Digital Shuffle: March 2011
The All-New SDM Online
From soup to nuts, SDM’s website at www.SDMmag.com has been revamped! A smooth new design and easier-to-navigate pages are just a start. The site also contains prominent placement of breaking news; more content from SDM’s print edition; a greater number and variety of resources — for example, dealers will be able to immediately download the SDM 100 and Top Systems Integrators qualification forms; multimedia content including webinars, podcasts and photo galleries; and editor and contributor blogs. We’d love to hear your feedback; send a message to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-Shopping Made Easier
The newly launched U.S. Lock website has been redesigned with a new look, easier navigation and key enhancements to provide online shopping capabilities. The company is a national distributor of security hardware and access control products, and now offers more than 10,000 security products for online ordering through its website. The new site’s search engine allows for searches by manufacturer, model number and product description. Online shopping functions include shopping and favorites lists, express checkout, order tracking and account information. The redesign is centered on a more intuitive shopping experience while streamlining the process and information availability. Check it out at www.uslock.com.
Just-in-Time Training Videos
A set of six “Just-in-Time Training Videos” from Silent Knight Labs addresses some of the most common informational needs of fire alarm technicians. Topics are: Programming a 5600 Panel; Programming an IP Communicator; Troubleshooting Ground Faults; Elevator Recall; Device Locator; and Add Module. The videos range from 1 to 4 minutes each, and the training content is delivered by Silent Knight technical trainers Scott Schuette (right) and Phil Sengchanh in a fun, clear and exact manner. Brush up your fire alarm installation knowledge at
Enhanced DVR App Available for iPhone
New from Speco Technologies, the SpecoView iPhone app allows customers to view live video as well as recorded files from their Speco TH-, TL- or WEM-series DVRs. The app also has capabilities for setting up events and manipulating settings such as recording parameters, alarm settings and e-mail notifications. The free app requires users to connect their Speco DVR to the internet. The free app is available through the iTunes store.