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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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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: 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.

Read: Amazon Awarded Patent to Send ZigBee IoT Signals Over Power Cable

Amazon Awarded Patent to Send ZigBee IoT Signals Over Power Cable

The Amazon patent would make it possible to integrate WiFi cameras with ZigBee door locks by running home automation data over power cable.

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: How to Get RMR By Adding Video Verification to Professionally Monitored Security Systems

How to Get RMR By Adding Video Verification to Professionally Monitored Security Systems

Newcomer Chekt and I-View Now enable security and smart home dealers to add video verification to traditional alarm monitoring, providing recurring revenue to the installer and improved emergency response to the end user.

Read: Honeywell’s New Security and Smart Home Solution Will Meld Its Current Platforms

Honeywell’s New Security and Smart Home Solution Will Meld Its Current Platforms

Honeywell’s next gen residential platform gives consumers DIY-level customization backed by professional security dealers.

Read: Nortek Unveils Cameras, NVR That Integrate With Home Automation System

Nortek Unveils Cameras, NVR That Integrate With Home Automation System

During ISC West Nortek Security & Control (NSC) demonstrated new Elan IP cameras and NVRs that integrate with the Elan home automation system and 2Gig security, said to be a first in the home-control category.

Read: 10 Trends to Watch at ISC West 2018

10 Trends to Watch at ISC West 2018

Smarter video surveillance, neighborhood-oriented services and machine learning are among the handful of Security, IoT and home automation trends to expect at ISC West this year.

Read: SnapAV Acquires Distributor Allnet to Speed Up Midwest Distribution

SnapAV Acquires Distributor Allnet to Speed Up Midwest Distribution

SnapAV is looking to snatch business from suppliers in competing categories, including power management, networking and surveillance, with the help of its Cloud-based platform.

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