Security Systems News

DEC 2017

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briefs December 2017 S ec U r ITY SYST em S N e WS suppliers 26 By Spencer Ives C A R L S B A D , C a l i f . — A n u Herranen, Nortek Security & Control's director of marketing and branding, has focused on technology in several different areas, holding posi- tions at Microsoft and Nokia before entering the security industry by joining Nortek in late 2015. "I've always had this passion for gad- g e t s a n d t re n d s , " Herranen said. This interest in technology and con- sumer behaviors overlaps well with the security industry and Nortek Security & Control's offerings. "I really enjoy it [at Nortek Security & Control], I opens demo smart home to showcase new tech TYSONS, Va.— announced recently the opening of its Demo House, a state-of-the-art, 1,700-square-foot smart home in Falls Church, Va. "We know that consumers are excit- ed about the possibilities of the smart home," Alison Slavin, co-founder and senior vice-president, Creation Lab, at, said in the announcement. "To help educate and inform people, we turned a neighborhood bungalow into a state-of-the-art smart home. We creat- ed a realistic demonstration center that shows everything a smart home can do when it runs on a single platform like From proactive smart home security with video monitoring and auto- mated locks, to lights and shades con- trolled by voice and multi-device Scenes commands, you'll find it here under one roof, controlled by one app." Open to's partners, the media and consumers, cre- ated the Demo House as a new way to demonstrate the benefits of its smart home security technology. The house is equipped with a full suite of next-gen- eration home automation technology including a smart security system with integrated energy management, video monitoring, access control, independent living and home automation solutions. Connected devices in the home include a smart thermostat with remote temperature sensing, as well as locks, lights, video doorbells, garage door opener, shades, water control, voice assistants and more. Devices are intel- ligently connected through's cloud platform and mobile apps for an integrated, advanced smart home expe- rience. The demo also highlights smart busi- ness security, including fully integrated, commercial-grade connected devices that enable small- and medium-sized business owners to securely and effi- ciently manage their businesses from anywhere using Yale provides smart lock solution for Amazon Key BERLIN, Conn.—Yale Locks & Hardware recently teamed up with Amazon on a new service exclusively for Prime mem- bers called Amazon Key, which enables in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and service appoint- ments. "We're thrilled to be a part of this new innovation from Amazon," Jason Williams, president, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential, said in the announcement. "Yale's years of expertise in security and smart lock technology and the new Amazon Key service will give Prime members peace of mind and provide a new level of convenience." Women in Security: Anu Herranen Honeywell gets into DIY station is completely integrated with the Alexa Voice Service, a high-quality speaker and micro- phone. Easy to install out of the box, the system can be controlled through an app, your voice, and other optional devices. "More than 150 million home- owners already trust Honeywell with their safety, comfort and security," Michael Flink, presi- dent, Honeywell Security and Fire, said in the announcement. "Right out of the box and enabled by Amazon Alexa, our system allows customers to keep an eye on what's happening in and around their homes. As is the case with all of Honeywell's Connected Home offerings, the system can be enabled by loca- tion-based geofencing, which means it knows when you are at home or away." The Honeywell Smart Home Security System features indoor and outdoor sensors and motion viewers that can alert you if your doors or windows are opened. The camera base station and addi- tional devices can be adjusted using a schedule, location-based geofencing, or customizable event and scene triggers. Audio and video self-monitor- ing is available directly through the app, and the Smart Home Security System also can send alerts inside the home with cus- tomizable lighting, sirens and video notifications through your app. In addition to being able to turn video recording off in the app, the camera base station includes a manual privacy shutter so you can be sure that what you want to stay private, stays private. The system will come with 24 hours of back-up cloud storage, which will be expanded to three days later this year. The Honeywell Smart Home Security System's roadmap of features available in 2018 include facial recognition updates so people will be able to know when their kids come home from school or when the dog walker shows up. Also coming in 2018, audio analytics updates will enable the system to know the difference between an alert from your smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, your dog barking or other loud noises. "We applaud Honeywell for their commitment to listen to the 'crowd' in crowdsourcing ideas for their latest innova- tion," Jonathan Cohen, chief enterprise solutions officer of Indiegogo, said in the announce- ment. "Indiegogo's Enterprise offering will allow Honeywell to capture interest and validation while receiving actionable, prod- uct insights from consumers." Honeywell's Smart Home Security System will launch through Indiegogo's Enterprise Crowdfunding service, allowing Honeywell to engage directly with backers, garner interest and provide real-time updates on how the system can con- tinue to expand to meet people's needs. SSN especially like the versatility of our product lines. It's great to be in a company that actually … sees the whole end-to-end experience from end users' perspectives." Herranen said that she handles the mar- keting and brand- ing for all of Nortek Security & Control's product lines, includ- ing PR, ecommerce, social media and cus- tomer communica- tion. "I lead a team of 10 people," she said. "We basically make sure that when we talk about our products, or we feature our products, we are consistent … and we reach our customers in the best possible way and make sure they can be successful when selling our products or using our products." Increasing women industry wide can be a challenge, rooted in culture. "It does start from the culture, and it's hard to create an industry culture. It's definitely easier to have the change tak- ing place within each company. That means that the company cul- ture needs to promote bringing women on board," she said. Nortek Security & Control has a "women in technology" team. This team helps to drive change, Herranen said, and it is "not only things that promote women, but things that just showcase how important it is to have that diversity in the workplace and what women can bring to the equation." H e r r a n e n c o m p a re d t h e s e c u r i t y i n d u s t r y to other technology i n d u s t r i e s , w h i c h there are increasing numbers of women. "More and more com- panies highlight that and they want to have that change happen- ing in the work place," she said. Self-advocacy and mentor- ships are two ways to increase the numbers of women in executive levels, Herranen said. SSN By Paul Ragusa STOCKHOLM—ASSA ABLOY has signed an agree- ment to acquire August Home, a leading smart lock business in the U.S. "I am very pleased to welcome August into the ASSA ABLOY Group," Johan Molin, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY, said in the announcement. "August c o n s t i t u t e s a s t r a t e g i c addition to the Group and reinforces our position in the residential smart door market." T h a n a s i s M o l o k o t o s , executive vice president for ASSA ABLOY and head of the Americas division, said August Home strengthens the company's residential smart door strategy with complementary smart locks, expansion into video door- bells and comprehensive solutions for home delivery. "ASSA ABLOY continues to advance our position in the smart home market," Molokotos told Security Systems News. "With the a c q u i s i t i o n o f A u g u s t , it gives ASSA ABLOY a partner with successful f o c u s o n re t ro f i t l o c k s that offer an exceptional user and software experi- ence which complements ASSA ABLOY's focus on full replacement locks that are connected and served by the professionally installed channel." He added, "August has created a fantastic consumer experience through differen- tiated features and software. We look for ward to the opportunity to draw from the 180 years of cumula- tive experience of the Yale team plus the technology expertise of the August team to create the future of smart residential doors." Based in San Francisco, August Home was founded by Jason Johnson and Yves Behar in 2013. Sales for the company are expected to reach approximately $60 million in 2018, according to the press release. "We have always admired the design and quality of Yale locks," Johnson, CEO o f A u g u s t , s a i d i n t h e announcement. "This is a great opportunity for us to work with the world's largest lock and access company." The acquisition, expected to be completed during Q4 2017, is subject to regula- tory approval and customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. SSN ASSA ABLOY agrees to acquire August Home Anu Herranen Continued from page 1

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