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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS—A majority of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest News Poll spent most of their time at ISC West 2016 looking at new technologies and speaking to vendors, and many said that they talked about video surveillance the most.
YARMOUTH, Maine—Integration firms Tech Systems and Pro-Tec Design both implemented Employee Stock Ownership Plans in the last 12 months, and most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said that ESOP is a good plan, benefiting the owners and the employees.