Practical business information is a precious commodity – concise and current information is even more invaluable. The print issues of SDM that you receive each month are a testament to that; a trusted resource that you turn to for the latest electronic security industry news and industry information. We’re committed to presenting new avenues to provide you the most efficient means of accessing useful, timely, and accurate information of the high caliber that you’re accustomed to as one of our readers.

That being said, SDM’s parent company, BNP Media, proudly announces the forthcoming launch of BNP Media LINX – a robust, user-friendly online search engine, powered by Google, that crawls across the varied industries served by BNP Media publications – Manufacturing, Security Systems, Architecture and Construction, Food and Packaging, HVACR, Industrial Machinery and Plumbing – to retrieve and deliver pertinent industry information to effectively meet your demands. (Visit

LINX is an all-encompassing tool that provides you with immediate access to logged, organized, and fully searchable past-issue archives, industry information, classifieds/products and services, plus much more.

LINX is designed to benefit industry professionals, like you, by bringing you the latest news concerning your field, and connecting you to BNP Media’s vast array of industry-specific titles, events, award-winning columnists, and superior information that we’ve been bringing you for more than 77 years.

• Narrow your search results and pull timely

information from a trusted source.

• Search with confidence and get the results

that will help retain your edge.

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We’re available online – all the time.

Editor’s note: A LINX search window will not be active on SDM’s Web site until September. In the meantime, you may learn about the features and benefits of LINX at


CEDIA showgoers and residential security dealers will want to read “Good Tunes for Dealers,” showcasing three companies that have developed successful, profitable home audio installation businesses. And…what’s all the hubbub about Voice over IP? SDM’s Contributing Technology Editor explores the potential dangers of VoIP to monitored alarm subscribers, and what you should be doing about the VoIP issue NOW.

See "A Gathering Storm."