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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.

Read: Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Play Video Recaps From Select Smart Home Cameras

Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Play Video Recaps From Select Smart Home Cameras

The Alexa video recap skill is now available to owners of Ring, Arlo, Cloud Cam and August smart home cameras.

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 Shareholders Demand End to Facial Recognition Sales

Amazon Shareholders Demand End to Facial Recognition Sales

Jeff Bezos is drawing the ire of Amazon shareholders who are demanding the tech behemoth stop selling the face-tracking software tool Rekognition to the government and law enforcement.

Read: Voice-Operated Alarm Systems Forecast to Be Growing at 7% Annual Clip

Voice-Operated Alarm Systems Forecast to Be Growing at 7% Annual Clip

Voice assistants developed by Amazon, Google, Apple and others are disrupting the way consumers interact with connected home devices and fueling growth for voice-operated alarm systems, according a new research note by IHS Markit.

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