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FEB 2019

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Head briefs Parks addresses key trends at Summit By Ginger Schlueter LAS VEGAS—LifeShield, a wire- less home security system com- pany, welcomed the New Year with two announcements, one about the addition of service offerings the other about a new piece of equipment. "LifeShield is all about invest- ing into our customers," Doug Bellenger, chief product officer, LifeShield told Security Systems News. "For example, we cur- rently give our customers push notifications with videos, motion detection and voice control via Alexa." A Google Assistant skill has been added to LifeShield's secu- rity and smart home services at no additional cost to customers. Available soon, smart devices connected through the LifeShield S30 base will be able to be con- trolled using voice commands via Google Assistant, in addition to Alexa and IFTTT. With this integration, customers can com- mand their Google Assistant to arm their security system, lock doors, adjust lighting and control thermo- stats—all of which came about from LifeShield listening to customer feedback and requests, and ful- filling them. LifeShield is also rolling out its own rules engine which will enable customers to do more locally, make their own rules and do multiple things with one rule. Fully customizable, customers can schedule when to turn lights off and on, lock or unlock doors, adjust the thermostat, and arm and disarm their system with their voice as well as trigger mul- tiple actions. "IFTTT can be tied to our own local rules engine," Bellenger told SSN, giving the follow- ing example: "When the system disarms, turn on the AC, but if a window is open, don't turn on the AC." In addition to voice control and customiz- able rules, LifeShield introduced their new Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell that integrates with LifeShield's home security system. It fea- tures full 1080p HD video resolution and two-way audio support, allowing homeowners to screen visitors and engage in conversation via the LifeShield mobile app or touchpad. The doorbell also features day and night vision modes, the ability to record and store media clips, and watch it live, on- demand and push notifications that alert homeowners with a video of the event in real time. Installation options include hardwire or rechargeable battery. "The video doorbell includes push notifications, the ability to save images and videos, people and object detection, and it can integrate with our local rules engine," Bellenger said. As for the future, Bellenger said that LifeShield is "looking to partner with NVR companies to expand into the commercial sector." SSN LifeShield unveils new services, equipment CES 2019 showcases the latest in new tech, including AI and 5G LAS VEGAS— More than 4,500 exhibitors showcased the latest tech innovations to some 180,000 attendees across more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space at CES 2019 here last month. "CES showcases the power of innovation to solve global prob- lems and improve lives around the world," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said in a pre- pared statement. "The passion, ideas and business connections at CES make this the most significant global tech event—and the most inspirational week of the year." Karen Chupka, executive vice president, CES, added, "Every business must now embrace tech- nology to succeed. And companies like Procter & Gamble, John Deere and Raytheon proved that at CES 2019." The CES 2019 keynote stage fea- tured some of the biggest names in tech, including AMD, AT&T Com- munications, IBM, LG and Verizon. CTA released its 2019 Internation- al Innovation Scorecard grading countries on how well they sup- port innovation, and announced it will invest $10 million in venture firms and funds focused on women, people of color and other under- represented startups and entrepre- neurs. CTA also released its newest book, Ninja Future, exploring the skills needed to remain competitive in the rapidly-changing future. The role of 5G was also discussed. "5G will change everything—5G is the promise of so much more than what we have seen from wireless technology," Hans Vestberg, CEO, Verizon, said during his keynote. Fellow keynoter John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, discussed the company's recent launch of its 5G Evolution net- work. CES 2019 also showed how artificial intelligence will influ- ence every aspect of our lives. IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty's opening keynote explored how AI will prove data is the "world's greatest natural resource," enabling revolutions from smart cities to health care, transportation to robotics. During Rometty's keynote, Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Walmart EVP of Food Charles Redfield shared examples of AI and blockchain technology in their businesses. By SSN Staff LAS VEGAS—Smart home and consumer IoT industry execu- tives came together for Parks Associates' CONNECTIONS Summit on Jan. 8, the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The summit featured multiple sessions addressing key trends, challenges and opportu- nities within residential security and the smart home. "It is an exciting time for the industry," Elizabeth Parks, presi- dent, Parks Associates, said in the press release. "There are major advances in technology and dis- ruptions with new business mod- els, partnerships and new players in the smart home market." The research firm unveiled some key data at the summit, including findings that U.S. broadband households own an average of more than 10 con- nected devices, spurred in part by the introduction of voice controls through smart speakers with voice assistants from tech giants Amazon and Google. Parks estimates unit sales of smart speakers with voice assis- tants in the U.S. will reach near- ly 65 million by 2022. Among other key devices, global unit sales of smart TVs will exceed 130 million by 2022, and adop- tion of smart video doorbells will exceed 12 percent of U.S. broadband households in 2020. Some other recent findings from the firm include: • 63 percent of households with a security system own a smart home device. • 25 percent of U.S. broad- band households plan to buy a smart video doorbell in 2019. • More than 40 percent of U.S. broadband households find the smart home concept appealing for their home. • 50 percent of consumers 50 and older are very interested in emergency panic button service or home emergency system. • Nearly one in three U.S. broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assis- tant. Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz, a research director with the IBM Institute for Business Value who spoke at the Summit, said, "There's a fine line between smart homes that empower and engage consumers, and it is established one consumer at a time. While we have smart devices, we don't yet have very smart homes, and the question is how much are consumers and companies will- ing to trade to have one. "Our research indicates that consumers expect benefits that they don't see in the marketplace. Using IoT and AI as efficiency and risk tools aren't enough," Parks said. "AI as efficiency and risk tools aren't enough. Yet there are ways to move forward that engage and delight." SSN purchase single-purpose sen- sors for specific applications, Arlo's advanced all-in-one Multi-Sensor provides users with a compact, versatile solution that can be placed nearly anywhere to help families and business owners protect what matters most," the company said. Easy to setup and control through the Arlo app, the Multi- Sensor detects windows and doors opening and closing, motion, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, water leaks, temperature changes. The Multi-Sensor can also be programmed to cross-trigger other Arlo devices, such as signaling Arlo cameras to start recording. The Arlo Siren further expands the Arlo Security System. Both outdoor-rated and battery-operated, the siren can be placed anywhere in range of the SmartHub. A loud siren accompanied by a red strobe light deters intruders, alerting property owners and surrounding neighbors of an emergency situation. Users can also enable presence simula- tion to emit audio sounds, such as dog barking or TV audio, to make their house less attractive to intruders. A built-in melody can be activated to notify users of specific events, such as the Multi-Sensor detecting a door opening. The Arlo Remote provides users with the convenience of arming and disarming their system, for themselves or for others they would like to grant access without using the Arlo app. The Remote also features two customiz- able buttons that can be pro- gramed to perform specific actions, such as turning on compatible third-party lights or activating the Arlo Siren in a panic situation. The Arlo SmartHub will serve as the nucleus of the Arlo Security System. Engineered with ArloRF, a proprietary two-way radio frequency technology, the SmartHub provides Arlo devices with extended bat- tery life and superior long- range wireless coverage, enabling hassle-free commu- nication between the Smar- tHub and Arlo devices. In the second half of 2019, the SmartHub will also become Zigbee and Z-Wave capable. This compatibility will allow Arlo users to control a wide- range of "Works with Arlo" certified third-party smart home devices via the Arlo app, giving them one central monitoring and controlling touchpoint for a simplified smart home experience. SSN Arlo's security system Doug Bellenger Continued from page 1 february 2019 S e C ur IT y S y ST e MS N e WS r e SI de NTI al Sy ST e MS 16 r ESI d EN t IA l Sy S t E m S

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