BALTIMORE—Diane Pruitt, a resident here, recently had two young men knock on her door, lie to her about her security system and which company they were from, and persistently tried to sell her a different system.
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.—Partnerships between manufacturers and software development companies can mean bigger profit for residential integrators, according to Mike Simon, managing partner for Connected Technologies.
BALTIMORE—DIY is everywhere, the consumer-driven products are polished and are connected to powerful mobile apps, and it’s up to traditional security companies to decide whether they’re going to embrace it or dismiss it, according to panelists at ESX 2015.
LOS GATOS, Calif.—Advances in connected home technology were all the buzz at ISC West 2015, and recent studies point to a boom, too, but an alternative report from Argus Insights suggests that the big buzz is overrated. The market is stalling and may even be shrinking, it says.
WARWICK, R.I.—Alliance Security, a burgeoning resi security and home automation provider, based here, anticipates increasing its sales from $56 million to $110 million this year. It also expects to double its workforce to 600 by the end of 2015 and is in the process of moving to a new 60,000-square-foot site in Cranston, R.I.
PROVO, Utah—Vivint’s new Doorbell Camera allows customers to engage in a two-way conversation with visitors from their mobile devices and provides them with a 180-degree view, with night vision, of their doorstep.
BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT’s recent partnership with LG Electronics and Google’s Nest is the company’s means to “push the boundary” between residential security and home automation with the goal of extending “protection and security to as many people as we can,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduña.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?