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Streaming Media Explained in Simple Terms

Streaming media can be accessed anytime, everywhere. Understanding the technology will benefit everyone personally; and for those that deliver connectivity, professionally.

To stream media, all that is needed is a broadband connection and a streaming device or software app. A streaming player does just that: it connects to the internet, accesses content provided by online services and delivers the streaming media to the playback device.

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

Bigger Is Better: Roll-Ups & Consolidations

A century ago, most electrical devices, such as a fan or appliance, required 120V to operate. Today, 110V devices are in use, but technology has advanced to the point where electronics are prevalent and only need a low amount of DC voltage to operate; examples of this are mobile devices and even flat-screen displays.

. . . the bottom line is transformers are everywhere and there aren’t enough AC outlets to plug all of them in.

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

Power Challenge

AC Versus DC Power

A century ago, most electrical devices, such as a fan or appliance, required 120V to operate. Today, 110V devices are in use, but technology has advanced to the point where electronics are prevalent and only need a low amount of DC voltage to operate; examples of this are mobile devices and even flat-screen displays.

. . . the bottom line is transformers are everywhere and there aren’t enough AC outlets to plug all of them in.

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

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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Save Me Steve: Home Tech

You can turn your house into something that would make George Jetson envious with these new devices and smartphone apps. Consumer reporter Steve Noviello shares some of the neat advances.

Watch the video here.

Bedrock Learning Launches New Website

Bedrock Learning, the leading independent training provider in the connected home industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website. Substantial enhancements provide visitors with expanded relevant information and easy access to online training, assessment tests and content services.

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What Is a Smart Home?


A smart home is equipped with smart devices that are connected to your home network. Learn about the advantages of having a smart home.

Is Your Home Office Secure?


If you’re running your home office on the same network as the rest of your house, you may be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Learn how to minimize threats to your network.

Bedrock Learning Wins 2016 Mark of Excellence Award

Bedrock Learning, the leading independent training provider in the connected home industry, announced today they are the recipients of a Mark of Excellence Award which recognizes the best in custom integration and installed technology from manufacturers,distributors and systems integrators across more than 30 award categories.

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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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