Leading the way and setting the stage for success

It’s been a long time coming--a complete redesign of Security Dealer & Integrator magazine, the leading voice of the systems integration community. We have a new logo, updated look and a sleeker design--to start the new year off right. We are excited about these changes and we know many of you have commented in the past about our old-fashioned façade—but that’s kicked right out the door with this issue.

Hooray for 2010—and get ready for all we have planned. Because while the design is important, it’s what’s inside that counts and that’s where you will continue to see the integrity and depth of content that has guided us for more than 30 years.

Every month we will cover the following topics: news, verticals, integrated systems, access control, video/IP/CCTV, networks, storage, software, central stations/web monitoring, service/funding, dealer profiles and much more.

Before you think that we are turning the publication upside down and changing direction completely, hear me out. I for one am not one to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” I see how the industry is progressing, and I want you the security dealer, systems integrator and value-added reseller to head in the right direction too—one of greater profitability. Intrusion detection, fire systems, central stations and monitoring and RMR are still at the core of most integrator’s businesses and also what we will present in the pages of the publication. Moving forward, these product categories will continue to be important, more so than ever before. In fact, every category will become part and parcel with integrated and converged systems—vertical markets, access control, burglar and fire alarms—all working together and many operating over web-based solutions.

Take a look inside. We have moved our Product Showcase, this month, Locks & Door Hardware, smack dab in the front of the magazine after our Security Watch, our news section, two highly read sections of the publication. We also have vertical markets every month this year because that’s how manufacturers and dealers position products and services. January’s Residential Vertical is content-rich, giving you a snapshot of where the growth will be, highlighting the leading opportunities; see it all beginning on page 22. We’ve also rolled in many sections to boost the content in Residential Verticals; we will feature Integrated Systems: Merger & Acquisition Opportunities, within that vertical, on page 36. Also, check out the section on Storage: DVRs and Central Stations/Web Monitoring, page 40, plus much more.