The general outlook across the industry is highly optimistic as dealers and manufacturers ride the wave of integrated technologies and consumer interest to more and more growth. But there are also cautionary notes. Read more about SDM February Issue.
Here’s the good news: Not a single person interviewed for this article said business was flat or declined in 2016, or expected it to decline in 2017. In fact, many reported double-digit growth and a continued strong business outlook, both residentially and commercially.
Security integrators have traditionally been slightly ambivalent toward wireless access control; but end user attitudes, better technology, and increased revenue opportunities make this technology one that it’s time to get to know better.
Proper use of personal protection equipment, ladders, lifts and scaffolding are critical to keeping security technicians safe. It’s also important to follow regulations pertaining to hazardous chemicals, electrical safety, and fall protection.
Video doorbells can do much more than just show you who is on your porch; with new integrations with smartphones and other smart home products, video doorbells have become one of the hottest trends in smart home and should be part of every dealer’s offering.
It started out as a great concept. Maybe you remember walking up to certain porches that had large panels with dated speakers and a red button, announcing the fact that this home was equipped with Jetsons-like technology of a doorbell intercom.
I will admit it; I work in a pretty sloppy fashion. While the “bills to be paid” and the “bills to be sent” always get top priority, other items in my business and personal life seem to get magically piled up around my desk and workspace, only to be addressed when desperation occurs.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California recently ordered the preliminary certification of a conditional class action settlement involving various California wage and hours laws.
I am sitting in front of my schedule and getting ready to book my travel arrangements for what I call the “Spring Fling.” This year will start with the CompTIA Partner Advisory Council followed by the NSCA Business Leadership Conference, Channel Partners Conference, CompTIA Member Meeting, ISC West and then comes to an end with one of my favorites, TEC 2017.
In an informal online poll on www.SDMmag.com from early January to mid Febru-ary 2017, visitors were asked: “What effect do you think the incoming Presidential Administration will have on security sales and end user spending?”
This year’s Super Bowl in Houston depended on several security solutions and companies to ensure safety, including situation management and data correlation capabilities by Vidsys and high-resolution network cameras by Axis.
Canon U.S.A. has collaborated with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) on a campaign to bring attention to the risks associated with purchasing counterfeit power accessories, such as batteries, chargers and external flashes.
A 911 communications center serves as the heart of police, fire, paramedic and other public services. Even in smaller municipalities emergency calls can arrive at a rate of one a minute. With lives literally on the line 24/7, there is no opportune time for these centers to fail due to a security breach.
Quantum Secure’s SAFE Sports and Events Access Manager enables secure and rapid entry to stadiums or other venues, providing a high-quality, high-security customer experience for temporary or limited-engagement events.
Genetec announced the new Genetec Retail Intelligence application, which will filter and analyze incoming video surveillance data to produce actionable intelligence about store operations, buying patterns, and trends.
The Multi-Access Open Platform 5-1 add on feature for LTS DVR tackles camera compatibility, offering more surveillance options by combining IP, with analog video formats HD-TVI, analog, HDCVI, and AHD for a seamless integration.
Tyco Security Products introduced version 4.9 of the American Dynamics’ victor video management system and VideoEdge NVRs, with more powerful, intuitive features designed to put greater system functionality and key information in the hands of security system operators and administrators.
ipDatatel announced three new solutions for alarm dealers that are designed to help dealers stay ahead of technology changes in the industry, as well as increase sales with new offerings for their customers.
At ISC West Genetec Inc. will unveil the latest version of Security Center, its unified IP security flagship platform, as well as a new retail intelligence application targeted to retail marketing and operations users.
System Surveyor, a mobile and graphical system design and management tool that simplifies system design, installation and maintenance, announced the release of version 3.6.5, which delivers major enhancements to the Area of Coverage (AoC) coverage tool used to show coverage areas for cameras, motion detectors and other devices.
Ultra-scalable from two to thousands of doors, CA4k Enterprise Security Management software platform, which integrates access control, locking, alarms, video and remote hosted services, has a fresh all-new look and user interface with intuitive icons, trees, multi-view windows and more.
New from Moog Sensor and Surveillance Systems, the MPT-90 is a reimagined pan-and-tilt positioner offering upgraded features including health monitoring, GPS capabilities, additional configuration via multiple ports, and more customization for those customers with very specific application requirements.
S2 Security introduced S2 Magic Monitor Version 4, which provides a unified security management user experience for access control, video surveillance, forensics, digital signage and live Internet feeds.
Viakoo’s unique Automated Surveillance & Access Control Data Stream Verification Solution provides a digital model of networked surveillance and access control systems’ devices to analyze and verify performance, and maintain the overall integrity of their physical security systems.
Dahua Technology’s hybrid multi-sensor PTZ camera offers simultaneous monitoring for a seamless 360-deg. overview, while providing the flexibility to zoom and track objects for a detailed regional view. It incorporates eight 2MP sensors for a 360-deg. field-of-view without blind spots; while the 2MP integrated PTZ provides fast, pan/tilt/zoom functionality.
Tyco Security Products, part of Johnson Controls, introduced the iSTAR Ultra Video, a palm-sized solution that delivers integrated, small-site security scaled for enterprise management and performance.
Arteco Open Connector is an award-winning integration platform that streamlines interoperability between systems, devices and different types of applications, from video security, access control, intrusion and fire detection to building automation, traffic control and parking management through a single intuitive user interface.
Multiple forces for change are at work, but in a historically slow-moving market, what will break through first? In this access control-themed issue, check out the many articles that can help you keep tabs on trends in access control technology and business models. Check out more in 2017 April's Issue.