Take on 2015 With 15 Security Trends in Mind

Headlines from 2014 highlight top trends to track.

Whether economic or cultural, most people find predictions intriguing and entertaining. Hence, their enduring popularity this time of year, and why they are showcased in SSI‘s annual Industry Forecast featuring a who’s who of top security analysts. Cynics might argue, though, that such prognostications are like rear ends – everyone has one. Fair enough, but something that cannot so easily be dismissed are the facts.

So for all the Joe Fridays out there (those under 40, Google “Dragnet”), I have zeroed in on 15 key trends backed by some of the most important news headlines SSI reported the past 12 months. In no particular order:

1. Supplier M&A Heats Up. Digital Watchdog Acquires Innovative Security DesignsVicon and IQinVision Strike Merger AgreementCanon Acquires Video Management Platform Leader Milestone Anixter Vies to Be Top Distributor With $420M Tri-Ed BuyKaba Purchases Keyscan Access Control Solutions Samsung Sell-Off Includes Video Surveillance Business

2. Leading Suppliers Tab New Leaders. Bosch Appoints New President of Sales for North AmericaHoneywell Introduces New Head of Americas Security ProductsAarnes Appointed President of ADI North America

3. Home Automation Hype. Google Acquires Nest for $3.2 BillionReport: 6 Billion Internet-Enabled Devices to Be Produced in 2014Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45B: A Home Automation Powerhouse?Napco Unveils iBridge Connected Home Dealer ProgramVivint Unveils Proprietary Smart Hub ‘Vivint Sky’ Report: Global Home Automation Market to Grow 24.5% AnnuallyADT: Nearly Half of New Subscribers Buy Pulse Home Automation

4. Schools Spend on Security. Baltimore County K-12 Schools Get Video Surveillance UpgradeHikvision, Milestone Partner to Protect Hundreds of Montreal SchoolsSecurity Cameras Help Secure Alabama SchoolsSIA, NSCA Unveil Partner Alliance for Safer Schools

5. Safer, Smarter Cities. Report: Smart Building Technology Spend to Reach $22B in 2017NYPD Ponders Deploying Drones to Fight CrimeCisco, Kansas City Will Build Network for Smart City ServicesOutdoor Security Cameras Required for Gary (Ind.) Businesses

6. Security Contractors Consolidating. ADT to Acquire Canadian Security Provider Protectron for $500MASG Security Completes 2 Regional AcquisitionsBay Alarm Acquires SDA Security of San DiegoHughes Associates to Merge With Consulting Firm RJA GroupSAFE Security Strikes Deal to Acquire Safeguard SecurityADS Security Enters North Carolina Market With Seaboard Security Systems Buy

7. Cybersecurity, IT & Cloud. Eagle Eye Networks Makes Debut in VMS MarketFiretide Acquired by IT Company UNICOM GlobalPSA Introduces Cybersecurity Program and EventsVivint Acquires Cloud Storage Startup Spac e MonkeyCybersecurity Issues Weigh Heaviest on Americans’ Minds

8. Hot New Technologies. Report: Wearable Computing Devices to Top $30B by 2018DVTEL Demos 4K CameraDoyle Security Sees Productivity Gains With Mobile Forms PlatformProtection 1 Will Start Selling Solar Panels Next MonthVivint Solar Goes Public With $330M IPOHID Mobile Access Enables Bluetooth Smart and NFC-Enabled Smartphones

9. Deceptive Sales. Duo Posing as ADT R
eps Arrested for Deceptive Sales Practices
Door-Knocking Security Alarm Scam Hits Florida Residents Door-to-Door Alarm Sales Rep Dupes Iowa Couple

10. Bright Market Outlook. Report: Video Surveillance Market to Exceed $36B by 2018EACS Market Projected to Grow Annually at 12.6% RatePhysical Security Market Projected to Be Worth $88B by 2019

11. New Integrators Emerging. Reorg at Matrix Systems, New Divisions to Focus on Access Control and IntegrationSecuradyne Systems Acquires Leading Integrator IASG4S Government Solutions Goes Private for $135M

12. Automated Secure Alarm Protocol. Protection 1 Enrolls in ASAP ProgramGuardian Protection Services Implements ASAP-to-PSAP Alarm Communications

13. Technology Partnerships. Bosch Systems Named Elite Partner in Milestone Systems Manufacturer Alliance ProgramDigital Watchdog to Launch 4K Camera, Partners With LinearMarch Networks Announces Alliances With Software House, PelcoGenetec, SALTO Partner to Unify IP Access Control with Wireless Locking Technology

14. DIY Digs In. iControl Buys Maker of Piper, a DIY Security DeviceADT Partners With IFTTT for DIY Home Automation ChannelInfinova to Purchase DIY Specialist Swann Communications

15. Standards in Practice. ONVIF Releases Profile C for Physical Access ControlZigBee Alliance Releases 3.0 Unified Wireless StandardONVIF’s Profile G for Video Storage and Recording Now AvailableUpdate to CP-01 False Alarm Standard Accounts for Mobile Device Interfacing.

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is the marketing director for Elite Interactive Solutions. He is the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He can be reached at [email protected].

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