SSI’s annual Best of the Best issue (July 2013) includes profiles of seven of the industry best-run installing security contracting companies. My interviews with executives and managers from runner-up Vivint covered much ground not included in print. Following is the third of a few bonus excerpts, with Vivint's David Powerll here talking employee recruitment and retention. Be on the lookout for more online extras from Vivint, as well as other Installer of the Year and Integrated Installation of
Scott Goldfine · July 11, 2013
Cable provider Comcast has launched its Xfinity Home Control service in an effort to reach consumers that want smart home solutions but do not want to pay for professional security monitoring, the company announced this week.
June 10, 2013
The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of more than 200 independent manufacturers that build wireless home control products based on the Z-Wave standard. Mark Walters, chairman of the group, joins the conversation to discuss the increasingly competitive home automation/home security landscape.
By Rodney Bosch · June 03, 2013
Interlogix of Bradenton, Fla., a UTC Climate, Controls & Security company, releases the Advisor, a self-contained security and comfort management platform that combines advanced life safety and lifestyle functions for both home and small business use.
SSI Staff · May 23, 2013
Napco Security Technologies of Amityville, N.Y., announces that its iBridge-equipped, Gemini control panels now support Kwikset’s SmartCode deadbolt locks with Home Connect technology through the Z-Wave automation functionality.
SSI Staff · May 12, 2013
Linear, a subsidiary of Nortek Technology Solutions, has completed its acquisition of home automation and home security manufacturer 2GIG Technologies.
April 03, 2013
Following is how Mike Barnes (founding partner, Barnes Associates Inc.), Ron Davis (principal, Davis Marketing Group), George De Marco (managing partner, DECO Ventures LLC) and Bob Harris (president, The Attrition Busters) evaluate Vivint and its CEO Todd Pedersen.
Scott Goldfine · February 03, 2013
The January edition of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION includes our annual industry forecast as a cornerstone of our special 2013 Industry Forecast Issue. For the piece, I interviewed 20 of the industry’s most knowledgeable market analysts, business experts, systems integrators, manufacturer representatives and trade association directors. Some of their perspectives can be found in the magazine article, with the balance of their assessments appearing in separate Under Surveillance blog posts.
Scott Goldfine · January 07, 2013
Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s latest research projects a 5% gross revenue increase this year compared to 2011 for electronic systems contractors. Among key findings, the residential network is rapidly becoming the backbone of virtually every low-voltage subsystem in the home. Plus, highlights of CEDIA Expo 2012.
By Rodney Bosch · November 01, 2012
HAI by Leviton of Melville, N.Y., launches the Omni LTe home control system, which controls homes and businesses by schedule, motion detection, door openings, sunrise, sunset, alarm activation/deactivation and more.
SSI Staff · October 01, 2012