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Mass Transit Security Evolves With Modern Security Solutions

by J. Matthew Ladd As anyone who has ever flown on a commercial airline since 2001 knows, security measures at airports are well enforced and the emphasis on traveler safety is all around the airport and its grounds. Mass transportation, meanwhile, presents a special but not any less significant challenge when it comes to determining […]

STATE OF THE MARKET: Security & Monitoring

Technology changes, major shifts in the market and evolving customer expectations bring a wealth of opportunity — along with challenges — to both the commercial and residential markets. By Karyn Hodgson, SDM Managing Editor 2017 was a good year for the economy. The housing bubble has almost entirely recovered; the stock market saw record gains; […]

Access Control: Advice About Top Verticals

Security integrators share which vertical markets are producing access control work for them and why, plus tips on working effectively with these clients. by Karen Hodgson, SDM Magazine The vertical markets that security integrators work in can vary widely. Some integrators choose to focus on a few, often highly specialized types of customer; while others […]

Security systems integrators will need increased IT expertise in 2018

by Matthew J. Ladd, The Protection Bureau The security market is very active right now. Business is strong, according to most of the people that I talk to in the industry. In 2017, we at The Protection Bureau had one of our best years ever revenue-wise. Because of a strong economy, businesses are spending money […]

Visitor Management: The ‘Last Frontier’ in Electronic Access

Visitor management systems can vary widely from a paper log to fully integrated with the access control system. by Karyn Hodgson, SDM Magazine Visitor management used to consist of a paper logbook at the reception desk. While this is still the case for many, particularly smaller facilities, more and more end users are entering the […]

Integrators ’20 under 40′ 2017—Brian Thomas

Brian J. Thomas, 38 President and CEO, A3 Communications Irmo, S.C. Brian Thomas has always been around the security industry, as his father Joe Thomas founded A3 Communications in 1990. “Our company started out as a small IT/networking organization based out of Columbia that served small businesses throughout South Carolina,” he said. “We have always […]

5 Big Trends Affecting the Enterprise

Enterprise customers often have unique needs and approaches to security. How will some of the top trends such as mobile credentials, cloud, big data, IoT and cybersecurity affect these larger customers? by Karyn Hodgson, SDM Magazine Large enterprise access control customers have been pushing for several years for more open, non-proprietary security systems. Many found […]

Remote Access, Meet Multi-family

Today’s technology and electronic access control are changing the way residents enter their apartments. Renters are just as likely to come and go using an electronic fob or app on their smartphone as they are a traditional key. But these access systems are also changing the way apartment companies do business. For example, while a […]

Planet of the Apps

by Karyn Hodgson, SDM Magazine Apps are everywhere today, including the security industry. From residential and commercial user apps, to those targeted at helping the channel with sales, service and installation — we take a look at the current and future potential of this ubiquitous technology. Wherever you turn today — whether as a consumer, […]

Who Is In The Facility?

By Allan B. Colombo, Facility Executive Security is an important part of business in high-rise office buildings, manufacturing facilities, campus settings, and facilities of all sizes. This includes the development of an intelligent security network that provides for secure, automatic access security policies; and seeks to provide actionable data related to the comings and goings […]