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Security Integrators in the Home A/V Market

In case you haven’t noticed, the residential A/V market is a busy place. If you are among the many security systems integrators looking for parallel technology markets to move into, now is the time to get onboard. Training support, new products and software make this a great space in which to expand your horizons. Let’s take a glance at some ways that you, the low voltage systems dealer, can progress in the home A/V market. The new construction home market has heated up, builders are being advised to seek out skilled low voltage integrators for A/V and smart home technology. One of the focal areas is home entertainment/theater room.

Read more: https://www.securitysales.com/columns/security-integrators-home-av-guide/

Build a smart home for less

Building a smart home might sound like a daunting process to undertake, but since smart speakers from Amazon and Google came onto the scene, it doesn't have to be. Sure, you can still buy a dedicated smart home hub from Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon or Logitech, then buy smart lights, a connected irrigation system, motorized windows and more. But even on a budget of just $100, you can make your home smarter. This mostly involves buying connected accessories which attach to your existing kit - your speakers, TV and air conditioner, - and make them smarter.

Read more: https://www.gearbrain.com/smart-home-on-100-budget-2581797317.html

Slow Home Automation adoption

Home automation is basically in its infancy. Right now, the technical development reminds me of early days of personal computing. Lots of companies had competing visions about what a PC should do. Handful of companies will realize that, for the home autiomation technology to achieve its destiny, something radial has to happen. Home automation has to get to the next level. But whether or not Apple can do for home automation what it did for personal computing remains to be seen.

Read more: https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/editorial/apple-home-automation-slow/

Arlo Home Security

Home security can be a do-it-yourself project, one of the systems is Arlo, a wireless solution for indoor or outdoor use. I like the Arlo because it doesn't try too hard to upsell you on a service plan: For no extra money it saves seven days' worth of video recordings online. Arlo has introduced a security light add-on product that makes an Arlo system even more valuable. Available in packs of one, two, or three, the Arlo Security Light is also wireless.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2018/06/arlo_shines_a_light_on_home_security.html

Few smart speaker owners use them to control smart home devices

A survey of smart speaker owners found that 6% are using it to control smart home devices like lighting and heating. Even for HomePod, playing music was only the third most common use. Answering a question and checking the news or weather led the way, with discovering and controlling music in third place. Controlling other smart home devices is the least common use of a smart speaker.

Read more: https://9to5mac.com/2018/06/19/how-people-use-homepod-google-home-echo/

Smart home water alert users can get their water damage expenses paid

Flo Technologies announced HomeProtect, a home water damage reimbursement program, which will pay up to $2,500 for out-of-pocket homeowner’s insurance deductible expense. For monthly HomeProtect subscription fee, homeowners get access to greater-than-standard levels of support for problems, questions, and water use analysis. HomeProtect is available to customers who bought the Flo smart home water-monitoring and conservation device.

Read more: https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/flo-smart-home-water-monitoring-homeprotect/

Home Security System options

With two neighborhood burglaries, it was time to consider a security system. One I investigated was offering a free Ring doorbell, had armed response from local security force and reasonable fees. I didn’t like the required three-year contract, but I figured that with free installation it was worth it. For another $30 a month, I could have the company’s cars patrol in front of my house and even check on me if they saw that newspapers were piling up. The system can be armed and disarmed with a cellphone app.

Read more: http://www.goerie.com/news/20180614/helpware-home-security-systems-can-be-simple-or-complicated