Don’t Be Shy About DIY

Professional DIY is a path to growth for dealers. Here’s why.

Experienced professionals in the security industry have seen trends and ideas come and go, but there’s an unchanging list of truisms with which virtually every dealer still agrees:

  • Account creation costs can’t be too low
  • Recurring revenue can’t be too high
  • “Do-it-yourself” (DIY) programs rarely work

While the underlying principles of the first two statements are core to building a successful security dealership, recent advances in technology and consumer demand have created new market opportunities for professional dealers. The industry has embraced smartphones as a key part of its offering, and has leveraged multiple communication technologies in the home to deliver innovative new automation offerings for consumers.  These trends helped establish new wireless security offerings from all panel manufacturers, delivering fancy touch screens and multiple RF technologies all crammed into a box installed on the wall.

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In the Garden with Edyn: How Your Garden Can Become Apart of Your Smart Home

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest home technology in less than two minutes.

To a lot of people, their garden is just as much apart of their home as their living room, kitchen, and master bathroom. It’s a source of comfort, a place to exert hard work, and even a primary source of food (vegans, we’re looking at you).

So while there are home automation products that add convenience like adjusting your thermostat without having to get up, or making sure your doors are locked while you’re away, why not apply that same convenience and sense of security to your garden?

Now there’s a product that keeps track of your plants’ needs–and it’s called Edyn.


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A Keen Pairing: Helix and Keen Home Together Make For A Smart Summer Time Solution

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

The Helix Platform provides security and smart home automation . Usually used for safety and security, it provides energy efficiencies and comfort as well in its ability to control many aspects of the home through a smartphone.

We thought mid-summer would be the perfect time to introduce you to Keen Home. Keen home is a member of the Thread Group—as is Resolution Products. The Thread Group is a collective of companies in the automation and smart device space dedicated to the advancement of the field.

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Home Security: The ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ in the Smart Home Market

Big buzz doesn’t always mean big money, or in the case of the smart home, widespread adoption. Michael Wolf, one of the industry’s most well-known IoT and smart home analysts, offers a refreshing, and honest, perspective on the smart home market in his recent article “The Coming Smart Home Shakeout.”

“The smart home industry is trying to figure itself out, Wolf said. “Companies like Best Buy, Lowe’s and others that have jumped into this market with gusto aren’t always seeing the type of demand they want for the products given the amount of shelf space they’ve allocated.”

The smart home products that are getting noticed by consumers? The ones that they understand—and understand a true need for—Wolf explains.


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