Every year the State of the Market Reports offer an in-depth review of the five major segments of the security industry: Video Surveillance, Alarm Systems & Monitoring, Access Control, Fire Alarm and Connected Home.
Security dealers are increasingly taking advantage of the plethora of new technologies, business models and opportunities in the security alarm space, and seem to have found their footing in a rapidly changing landscape.
Doomsday didn’t happen. For all the concern many security dealers have shown in recent years — particularly about the rapidly changing residential market — all indicators seem to finally point to what was always the hope in the midst of the fear: that all the new entrants, technologies and business models would start to grow the pie for all.
The video surveillance market is strong and will continue to grow. It is less a lumbering giant, though, and more an agile athlete, able to pivot and adapt — it just happens to be the largest one on the security court.
The overwhelming consensus among security professionals interviewed for this first in SDM’s 2018 series of State of the Market articles, is that the video surveillance market remains strong and will continue to grow.
With approximately 20 percent penetration into homes, professionally monitored security systems that are now interactive and connected have a lot of room to grow — but many others also seek this opportunity. Market players from all sides agree there is room for everyone in the rapidly expanding connected home space, but will that change?
August 1, 2017
Many describe 2016 as a “pivot point” in the connected home space. While not yet out of the tall weeds, there are signs of organization and cooperation all around.
Fire detection insiders are literally “fired up” over last year’s market performance and the potential going forward. While still heavily code-driven, there are signs of technology innovations and changes pointing to more integration and opportunity than ever before.
It was a good year — for many even a great one. But more and more, when it comes to access control it is a tale of two markets: the small business and small/medium enterprise SMB/SME market and the large enterprise.
Here’s the good news: Not a single person interviewed for this article said business was flat or declined in 2016, or expected it to decline in 2017. In fact, many reported double-digit growth and a continued strong business outlook, both residentially and commercially.