WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inside counts
BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--Internal threats to the home-from things like fire, carbon monoxide and flooding-are as worrisome to homeowners as external security threats, said Mike Streeter, sales and operations manager for manufacturer Visonic Americas. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why, he predicted, dealers will like a new life-safety series that Visonic has introduced.
The new line includes fully supervised wireless detectors comprising CO, smoke, natural gas, temperature, and water-leak detectors. Some products are entirely new, others are updated products. Ã¢â‚¬Å“CO detectors are brand new for us,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Streeter. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We sell it in other parts of the world, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just finishing up with UL listing now.Ã¢â‚¬Â Visonic decided to get into CO detectors, in part, because several states are now requiring them in housing, he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Talking with different customers and dealers, we keep hearing that they want to address the needs of their customers on the internal protection issues,Ã¢â‚¬Â Streeter said. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always the threat of an intruder, he said, but homeowners are also concerned about the Ã¢â‚¬Å“threats from within. Natural disasters such as floods, unforeseen plumbing issues can affect their homes,Ã¢â‚¬Â and with winter coming, customers worry about CO. For dealers, these products provide Ã¢â‚¬Å“a perfect add-on [to security systems] at existing accounts, [and allow them to offer] something more, to protect other areas.Ã¢â‚¬Â