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Vivint Scores Big Investments From PayPal Cofounder Peter Thiel and Mitt Romney

Smart home company Vivint raised $100 million in its first-ever round of venture capital funding. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the news is who was doing the investing: Peter Thiel and Mitt Romney.


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Despite their current dominance in North America, installing security contractors are forecast to relinquish market share to hard-charging MSOs, smart home specialists, DIY system providers and utilities. SSI Staff · January 19, 2016

A survey of U.S. adults conducted by Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that almost half of all Americans either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016. SSI Staff · January 18, 2016

SSI sat down with executives from leading security providers for an interactive discussion on various challenges in the industry, including DIY, RMR tactics and Smart Home applications. By Scott Goldfine and Jason Knott · January 11, 2016

In order to broaden the appeal of security-based solutions, monetizing smart home products and services is proving to be a significant competitive advantage. Find out from the latest research by Parks Associates why offering connected peripherals to the basic security system is providing newfound opportunities. SSI Staff · January 10, 2016

The DMP Virtual Keypad App for Android now brings even more features to mobile devices with the Version 5.0 software update, which can be used for smart home applications. SSI Staff · January 07, 2016

At CES 2016, ADT unveils two open APIs: One for ADT Pulse security and home automation, another called Canopy for third-party devices that benefit from professional security monitoring. Julie Jacobson · January 07, 2016

SSI Editor-In-Chief Scott Goldfine counts down the key security trends that emerged in 2015 and are likely to carry over into 2016. Scott Goldfine · January 07, 2016

Alarm.com announced plans for smart home voice control for lighting and smart thermostats through Amazon Echo. The company says it's one of the first smart home security platforms to integrate Amazon Echo. SSI Staff · January 07, 2016

The GC3 panel offers connectivity that gives security dealers the capability to start building a smart home system for their customers, including 3G and CDMA Cellular modules, integrated Z-Wave 500 Series and more. SSI Staff · January 06, 2016

ADT released its ADT Canopy for smart home solutions at CES. It will be connected to devices from LG, Kidde, Samsung, August, Wink, Honeywell, Ring and Roost. SSI Staff · January 06, 2016


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