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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: ADT Pulse vs. ADT Command and Control: What’s the Difference?

ADT Pulse vs. ADT Command and Control: What’s the Difference?

Thanks to Command and Control, ADT sees the 3G sunset as an upgrade opportunity, rather than a 3G-replacement burden. Here’s how the platform differs from Pulse.

Read: Is Bluetooth Mesh About to Be the Next Big Home Automation Standard?

Is Bluetooth Mesh About to Be the Next Big Home Automation Standard?

Though many companies utilize Bluetooth for home automation, this is the first time that a group of companies is going to sit down and decide on an absolute standard of interoperability, according to one expert.

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.

Julie Jacobson's Latest Posts

Read: Alula BAT-Connect Turns Legacy Panels Into Interactive Alarm, Home Automation System

Alula BAT-Connect Turns Legacy Panels Into Interactive Alarm, Home Automation System

The BAT-Connect takeover module features three paths of communication and allows dealers to bring a unified video security and automation interface to customers with legacy systems.

Read: SnapAV Aims for Security Dealers With Clare One Security and Smart Home System

SnapAV Aims for Security Dealers With Clare One Security and Smart Home System

Clare One will include Z-Wave, WiFi, Bluetooth and 433 MHz radios, as well as cellular for alarm communications and SnapAV’s OvrC platform.

Read: Vivint Pro Program Billed as ‘Dream’ RMR Smart Home Opportunity

Vivint Pro Program Billed as ‘Dream’ RMR Smart Home Opportunity

Featured benefits of the new Vivint Smart Home Authorized Pro dealer program include RMR and product margins on alarm and smart home systems and services.

Read: ADT Pulse vs. ADT Command and Control: What’s the Difference?

ADT Pulse vs. ADT Command and Control: What’s the Difference?

Thanks to Command and Control, ADT sees the 3G sunset as an upgrade opportunity, rather than a 3G-replacement burden. Here’s how the platform differs from Pulse.

Read: SnapAV Acquires Northeast Low-Voltage Distributor MRI

SnapAV Acquires Northeast Low-Voltage Distributor MRI

MRI Distribution, SnapAV’s third distributor purchased in the past year, was a member of the Powerhouse Alliance and carries brands such as Napco, 2GIG, Elk and more.

Read: SnapAV Partners With Alula, Clare to Boost Alarm Installer Dealer Base

SnapAV Partners With Alula, Clare to Boost Alarm Installer Dealer Base

The partnership will give SnapAV its first big play in Z-Wave home automation and help its dealers earn RMR from alarm jobs.

Read: Is Bluetooth Mesh About to Be the Next Big Home Automation Standard?

Is Bluetooth Mesh About to Be the Next Big Home Automation Standard?

Though many companies utilize Bluetooth for home automation, this is the first time that a group of companies is going to sit down and decide on an absolute standard of interoperability, according to one expert.

Read: How to Get Hyperlocal With Nextdoor.com, Other Neighborhood Networks

How to Get Hyperlocal With Nextdoor.com, Other Neighborhood Networks

Security dealers should consider Nextdoor.com to generate hyperlocal business, referrals and repeat customers in a very efficient manner.

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.

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