2010 Technology Breakthroughs

SSI‘s technology experts once again handpick some of the most noteworthy devices introduced this past year. The 2010 Top 30 Technology Innovations is a balanced list of ingenious hardware design, cutting-edge software development and labor-saving installation aids.

The security industry offers a staggering array of technology today. Obvious examples include high definition video, analytics, biometrics and wireless devices. However, digging deeper reveals fascinating wrinkles within those areas as well as a host of fresh and inventive approaches addressing other security needs and challenges. SSI’s 2010 Top 30 Technology Innovations gives some of the year’s head-turning creations (a 10-megapixel camera!) due recognition but at the same time also drills down to uncover hidden gems (pool alarm anyone?) that might otherwise have slipped under the radar.

Whether you are looking to increase profitability, become more efficient, make installations and troubleshooting easier, expand your business’ portfolio of offerings, satisfy random curiosity or sate your inner techno geek, you’re assured of discovering something in this year’s Top 30 picks that tickles your fancy. In fact, although the judging criterion limits each manufacturer to a single entry, this year’s list includes access control, fire/life-safety, intrusion detection and video surveillance applications, and spans at least 21 different types of technologies.

As you might expect, the choices by SSI columnists Bob Dolph (“Tech Talk”) and Steve Payne (“Convergence Channel“) are by and large indicative of their respective fortes. What all the selections share in common is offering owners/managers, salespeople and technicians of installing security providers a wealth of opportunities and benefits. With ‘oohs and aahs’ all around, SSI is delighted to present — in alphabetical order by writer — 2010’s Top 30 Technology Innovations.

Bob Dolph’s Picks:

Steve Payne’s Picks:

View the 2010 Technology Breakthroughs PDF.

SSI Technical Writers Bob Dolph and Steve Payne and Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine can be reached at [email protected].

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About the Author


Bob is currently a Security Sales & Integration "Tech Talk" columnist and a contributing technical writer. Bob installed his first DIY home intercom system at the age of 13, and formally started his technology career as a Navy communication electronics technician during the Vietnam War. He then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and went on to complete a Security Management program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since 1976, Bob has served in a variety of technical, training and project management positions with organizations such ADT, Rollins, National Guardian, Lockheed Martin, American Alarm Supply, Sonitrol and Ingersoll Rand. Early in his career, Bob started and operated his own alarm dealership. He has also served as treasurer of the Wisconsin Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and on Security Industry Association (SIA) standards committees. Bob also provides media and training consulting to the security industry.

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