The California Alarm Association’s (CAA) Winter Convention in San Francisco, held Dec. 9-11, included a provocative executive symposium with three industry leaders sharing insights and strong opinions on trends affecting the alarm industry. In a nutshell, among positive industry viewpoints, wake-up calls aimed at installing security contractors did ensue.
Rodney Bosch · December 15, 2010
Most of us are bombarded with constant reminders about the importance of recycling, and I can imagine anyone arguing with the overall concept. And, many of us take it further than bottles, cans and paper — where I live, anything even slightly useful that is placed out at the curb is “recycled” by a passerby well before the trash collection shows up. But has anyone really thought of how that kind of recycling can help your business?
Bob Grossman · December 14, 2010
As many of us have seen for some time, many types of electronic security systems are morphing into computer systems. Sure, it takes experience to know how and where to place cameras, monitor systems effectively, ensure smooth traffic flow for access control systems, and myriad other skills we’ve had to learn through the years. But the physical interconnection of the equipment is essentially identical to an IT systems deployment, and there’s a danger there — or is there?
Bob Grossman · December 08, 2010
As it turns out that forgetfulness and concentration issues many of us increasingly encounter especially as we get older may be the result of a source much more surprising than age. And no, I am not talking about too much experimenting with illicit substances in college either. According to new research by psychologists at the University of Berkeley, California, the root of your dilemma may be a consequence of too much air travel.
Scott Goldfine · December 07, 2010
I once heard a saying that went something like this: “If one person states a position, it is an opinion; if two state a position, it is a movement; and if three or more people state a position, it is a revolution.” I would like to suggest that security techs up rise and start the Robertson Revolution ...
Bob Dolph · December 06, 2010
Although I have touched on the following subject before in my “Monitoring Matters” column, a recent experience has compelled me to bring it up again in this blog. Simply stated, it is essential to your customers well being and ...
Peter Giacalone · December 01, 2010
Rising theft of copper from construction sites, unoccupied, and even inhabited, buildings has been spotlighted for a few years as an opportunity for installing security companies. Today, lingering recession effects combined with the conductive, noncorrosive metal expected to hit an all-time high of more than $5 per pound in 2011 ...
Scott Goldfine · November 30, 2010
Visonic, a provider of wireless residential alarm systems, is laying the foundation to ring in the New Year with quite a marketing bang.
Rodney Bosch · November 24, 2010
SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION
Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine discusses three educational seminars featured at the First Alert Professional (FAP) Convention for Honeywell’s authorized dealer program. The seminars offered tips on Web marketing, managed video and government business.
Scott Goldfine · November 17, 2010
I'm a big fan of the consumer electronics blog Engadget. It publishes a number of news, tips, and rumors on consumer electronics equipment and software, and I have always found the consumer electronics field to be a good barometer for what we'll be seeing in the commercial and industrial space ...
Bob Grossman · November 17, 2010