ADT Unveils New App at CES, Seeking to Streamline Smart Home Control

The home security company will allow customers to do self-setup and link with Google Nest devices.

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ADT introduced a new app at CES on Tuesday that will serve as the control center for a fully integrated product ecosystem. The ADT Plus app will work with all ADT devices, including base, door/window sensors, keypad, smart bulbs, smart locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as compatible Google Nest thermostats, cameras and doorbells.

This will be the first time ADT customers can control all their devices and settings in one place, rather than relying on a combination of ADT's online portal, control panel and app.

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When CNET reviewed ADT's home security services, this was one of the main problems our writer David Priest experienced. Not only was the app "clunky," but you couldn't rely on it to meet all your needs for controlling ADT's whole system. ADT Chief Technology Officer Raya Sevilla said that's about to change.

"Our new integrated product platform provides customers with a more advanced and seamless experience across security, life safety, home automation and analytics through a common application," Sevilla said in a statement.

The new ADT app, which will also include real-time monitoring, will be available for the company's self-startup customers in February. Customers opting for professional installation will get access to ADT Plus later in the year.

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