As 2019 begins, it is important for leaders in the security industry to pause and take time to reflect on the last year: How has the industry evolved over the last 12 months in regards to technology, solutions and services? What trends and changes should we expect to see this year?
Google Nest has become a trending topic this week as multiple users have reported security breaches. On Tuesday, Q13 FOX reported that a family in Auburn, Wash. claimed that someone hacked their Nest and was watching them and speaking through the cameras. On Sunday, a Northern California family’s Nest issued a fake emergency warning claiming that three nuclear missiles from North Korea were headed for Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio, according to the East Bay times.
This year the editors compiled the top stories of the year as featured in SDM’s various e-newsletters. Below are the top 10 stories as featured on our website and delivered to you through SDM e-news and Today’s Systems Integrator e-news.
Once again nearly 20,000 professionals zealous about audio, video, smart home technologies, and electronics in general, converged September 6-8, at the San Diego Convention Center for CEDIA Expo 2018 .
SDM recently featured Allstate Security Industries (ASI) of Amarillo, Texas, in its cover story, "Is It Time for Drones & Robots?" as a company that was already employing drones in its security offerings. Allstate Security recently built a state-of-the-art monitoring center as well, so SDM decided to talk to Melinda Braden, ASI’s central station manager to ask a few questions about using drones as part of ASI’s security offering.
Fun new residential products, such as video doorbells and digital voice assistants, were on the radars of readers this year, as evidenced by the top-ranked stories of 2017 that were presented in a special year-end edition of smartHOME e-newsletter and compiled for this blog.
With the holidays fast approaching, facilities from college campuses to office buildings will see a lull in activity as occupants are away in the final weeks of December. For facility managers, building owners, and integrators offering security as a service, this reduction in tenant foot traffic can serve as a quiet and calm time to reflect and improve on building security.
As the cover asserts, this year may be a tipping point for access control sales — with big data, cloud, cyber and more causing customers to rethink and retool their access control and identity management systems.
Also in June, the latest developments in Central Station Software, the "Most Popular Brands Among the SDM 100", and much more.