Julie Jacobson's Latest Posts

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.

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.

1 2 3 4 5 15
Get Our Newsletters