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Smart-Home Devices Fuel Rising Residential Tide

Parks Associates lends expertise and the latest research to steer security professionals toward their best chances at success in offering smart-home devices.


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The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) recently released key findings from its 2011 Benchmarking Survey that could offer a ray of light at the end of very dark recessionary tunnel. September 01, 2011

After several years of internal austerity and resignation to pricing erosion, security integrators are looking externally to turn their fortunes. The third annual Operations & Opportunities Report (OOR) shows company managers are eager to negotiate better deals on the goods they acquire and sell to curtail margin squeeze. The 2011 OOR also exposes the best technologies, services and markets to exploit. By Scott Goldfine · August 14, 2011

In the spring, Electronic Security Association (ESA) conducted an online survey of its membership, as well as consumers, to gauge emerging trends in the residential space. August 02, 2011

Thanks to the implementation of best practices and advances in technology, recent years have seen reductions in false alarm dispatches that are helping bolster the relationship between law enforcement and the security industry. Yet there remains much to be done to further strengthen and grow the partnership. The 2011 Law Enforcement Security Industry Study serves as a report card for both sides. By Scott Goldfine · July 12, 2011

While the specter of Big Brother remains a concern for many citizens across the United States, results from a recent survey suggest the use of video surveillance is growing in acceptance as a means of deterring crime in public places. June 06, 2011

Annual report points up the need for installing security and fire systems contractors to be diligent in providing the latest life-safety products to residential customers. Discover how regular maintenance services and education are helping reduce
fire fatalities. May 08, 2011

Video surveillance, mass notification, access control and emergency communications interoperability continue to pose challenges for many campus safety protection professionals April 12, 2011

For the first time the Security Spending Survey reveals how much installing companies are paying each month for equipment — overall as well as by specific product categories. Top buyer listings are presented along with purchasing patterns associated with different business characteristics ... By Scott Goldfine · March 13, 2011

The latest "Financial Analysis of the Industry" report by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) tracks and benchmarks key financial ratios for a wide range of installing contractors in the commercial electronic systems industry. January 31, 2011

A new study conducted by the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) reports that 87 percent of retail companies that currently use analog surveillance technology are considering switching to network video ... January 11, 2011


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