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Read: Amazon Releases Alexa Guard, Turns Echo Speakers Into Smart Security Devices

Amazon Releases Alexa Guard, Turns Echo Speakers Into Smart Security Devices

Alexa Guard works with smart home platforms by ADT and Ring to arm/disarm systems, control lighting, receive fire/life-safety alerts and more.

Read: Amazon May Halt Selling of Facial Recognition Technology to Governments

Amazon May Halt Selling of Facial Recognition Technology to Governments

An upcoming vote by Amazon shareholders will determine whether or not its facial recognition software will be sold to governments in the future.

Read: ADT Reports Q4 Net Loss as Total Revenue Improves 7%

ADT Reports Q4 Net Loss as Total Revenue Improves 7%

The net loss was attributed to the prior year’s income tax benefit, plus a goodwill impairment loss due to underperformance of ADT’s Canadian business.

Read: Amazon’s Facial Recognition Tech is Racially Bias, Study Says

Amazon’s Facial Recognition Tech is Racially Bias, Study Says

Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Amazon Rekognition, has been misidentifying women, especially those with darker skin, according to researchers.

Read: 2018 Smart Home Stocks: Winners and (Mostly) Losers

2018 Smart Home Stocks: Winners and (Mostly) Losers

While Napco and Alarm.com had banner years, stock prices for many public companies in the smart home, security and custom integration markets dropped 19% on average in 2018.

Read: Does Amazon Want to Use Ring Doorbell Cams to Build a ‘Suspicious Persons’ Database?

Does Amazon Want to Use Ring Doorbell Cams to Build a ‘Suspicious Persons’ Database?

Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff has filed a patent that would allow residents to build a “suspicious persons” database that can be sent to police.

Read: Amazon Security Panel Controller API Adds Home System Arming to Alexa

Amazon Security Panel Controller API Adds Home System Arming to Alexa

A consumer with the system enabled could say “Alexa, arm,” which would arm their security system. A disarm-by-voice feature is also available.

Read: ADT Reveals Q3 Revenues, Optimistic About Amazon Relationship

ADT Reveals Q3 Revenues, Optimistic About Amazon Relationship

ADT reports quarterly revenue of $1.15 billion, thanks primarily to ADT Pulse smart home growth. Pulse customers will soon gain Amazon’s new Alexa Guard feature.

Read: Travelers to Offer Smart Home Kits, Discounted Insurance on Amazon

Travelers to Offer Smart Home Kits, Discounted Insurance on Amazon

Subject to terms, Travelers will provide a free Amazon Echo Dot to eligible home insurance customers even if they do not purchase a smart kit.

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.

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