Julie Jacobson's Latest Opinion Posts

Read: Former Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Joins Rival ZigBee Alliance

Former Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Joins Rival ZigBee Alliance

Mark Walters, former chairman of Z-Wave Alliance, joins ZigBee Alliance as vice president of strategic development. But he’s no turncoat.

Julie Jacobson's Latest Posts

Read: Comcast vs. Alarm.com: Telecommunications Giant to Offer Dealers ‘Aggressive’ Pricing

Comcast vs. Alarm.com: Telecommunications Giant to Offer Dealers ‘Aggressive’ Pricing

Comcast will compete head-on with Alarm.com by aggressively pricing its wholesale security and home automation service for independent dealers.

Read: Will Security Dealers, Home Automation Pros or Comcast Own the Smart Home Cybersecurity Market?

Will Security Dealers, Home Automation Pros or Comcast Own the Smart Home Cybersecurity Market?

If traditional security integrators don’t get into the network security business, it will be grabbed by companies like ADT, Comcast/Xfinity, Best Buy/Magnolia and a host of other competitors eager to own the smart home.

Read: ADT Sues Ring, Former Zonoff CEO for Stealing Home Automation Tech

ADT Sues Ring, Former Zonoff CEO for Stealing Home Automation Tech

ADT claims former Zonoff CEO Mike Harris misappropriated home automation assets, transferring them to smart doorbell maker Ring when the IoT technology actually belonged to ADT. Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff says claims are ‘ridiculous.’

Read: Editor’s Pick: Clare Controls Has Best Video Doorbell at ISC West

Editor’s Pick: Clare Controls Has Best Video Doorbell at ISC West

The Clare Video Doorbell is a DIY-type product that integrates well with home automation systems.

Read: August Launches Z-Wave Smart Lock for Security Pros at ISC West

August Launches Z-Wave Smart Lock for Security Pros at ISC West

Touting home-automation integration, August Home is launching a Z-Wave door lock at ISC West, specifically for the professional installation channel.

Read: Ring Hires Entire Staff of Zonoff After Closing

Ring Hires Entire Staff of Zonoff After Closing

SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Zonoff closed it’s doors after failing to be acquired by Honeywell.

Read: Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: An Inside Look

Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: An Inside Look

Editor Julie Jacobson visited several Vivint Smart Home stores in Best Buys located in San Antonio, Texas, where it is testing a new business model for selling and installing security and home automation systems.

Read: Alarm.com Acquires Icontrol, Settles Honeywell Lawsuit

Alarm.com Acquires Icontrol, Settles Honeywell Lawsuit

Find out the implications of the merger and what it means for the SHaaS (smart home as a service) landscape.

Read: Icontrol & Alarm.com Respond to Honeywell’s Lawsuit

Icontrol & Alarm.com Respond to Honeywell’s Lawsuit

The defendants claim Honeywell defines the relevant security and home automation market too narrowly.

Read: Honeywell Sues Icontrol & Alarm.com to Block Competitors From Merging

Honeywell Sues Icontrol & Alarm.com to Block Competitors From Merging

Icontrol and Alarm.com combined would control 70% of the market for interactive security and home automation.

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