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Niche dealer program helps make home automation affordable

Online Alarm Quotes has expanded its dealer funding, enabling homeowners to get home automation extras with no money down
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07/10/2012

YONKERS, N.Y.—Online Alarm Quotes, a niche dealer program based here, recently announced it has upped its funding to dealers. That allows dealers to offer customers the latest in home automation technology with no money down, said Tom Fowler, co-owner of the dealer program, which was launched early last year.

What's your advice for customers and BYOD?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday. Here in Maine it was rainy and foggy, but it was still glorious. You see, I was off the grid with my husband and teenagers. We all BYODs, like we always do, but they didn’t work—and guess what? No complaints

So, I didn’t read this BYOD story until today. It’s from publication called PCAdvisor and it has some interesting statistics about people bringing their own devices to work and using them to access corporate resources.

The story does not address employees accessing corporate physical security systems specifically—but the statistics are still relevant. And it seems to me that integrators and end users need to be thinking about policy options for managing BYOD for physical security employees and physical security applications.

We did touch on this topic at TechSec in February. Steve Van Till moderated an excellent mobile apps panel, and Axis’ Fredrik Nilsson talked about this question specifically.

He suggested BYOD could save money and increase efficiency for the physical security operations because workers want to use their own devices (security guards for example), but there are many ifs (what if a device is lost? How do you know for sure who is using the device?) All panelists agreed that BYOD brings up many concerns.

This writer suggests that the move toward BYOD is “unstoppable.” I don’t know about that, but it’s certainly got momentum, and probably a good idea to assess BYOD workplace policies even if your customers aren't asking you about them.

I liked the following stats and this question: Will employees be bringing more than one device to work?

“Gartner predicted that 90 percent of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014. And Cisco survey data suggests that we can expect to see 3.47 devices per person in 2015 and a whopping 6.58 devices per person in 2020. This begs the question: How many devices per person will the enterprise ultimately need to manage?”

SIA: Biometrics can cut fraud in Medicare, Medicaid

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07/03/2012

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Biometrics can reduce fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide assurance that patient information is protected, the Security Industry Association told the Senate Finance Committee on June 29.

Oncam buys all of Grandeye

Company plans ‘significant’ investment in R&D
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07/03/2012

LOWELL, Mass.—In a strategic move that executives say will enable the company to expand its offerings, video surveillance provider Oncam Global on July 2 announced it now owns Grandeye, a 360-degree video technology provider.

Change from ‘protection to connection’ driving values

But RMR, well-managed costs and low attrition remain ‘key metrics’ for success, a panel at ESX says
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE—Connected services are changing the industry and creating new business opportunities but are also posing some challenges, such as enticing telecom and cableco players into the market, a panel of industry experts said at the Electronic Security Expo here last week.

Technology still top challenge for alarm companies, new ESA president says

John Knox takes helm amid advances that are reshaping the industry
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Competition from telecoms and cablecos is drawing a lot of attention in the security world, but keeping pace with technology is still the biggest challenge facing alarm companies, new ESA President John Knox said at the Electronic Security Expo.

Shaw named president of Integrator Support

Former PSA exec leads dealer program that helps integrators design and implement managed services business model
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07/03/2012

LONGMONT, Colo.—Former PSA Security executive Sharon Shaw on July 1 was named president of Integrator Support, a new national dealer program designed to help integrators make money from managed services.

LifeShield: Pro 1 deal to open up channels

A new relationship with Protection 1 will give LifeShield customers monitoring and installation options
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07/03/2012

YARDLEY, Pa.—LifeShield Security’s new relationship with Protection 1 not only provides monitoring for LifeShield’s customers, but installation options that could attract new customers who don’t want to install the company’s DIY home security systems themselves, according to a LifeShield executive.

Alarm.com announces milestone

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Friday, June 29, 2012

In its early years, Alarm.com had so few customers that it used to ring a bell in the office every time one signed up, in order to get employees motivated, Steve Trundle, company president and CEO, said this week at the ESX show in Nashville.

But now the 12-year-old Vienna, Va.-based provider of interactive security services has far too many active subscribers to announce each one individually. So the company held a party at the show so Trundle could announce just how many: more than 1 million as of this past April.

He said at the show that the figure is a milestone not just because it’s so large, but because it shows mainstream consumer adoption of interactive services.

Here’s more from a news release the company sent out yesterday about the subscriber milestone:
 

This represents over 1 million properties and millions of individual users protected and empowered by Alarm.com and its Partners. The Alarm.com Partner community has grown its user base significantly year-over-year through a dedication to innovative technology that improves the security and overall user experience for its customers.

This milestone signifies the mass market adoption of interactive services. The consumer expectation of a security system has evolved and Alarm.com and its Partners have led the way with industry leading technology and services that meet the new customer demands.

Alarm.com has helped to revolutionize the way people interact with their homes and businesses by enabling interactive security, energy management, video monitoring and home automation. The vast majority of Alarm.com subscribers are on Interactive Services accounts and are deeply engaged with their security solution. With such large scale adoption, interactive services have expanded the purpose of what was traditionally only an intrusion security solution and become an everyday part of users' lives.

"Our recent report projects that US revenues for smart home systems and services will hit $7.6 billion this year, driven in part by consumers' desire for enhanced security and control systems with mobile apps, self-controlled lights, thermostats, locks and cameras such as those offered by Alarm.com," said Bill Ablondi, Director of Smart Home Strategies at research firm Strategy Analytics. "Alarm.com has shown a consistent ability over the past several years to anticipate market trends -- and then develop products and services enabling dealers to meet the evolving needs of their customers."

Over twelve years ago the company created the first completely wireless web-enabled interactive security services and has continued to drive innovation and deliver industry firsts year after year. The company's one-millionth subscriber comes on the tail of recent key announcements including its launch of image sensor services, location-based services, a partnership with Verizon Wireless, and the release of its native iPad app and native Windows mobile app to expand its full suite of mobile integration.

The best of ESX: And the winners are ...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just off the show floor after a very busy Wednesday at ESX, starting with the CSAA Excellence Awards Breakfast. There were a number of great seminars throughout the day and the floor was abuzz with networking. I assume everyone saved a little energy for the ESX Crawl …

I’m about to get out there myself to sample a little of that Nashville hospitality, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the award winners who highlighted the day. For those who might have missed it:

CSAA Central Station of the Year: Vivint
Honorable mention: United Central Control

CSAA Central Station Manager of the Year: Amy Becht, Vivint
Honorable mention: John Williams, Alarmco

CSAA Central Station Operator of the Year: Gale Gordon, The Protection Bureau
Honorable mention: Jorge Rodriguez, Monitronics

CSAA Central Station Support Person of the Year: David Palacios, UCC
Honorable mention: Kate Brickner, Vivint

ESX also announced its Maximum Impact Award winners for 2012. Hats off to the following:

Overall winner: 2GIG Technologies Go! 2.0

Best Access Control/ID Systems—Access Control System: Interlogix TruPortal

Best Access Control/ID Systems—Biometrics: 3M Cogent MiY-Card

Best Access Control/ID Systems—Telephone Entry Control/Intercom Systems: Optex iVision Plus

Best Accessories & Aids—Dealer Company Software: DICE Matrix Tech Service

Best Accessories & Aids—Mobile Applications: SedonaOffice, SedonaFSU Web Edition

Best Accessories & Aids—Installation Tool/Tester: Salient Systems, Salient University eLearning

Best Alarm Equipment—Alarm Signal Transmission Equipment: Telguard Cellular Communications for 3G/4G Networks

Best Alarm Equipment—Annunciators, Bells, Sirens, Strobes: Metis Secure Solutions, Metis Secure ENS

Best Alarm Equipment—Enhanced Video Alarm: Videofied-RSI Video Tech, IP Upgrade Kit with Videofied Free

Best Alarm Equipment—Intrusion Alarm Control Panels: Interlogix Simon XTi

Best Alarm Equipment—Intrusion Sensors/Detectors: Honeywell Security Group 5816OD

Best Alarm Equipment—PERS Hardware: SilverFox Link Watch/Pendant PERS System

Best Alarm Equipment—Wireless Alarm Systems: 2GIG Technologies Go! 2.0

Best Central Station Equipment—Central Station Software: DICE Matrix Fire Inspection

Best Central Station Equipment—Remote Video Monitoring Equipment/Software: SureView Systems Immix Cloud

Best Services—Alarm Monitoring: Bold Technologies UniversalConnector

Best Services—Dealer Marketing Services: BlueStar Security Solutions FUSION

Best Services—Security as a Service (SaaS): Honeywell Security Group MAXPRO Cloud

Best Services—Video Monitoring Services: I-View Now

Best Video Security—Cameras: Altronix eBridge IP over Coax Adapters

Best Video Security—Video Analytics: CheckVideo, CheckVideo HD Megapixel IP Bullet Camera (CV135)

Best Video Security—Video Surveillance System: Axis Communications, AXIS Camera Companion

That’s it for now. The weather prognosticators are calling for a summer stew over the next couple of days in Nashville, so the ESX show floor will be the place to be. See you out there …

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