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Experts from Resolution Products, Lowe’s, Reliant, ADT, Time Warner & Canary Discuss Smart Home Services

Yesterday, at Park’s Association’s CONNECTIONS event in San Francisco, attendees packed the room for the panel “Winning Channel Strategies for Smart Home Services.”

Panelists included Resolution Products’ President Brian Seemann, Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development for the Iris Smart Home Business Unit at Lowe’s, Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation at Reliant, an NRG Company, Ryan Petty, VP of Product Development & Innovation at ADT Security Services, Chris Williams, Senior Director Product Strategy at Time Warner Cable and Adam Sager, CEO & Co-founder of Canary.

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The panel for “Winning Channel Strategies for Smart Home Services” at CONNECTIONS 2015.

The group of experts gathered to discuss how low awareness and limited familiarity with smart home products and services create significant challenges for channel partners, especially as the market transitions from early adopter to early majority. This panel discussed the challenges in guiding consumer decision processes and the ability of different channels to overcome barriers and drive the next wave of smart product and service adoption.

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Lessons Learned in Building an Award-Winning Product for the Security & Home Automation Industry

Innovation has rapidly changed the home security industry, and we’re proud to be a part of it. We’re able to play a role in this evolving world because of our team of engineers who find creative solutions to improve the businesses of the security dealers we partner with and the lives of homeowners who have our products.

The Helix platform, launched in December 2014, is the first professional security panel designed to deliver interactive security and home automation services from a customer’s mobile device.

In the past, Resolution Products has been well-known for making compatible sensors, but not the full system. Over time, dealers started suggesting, “You guys should build a panel. You should do what all the other guys are out there doing, but do it right. You guys get it.” With the dealer voice in mind, our engineering team set out to create something new for the market, instead of just another panel.

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How the Resolution Products Engineering Team Took on the Creation of the Helix. Read the Full Story Below. 

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Building Business Around DIY Security: Insight from Peter Giacalone

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Installing an alarm system can be a sophisticated process, requiring trained and experienced professionals to ensure a properly working unit and a safe install. Due to advances in security technology and the availability of information online, including how-tos and support forums, self-installations are possible for many homeowners.

With self-installation, the work and responsibility lies in the hands of the homeowner. This can be a challenge for security dealers, but it also presents a great opportunity.

In DIY Security Real Deal but Not for the Faint of Heart, security industry expert Peter Giacalone provides insight on the profitability of providing do-it-yourself security solutions as a security dealer, and the challenges that come along with the territory.

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How the Smart Home Conversation is Shifting

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Guest Contribution from SuretyDIY’s Ryan Boder

Question: Is home automation a trend that will die down? Or, do you think we’ll continue to see it dominate conversations like it did at International CES?

Read Ryan’s Full Response Below

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Q&A with Ryan Boder: What Platform will the Smart Home Stand On?

Ryan Boder Surety DIYRyan Boder is an experienced security and automation expert, engineer, and the President of suretyDIY security and automation. Ryan founded surety DIY with a single goal — to shake up the security industry and show customers that if can be done differently, that it can be better.

Ryan’s experience in home security includes designing and installing custom security systems for the high-end residences of the rich and famous. Ryan’s areas of expertise are security and automation systems, the cohesive integration of heterogeneous devices, QoS in wireless networks, internet and web based software, and more.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Ryan about hot topics and trends in home automation and security.

Read Ryan’s thoughts on the smart home and the future of home security and automation below:

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The IoT and the Connected Home in 2020

If this year’s International CES was any indication, 2015 will be the strongest year yet for the smart home category. As many startups focus on creating innovative gadgets, a bigger battle is taking place for the platform that will control the smart home.

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9 Security Advantages: Utilizing Improvements to Secure Your Home

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Home improvements are often seen as cosmetic upgrades while the core function of your house is often forgotten — security. Our homes protect us from the elements and potential intruders, but do we take an active role in preventing risks and break-ins? Burglars and criminals make a living by taking advantage of our homes’ weaknesses and are constantly looking for an edge.

The smart home is bringing a new level of security into our lives. Controlling your front door lock from 50 miles away or being able to see who is at your doorstep remotely was once just a dream, and now it’s a reality. While home automation and smart security systems are making our homes safer, there are structural and cosmetic home improvements every homeowner can take to protect themselves and their family.

Iron Security, a premium provider of residential and business security systems, recently shared nine ways homeowners can upgrade their home while increasing safety. Below are there nine suggestions for securing your home.

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