DIY Video Doorbells Ranked and Rated by CNET
Five years and one billion dollars after Mark Cuban and his fellow Shark Tank sharks passed on Ring nearly a dozen doorbell video cameras get the CNET treatment.
Key features reviewed: latency, live views, 2-way voice, smart hub integration, customer support, ease of installation, cloud storage and leading-edge features such as person detection and facial recognition. TL;DR – Nest Hello took top honors.

Enterprise Data Loss Prevention Company Targets Smart Home Security
Big Enterprise SaaS Company gives Tips on how to limit the vulnerability of smart devices to make you and your home safer and more secure. Capitalizing on the anxiety homeowners have about the plethora of “smart” devices in their homes that could be entry points for hackers, snoopers and criminals, Digital Guardian created a home security cheat sheet and provided the infographic to PC Magazine, which has been leading DIY Smart Home Security coverage. (CNET the former leader his close behind).
Digital Guardian Smart Home Security

Insurance Companies Seeking Smart Home Security Partners
While the home security bundling strategies of MSOs may have reached their peak with Comcast’s acquisition of (most of) iControl, insurance companies look to be getting more serious about getting behind home security sales. In Europe, AXA partnered with Gigaset on an offering at starts at just under $6. Stateside, US-leader, Travelers Insurance is doing it AXA one better by making direct offer via a digital storefront on Amazon.

(Bundle includes Samsung’s SmartThings hub, Wyze Cameras, an Echo Dot and Ring Doorbell camera). Professional dealers note: The discounted bundle for Travelers Home Insurance policyholders does not include professional monitoring, but Amazon’s professional installation is available for less than $300. Learn more at

Multiple new Market Sizing Reports Issued
Both HTF and UpMarket published new reports on the Smart Home Security market with 5 and 7 year revenue projections respectively.

Dealer Marketing Minute: who?
Two-year-old Hawaiian security company Zmana has built its business on the system but has chosen not to promote “power by,” instead of marketing its solution as entirely its own.

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