Friday morning, dealers attending the SentryNet conference and cruise decided to forgo the beckoning call of the lido deck and its waterslide to attend a few classes and earn CEUs. First, SentryNet president David Avritt — the captain of the SentryNet ship — provided a few opening remarks and announced next year’s conference will go back to its very roots, as it will be held in Memphis, Tenn., where the first SentryNet dealer conference took place 16 years ago.

Vice president of Operations, Michael Joseph then gave an update on what’s new and upcoming from SentryNet, you can watch a video of his presentation onSDM’s facebook page.

The continuing education sessions consisted of presentations on Total Connect from Honeywell, PERS offerings from Visonic — including the new AmberLink — and DSC’s 2-way wireless communications. Recurring themes centered on IP platforms, wireless communications and the increasing popularity of mobile apps. Alarm verification was also a hot-button topic.

 After the sessions, dealers are going off to enjoy a day on the ship and try out some of the activities onboard, which include a casino, the aforementioned waterslide and numerous hot tubs, spa, fitness center, mini-golf course, Olympic running track, duty-free shops and even a “Thriller” dance class.