Reviewing 2019’s Trends Through Security’s Most Impactful News Stories

SSI Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine revisits the major security stories and trends of 2019, including the top 10 most impactful news events.

Reviewing 2019’s Trends Through Security’s Most Impactful News Stories

Reflecting on what transpired within the electronic security industry during the year just ended it becomes evident not only how many big news stories took place during 2019 but also how many less flashy items were intertwined by common threads that, in aggregate, add up to being major stories as well.

Reviewing them in composite is one of the surest ways to assess the industry’s current landscape — and what to anticipate for the new year. That’s my rationale for annually compiling this compendium.

The most stunning revelation of 2019 I believe is also a candidate for the most head-spinning news of the entire 2010s — United Technologies’ decision to shut down rather than sell Interlogix, one of security’s most prominent portfolio of products.

The fallout and shockwaves from that will play out for some time, but also its opportunity as other suppliers scramble to fill that void. My list of the year’s most impactful news stories as well as leading trends gleaned from analyzing recurring themes (only examples are shown, not comprehensive listings), and acknowledgement of those who passed on follows.

2019 Top 10 News Stories

  1. Interlogix to Shut Down at End of 2019
  2. Federal Ban on Chinese Video, Telecom Equipment Takes Effect
  3. Allied Universal Acquires Securadyne to Build Out Integration Platform
  4. SnapAV, Control4 Complete Merger to Form Unified Smart Home Business
  5. ADT Acquires Video Alarm Verification Specialist I-View Now
  6. Vector Security Purchases ADS Security to Grow Subscriber Base to 400K
  7.  San Francisco Becomes First U.S. City to Ban Facial Recognition Software
  8. ADT Buys DIY Home Security Company LifeShield
  9. VSC Fire & Security Agrees to Be Acquired by Insurer Markel Corp.
  10. Anixter to Be Sold for $3.8B to Private Equity Firm [Ed. note: This deal is ongoing. Here’s the latest.]

2019 TOP TRENDS (in random order)

AI & Robotics on Rise

FLIR Doubles Down on Drones:

Gunshot Detection Gains Traction

Education Market Red Hot

DIY Market Shaking Out

IoT Makes More Connections

Facial Recognition Stirs Controversy

Cybersecurity Front & Center

Managed Services Momentum

ASAP-to-PSAP Progresses

Forecasts Show Bright Future

Manufacturers Acquire Competencies

Investors Flock to Industry

Dealers Wheel, Deal

Most Acquisitive Dealers/Integrators

  1. ADT (at least 8, but sold off Canadian operations)
  2. Allied Universal (at least 4, plus guarding firms);
  3. Convergint Technologies (at least 5);
  4. Per Mar (at least 3)

In Memoriam

As a parting shot, here’s a final farewell to a half-dozen industry greats we lost during 2019 whose contributions we should never forget: Industry Hall of Famers Allen Fritts (68), George Gunning (83) and Mel Mahler (82); Arnold Blumenthal (92); Joe Lanier (81); and Jerry Schubert (86).

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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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