The security industry looks to the SDM 100 — a group of 100 of the largest security companies ranked by their recurring monthly revenue — as a wellspring of industry trends and operational best practices. So, which manufacturers and distributors are behind the SDM 100, supporting them with the products, solutions and services that have helped make them successful?
SDM asked each of the 2015 SDM 100 companies to disclose the top three manufacturers and top three distributors that earn their business, based on volume purchased. The resulting lists, below, reveal that the largest security companies in the installation and monitoring channel rely on a wide variety of suppliers. These lists demonstrate not only diversity in the technology they sell, but also demonstrate that security companies are capitalizing on trends in connected home technologies, interactive services, alarm communications, and more.
These brand-usage lists were compiled from the 2015 SDM 100 Report. Earlier this year, SDM 100 companies were instructed to list their top three suppliers (both manufacturers and distributors) in order of volume purchased from them. Of the 100 companies ranked on the SDM 100, 85 of them provided this information. SDM combined all of their responses, and ranked the manufacturers and distributors by the number of mentions each received, with the manufacturer or distributor receiving the greatest number of mentions listed first, and so on. After the top 12 manufacturers and top six distributors, mentions were distributed fairly equally among a broad number of suppliers and therefore, were unable to be listed here.
Top 12 Manufacturers Used by the SDM 100
(includes the brands of First Alert Professional, Notifier, Silent Knight and Fire-Lite Alarms)
- DMP (Digital Monitoring Products)
UTC Fire & Security
(includes the brands of Interlogix, Lenel and Edwards)
Nortek Security & Control LLC
(includes the brands of Linear and 2GIG)
Tyco Security Products
(includes the brands of DSC, Software House, exacqVision and Kantech)
- AES-IntelliNet Corp.*
- Axis Communications*
- Bosch Security Systems*
- Speco Technologies*
*Five-way tie for this position; companies listed alphabetically
Asked to name their top three manufacturers in order of volume purchased from them, these are the top 12 vendors supplying the SDM 100. Manufacturers are listed in order of how frequently they were cited by the SDM 100.
Top 6 Distributors Used by the SDM 100
- Anixter (includes TRI-ED Distribution)
- Alarmax Distributors Inc.
- PSA Security Network
- Systems Distributors Inc. (SDI)*
*Two-way tie for this position; companies listed alphabetically
Asked to name their top three distributors in order of volume purchased from them, these are the top six companies supplying the SDM 100. Distributors are listed in order of how frequently they were cited by the SDM 100.