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ASSA Abloy Acquires August

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ASSA Abloy, the Swedish lock conglomerate and owner of Yale, among other brands, buys into smart locks with August Home. Financial details of the deal are not available.

August lockAs the biggest lock and access company in the world, ASSA Abloy operates in over 70 countries. It claims it has been a market leader since 1881, and is currently looking to consolidate its position through buying further in the next big thing in locks, namely smart technology. After all it also owns Yale, maker of a number of HomeKit- and Alexa-compatible products.

Founded in 2013, August offers a popular smart lock range in the US, even but its products remain unavailable in other markets. It also dabbles in smart home through an Alexa- and HomeKit-compatible smart doorbell.

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ControlWorks Launches Crestron DoorBird Module

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Controlworks crestronControlWorks releases a module allowing Crestron control systems to control DoorBird IP door stations, complete with two-way SIP voice communications, camera viewing and door release relay control.

It also provides status reporting for doorbell button presses and motion, and allows for extensive programming capabilities.

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Yale Ships HomeKit-Enabled Locks

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Yale announces the iM1 Network Module-- the means for customers to add Apple Homekit support to Assure Lock products-- is finally available, following months of delay.

Yale HomeKitThe iM1 is an add-on module for a pair of Yale products, the Assure Lock SL (YRD256) and the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen (YRD246). It pairs with the Yale Secure companion app to allow customers check battery status, manage up to 25 PIN codes, see current lock status, customise lock settings, name a lock or add a new lock.

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Netgear Updates Arlo Pro 2 Camera

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Netgear's Arlo security unit presents an update of the Pro camera-- the Pro 2 brings improvements such as 1080p video capture (up from the previous 720p), means to set up alert zones and Amazon Alexa support.

Netgear Arlo 2The alert zone feature allows one to set different alert parameters through the companion app, such as whenever someone is walking on the lawn but not on the pavement. It comes in conjunction to an optional subscription plan extending the cloud-based storage of 24/7 recordings from an Arlo camera for between 14 to 60 days.

Without the subscription, customers can store up to 7 days of recordings-- as triggered by sound or motion-- on the Netgear cloud. A "look back" feature allows one to vew activity 3 seconds before motion is detected for a more complete picture of events.

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Samsung Teams Up With ADT in Home Security

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Samsung brings security specialist ADT to add optional monitoring services to the SmartThings home automation offering, bringing a combination of DIY smart home products and professionally installed and monitored security systems.

Samsung ADT securityDubbed the ADT Home Security Starter Kit, the base bundle includes a Security Hub, two door and window sensors and a motion sensor. The Security Hub features a 7-inch touchscreen, built-in siren, battery, cellular data backup and encrypted wireless technology. It also acts as a SmartThings hub, meaning it connects with SmartThings devices as well all the security sensors found in the package.

Samsung also plans to add other security devices in the future, including fire, carbon monoxide and water sensors. Control comes through companion SmartThings mobile device app, while the ADT partnership provides optional subscription-based 24/7/365 professional monitoring.

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Ring Takes on Home Security

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Video doorbell maker Ring is the next company to take on home security with Ring Protect-- a means to tie together the company's cameras, lights and doorbells into a single home security solution.

Ring ProtectThe Protect package includes a hub device, a door/window contact sensor, an IR-based motion sensor, a keypad (for arming/disarming) and a Z-Wave range extender. Customers can add more sensors to the system and, following a firmware update, security devices from 3rd parties such as locks, lights, carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats and sensors.

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Nest Takes on Home Security

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The next product category for Google-owned smart thermostat maker Nest is security-- Nest Secure, a product portfolio covering the alarm system, video doorbell, security camera and corresponding software and services.

Nest SecureThe centerpiece of Nest Secure is the Nest Guard, a puck-shaped security base providing the alarm, keypad and voice feedback. It is placed indoors, facing the front door, and communicates with a set of motion sensors dubbed Nest Detects. Customers can place the Detect devices anywhere in the home, such as rooms, near windows and doors. In addition, a Tag keychain can arm and disarm the security hub without need to insert a passcode in the Guard.

Also in the range is the Nest Hello-- a video doorbell combining the previously released Nest Cam with, well, a doorbell. For customers wanting an outdoor security camera Nest has the Cam IQ, a tamper- and weather-resistant version of the Nest Cam offering imaging and intelligence via built-in Google Assistant.

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