Digital voice controlled assistants such as Amazon’s Echo and Dot offerings and Google Home were a hot item this past holiday season — and they will begin playing an increasingly important role in controlling security systems this year.
Kennesaw, Ga.-based security dealer LOUD Security Systems Inc. is somewhat unique in that it has grown large enough to be on the SDM 100 (ranked No. 92) without having its own central station. The company prefers to outsource that capability.
Personal emergency response systems (PERS) traditionally have worked only in a user’s home, enabling users to summon help with the push of a button — typically on a pendant that the user wears. But recent years have seen the introduction of mobile PERS offerings (mPERS) that can work outside the home using cellular service for communications to the central station.
The video surveillance market is evolving with changing technology and greater integration. Integrators such as Sonitrol of Evansville's Chris Dingman are finding these opportunities as the market continues its upward trend. Read more about SDM February Issue.