Digital Shuffle: March 2014
The top apps and websites in the security industry.
Tyco Integrated Security (TIS), ranked No. 1 on SDM’s Top Systems Integrators Report, recently re-launched its website with the addition of a statistical tracker feature on the homepage that continuously updates visitors on facts about the company and the industry. In addition to updates of certain statistics, every visit to the site shows a different fact or stat. Some examples include how many critical alarms the company has responded to, how many phone calls they are fielding, or how many burglaries were committed in the United States thus far today. “The tracker was an important part of the homepage redesign because we wanted to really bring to life some statistics that might otherwise seem flat. [It] gives a good sense of the immediacy and real-world impact of what we do,” Mike Slattery, digital marketing manager/webmaster told SDM.
IP-based access control hardware and software provider, infinias, launched the company’s Mobile Credential. The offering extends the capabilities of an infinias access control solution to users’ smartphones — delivering security and authorized access to designated doors at a facility. Mobile Credential provides complete access control functionality, allowing a user to present the credential via the network. The credential is authenticated and the event is documented by the company’s Intelli-M Access management software each time it is presented for use. If a mobile phone is lost, or an employee is terminated, access to the phone is not required to disable further use.
The newly modernized website from Elk Products features dynamic images and highlights the company’s home and security control solutions, including two-way wireless devices, its water shut-off valves, and mobile control. Additionally, Elk Products’ training courses and video links are available directly from the home page. Visitors also see the company’s dedication to the industry with its 20th anniversary logo adorning the top of each page of the site.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) launched a fresh, new look for its website. The new site features faster, improved navigation for an overall better user experience. Content was designed for delivery in a more engaging way and visitors have the opportunity to connect via social media sites, such as Twitter and LinkedIn. In addition to special access areas for members, an easy-to-navigate “quick links” section has been added to take visitors to all the places they need to go, including Job Board, Industry Events and SIA’s Blog.
AVAD announced a re-launch of its website with speed and feature enhancements for custom integrators, manufacturers and other industry professionals. The new site gives integrators 24/7 access to ordering products, system design resources and other dealer tools. The fully redesigned homepage features a scrolling banner highlighting industry resources, events and promotions, including the company’s 2014 product catalog. Additionally, the website is now integrated with the AVAD Mobile app, which allows each dealer’s favorite products, shopping cart additions, and recently viewed items to be viewable from either platform to save time and make product access between job sites quick and practical.
ADT launched its Canopy mobile application for iOS and Android users. The app, which is available to anyone for download, provides users added personal protection and networking combined. Canopy enables users to identify the whereabouts of and communicate with friends and family members in a designated virtual circle. Additionally, the Chaperone feature gives users 24/7 access to a live response advisor who will see the user’s location and provide personalized responses based on the situation, such as contacting emergency or medical services.
Viscount Systems announced its free online, self-paced training platform for the Liberty access control platform. Because Liberty is a distribution product, the company hopes that the platform will assist integrators and users in learning the basics of programming and installation without the cost of a dedicated training course or courses. The voice-guided, slideshow training platform takes integrators through methodology, hardware installation, network configuration and programming.
Tri-Ed Distribution unveiled its new website, featuring a more contemporary design and user-friendly menus for easy navigation through each section. The updated pages contain the latest information on Tri-Ed’s products, services, branches and training events. Many new enhancements have been made to improve the user experience for visitors. For example, the company’s product catalog is fully integrated with individual product lines and includes detailed product information from featured manufacturers. Configurator tools allow visitors to build systems quickly and efficiently. A new branch locator enables visitors to search by country/state/province, and individual branch pages now feature a map and all upcoming events.