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The Business Selfie

Look around and you will see a plethora of brands offering smart devices.

How do you decide what to promote, and how do you spread the word?
The bottom line is it’s no longer about the product’s brand.
In today’s competitive world, the installation company is the brand.

Read the article online or in the SDM August 2019 issue.

Security in the Connected World

Security is today’s hot buzz word and it’s a big and continually expanding “pie” full of robust slices that are all in high demand. Lucky you, that’s the industry you are in and live every day. But which slice, or slices, are you enjoying? Where might your appetite grow?

Read the article online or in the SDM June 2019 issue.

Project Management is Paramount

Projects are the mainstay of business in the security industry, whether you’re installing a 260-zone security system, a smart home security system with lighting and HVAC automation/control, a 16-camera installation or an access control system. To achieve the desired result of a project, the most essential element of making it happen is project management.

Read the article online or in the SDM April 2019 issue.

How To Get Your Customers To Remember You

Today’s world bombards us with data. Whether it be looking for information, reading or watching the news or being inundated with advertising, it can be overwhelming to sort through the “haystack” for the desired “needle,” especially when it comes to making sense of technology. How can you be remembered?

Read the article online or in the SDM January 2019 issue.

The IoT — Is It Your Destiny?

One of the hottest topics for discussion with many opportunities emerging around it is the Internet of Things, or IoT. It’s not just change or progress. It has the potential to disrupt and, in many instances, already is disrupting work, home, travel, play, and just about every facet of our lives. But what is it and what does it mean for the security industry — in particular, your business?

Read the article online or in the SDM August 2018 issue.

The World Is Connected; Are You?

In case you hadn’t noticed, everything and everyone around you, including your customers, are connected 24/7. You can’t deny it or avoid it; a seismic shift has happened with the digital revolution, and it’s a complex web of connections that has gone worldwide.

Read the article online or in the SDM March 2018 issue.

CES 2018 Recap: Total Technology Tsunami

Anything and everything tech were alive and well at CES 2018 with 2.75 million square feet of exhibits and over 1000 presenters. Other surprises included a flood on opening day of the show (after 190 days of no rain in Las Vegas) and a two-hour power outage at the convention center on day two.

Read the article at SDM online.

An Open Letter to Manufacturers

There’s a problem in our industry, even with all the cool technology advancements and amazing, fun stuff happening every day. It is sad to say, but new — and existing — products don’t always work well together and it’s an issue of interoperability.

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Collaborate To Deliver

We’ve all had them: trials and tribulations on project installations. The culprit is often poor communication or lack of communication.

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The Technology March

Over the past 130 or so years there have been tremendous technological advancements. Just look at them all — from the telephone, light bulb, radio and television to the cell phone, flat screen display and streaming media — and they keep on coming.

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Serve the Fast Growing Market of Americans

There’s no denying it, the over 50 population is expanding rapidly, and the push is on for enjoyable, independent living. Smart home technologies offer numerous benefits for this growing market and your company can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Moving Music Outdoors Without New Wires

In today’s world, listening to music and awesome audio is a mainstay in nearly everyone’s lives. Consider the huge variety of headphones offered today and the affordable soundbars delivering the home theater experience with unbelievable sound. So many devices are fast becoming connected and part of the IoT, Internet of Things. Just look at the dramatic growth in digital content and streaming media.

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Leveraging Windows and Light

Just like the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz, when it comes to lighting control so many things out there can be intimidating. But don’t falter, it’s time to be brave and embrace the connected world of control.

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Get Your Company in the Door (Again)

There’s opportunity out there, and it’s just a doorknob away. Access control has gone main stream, it’s no longer just for commercial buildings and businesses. Personal protection and safety are getting more and more attention these days and people are looking for a way to monitor and manage entry to their home.

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9 Quick and Easy Tips to ‘Free’ Money

You’ve already installed numerous electronic systems for your customers, why not leverage those audio/visual (A/V), security and control networks? Here are some suggestions, in no particular order, that might ‘tickle your fancy,’ delight your customers and make you more money.

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Enjoying the Outdoors

Everyone is outdoors grilling, swimming, playing, relaxing and hanging out with family and friends. It’s time for you to be the “cool” dealer and provide them new technologies that will make them happy outside.

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Today’s Security: Detection, Protection and Much, Much More

The times, they are a changing. Gone are the days of simple security when sounding a horn warned people inside of possible intrusion by unwanted burglars, or unsafe environmental conditions and notification went out to a central station. This has been upgraded with advanced technology, integration and mobile apps.

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Everything Is Under Control

Planning and documentation are arguably your best, most effective methods to ensure projects meet performance and quality standards, run on time and within budget. Helen Heneveld explains.

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Living Digitally

The recent rapid adoption of new technologies is a great thing for this industry, writes Helen Heneveld from bedrock learning. but you need to know how to cash in on consumer demand.

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