Another Industry Turns to Wireless

How large and small retailers use the technology for monitoring and intrusion detection


Small Retail Outlets

Typical small retail outlets require fewer monitored points than large outlets.

Assuming 10 monitored points and one pendant, the implementation of a wireless security solution can save anywhere from $1,000 to almost $2,300, depending on the wiring complexity. Due to the difficulty of running cables for a hardwired solution, a wireless tactic for a new store or renovation can provide labor savings of more than $2,600 per store — a savings of 20 to 36 percent for a single small-retail location. Multiply this cost saving by a number of new or remodeled locations and the savings is significant.

Breakdown of small retail shop wireless savings

Hardwired security system
(10 points)

Wireless security system
(11 points)

Equipment

Labor

Total

Equipment

Labor

Total

Complex

$1,915

$4,500

$6,415

$2,273

$1,850

$4,123

Typical

$1,915

$3,250

$5,165

$2,273

$1,850

$4,123

Large Retail Outlets

Assuming 28 monitored points and two pendants for a typical large retail outlet, the implementation of a wireless system can save as much as $2,200 to more than $5,700 per store — anywhere from 23 to 43 percent. These savings result primarily from the ease of deploying wireless sensors and the cost of the cable.

Breakdown of large retail shop wireless savings

Hardwired security system
(28 points)

Wireless security system
(30 points)

Equipment

Labor

Total

Equipment

Labor

Total

Complex

$3,662

$9,900

$13,562

$4,994

$2,800

$7,794

Typical

$3,662

$6,400

$10,062

$4,994

$2,800

$7,794

Warehouse Superstores

For a typical warehouse superstore, we have assumed has 68 monitored points and four pendants. We have assumed a fuel island that requires monitoring, but that the hardwire cable was installed during the construction phase, making retrenching, which increases the labor cost, unnecessary.

For a large warehouse superstore, the implementation of a wireless security solution can save anywhere from $5,200 to almost $14,000 per location — or a 26 to 48 percent savings.

Breakdown of large warehouse superstore wireless savings

Hardwired security system
(68 points)

Wireless security system
(72 points)

Equipment

Labor

Total

Equipment

Labor

Total

Complex

$6,678

$21,900

$28,578

$9,956

$4,850

$14,806

Typical

$6,678

$13,400

$20,078

$9,956

$4,850

$14,806

Mark Jarman was appointed president of Inovonics in 2006. He has been with Inovonics for six years and previously served as vice president of sales, overseeing the Security Sales and Commercial Application Sales Groups. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Jarman has helped accelerate the company's strategic market share growth in the wireless industry. He has more than 16 years of business development, M&A, investor relations and business management experience in a variety of industries including wireless, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.