Amazon Ring Public Subsidy Program Aims To Dominate Residential Security

By: Dan Gelinas and John Honovich, Published on May 20, 2019

Amazon dominates market after market. Quitely, but increasingly, they are doing so in residential security, through a combination of significant discounts and local government contributions.

IPVM's investigation found more than two dozen subsidy programs costing Ring and taxpayers at least $1.5 million. Moreover, we found these programs were accelerating.

However, Amazon is not simply throwing money away. They are strategically seeding the market to strengthen network efforts providing them a unique competitive advantage, on the backs of taxpayer funds.

****** ********* ****** ***** market. *******, *** ************, they *** ***** ** in *********** ********, ******* a *********** ** *********** discounts *** ***** ********** contributions.

****'* ************* ***** **** than *** ***** ******* programs ******* **** *** taxpayers ** ***** $*.* million. ********, ** ***** these ******** **** ************.

*******, ****** ** *** simply ******** ***** ****. They *** ************* ******* the ****** ** ********** network ******* ********* **** a ****** *********** *********, on *** ***** ** taxpayer *****.

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How ** *****

************, **** ******** ******* and ******** ******* **** been *********, ** *** person **** ******* *, that *** ******* ****** on ******* ******'* ****** of ******* *. **** has **** * *** factor ** ***** ******* being **** **********.

** *** ********, **** Amazon / **** ** doing **** ** *** only ********* '*******', **** tie ** ******** **** a ********* ********** ****** (called '*********', ******** ******) that **** ********** **** Amazon / ****'* *** equipment. *** **** ****** who *** ***** ********* and **** *** '*********', the **** ******** ** is ** ****** ** the ************.

*** ******* ****** / Ring ***** ** ******** is **** **** **** to **** **** ***** community ** ****** ***** benefits. **** ** ***** the ******* ******* ***** into ****.

What *********** **** ************

**** ******* ********* **** ******* programs ****** ** ***********:

***** *** ********* **** more ***** ******** ***** run ** ** ****** on ************* **** ****/**** councils ** *** ********* website (*.*.,*** **** ****** ****** a ***** ** *** city's ******** ****.).

*** ******* ********* ** found ******* * ******* ******* with **** *** **********, DC,***** *** ******* **** $200/household, ** **** *****:

*** ******* *** ****** up ***** ******'* *********** in ****, **** **** 5 ****** *** *********** and **+ ***** **, in *** **** ** months.

$10,000 ******* ************ *** ****

****** '*******' ****** ********** at ***** $**,*** *** 200 ********** ** ***********, as *** ******* ********'* ******* ******* *************:

*** **** ***** *** decision ** ***** * subsidy ** * ********* (e.g., ********** *******, ****** household ******, ***** ****, or ***** **** ************) is *******.

How *********** *** *** ********** **** *********

**** *** ********** ******* ******** ******* of ***** ************ *********** ********** ** the **** ******* ******* can ***** ** ***** more, ***** ****** *** Law *********** ** ********** representative ** * ******** details ***** ****, ** seen *****:

******* *** *** ****** this **** ** **** results ** ***** **** the******* ******* *************** ***** ** **** as * **************** ** *** ******* program ** ******* ************** ***** ** ******** of **** *** *** extended ** ******* ** 2018.

Outside *** ** ** ****

* ****** ****** ** ring.com *** "**** *******" returns * ****, ** seen *****:

**** *** ******* ***** showing ******** ********, ******* ***** ** "*****," presumably *** "***** *******," which ** ** *******, ** **** *****:

******* ** *** * ZA-EN**** ******* **** (** ** *** ******* abbreviation *** ***** ******), *** *** ****** are ***** ** "*" which ** ********* *** *** ***** African ****, ** **** *****:

********, ***** ******* ******* ***** *** Suriname(** ***** *******), *** a**** *** **** ******* 2.0.

**** ******* *** ** 2015 ** * *****, independent ********** ******* ******** to * ******** ************ that *** ***** ** Ring's **-***** ******* ***, with ******'* ***** *** financial ******* ******* **** government ******** **** *** dollars, ***** ** * nationwide *** ****** ************* program **** ***** ** limit ***********, ******* * network ****** *** ******* a ****** ****** ***** for *** *******.

Where ** *** *******: ******** ****, **********

****,******** ** ****** ** 2018 *** $*+ *******, *** **** ******* with *********** ** ******* reduced **** (** ** some *****,****, ** *** *** case ** *** *******' Wilshire **************** ** ****), ******** equipment ** *************, ****** studies **** *** ********* that****** ***** ***** ********* reduced ***** ** **** than ****(****** ***** ********** ****** ******* challenges *** ********, ****** **** *********** studies ** ***** ****** showed **** ***** **** Ring ********* **** **** likely ** ** *** targets ** *****-***). ********** of *** ******** **** program *** ***** ** the ***** *****:

**** **** ** ****** giving **** (******** ****, California ** ****) ** drastically ******** **** *** the ******* ******* (**********, **** ****, ***********, ************ **** ) *** created ********* ** *** customers ** * *************** ******** ******* ************ ***** programs *** ****'* ********* App. *** ******* $*** discount ** *********** **** their ***** ******** * price, ** **** ** the *****.

***** *** ******* ******** began ** **** *** across *** *******, **** has ********* * *** of ***** ** *** reduced **** ******* **** residents' *****. *** *** Technology ****** ******* **** that ** **** **** had ******* ********* ***** $400,00+, ** **** *****:

********** ** ******* ** not *** ******* ****'* research *** ******* *** sound, ** ** ******** that ***** *** ** their ***** ** ********* to *********** ****** *** country ** ****** ** impact.

Why **** *********** *** ******** ** *** *******

**** *********** ********** *** subsidy ******* *** **** decided ******* **. ******* Lakes, ********** *** ******* ********** ** ******* ***** factors, ********* *** ********* to ******* *** ******* with *****, **-***** ******* that ***** ** *********, as **** *****:

**** *********, ** *** a ******* ******* ** spite *** ******** ***** *********** ******* ********* ******* **** documented ******** ******, ********* ****** ********* and *********** ****** ***** being **** ** ****** cameras **** ***** ********* were *******, ** **** below:

**** **************** * ********** ** possible ******** ********* ****'* *******.

How *** ********* *** **** ** *** ********

**** ******* **** *** devices, ** ******* ******* ********* ***, **** ************* *****. Giving ***** ********* **** for * ******* **** in ******* **** ** conjunction **** *** ********* that ***** *** *** brings ******** ***, **** neighbors *** *** *********** has * ******* ****** that ***** ****** **** like **** ** *** want ** "**** ***":

*** ********* *** **** integrates **** ****'* *** equipment, ** **** ********** from *** ********* *****:

***** *** *** ****** importing ******* *****, *** rival ************'* ********, **** requires ***** ******** ********* from **** *** **** importing **** *********. **** can ** *********** *** non-technical ***** **** *** typical *** **** ********. Indeed, ** *** ****** of *** ********* ***, video ** ************** **** Ring *******.

************, ***** *** * number ** ********* ******* (like**** *** ***** *** Volusia ******, ******* *******'* Office, **** ******** *** ********* ********** Police, ******* *** ***** *** Cape ***** ******* *******'* Office) ** ****** *********** and *******'* *********** *********** and ***** *** **** app. **** ******* ********** and ********** *** **** of * ******* *** valuable ************ *****, ** seen ** *** ********** from *** ********* ***** below:

*** ********* *** ******** with **** ********* ******* discounted ********* *** ** thought ** ** ** (anti-competitive) ********** ** *** a ******** **** ** each ********. *******, **** may **** * *** to *** ****** **** by ******* * ***** of ********* ** * heavy ********, *** **** they ** ****, **** likely ******* ****** ********* who *** *** *** to **** ********* ** the ******* ******* ** pay **** ***** ** order ** **** **. Such *** *** **** in *** **** ** talked **.

Feedback **** ******* ******

*** **** ** *********, CA*** ***** ********** **** equipment ******* ** ******* of *********** $***,*** ($**,*** **** from *** ****, *** Sheriff's ********, *** ****) dedicated ** *** ******* in * *****.

* **** ******** **** IPVM *** ******* *** "very **********," ****** **** residents *** **** *** aware ** *** *******, but *** **** ***** out **** ***** ********* who *** ********** ********* regularly **** **** **** asking ***** ******-** ******* programs.

********* ** *** ******** we ***** ****, *********'* program ********** ********** * specific, ************ *****-****** **** as ******** *** *** giveaway, ** **** *****:

*** **** ******** **** she ****** * **** doorbell ***** ** *** program ** *** ***** advise ********* ** *** to *** *** ****** and *** *** **** the ******* ******* ***. That ******** **** **** her ********* ****** ***** own **** ********* **** they *** ****.

***** ******* **** **** the ******* *** ** successful **** *** ** twice:

** ****, *** **** partnered **** **** *** the **** ******** ****** Program **** ***** ** help *** ********* ****** and ******* *********** **********. Following *** ******* *** demand ** **** ******* last ****, *** **** partnered **** **** ***** this ****.

*******, **** **** *** program ******** ***** ** connecting *** *********** *** residents:

*** ******* ******* ******** value ** *** ********* by ********* *** *********** efforts *** ********** ************* between *** ***** ******* Valley *******’* ******* *** Santa ******* *********.

Feedback **** ****

******* ********* ********** ** an ***** ******* ******* information *** ****** *** a ******** *** ******* questions, **** *** *** yet ********* ******* ******** follow-ups.

Competitive *********

** *** ******** ****, home ******** *** ************ systems, ********** ** *********, look ******* *** **** - *******, ****** *********, etc.

**** ****** / **** is *********** *** ******* is * ****** '************ watch' *******. **** *** buy ********* ***** ** Google **** ** ******* or ********, *** **** get * ****** *** you ** ***** ** yourself. **** *** *** Amazon / ****, *** get **** **** *** 'neighborhood' *** *** ****** watching *** ***.

Fair ** ****** ****** ***?

*** ********* **** ** that * ******* ******* is ******* * ****** surveillance ****** ********** ** public ***** *** ** public ********* *******.

** *** *** ****, such * '************ *****' would ****** *** ** developed ******* *** ******* of **** * ***** private ******* **** ** willing ** ***** ***** and *********** ********* ******* this ********.

** *** *****, ***** local *********** *** ********* Amazon ******** ******** ******** systems ***** ****** *** be **** ** ******* significant ****-**** ******* ** it **** ** ****** the ******* ****** *** home ******** *** ************.

Poll / ****

Comments (17)

** ****** **** *** Hikvision ** ***, ********** backing *** ***? 🤣

* ** *** **** how ********* **** ******* is ******** ** ****** subsidizing ***** ******.

* ** *** **** how ***** ****** ********* works *** **** **** Amazon **** *** *********.

*** * *** * subsidy ** ******* ****? Probably ***.

* ******* *** **** police *** ***** ** start ********* *** **** Neighbors ***. * ******* the ********* *** *** 5 ***** ** *** app ***** ***** **** has */* ****** *** Nest's *** *** ****** is **** ** */* stars. * *****'* **** any ******* *******, *** the ****** *** ******** the **** *** ********* at * ********** **** of $*** **** ** month ************. **** ***** tied **** *** ***** article ** *** ***** would ***** ***** * few ***** ******* * subsidy. **** *** ****** are ***** ** *** an ***, **** ***** to ** * *************** feature *** **** **** the ********** *****'* **** to ****** *** ** use *** *** **** to ***** ***** *** Ring.

**** ************** **** ******** these ***** ***** ****** doing *** **** **** Amazon …. “*********” *** “Discrimination” *** “*********”. *** same ***** ***** *** now ************ ** *** collapse ** ****** ***** for *** *********** ***** industry.

** **** ***** ** we ***** ** ***** about ********** ********* ** increase ************ ** ********? Maybe **** **’* *********** by * **** *********** with * ***** ****** of ******* **********? ***.

***** ****** ***** **** us **** ******** *** cell ******* ***! *** government ***** ********* ** so **** ***’* **** warrants *** ****** ***** use *** **** ** further ***** ******* ******* world **********. * ***** a ********* ********* ****** state ****** **** ** long * *** ****, fast ********.

** ***** *** ********** to ******'* *********** ****** analytics ***** **** **** Ring ********? ** **** are *** ***** *****, this ***** ** * dual *** *** *** enforcement ***/** *** ******* surveillance.

* **** *** **** this ** ***.

** ** ***** ******* the **** ******/******** ******** have *** **** **-*************** ****** ********* ****, *** * ***** not ** ********* ** more ******** ******** ***** be ******** **/**** **** integration *******.

** *********** ******** ****:

** ******** * **** Pro (*** *** ****** in ****'***** *** ************) ******** ***** ******* our** ***** *********** ******'* *********** ** model:

** *** *** ***, even **** *** ~**** era / ***** *** hardware, *********** *** ***% accurate ** ******** * person. *** ***** ***** of *********** ****** ** to ****** ***** **** modest ****/ **** ******* and ************* ******* *** streams **** **** *******.

** ** *** '**** identification', *** **-**, *** existing ******** *** *** cloud ** **** ** used ******** ** ** #1's ********.

* ** * ****** of * *** *** For ****** ******* ****** Project **** ****** *** we *** * *** of ******** ** ******** Neighbourhoods *** **** ** found *** **** *** to ***** *** ********* neighbourhood ***** (********** *** residential), *** ******* * doubt *** ************* ***** system **** ** ******** by ****. ******* *** station ** *** ** called ***** ***** *** they *** ******* ** process ******* **** ****** any ***** ****** ** z-wave *** *** ******** a ***** ** * group ** *********. * do ******* **** ************** are *** **** ***** alert ****** *********. * do **** ******* **** there *** ********* ********* laws ** ****** *** this *** *** **** true *** *** **.

* ***** *** **, tax ******* ****** *** be **** *** *** single ****** ******. ****. Nothing *** ********** **** should **** ** **** winners *** ****** ** the **** ******.

** ***** **** * or * ** **** different *************, *** *** parties ******** **** ******** to ******* ***** *******/********* per ******* ********* *** publish ***** ******* *********** for ********* *********, *** the ****** ********* *** subsidy *** ******** ****** in *** *********** ** crimes, ****'* * ********* story.

* ** ***** *** concerns ** *******, ******** governmental ****** ** ***** feeds, ***., ** * would ******** ***** ****** restrictions ** ************ *** of ***** ***** **** residents' ***** ******* ***** permission **** **** ********.

**** **** **** ** the *** ******* ****** above, *** **'* ******** pretty ******* ******* ****. They ********** **** ***** methodology, *** ***'* ****** clearly **** **** ***** with ****. ******* ** for ******* *****, *** I **** ** ********* that ** ***** ** be **** ** *** full *******:

***** ******** **** **** says *** ******* ***** crime—but *** ******** ***** flimsy

****** *** **-******* *** MIT ******* *****. * strongly ********* ****** ** read **** *******. ** is * ***** ******* of *** ********** *** studies *** ** *********** to ******* ****** ********.

******* ****** ***** **** info ***** **!

*****: "******* **** ****. I ****** **** *** mailman ***** ** ******* to ******* **** ***. He ******* ******* *** doorbell * ***** ***. The **** ** ****** opened ********. **** **** wife **** ** ** close *** ****** ** your ******* *** ***** off ** **********" "***** you **** ** ************ ******** ** ****** * Marriage?

***** ***** **** *** something **** ********** ******* all *** ***** ******** dealers ** **** ****** and *** **. **** concerned ***** *** ************ for ************ ******** ******* and **** *** ******** issues **** **** **** the ******** ********** ** Amazon *** ********** *********** in *** ******* ************. Imagine *** ***** ** will **** ** **** they ****** ** ********** including ***** **** *** personal ***** *** ***** every **** ** ****. It's ** ** ** want ** ***** *** video **** *** ***** police **** ** ******** happens *** * ***** like ** **** ***% control **** ****. ** Amazon *** *** ********** are ** *** ******** on **** *** *** be ********** **** **** will **** ******** ******* over ***** ******* *** devices **** **** **** to....no ****** **** **** say *********. **** **** have **** **** ** backdoor **** ***** ******* even ****** *** ****** will ** ********** ********** that ** ** ***% secure *** **** **** full *******. ** ******** scares *** **** *** of ** *** **** reasons. *** ***** ** own ******** ******** *** the ****** ***** **** I ** ******* **** shopped ****** *** **** of *** ******** * carry *** ****** ** getting **** ****** **********. Any ***** ***** *** we *** **** ** with ****** ********* *** band ******** ** * security *********?

***... ** **** ******* for ***********.
****** *** ******** **** most **** ******* **** look **** *** ***** door. **** ***** *** other ***** *** *******, front, ****, ****. **** security **** **** ******* the ****** *** ****** deterrence. ** ******* **** marketing ********.... ***** ** legal ****** *** “********* business *********”.

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