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 thein limited cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver and Miami -- in addition to announcements earlier this year of and an as-of-yet unnamed -- 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,(a was announced in June and is expected to hit retail soon) and , 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 addedto its Digital Life service back in January and has also teamed up with 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.