How I Use My System: Nick Perry

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nick Perry, NorthStar Alarm Services’ vice president of business development, joined the company in January and has been focused on building and supporting NorthStar’s new Authorized Affiliate Funding Program. Security Systems News talked with Perry in early October about the home security system he currently has and what he likes about it.

What kind of security system do you have?

I currently have a 2GIG GoControl system. It, of course, has all of the standard security sensors—as well as a number of connected home devices such as door locks and smart thermostats.

Why this particular setup?

I’m always installing new equipment in my house; so, it’s sort of a revolving lineup. If you ask me next month, I might have a GoControl 3 or a Honeywell Lyric in my house. But, they’re all great panels and I’m always trying to keep my finger on the pulse of what our affiliates are installing out in the field.

What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn’t want to live without?

For me, it is the professional monitoring and the ability to view into the system on my phone. I’m on the road quite a bit, so knowing that my wife and kids are protected … and being looked after is priceless to me.

Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends?

I don’t think you can ignore all of the new entrants into the space, such as the tech companies and big box stores. I think we’re going to see increased DIY products and more useful and intuitive connected home features. I also think there’s a race to get a hub in the home that’s going to tie into all of your electronic devices at some point.

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