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 .
In today’s world, cyber threats are on everyone’s minds. That’s because it’s slowly becoming the number one business risk for organizations of all sizes. From system hacks and DDoS attacks to the increased prevalence of ransomwares, news of cyberattacks seems constant. While there have fewer reports of major attacks comparable to the Yahoo breach of 2017, where the personal information of 3 billion users was exposed, that’s no reason to be complacent. Governments are stepping in to update policies and standards, which hold more organizations accountable.
RVM is an acronym that some security dealers and integrators know, but it causes others to look at you strangely when you mention it. RVM stands for Remote Video Monitoring. I believe that RVM is the new alarm monitoring, a service which really has not changed much in the last 30 years in North America.
As a salesperson and sales executive for the past 30 years, I’ve seen great salespeople do wonderful things. I’ve observed how one person could exceed their sales targets consistently while others with the same product would struggle. During my own career as a field salesperson, sales team leader, and company president (actually a combination of all three), I’ve worked the sales process daily and have experienced nearly every example within this context learning from my mistakes along the way.
Local and regional integrators that face a choice between expansion and annihilation by the global players have an uphill battle to fight. Facing down the giants requires some intelligent uses of key market principles including: niche identity, co-branding, and planning for modest growth.
In response to consumer demand for faster speeds and greater bandwidth, national cell carriers in early 2011 revealed their plans to migrate fully from 2G to 3G mobile telecommunications. The implication is that the phasing out of 2G–GSM technologies has begun. This forthcoming “2G Sunset,” during which GSM and GPRS technologies will be rendered obsolete, will have sweeping implications for our industry.
Can a dealer or integrator play a significant role in building the brand of a manufacturer? Think about it. Brand building is a function of products, people, services, support and customers. Channel partners are a huge part of the brand.
The Insurance Loss Control Association represents the loss control professionals in the insurance industry — the eyes and ears of the underwriters. As investment income has plummeted in the past decade, the insurance industry profitability model has undergone a radical change. Moving from the back seat, loss control is now the focal point in the drive for profitability.
It’s no secret that the electronic security industry is heading down some new roads. The weakened economy since August 2008 has affected sales, and forced installing and service companies to ask some deeper questions regarding how to provide value.
In our August issue, we present "State of the Market: Smart Home". Check out the winners of "The 14th Annual Monitoring Center Excellence Awards" and "3 Recommendations for Making the Most of Today’s Intercoms". Also, check out the "5 Critical Factors for Video Power & Transmission Success".