ADT launches new home automation system nationwide

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ADT launches new home automation system nationwide | #TpromoCom #ADT #Security #HomeAutomation | ADT, a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada, is rolling out the ADT Command panel and control platform nationwide.

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Building on the ADT Pulse platform, which was introduced in 2010, ADT Command offers a rich feature set customized to address customers’ lifestyle and needs, while increasing operational efficiencies.

“At ADT we are dedicated to security and leveraging technology to meet the needs of the evolving smart home industry while bringing the best in-home protection to our customers,” Jim DeVries, Chief Executive Officer of ADT, said in the announcement.

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Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference

Mercury Systems (image)Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference | #TpromoCom #Conference #Event #Security | ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it will participate in the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference to be held Nov. 5-7, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Management will present an overview of the Company’s business on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. CST.

The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed from the investor section of Mercury’s website at http://ir.mrcy.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

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23% of US broadband households reporting intentions to purchase a smart thermostat in 2019

23% of US broadband households reporting intentions to purchase a smart thermostat in 2019 | #TpromoCom #IoT #HomeAutomation #Home | Smart Energy Summit addresses growth in energy management, crossover with smart home solutions, and impact on grid.

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23% of US broadband households reporting intentions to purchase a smart thermostat in 2019

Smart Energy Summit addresses growth in energy management, crossover with smart home solutions, and impact on grid

October 22, 2019

Parks Associates research shows 23% of US broadband households are likely to buy a smart thermostat in 2019, which shows purchase intentions remain strong although many households still consider this product too expensive. The firm will host the eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas, to examine opportunities for energy providers to convert intentions to actual purchases, the role of DIY, and innovations that could drive broader consumer adoption of energy management.

At Smart Energy Summit, more than 300 industry leaders from utilities, service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies will participate in panel discussions about the impact of direct consumer participation in energy markets and strategies to increase consumer engagement. Early event sponsors are FLO, Rapid Response Monitoring, Trusource Labs, Alarm.com, Austin Energy, Inspire, and Sprosty Network.

“The enthusiasm for this product comes despite most households believing that smart thermostats are not affordable, so the industry has a challenge in driving actual adoption past 11-13% of US broadband households,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Utilities and other energy players are experimenting with subsidized offers and product-as-a-service options to expand adoption. At Smart Energy Summit, we will analyze different strategies, highlight factors for success, and discuss the features that can drive greater consumer engagement.”

Parks Associates research finds consumers bought roughly 5.8 million smart thermostats in 2018, generating $843 million in revenues. For future purchases, voice control and compatibility with smart speakers are important selling factors. Among households planning to buy a smart thermostat that also own a smart speaker, more than 70% consider it important that the smart thermostat they buy is compatible with their smart speaker.

Smart Energy Summit will feature the following topics:

Technology Driving New Opportunities

  • 5G Implementation: Impact on Utilities and Consumers
  • DERMS: Moving Beyond Legacy Programs
  • Energy Data and the Smart Home: Enhancing the Customer Relationship
  • Data Analytics for Grid Planning and Load Forecasting
  • Clean Energy: Energy Transformation Trends

Shifting Models: Defining the Utility of the Future

  • Engagement: Smart Home, Demand Response, and Behavior
  • Energy Management in the Home: Driving Behavior Changes
  • Solar, EVs, and Storage: Addressing Barriers to Adoption
  • Utility Marketplaces: Building Customer Relationships
  • Consumers and Distributed Energy Resources (DERS): Impact on the Grid
  • Community Solar: Smart Energy and Sustainable Home Development
  • Home Services Revenue Opportunities
  • Effective Approaches to Demand Response: Next Stage of Engagement
  • Energy Management Platforms: Adding Value

Parks Associates is currently accepting submissions to speak at www.ses2020.com. To schedule an interview or to request data, contact Sherrelle Lewis sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0214.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference identifies new business models and technologies that provide opportunities to change the customer relationship and drive engagement and participation in utility-sponsored programs.

Smart Energy Summit will take place February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy20. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.ses2020.com.

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Oportun to report third quarter 2019 results on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Oportun Logo (image)Oportun to report third quarter 2019 results on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | #TpromoCom #oportun #Financial #Business | SAN CARLOS, Calif., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oportun Financial Corporation (“Oportun” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: OPRT) will release financial results for the third quarter of 2019 on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, after market close. Oportun will host a conference call and earnings webcast to discuss results at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET on that day.

The dial-in number for the conference call is 877-407-9208 (toll-free) or 201-493-6784 (international). Participants should call in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast of the call will be accessible from Oportun’s investor relations website at investor.oportun.com. At the end of the call, a replay will be available through Tuesday, November 26, 2019, by phone at 844-512-2921 (toll-free) or 412-317-6671 (international), passcode 13695846, and a webcast replay will be available at investor.oportun.com for one year.

About Oportun
Oportun (NASDAQ: OPRT) is a high-growth, mission-driven Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and provider of inclusive, affordable financial services powered by a deep, data-driven understanding of its customers and advanced proprietary technology. By lending money to hardworking, low-to-moderate-income individuals, Oportun helps them move forward in their lives, demonstrate their creditworthiness, and establish the credit history they need to access new opportunities. Oportun serves customers online, over the phone, or in person in English and Spanish in the following 12 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare

Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare | #TpromoCom #Earthquake #Sensor #Notification #Emergency | Authorities will begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, offering text message alerts even for people who have not downloaded the app.

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Workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland after it collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthqakes.

The unveiling of the new version of UC Berkeley’s MyShake app is a major achievement in the years of efforts to bring California an earthquake early warning system. Until Thursday, only people with the city of Los Angeles’ ShakeAlertLA app and physically present in Los Angeles County could get the alerts.

Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismology Lab, said a few seconds of warning can give people time to drop, cover and hold on before the shaking begins.

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​Google Boss Says Guests Should Know About Voice-Activated Smart Devices Before They Enter Homes

​Google Boss Says Guests Should Know About Voice-Activated Smart Devices Before They Enter Homes | #TpromoCom #Google #VoiceControl #HomeAutomation | A Google boss has advised people to let guests know if they own a voice-activated smart device – such as Google Nest or Amazon’s Alexa – before they enter the home, saying it’s something he would do.

Boss says to warn guests of voice control gadgets.

In an interview with the BBC marking the launch of Google’s Pixel 4 smartphones, a new Nest smart speaker, and various other products, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services Rick Osterloh was challenged about whether homeowners should tell guests smart devices are in use before they enter the building.

At first, Osterloh seemed a little stumped by the question, saying he hadn’t thought about things ‘in quite this way’ before.

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Commentary: Recent Disclosure of an Alleged Flaw in Burglar Alarm Panels

On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).

I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo,  a security/fire Trade Journalist/Writer

First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?

Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.

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Typical combo burg/fire alarm panel (not named in complaint with CSPC).

Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?

In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of  anyone to address via normal channels.

Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.

Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.

Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes.  Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).

And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride.  –Al Colombo

About Al Colombo
Allan B. Colombo (image)Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.

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