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SSN Readers: Google eyeing security

Sixty-four percent of SSN readers say Google’s $3.2b buy of Nest portends Google’s launching a home security product
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02/05/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s recent acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs led many to believe the tech giant was setting up a beachhead on the industry’s shores. Readers who responded to a recent SSN News Poll tend to agree, with many saying Google’s buy is no half-hearted entrance into security—it’s a sign of ever-larger involvement in the residential space.

Readers back PPVAR’s quest for video verification standards

SSN readers support written standards, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t skeptics
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01/08/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—More than three-quarters of respondents to an SSN News Poll survey believe written video verification standards are necessary, while a slimmer majority—55 percent—say the timeline for such standards, proposed by the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response, is realistic.

Readers talk 2013 revenues

For many readers, 2013 was a marked improvement over recent years—and grounds for optimism in 2014
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12/04/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The security industry may not be recession-proof, but it does appear to be resilient, if the latest SSN News Poll is any indicator.

SSN readers united on PERS, but divided on how to implement it

Funding is an issue for launching PERS; 46 percent say they’d get into PERS if they had the capital
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11/13/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Readers view PERS as a good way to augment business, but are somewhat split on how best to incorporate PERS into their business, according to respondents to a recent SSN News Poll.

Poll: Managed services and hosted video gaining ground, but slowly

Readers say security and functionality concerns may be hindering broader adoption
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09/11/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Managed services and hosted video are building momentum, but some skepticism remains regarding the near-term prospects of the services, according to results from SSN’s October News Poll.

Readers warming up to stand-alone home automation

Most News Poll respondents say security companies should at least offer a smart home-only package
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08/07/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In June, Comcast, a relative newcomer to the industry, rolled out Xfinity Home Control, which allows homeowners to control lights and thermostats and remotely view rooms in their homes without what was traditionally the foundation of such a package: a home security system.