered the home security market through the garage door—with help from LiftMaster and Alarm.com, according to Dylan McGreevy, VP of sales and operations for the full service security company, based here.
WILMINGTON, Del.—B Safe, a regional security company based here, has acquired Total Security of Newark, Del. The acquisition comes on the heels of two recent buys B Safe made in New Jersey, and the company has its sights set on more.
BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT is offering as much as $25,000 to anyone willing to blow the whistle on security companies that train their door-to-door sales teams to use deceptive sales techniques, the home security giant announced this week.
DALLAS, Texas and EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—AT&T plans to buy DIRECTV for $48.5 billion, the companies announced this week. The deal will allow AT&T to expand its broadband network to more than 70 million customer locations, the companies said.
WARRENDALE, Pa.—A new mobile app that Guardian Protection Services’ technicians are using has dramatically streamlined their work schedules, giving them more time to devote to customers, according to Randy Tecza, Guardian VP of operations.
DALLAS—The Internet of Things, the connectivity of devices, systems and services in today’s interactive world, makes the connected home possible. But if those smart home devices don’t work because of even just one glitch in the connected system, attrition rates will rise.
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John Bergher, EVP of marketing and customer care for Sacramento, Calif.-based GHS Interactive Security, talks to Tess about the partnership GHS formed this spring with Solar Universe to offer homeowners a solution combining security, home automation and solar.