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Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration.

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Julie Jacobson's Latest Opinion Posts

Read: Why Did SnapAV’s Parent Company Acquire SimpliSafe?

Why Did SnapAV’s Parent Company Acquire SimpliSafe?

Home automation guru Julie Jacobson reviews synergies within private equity firm Hellman & Friedman’s portfolio after its acquisition of a controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe.

Read: Are Pro Security Companies on Amazon’s Shopping List?

Are Pro Security Companies on Amazon’s Shopping List?

Buying an alarm company such as Brink’s or Vivint would give Amazon an army of techs to sell more security and home automation gear and reduce the cost of truck rolls by saturating the market.

Read: ADT CEO Responds to ‘Pundits’ Questioning IPO Decision After Lackluster Debut

ADT CEO Responds to ‘Pundits’ Questioning IPO Decision After Lackluster Debut

CNBC challenged ADT CEO Tim Whall to explain the security and home automation giant’s lackluster IPO. Here’s what went down.

Read: How Nest Secure Could Potentially Affect Thread, Weave & Insurance Companies

How Nest Secure Could Potentially Affect Thread, Weave & Insurance Companies

Nest Secure, a new UL-listed DIY security and home automation system with professional monitoring by MONI, can have major implications for IoT protocols.

Read: Let’s Guess What’s Inside Honeywell’s Upcoming DIY Security System

Let’s Guess What’s Inside Honeywell’s Upcoming DIY Security System

Smart home pro Julie Jacobson predicts Honeywell’s DIY security system will utilize Z-Wave for home automation, Total Connect for SHaaS (smart home as a service) and more.

Julie Jacobson's Latest Posts

Read: Google Smart Home, Nest Pro Products Now Sold by SnapAV

Google Smart Home, Nest Pro Products Now Sold by SnapAV

SnapAV now carries a full lineup of Nest and Google smart home products, including the professionally monitored Nest Secure alarm system.

Read: SnapAV Snaps Up Volutone, Adds 7 Distributor Locations

SnapAV Snaps Up Volutone, Adds 7 Distributor Locations

Volutone adds seven branch locations — six in California and one in Las Vegas — to SnapAV’s four locations in the Midwest.

Read: How Does Honeywell’s Resideo Stock Compare to Alarm.com, Control4?

How Does Honeywell’s Resideo Stock Compare to Alarm.com, Control4?

Honeywell spinoff Resideo joins Control4 and Alarm.com as the only pure-play, pro-centric security and smart home stocks. Here’s how it compares to 12 publicly traded competitors.

Read: CEO Dishes on Merging Home Tech Distributors AVAD, WAVE Electronics

CEO Dishes on Merging Home Tech Distributors AVAD, WAVE Electronics

Mark Fukuda, CEO of the combined AVAD/WAVE Electronics, discusses the security channel, pro A/V sector, what used to keep him up at night and more.

Read: Yale Assure Locks Gain August Home Integration

Yale Assure Locks Gain August Home Integration

The new line of keypad smart locks will combine Yale’s secure lock hardware with August Home’s app and Cloud-based software.

Read: Alexa Guard: How Amazon Plans to Add Sound Recognition to Your Security System

Alexa Guard: How Amazon Plans to Add Sound Recognition to Your Security System

Amazon’s Alexa Guard turns Echo speakers into audio sensors, and works with ADT Pulse and Ring Alarm.

Read: CEDIA Roundtable: 5G Is Home Tech’s ‘Most Impactful Trend’ in 20 Years

CEDIA Roundtable: 5G Is Home Tech’s ‘Most Impactful Trend’ in 20 Years

5G may be a year away, but smart home dealers should begin prepping now for the next-gen cellular service, with its major implications for IoT, content delivery and mobility.

Read: Samsung Launches Mesh WiFi System With Built-In SmartThings Hub

Samsung Launches Mesh WiFi System With Built-In SmartThings Hub

The Samsung SmartThings WiFi system uses AI-based mesh WiFi technology from Plume. The company has also updated its SmartThings hub with new protocols and sensors.

Read: Why Did SnapAV’s Parent Company Acquire SimpliSafe?

Why Did SnapAV’s Parent Company Acquire SimpliSafe?

Home automation guru Julie Jacobson reviews synergies within private equity firm Hellman & Friedman’s portfolio after its acquisition of a controlling stake in DIY security provider SimpliSafe.

Read: Amazon May Begin Offering Homeowners Insurance — Here’s What It Means for Security, IoT

Amazon May Begin Offering Homeowners Insurance — Here’s What It Means for Security, IoT

Amazon is contemplating selling homeowners insurance, a report says. If true, the company will rely on its lineup of technologies such as the Ring Alarm security and home automation system to mine customer data.

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