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“The difference is their reach,” Chris Johnson, president of the Direct to Consumer Division of Brinks Home Security, said at a recent industry panel. “As much as we have seen of the SimpliSafe TV commercials, that reach is nothing compared to Amazon,” he said. “We need to figure out what our competitive advantage is, because the sky might actually be falling this time. ”As a company that covers much of the lower 48 U. S. states—with the exception of parts of the Dakotas—Defenders is likely to run up against Amazon sooner or later. Chris Ward, publisher for SDM, a trade publication that covers the electronic security industry, said it “has changed drastically in the last five years. ”“New competitors are coming out of the woodwork,” he said. That, along with the do it yourself movement, he added, has in some cases “been detrimental to the traditional security dealer. ”He called Defenders’ revenue growth in the face of that increased competition “very aggressive and ahead of the curve. ”One element that has helped home security companies continue to thrive in the face of the DIY movement, Ward said, is monthly monitoring charges.

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Z Wave is available in over 2,400 home security and automation devices from more than 700 companies. Plus, you have flexibility in where you place various devices because Z Wave can communicate farther distances than other protocols — like Wi Fi, for example — since it functions by sharing an Internet connection between devices as opposed to a localized router. Ultimately, we wanted systems that could integrate seamlessly into our homes and improve our quality of life. To find which fit the bill, we spent a day outfitting a 1,900 square foot home with the equipment of our finalists. We appraised the installation process, the ease and clarity of registering and syncing, the app experience, and functionality. We were pleased to find we could get most systems up in less than half an hour, but the quality of both hardware and software differed. We docked points for flimsy or easy to knock over physical elements and slow or dysfunctional cyber ones. Effective home security offers crisp and quick app interfaces preferably with practical perks like customized sensor names and facial recognition and instantaneous notifications. Rather than restrict control to a physical hub hung on your wall, Abode puts control where you actually need it: in the palm of your hand. Abode’s security dashboard is accessible by any internet connected device and gives you enough information to take action from wherever you are. When Abode’s motion sensors are triggered, it snaps a photo to show you what triggered it.