I'm in the middle of attending the ESI Forum and ESA Leadership Summit events co-located at the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. On Tuesday I had the privilege of moderating the general luncheon session, titled, "The ESA Home Integrator -- A New Vision for the Residential Market."
First and foremost: happy holidays. Temperatures are dropping, snow is becoming a looming threat, our favorite stores are flooded with shoppers, and our fridges are filled with more sweets than we know what to do with: all of which are signs that the holiday season is upon us.
The California Alarm Association's (CAA) Board of Directors held its meeting at the Winter Convention being held December 8-10 in San Francisco. I arrived a few minutes early to grab a "good seat" from a journalist's perspective - a seat with a good view of everything going on in the room.
I use an Android phone. I also use apps. So I was happy to see new research stating that Android has overtaken Apple with a 44 percent worldwide share of mobile app downloads. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Apple; it is just that research like this indicates a continued emphasis from companies to produce more apps for Android, and that means more apps I can chose from.
Flood waters that have besieged parts of Thailand and affected the production of hard drives could possibly become a problem for our industry around February or March 2012. If the DVRs and NVRs you are installing require specialized hard drives, and they were being built at the flooded factory, there well could be equipment shortages and/or greatly increased costs for these devices.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and pink is popping up everywhere: on my TV screen, being worn by rough and tough NFL players; at the airport with wildly decorated gates draped in pink (at leastthe American Airlines gates at LAX); and even at industry trade shows thanks to security industry companies like Datacard Group, Minnetonka, Minn., a provider of secure ID and card personalization solutions.
I just completed the October cover story for SDM Magazine on “Security’s Business Intelligence Advantage.” While interviewing both suppliers and integrators, one common theme was the undeniable technology push prompted by 9/11. One technology, video analytics, saw heavy development after 9/11, with the promise of delivering such services such as terrorist facial recognition, abnormal behavior, and bomb detection.
As the cover asserts,security systems integration work is in demand from all corners of the market, giving 2019 Top Systems Integrators boundless opportunities in traditional systems as well as on fast-growing hosted/managed security solutions.
Also in June, insight on how to choose a thermal camera, "Rethinking Keypads for Better Access Control", and much more.