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Well, glad that's over with - 2009 that is, at least from an economic and business standpoint. Aside from celebrating this publication's 30th anniversary (I had to work that in), it certainly was a year most electronic security professionals would like to forget. Unless you toiled primarily in newer,…

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Well, glad that’s over with — 2009 that is, at least from an economic and business standpoint. Aside from celebrating this publication’s 30th anniversary (I had to work that in), it certainly was a year most electronic security professionals would like to forget. Unless you toiled primarily in newer, network-based technologies you probably, to at least some degree, took it on the chin.

Absent the benefit of recurring revenues and stuck with production overruns and inventory backlogs, suppliers absorbed the brunt of the recession’s wrath. However, the plight of residentially focused installing companies continued and it was tough sledding for most dealers and integrators lacking an RMR base.

It certainly could be worse. Overall, according to SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION‘s annual Installation Business Report, security resellers averaged a modest 3-percent gain in 2009. If the deepest recesses of the slowdown are behind us, physical security will be well back on its way to reclaiming its place as one of the top growth industries. Like most, I am cautiously optimistic.

Regular readers of the magazine and my column may be familiar with the annual month-by-month recap I do each December of my picks for the most significant news stories of the year. This time, I thought I would do something a bit different and instead share with you the top 20 most viewed news items from January through the end of November (press time).

The list speaks volumes for the type of year it was, with several stories reflective of financial and other turmoil. Of course good news seldom makes the headlines and, in some cases, one organization’s loss was another’s gain. The net results may very well end up working out for the better good of the entire industry; only time will tell.

For now, let’s look onward and upward. That’s what SSI‘s Technology Issue is all about. Taking a good, hard look at the products and services presented in our annual Top Technology Innovations of the and roundtable discussion with six of the industry’s foremost technologists can’t help but stimulate strategies for your business in 2010. Plus, see how to leverage new technology to better serve the gaming and banking markets.

From me and the entire SSI staff, we wish you and yours the very best for the holidays, and vibrant, robust business success throughout the New Year.        

Top 20 Most Viewed News Stories of 2009

1.     United Technologies Acquires GE Security  

2.     Pelco Quits Access Control Business, Shutters Indianapolis Facility

3.     Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Tax Alarm Company Accounts

4.     Stanley CSS Acquires 4 More Sonitrol Franchises

5.     GVI Security to Be Purchased by Private Equity Firm for $11.6M

6.     ASIS: Down in Attendance, But Not Down and Out

7.     Pelco Restructures Global Sales Operations; Trims 7 Jobs

8.     NJBFAA Considers Cutting Ties With NBFAA

9.     U.S. Court Sides With ADT on Infringed Patents

10.   NBFAA Approves ESA Name Change

11.   Brink’s Home Security Rebrands as Broadview Security

12.   Report: Bosch Intruder Alarms Gain Market Share

13.   GE Sells Stake in SAFE Security

14.   Pelco Asks 2,000 Employees to Take 2 Weeks Off

15.   Video Surveillance Market Battles Though Economic Downturn

16.   Residential Fire Sprinkler Debate Heats Up

17.   Report: Monitoring Makes Up 75% of Home Security    Revenues  

18.   Smith & Wesson Enters Perimeter Security Market

19.   Moog Acquires Videolarm for $45M

20. SIA Makes Significant Revisions to Control Panel Standard



Article Topics
Business Management · Between Us Pros · Economic Recovery · Installation Business Report IBR · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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