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ADT adds Nest integration to its Pulse security platform

The divide between DIY and professional security systems is shrinking as brands like ADT announce third-party partnerships.

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ADT Pulse is a subscription-based security and automation service that has hinted at potential third-party smart-home partnerships. But today's integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat in limited cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver and Miami -- in addition to announcements earlier this year of an IFTTT channel and an as-of-yet unnamed ADT-LG security device -- proves that the professional security industry is in flux.

The Pulse lineup boasts a variety of features, ranging from 24-7 monitoring to real-time alerts and the ability to add extra accessories like cameras and lights as needed. And, Nest's open-API (Application Programming Interface) approach to the smart home began with its first-gen thermostat back in 2011 and has expanded to include a suite of products including the second-generation thermostat, the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector (a new version was announced in June and is expected to hit retail soon) and the new Nest security camera , released last month.

An update to ADT's Android and iOS Pulse mobile apps is also due out today, which should grant customers in select cities access to their Nest thermostat without having to switch between apps. ADT isn't the only professional security brand applying an open API strategy to home security and automation, though.

ADT competitor AT&T added Samsung, LG, Lutron and Qualcomm to its Digital Life service back in January and has also teamed up with Audi, BMW, GM, Ford, Tesla, Nissan, Volvo and Subaru as a supplement to smartphone- and tablet-based remote access.

Overall, this marks a major evolution for the once-divided security industry. With professional security giants like ADT and AT&T learning to "play nice" with DIY smart-home devices, more and more partnerships are likely to appear. Stay tuned.