Shoplifters and dishonest employees swindled more than $6 billion from 24 major retailers in 2011, according to a new survey by loss prevention consulting firm Jack L. Hayes Int’l.
June 04, 2012
A look at residential fire sprinkler and false fire alarm activity trends offer installing system contractors insights on the latest developments driving the marketplace. SSI’s annual report also provides legislative and code updates for carbon monoxide detection.
By Rodney Bosch · April 30, 2012
The security systems integration business is rattling as much as humming, with operators continuing to extricate themselves from economic quicksand. SSI’s eighth annual Systems Integrator Study highlights the fits and starts of recovering profitability, as well as numerous positive trends for companies to zero in on.
By Scott Goldfine · April 01, 2012
Slowly but surely installing North American security contractor companies are becoming more diverse. SSI’s fourth biannual Security Industry Demographic Census shows that changes along gender, race, ethnicity and other lines are transforming this historically homogenous business. The 2012 Census not only profiles and reveals the practices of a typical manager working in the industry today, but also operational facets of the businesses themselves.
By Scott Goldfine · March 04, 2012
Increasingly, electronics consumers expect much more than quality devices; they desire a quality experience. That trend is supported by consumer research conducted by IBM, which found that with the proliferation of connected devices and increased network accessibility, consumers are demanding high performance and enhanced, integrated device experiences.
January 31, 2012
Increased broadband penetration is serving to compel Internet service providers (ISPs) to modify their market strategy. Many ISPs are looking to value-added services to retain customers and serve as platforms for future revenue growth.
January 08, 2012
Each year, nonfire-related CO poisoning is responsible for about 15,000 emergency department visits and nearly 500 deaths, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
October 05, 2011
Nearly four in five security directors/managers intend to spend at least as much on security in 2011 as they did last year. SSI’s seventh Commercial End-User Study shows the recession loosening its grip on budgets, but clients are becoming more particular about their electronic security solutions and providers. A higher degree of IT capabilities and systems integration are among the heightened expectations.
By Scott Goldfine · September 06, 2011
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