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2011 Super Security Fleets

How are installing security company owners and operators managing their vehicle fleets in the face of unprecedented economic pressures and pain at the pump? SSI’s first Super Security Fleets study exposes the answers with input collected from hundreds of respondents throughout the industry.

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Motor vehicles have always been central to the business of security systems sales and installation. However, their impact on operational costs has never been more prominent following an extended period of economic pressures and, more recently, record-high gasoline prices. These factors make SSI‘s 2011 Super Security Fleets study — the industry’s first comprehensive project of its kind — especially timely and valuable.

The research covers a multitude of considerations and challenges, including fleet sizes, vehicle brands and types, fuel usage and alternatives, GPS and other technologies, insurance, leasing vs. purchasing, and more. Nearly 400 company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions participated. The survey was conducted earlier this year by Bobit Business Media Research and has a margin of error of approximately 5 percent with a 95-percent confidence level. In other words, the data is reasonably accurate and reliable.

Among the findings: fuel economy is the top fleet concern (see “In Depth” report), but “greenness” is a low priority; GM and Ford vehicles are more than twice as prevalent as any other make; more than four of five vehicles are purchased as opposed to leased; two-thirds of vehicles are permitted to be kept at employees’ homes; and more then four in 10 installation/service vehicles are equipped with GPS systems. Leading it all off is SSI‘s first Top 25 Security Fleets ranking.

View SSI‘s Top 25 Security Fleets.

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Article Topics
Business Management · Features · Fleet Management · Industry Research · Security Fleets Study · Top 25 Security Fleets · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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