DIY vs. Pro Security and Home Automation: The Lines Keep Blurring
CES 2015 shed some major light on the future of professionally monitored security and home automation systems: They’re heading to DIY land.
Selling professionally monitored systems direct-to-consumers has been a fruitful business model for many companies such as LifeShield (now owned by DirecTV), FrontPoint and Protect America. Customers configure their systems online, and the dealer ships out a pre-programmed solution for self-installation. The dealer enjoys the recurring revenue with nary a truck roll.