A Professional Security Dealer’s Edge: Must-Read for the Week

Welcome to our professional security dealers’ edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.


As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we’ll be dedicating a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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Let Us Weave Through The Thread

This is the second post in our series on Thread.

In our first post, the first of our series on Thread, we covered what the new Thread standard mean for the Professional Security Dealers. In this post, we are going to dig deeper into the technology behind Thread so you’ll have a better understanding how it came about.


Thread was designed specifically to support smart home products, allowing the devices to be connected within its network and to the Internet. Smart home products are appliances, entertainment centers, air conditioners, furnaces, lights, faucets, blinds, security—and just about everything that technology has touched, in and around your home.  


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Millennials: The $10 Trillion Dollar Market You Can’t Afford to Miss

The Millennials Generation will be the Biggest Generation Spending Money.  Do you have what it takes to woo them?

Over the last three decades, our professional security dealers have provided homeowners with peace-of-mind by adding security to their home. We’ve seen a steady growth in the security industry, and much of it is due to the diligent dedication of our security dealers to their trade. A recent report from Park Associates, indicates that there is an estimate of 31 million homes with active security systems. As a security dealer, you’ve done well in servicing the Boomers and Gen X. However, the Millennials will require some extra homework and a little more convincing, as technology continues to advance and change how we live.

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Connected Home Products Demo on the Thread at CES2016

This year at CES,  the Thread Group and Resolution Products led a successful collaboration demo of products working on the Thread network. The Thread technology which was described in an earlier post, was developed to meet the needs of smart home devices for in-home networking and IP requirements. It aims to improve the network connectivity of connected home devices while addressing current issues present in existing home networking protocols and standards.

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An Insider’s Guide to CES2016 With a Smart Home Focus

CES in Las Vegas is the biggest international event of the year showcasing the latest of consumer electronic innovations.  This year, CES2016 will take place January 6-9. It’s once again promising exciting introductions from companies like Sony, Samsung, LG, GM, BWM and many more.  Attendees will have the chance to meet new technologies around wearables, automotives, smart home and even “smart city” for the first time.

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What Does the New Thread Standard Mean to Professional Security Dealers?

This is the first post of a series on Thread.


Thread-Certified Smart Home Devices Are On Their Way

The Thread Group has recently announced that their official certification program is now live. Companies with smart home devices following Thread standards can now submit their products for testing. If the products pass a battery of rigorous tests, they will receive the official Thread Certification stamp, recognizing their compliance. Already, the first wave of 30+ products have begun their testing.

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Voice of Smarthomes?

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.

As technology continues to advance and more and more of our lives go digital, we’ve also seen an advancement in hands-free or voice-controlled technology. Apple has Siri, Google allows you to speak your search, and many cars come with voice command.

One market where we haven’t seen voice control speak up is the smarthome market. Alarms can be set when you’re not home, lights can turn on and off on a set schedule, and your house can heat up when you pull into your driveway, but these all require some type of remote control as the source command center.

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Your Guide to CEDIA 2015

Are you ready for CEDIA 2015? CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, is the leading global authority in the $14 billion home technology industry. This expo is where the industry comes together to explore what’s new and exciting in our homes.


See what’s shaping tomorrow on the Show Floor

The Show Floor is where you can get your hands on cutting edge smart home technologies. Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase everything imaginable.

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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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