Whether the economy is up or down, security is a sure thing: Integration and convergence are changing the face of the security industry; physical security continues to meet logical access control, and the results are good for both information technology (IT) and security end-users who are learning t
According to American Banker, vendors promoting their biometric security tools to banks say consumer confidence in such systems has improved, and that in some cases the cost is becoming more manageable. Meanwhile, consumers are warming up to biometric authentication systems as well.
Bill yourself as code-compliant and follow the rules: Electronic security systems forecasts show continued industry growth; in fact, some studies indicate this $16 billion market will grow at an annual rate approaching 7 percent.
Break out your browser for security applications: Physical security meets information technology, thanks to voice and video over Internet protocol (IP); the Internet is able to connect to a network, router or other transmission device and broadcast voice, video and data.
Building security is a growth market for ECs: Security in residential and commercial buildings is a growth market for the electrical contracting firm; security-related expenditures by building owners and tenants have risen steadily since 2001 and are expected to continue to grow.
Convergence among security, lighting, energy management and other disciplines is growing in a host of financial and retail institutions; As more security integrators appear on the scene to solve retailer and banking problems—both from the physical security and information technology (IT) side—contra
Fifteen million users couldn’t be wrong. That’s how many surveillance cameras were sold in 2005, according to a leading security industry report. As security concerns rise, closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) continues to come to the rescue.
Relax. Fire alarm panels are intuitive, multifunctional labor saving devices that allow custom programming and the ability to tailor the equipment to the facility. Electrical contractors can just hit the button with the advanced options fire alarm controls offer.
Most contractors opt out of networking projects when terms, such as “network security,” “firewall” and “software,” start getting thrown around. But, that may not be the best move to make, as network security is a niche market where contractors could easily profit.
There is a natural progression and maturation of technologies as well as continued convergence between a host of information systems and products. Security is in the spotlight, again, and installers know they need to learn more about this discipline in order to be successful.
A new breed of technician continues to emerge from the electrical contracting ranks with an eye on maintenance and power quality (PQ). Of course, there have always been power quality specialists, but the discipline continues to evolve.
'Just in time' used to be the battle cry in security product manufacturing and distribution. Now, it is more than just in time-it is all about arming the contractor with the information they need to boost sales and present the end-user with a product portfolio adeptly suited to the application.
A leading architecture/engineering member of the CSI revision team (who requested anonymity) described the genesis of the change to MasterFormat 2004 this way: “Division 16 was used to describe means and methods of lighting and distribution of power in buildings.
For traditional burglar alarm installers dealing with intrusion detection and monitored systems, it came as no shock that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) was not the end-all and cure-all it was originally purported to be. But that’s the reality of emergency communications in some instances.
Access control is a logical product to integrate. Technology continues to advance, especially in networked solutions, smart cards and biometrics, offering new capabilities and more application possibilities than ever before.