2021’s News Shapes Views for 2022

SSI Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine revisits the major security stories and trends that developed in 2021.

2021’s News Shapes Views for 2022

I find that looking back at the previous year’s (in this case, 2021) electronic security news stories is vital to fully grasp in totality the industry’s most significant developments and more accurately assess the paths of present trends.

The top topics on the tips of dealer/integrator tongues of late are pandemic recovery, supply chain slowdown, finding personnel and general business operations. Amid it all, most are pleased with where their company stands and are optimistic about prospects.

I share those sentiments. For your consideration, here’s my annual list of the most impactful news headlines (pulled from securitysales.com) and my key trends picks:

2021 TOP TRENDS (in random order)

COVID Consequences

Pandemic Products

Sunset Scramble

AI Ascent

Cloudier Outlook

Monitoring M&A

Integrators Converge

Fire Sales

Manufacturer M&A

Distributors Deal

Industry Incites Investing

2021 Top 10 News Stories (editor’s picks)

Securitas Acquires Stanley Security for $3.2B

U.S. Capitol Attack: IDing Domestic Terrorists Using Facial Recognition and Video Surveillance

Verkada Breach Exposes 150,000 Security Cameras

FLIR Acquired by Teledyne for $8B

Hikvision, Dahua Among China Firms FCC Deems National Security Threat

Allied Universal Finally Seals $5.3B Deal for G4S

DIY Security Installs Rose 40% Since 2018

Industry Copes With Supply Chain Calamity

9/11 20th Anniversary: Security Pros Share Reflections, Observations

ADT Enters Solar Business With $825M Acquisition of Sunpro Solar

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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