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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Smart Home Technology to Help You Save Energy and Cut Cost

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

 

Are you interested in improving your carbon footprint or just save on your energy cost? If so, you may want to consider the Neurio Home Energy Monitor.  It can help you understand energy consumption at your home in great detail, real-time. By installing this device to your electrical breaker panel, you’re able to see where energy is being used and how much by logging onto their website or using their smartphone app, available for both Android and IOS.

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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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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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A New Shade of Smart Lights

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.

 

When you think of lights in your home, you think about turning them off and on, and that’s about it. But what if lights became part of your home entertainment? What if your lights adapted to your mood?

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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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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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The Perks of Having a Wallflower: Remote Access to Reduce Incidents in Your Home

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.

We’ve all been there. You’re in a rush to leave the house. You grab your belongings, your near-perfect pot of chili for your work’s competition, jump in the car, and make your way down the road when you suddenly feel like something isn’t quite right.

Did I forget my wallet? 
Did I leave the garage door open?

In many cases, the answer is neither. You left the stove on. That feeling of insecurity and questionable panic is validated.

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