Working with the Global Leaders in Home Security

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We had a very memorable week at the ISC West security conference in Las Vegas. It was one of those weeks that makes all the hard work worth it. It validates why we exist and why we work so hard.

Partnering with the Best in Home Security

Last week, we announced a few very big partnerships that will help more users achieve the home security that works best for them. We took another huge step forward in accomplishing our mission of creating safer homes and neighborhoods – starting with the front door.

alarm-imageOn Tuesday, Alarm.com announced our distribution and platform partnership – allowing their network of dealer partners to offer the SkyBell HD video doorbell to their subscribers. With the deepest integration to date, Alarm.com users will be able to see live SkyBell video at their front door from within the Alarm.com app – allowing for a seamless user experience.

IMG_6161On the same day, Honeywell announced our distribution and platform partnership, as they will add SkyBell HD to the TotalConnect 2.0 home security platform. As one of the largest global providers of monitored security solutions, TotalConnect provides users with reliable, 360-degree coverage for their home. By adding SkyBell HD, they now have coverage at the front door.
Monitronics, a national monitoring and security reseller, also made an announcement highlighting a distribution agreement. Monitronics will add the SkyBell HD in an effort to bolster their smart home strategy.

Finally, we announced an integration with the Kwikset Kevo smart lock. Now users can quickly unlock their door and quickly return back to the SkyBell video screen.

These are significant milestones in our mission to make safer homes and neighborhoods – starting with the front door.

DIY Home Security

As a standalone device, SkyBell HD is helping define what home security looks like in a smart world. We provide customers with an affordable, DIY home security solution. We’ve taken home security one step further, answering the question, “why can’t the things that help keep us safe also keep us connected?” knowing who’s at your door – whether your home or away – give users the freedom to love free of worry, inconvenience and vulnerability.

While SkyBell HD has defined and served an new DIY segment of home security, many homeowners still desire the value in a fully monitored alarm and home security service. By partnering with these leading companies, we are giving users the ability to combine the best of both worlds and achieve the level of security and connectivity that works best for their home.

We are thrilled to work with Honeywell, Alarm.com and Monitronics as we define what home security looks like in a connected world.

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These partnerships mark new milestones for our SkyBell Connect API program. For the last 12 months, we have invested in building a product and cloud platform that would allow 3rd parties to build deep, meaningful integrations with the SkyBell HD.

This effort has paid off. Together, SkyBell and our partners can build features and user experiences that go beyond the standalone value of each respective product or service. The result is more conscience, control and security.

Our partners have chosen SkyBell HD because of our robust API program and the exclusive user stories we can create together. This is all possible thanks to SkyBell HD’s “always on” Wi-Fi – allowing partners to receive triggers from and send commands to SkyBell HD.

Patents

With over 60 patents issued to date, including extensive utility patents on the video doorbell, SkyBell HD is the ideal video doorbell for 3rd party platforms looking to work with the best and most protected video doorbell in our space. This has been important to our partners and we continue to invest in protecting our ideas and innovation. At this time, we have 40 additional patents pending.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas (@apthomas) is a co-founder of SkyBell – a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer – starting with the front door. The SkyBell Video Doorbell allows homeowners to see, hear and speak to the visitor at their door from a smartphone. Learn more: www.skybell.com

SkyBell has raised millions in funding, was named as a 2014 CES Innovations Award Nominee and is sold via Amazon, Best Buy and Home Depot. Andrew is responsible for SkyBell’s strategy, partnerships and business development – leading SkyBell’s integration plans with Honeywell, Nest, Alarm.com, Amazon Echo, Apple, Comcast and IFTTT.

Before SkyBell, Andrew directed web and mobile development projects for clients after beginning his career as a member of Google’s search engine team and later providing SEO services. A sense of adventure led him to Shanghai, China where he managed web development projects for a large Chinese video game company. Andrew graduated from USC with a BBA in Finance.

Andrew shares his experience and expertise by writing and speaking. His articles have appeared on Forbes, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post – covering topics including startups, the Internet of Things, crowdfunding and personal growth. Andrew has been interviewed on national TV, print and industry podcasts. He is regarded as a top IoT expert and one of the rising stars in the smart home space.