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News Poll: Harmful alarm ordinances worry security companies

More education for end users would help false alarms, 59 percent said
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09/20/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—In order to combat false alarms, some municipalities—most recently with Sandy Springs, Ga.—seek to bring false alarm fines to alarm companies, and 70 percent of respondents to SSN’s latest News Poll say that this can be a big problem for the industry.

News Poll: Industry has mixed feelings about millennial employees

Companies show range in percentage of employees born after 1980, before 2000
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08/02/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—Several industry events—including ISC West, ESX and Honeywell’s CONNECT—have had presentations dedicated to the topic of millennial employees and how to train them. Security Systems News received both positive and critical responses when it asked for opinions on Generation Y—those born between 1980 and 2000.

News Poll: Security and smart home spaces see a range of customers

Most respondents indicate cameras and video doorbells as the hottest smart home device
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06/21/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—The smart home is a strong force in the industry, leading Security Systems News to ask its readers how the technology fits into customers’ priorities. Responses were pretty evenly split between whether customers prioritize security, the smart home, or a mix of both.

News Poll: Respondents positive on ISC West 2017

80 percent said that networking was the biggest benefit of the show
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05/24/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—On this year’s ISC West Show Floor, and in speaking with Reed Exhibitions staff afterward, Security Systems News’ editors heard the show had great attendance. In SSN’s latest News Poll, respondents largely agreed.

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.

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