ADT Moves Google Platform Collaboration Forward
ADT has moved its collaboration with Google on a professional smart home solution forward from 2022 to the second half of 2021.
According to Jim DeVries, president and CEO of ADT, the new platform will feature co-branding with Google, integrated Google Maps, Nest cameras and thermostats, and Google video analytics, as well as employing ADT’s Command & Control platform – until the end of 2022.
“When we first announced the Google investment in ADT and the long-term strategic partnership, we shared that one key outcome of the relationship would be a next-generation platform with new home security and automation, products and peripherals, deeper device integration and enhanced alarm verification,” DeVries said.
“Following a comprehensive review of our alternatives, we’ve concluded that ADT should and will own our next-generation platform, which will be developed entirely within Google Cloud. Further, the platform will be developed in coordination with Google to leverage native integration in the multitude of works with Google integration already available.
“Our decision allows ADT to have full control of our future road map and will enable ADT + Google to deliver operational and efficiency benefits, better long-term economics and ensure that we continue to be the leader in home automation and security into the future. Our development work is already well under way with teams from both ADT and Google engaged.”
Don Young, chief information officer and executive vice president of field operations for ADT, said the new offering will invite all the Google product suites into the ADT ecosystem and he pointed out that the new platform will leverage alarm verification, using Google computing power to collect data, conduct better analysis and even ‘score’ alarm activity in the future.
“We’re looking not just to make our smart platform smarter, we’re looking to make it more helpful and that’s leveraging Google’s prowess in machine learning and artificial intelligence to fuel what Google calls ambient computing,” Young said.
ADT has also released its Q3 financials, which show a total revenue of $US1.299 billion, slightly down on 2019 revenues of $1.301 billion.