Dealer’s Edge: Must-Reads of the Week

Welcome to 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 dedicate 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.


Here are the five interesting articles we found this week:

Connectivity Where We Live And Work

By Thread Group

Today, there are many business applications that are driving the expansion of IoT in commercial buildings and the professional sector. Thread provides an IP-based reliable, low-power, secure and scalable mesh networking solution – making it a natural choice for connectivity beyond the home. From building security to energy management and lighting Thread Group’s President, Grant Erickson explains Thread’s role in the commercial building domain.

>>Read more here.

On Millennials, DIY, Smart Homes, Professional Installation and the Business of IoT Things

By Julie Jacobson

In a CE Pro article not too long ago, I said it: the DIY trend is starting to get scary. I addressed some challenges in the pro channel considering the new world order — one that includes very good, very inexpensive smart-home solutions for do-it-your-selfers, along with an entire ecosystem that makes it simpler for people to purchase and install their smart devices, whether by themselves or with a little guidance from a pro.

>>Read more here.

Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

By Stacey Higginbotham

Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return.

>>Read more here.

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

By Steve Lohr

The vision of the so-called internet of things — giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover — has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

>>Read more here.

Smart-Home and Other Convenience Updates That Add Resale Value

By Anne Machalinski

Whether it’s a new state-of-the-art kitchen, a landscaped front yard or the addition of a top floor and roof deck on a townhouse, some updates can translate to real value on the resale of a luxury property, while others can fall flat.

>>Read more here.

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