From new products to security vulnerabilities, this week in home security news is full of headlines worth following. Here’s the latest in home security news:
Alula Brings Alarm Monitoring and SHaaS to SnapAV’s New Clare One
Leading home technology supplier SnapAV debuted its new security and smart home system Clare One at the ISC West security expo this April. The new device is UL-listed and offers a full-fledged, self-contained system. But what makes this security and smart home system all the more convenient is that it leverages Alula’s alarm monitoring and smart home as a service (SHaaS) via Alula’s platform.
SnapAV’s Clare One will offer similar features to Alula’s hubs, including connections via Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and 433-MHz radios. The device will also feature dual-band IP/cell for alarm communications and remote monitoring and management via SnapAV’s OvrC platform.
Clare One came out of a partnership that SnapAV has with Alula and Clare and is expected to ship later in 2019. This makes for a strategic move for Alula as Alula’s system intelligence is typically hub-contained versus self-contained via a touchscreen-enabled panel. Also, SnapAV can reach thousands of dealers who aren’t already installing alarm systems.
MarketWatch Projects an Increase in Connected Home Security
A study from MarketWatch projects an uptick in the connected home security niche over the next five years. The data reveals that the market for connected home security systems is estimated to surpass the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3 percent. The market is expected to reach over $200 million by 2024. Currently, the market’s forecast for 2019 is $70 million. With this insight, home security system investors and industry leaders looking to get into connected home security systems may find promise in this growing market.
New Version of New Google Home App May Bring New Features
The new version of the Google Home app for Android may come with new security-enabled features to make sure devices are staying up to date. With the teardown of the upcoming update, the code hints to new features that Google may add in the future. Consumers may look forward to a variety of features, including device touch controls that automatically appear when consumers are within proximity to their Home hubs. These new features in the home security system applications add convenience for consumers and help Google continue to increase its competitive advantage in the market.
From Google Home Hub to Google Nest Hub
Google is rebranding its Home Hub to Google Nest Hub. This new name will officially go into effect on May 7th, 2019. Google did not provide an official reason for renaming its Home Hub. However, industry experts speculate that this name change will go with the theme that highlights its hub’s smart home device management capability and focuses on the convenience of accessing all its features from a central location. The new name will also help previous customers of Nest transition better with the change.
Verizon Routers Leave Millions of Consumers at Risk
Verizon routers leave millions of its consumers at risk with the potential to affect connected home security systems. Cybersecurity company Tenable Research was able to discover several vulnerabilities in the Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway routers. The tech company claims that these vulnerabilities could give hackers the ability to control the device entirely and anything connected to it.