Turning the corner on the 2010 economy was like telling off a friend who had it coming — you got to offload some of the poison, and you could move forward with a lesser burden. While the performance of the security industry in 2010 was less than stellar, there were some generally positive economic indicators in the first two quarters of 2011 that hold promise. Within the security industry itself, the strong attendance at ISC West last month and the optimistic “buzz” on the show floor, was evidence that things are going to get easier.
Leading the industry through this recovery is the SDM 100 — a ranking by recurring monthly revenue (RMR) of the largest security companies in the United States. SDM 100 companies earn their revenues from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems, such as intrusion and fire alarm, access control, video surveillance, and related low-voltage systems. Now in its 21st year of publication, the SDM 100 continues to prove that security is a significant concern of both homeowners and business executives, and that they are discovering ways to fund security systems and services.