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News Poll: M&A activity on the upswing after early slowdown

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News Poll: M&A activity on the upswing after early slowdown

September 23, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Results from Security Systems News’ recent News Poll confirm what we here at SSN have been seeing over the last few months within security, which is a noticeable increase in M&A activity. The arrival of COVID earlier this year may have put a temporary delay on some deals, but over the past few months the M&A landscape has certainly opened up, with deals both big and small making headlines recently. Looking big picture, three quarters of respondents agree that there...

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Security industry sees uptick in business

July 15, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

Despite some obvious setbacks in the U.S. in states that have experienced a resurgence in COVID cases, the security industry overall has seen business get back to some semblance of normal, although nowhere near the levels that were once enjoyed pre-coronavirus. Back in April, an overwhelming number (84 percent) of SSN News Poll respondents said that their business was being negatively impacted by COVID-19. Now, three months later, we asked readers to reevaluate the business landscape, with many saying...

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News Poll: Industry weighs in on future of in-person conferences

May 27, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—With the coronavirus keeping us all grounded for now, and with the future still not clear as to how long it will take us to get back to some type of normalcy, this month’s SSN News Poll looked to gauge readers' thoughts and feelings on the immediate and long-term future of in-person conferences.When asked the million-dollar question — do you think there will be any in-person conferences in 2020 — half (50 percent) of those responding said no, with only 24 percent...

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News Poll: Coronavirus severely affecting security industry

April 21, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Final results are in for this month's news poll — one of the most participated in polls Security Systems News has done to date — showing that companies are being severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak.In fact, an overwhelming 84 percent of respondents say they are being affected financially because of the coronavirus, with 46 percent saying, “Yes, greatly,” and another 38 percent saying, “somewhat,” with only 16 percent saying they...

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Does a managed services model work for integrators?

March 18, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—As the industry moves to more of a managed services model — PSA's Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) program is a good example of that — this month's News Poll looks at what companies are doing to increase their overall RMR through this type of business model.When asked, “Is your company moving to more of a managed service, RMR-type model?” more than half (53 percent) of respondents said yes, with another 29 percent saying “somewhat”...

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Cyber, cloud computing, biometrics top trends for 2020

January 22, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—This month's News Poll looks at the state of the industry for 2020, including which trends and technologies will dominate the headlines well into the New Year.The News Poll builds on the key mega trends that the Security Industry Association (SIA) identified as impacting the security industry, which include:    • Cybersecurity's Impact on Physical Security;    • Artifical Intelligence;    • Facial Recognition;    • Emphasis on Data Privacy;    •...

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The role of data privacy growing within security

November 26, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—They say data is the new oil, but are we really leveraging all of the data that is being produced today? In this month's News Poll we asked readers about what they are doing with their company and customers' data.Results of this month's news poll demonstrate the importance privacy plays within our lives and within security today. For example, 69 percent of respondents said that privacy plays a role, with 53 percent saying it plays a “major” role and 16 percent saying...

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News Poll: M&A activity stays strong in 2019

October 30, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Over the last few years, Security Systems News has covered hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, and it seems M&A in the security industry is still as hot as ever. In this month's News Poll we asked our readers for their thoughts about M&A in our industry.When comparing 2019 to 2018, more than half (54 percent) said M&A activity was about the same, with 31 percent saying they felt like there was more activity this year, and 15 percent saying there was less activity this year.“The...

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Despite privacy concerns, readers bullish on biometrics

August 23, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—With the debate on biometrics and data privacy heating up, and more and more states seeking to regulate the collection, use and retention of biometric data, this month's News Poll focuses on the future of biometrics and its role in security.Interestingly, despite privacy concerns, readers are bullish on biometrics. While a whopping 94 percent of respondents feel there should be biometric laws in place, an overwhelming number, 76 percent, think facial recognition will continue...

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Security industry weighs in on role of DIY

July 17, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Interest in DIY security systems is on the rise with 52 percent of households that are highly likely to purchase a security system in the next 12 months planning to buy a system that is self-installed, according to new research from Parks Associates. With this month's News Poll, we focus on DIY's impact on security overall.As one respondent so succinctly put it, “Self install is so easy, the services are vast and the pricing is cheap. Of course it will have an impact.”Looking...

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