Cate Lawrence for ReadWrite: In Argus Insights’ newest “Smart Home 360” report, it’s clear there’s a strong distinction between consumer perception of the apps associated with the most popular Smart Home Service Providers and MSOs (Multiple System Operators) and the apps coming with Do It Yourself (DIY) devices.
Argus Insights found that — from over 56,000 app and device reviews — ADT andSuddenlink are the least liked of MSOs and service providers and their associated apps saw a drop in both the tone and volume of feedback over the last month, an indication that frustrated users could be moving to other providers.
This is consistent with previous research that demonstrates a high degree of satisfaction by customers in DIFM (“Do it for me”) installations.
However, Vivint’s Sky app, Cox Communications Homelife app, Xfinity Home app and Alarm.com app all trended up — an impact of both new releases and subscriber growth. Cont'd...
iSmartAlarm Smart Home Security System and Camera Now Available in all Best Buy Stores in the United States
Greg Miller, Senior Analyst for Wall Street Daily: Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed the promises and perils of the Smart Home, as well as why this segment is on the cusp ofbreaking into the mainstream. Naturally, it’s time to ask: “How can I profit from this?”
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Ideally, there would be one or two tickers predicted to soar from the rising Smart Home trend, but there isn’t such a company out there yet. However, there are still ways to participate in the upcoming boom. It will require some creativity and careful investing, specifically in companies with small current exposure to the area. Here are some guidelines for investing in the Smart Home – and for avoiding expensive mistakes. Cont'd...
The Stephenz Group Launches MyStudio[Pros], a New Division to Help Independent Home Security Dealers Differentiate Themselves in the Growing Smart Home Automation Market
Harrison Weber for VentureBeat: Comcast and security company Alarm.com have entered into agreements to acquire and divvy up Icontrol, an 11-year-old Internet of Things and home security company founded in Palo Alto and now based in Austin, Texas.
Comcast previously invested an undisclosed sum into Icontrol and relies on the company’s tech to power parts of its connected home and home security platform.
In this multi-part deal, Comcast says it’s buying Icontrol’s Converge platform and wholesale business, which “powers the Xfinity Home touch-screen panel and back-end servers, allowing them to communicate with and manage security sensors in the home, as well as supporting home-automation devices like cameras and thermostat.” Cont'd...
New eSentire Security Awareness Training Combines Microlearning and Gamification with Leading Knowledge-Building Platform
Kickstarter - Immersive Audio System Featuring Patented Audio Technology Launches on Kickstarter for Under $300
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