SSI’s Top 10 Vertical Markets News Items

As 2011 draws to an end, SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION encourages readers to reflect on the many developments that have transpired in the electronic security industry during the past 12 months. To that end, the SSI staff has compiled a series of ‘Top 10’ lists based reader popularity. Following are the 10 most viewed news items on the Vertical Markets channel on in 2011:

[June 29, 2011] When Spokane Public Schools (SPS) embarked on a district-wide renovation of its schools and facilities, a locally-based systems integrator was called on to provide upgrades to the fire/life-safety systems.

[Jan. 6, 2011] President Obama signed into law a bill that will give electronic security companies relief from onerous energy efficiency requirements, as well as food safety legislation that is anticipated to provide new business opportunities for installing security contractors.

[June 14, 2011] A new study reveals that retailers lost more than $37 billion to theft in 2010, an increase of nearly $4 billion compared to the previous year.

[July 7, 2011] A new dispatch system may help public safety answering point (PSAP) Houston Emergency Center (HEC) save up to $2 million annually.

[June 8, 2011] Comcast Corp. has expanded its home security business to new marketing areas, the company announced today. First launched in Houston last year, the company now offers its Xfinity Home Security service in parts of Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

[Jan. 12, 2011] A new study conducted by the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) reports that 87 percent of retail companies that currently use analog surveillance technology are considering switching to network video.

[August 2, 2011] Households in the United States with professionally monitored security services will expand to 30 percent by 2020, according to a new report by Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates.

[March 16, 2011] A five-year, $250 million contract will allow Evergreen Fire & Security to install electronic security systems at U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sites and non-DoD federal agencies.

[July 27, 2011] Spending on commercial construction projects in the United States will drop 5.6 percent this year, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

[March 24, 2011] The Alarm Association of Florida (AAF) has honored two law enforcement professionals for their work in alarm management. On March 18, AAF presented U.S. Marshal for Middle District Florida William (Bill) Berger and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition’s (SIAC) Law Enforcement Liaison Glen Mowrey with Meritorious Service awards during its 41st annual convention.


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