November 26, 2013
Telguard HomeControl remote security and home automation service, powered by iControl, debuts for 2Gig panels, providing competition for Alarm.com.
November 18, 2013
Three members of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Board of Directors address recurring revenue, competition, technology and more in the latest Under Surveillance blog.
November 2, 2013
A zero-energy residence near Salt Lake City stands as a testament to the possibilities for home automation, energy management and security to be an integrated mainstay in smart homes. Find out how a collaboration between Vivint and a local home developer made it all possible.
November 1, 2013
Linear President Michael O’Neal joins the conversation to discuss 2GIG, which was a sister company of Vivint, and the burgeoning market for home control solutions and services.
November 1, 2013
Systems control and integration is rapidly becoming a leading area of growth for the residential electronic systems industry. Hence, it is essential home technology professionals not only get trained, but put their knowledge into practice. Here’s how to get started.
July 12, 2013
SSI’s annual Best of the Best issue (July 2013) includes profiles of seven of the industry best-run installing security contracting companies. My interviews with executives and managers from runner-up Vivint covered much ground not included in print. Following is the third of a few bonus excerpts, with Vivint's David Powerll here talking employee recruitment and retention. Be on the lookout for more online extras from Vivint, as well as other Installer of the Year and Integrated Installation of
June 11, 2013
Cable provider Comcast has launched its Xfinity Home Control service in an effort to reach consumers that want smart home solutions but do not want to pay for professional security monitoring, the company announced this week.
June 4, 2013
The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of more than 200 independent manufacturers that build wireless home control products based on the Z-Wave standard. Mark Walters, chairman of the group, joins the conversation to discuss the increasingly competitive home automation/home security landscape.
May 24, 2013
Interlogix of Bradenton, Fla., a UTC Climate, Controls & Security company, releases the Advisor, a self-contained security and comfort management platform that combines advanced life safety and lifestyle functions for both home and small business use.
May 13, 2013
Napco Security Technologies of Amityville, N.Y., announces that its iBridge-equipped, Gemini control panels now support Kwikset’s SmartCode deadbolt locks with Home Connect technology through the Z-Wave automation functionality.
April 4, 2013
Linear, a subsidiary of Nortek Technology Solutions, has completed its acquisition of home automation and home security manufacturer 2GIG Technologies.
February 4, 2013
Following is how Mike Barnes (founding partner, Barnes Associates Inc.), Ron Davis (principal, Davis Marketing Group), George De Marco (managing partner, DECO Ventures LLC) and Bob Harris (president, The Attrition Busters) evaluate Vivint and its CEO Todd Pedersen.
January 8, 2013
The January edition of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION includes our annual industry forecast as a cornerstone of our special 2013 Industry Forecast Issue. For the piece, I interviewed 20 of the industry’s most knowledgeable market analysts, business experts, systems integrators, manufacturer representatives and trade association directors. Some of their perspectives can be found in the magazine article, with the balance of their assessments appearing in separate Under Surveillance blog posts.
November 2, 2012
Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s latest research projects a 5% gross revenue increase this year compared to 2011 for electronic systems contractors. Among key findings, the residential network is rapidly becoming the backbone of virtually every low-voltage subsystem in the home. Plus, highlights of CEDIA Expo 2012.
October 2, 2012
HAI by Leviton of Melville, N.Y., launches the Omni LTe home control system, which controls homes and businesses by schedule, motion detection, door openings, sunrise, sunset, alarm activation/deactivation and more.
July 2, 2012
Mobile apps and Web-enabled services that allow consumers to control security and automation devices are fueling revenue growth in the residential market.
July 2, 2012
Verizon discusses its entrance into the home monitoring and controls market.
March 12, 2012
Technology and consumer interest have advanced to bring about real opportunities for security contractors that offer home automation and entertainment products and services. Get up to speed on in-demand offerings with surefire tips to please customers.
September 2, 2011
Home Automation Inc. (HAI) of New Orleans releases the, MicroControl standalone wireless energy management system
June 10, 2011
The June issue of SSI features Provo, Utah-based Vivint (formerly APX Alarm) profiled for winning this year’s SAMMY (Sales & Marketing) Award for Best Community Outreach Program. As part of the process, I spoke at length with Kristi Knight, Vivint vice president of corporate communications, not only about the rapidly rising company’s marketing but also about its success, recent name change and controversial tactics.