I use an Android phone. I also use apps. So I was happy to see new research stating that Android has overtaken Apple with a 44 percent worldwide share of mobile app downloads. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Apple; it is just that research like this indicates a continued emphasis from companies to produce more apps for Android, and that means more apps I can chose from.
Flood waters that have besieged parts of Thailand and affected the production of hard drives could possibly become a problem for our industry around February or March 2012. If the DVRs and NVRs you are installing require specialized hard drives, and they were being built at the flooded factory, there well could be equipment shortages and/or greatly increased costs for these devices.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and pink is popping up everywhere: on my TV screen, being worn by rough and tough NFL players; at the airport with wildly decorated gates draped in pink (at leastthe American Airlines gates at LAX); and even at industry trade shows thanks to security industry companies like Datacard Group, Minnetonka, Minn., a provider of secure ID and card personalization solutions.
I just completed the October cover story for SDM Magazine on “Security’s Business Intelligence Advantage.” While interviewing both suppliers and integrators, one common theme was the undeniable technology push prompted by 9/11. One technology, video analytics, saw heavy development after 9/11, with the promise of delivering such services such as terrorist facial recognition, abnormal behavior, and bomb detection.
While hurricane Irene put 11 states in emergency mode, central stations and security installers suffered varying degrees of damage to their facilities and operations, but all the while ensuring their customers got the support they needed.Events like Hurricane Irene demand flexibility. When planning its strategy, C.O.P.S Monitoring had to switch focus from its Florida station to its New Jersey central station, which ended up taking a direct hit from the storm. In addition to C.O.P.S.â Williamstown, N.J. headquarters, it also has redundant operations with central stations in Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee.
SDM caught up with Alex Dunn, chief operating officer at Vivint, Provo, Utah, to talk about the company’s summer sales program, its adaptation after officially entering the home automation space this year and what he considers to be a game-changer in the security/automation market.
Gone are the days when cybersecurity was someone else’s problem. With savvy and tenacious hackers who can use almost anything connected to a network to access systems, and evolving and seemingly implacable threats, just where does the security industry stand on the cyber preparedness spectrum? Read more stories in September Issue 2017.