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News Poll: Data analytics has value in the industry

Most say that operational efficiency and business intelligence are key uses
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04/19/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—Data analytics and big data are big topics in the industry, coming up at several industry events—but is there value in it?

News Poll: Finding the right employees is a challenge

Majority says that fitting into company culture is what’s most important in candidates
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04/03/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—A large majority of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest news poll say that hiring is a challenge, and 82 percent are looking to fill at least a couple of positions.

News Poll: Drones are mostly for the commercial space

Respondents divided on when drones will take hold
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03/01/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—More companies in the security space have been looking at drones; Alarm.com announced its drones at CES 2017 and Sunflower Labs recently outlined a structure for autonomous drones in the residential sector. Security Systems News readers shared their views of the technology in SSN’s latest news poll.

News Poll: Majority of respondents use cloud

Video surveillance, analytics and storage listed as key usage by half
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02/01/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—A majority of companies responding to Security Systems News’ latest News Poll said they are using the cloud, and selling more than ever, but several highlight difficulties in understanding the technology—either with employees or end users.

Poll: Monitoring and the switch to wholesale

Sixty-eight percent of respondents say there is a benefit to switching to third party
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12/21/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Several security companies with monitoring centers switched to using third party monitoring in 2016; RFI Communications switched to Rapid Response in March, Red Hawk Fire & Security partnered with Affiliated Monitoring in October and Comtronics switched its monitored accounts to NMC. Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll see this trend continuing in the future.

Poll: Readers favor focusing on a couple of markets at a time

Respondents point to healthcare, unmanned aerial vehicles as key opportunities
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11/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—More than half of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll on emerging vertical markets said that it’s good to focus on a couple areas at a time.

Poll: Video technologies most talked about, poised for most advancement

Interoperability seen as a top concern
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10/25/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Following ASIS 2016, where many technologies were showcased and industry problems addressed, Security Systems News asked readers about top trends, and many pointed to video technologies and interoperability.

Poll: Industry opposes overtime ruling

While many oppose it, some showed support for the changes
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09/28/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—The U.S. Department of Labor submitted revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would more than double the current threshold for earning overtime pay. Industry associations, such as ESA and SIA have publicly opposed the ruling, saying it will overwhelm the small businesses in the industry. Just under half of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll on the ruling say it should be entirely blocked.

News Poll: DIY represents an opportunity for traditional companies

Seventy-one percent said their company either offers DIY or is considering it
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08/17/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Traditional security companies like LOUD Security and Select Security have been looking at expanding their offerings with DIY. Most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said DIY gives companies access to more streams of revenue and new markets.

How does your company handle cybersecurity?

Many respondents consider hiring a cybersecurity expert
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06/22/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Cybersecurity is a topic that has dominated industry events, like PSA-TEC. While 71 percent of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll have never experienced a cybersecurity breach, 29 percent say they have experienced a breach at their home or business.

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