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  • Security—change is in the air!

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday February 28, 2013
    The 2013 Leadership Summit in Orlando was a stunning example of how the industry is changing. The discussions centered on interactive services, automation, energy management and customer experiences. And this sentiment of embracing change is definitely...
  • Moving verified monitoring to public-private partnerships

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday February 7, 2013
    Monitoring of alarms has been around—well, since the beginning of the industry. But has it lost it pizzazz with mass-marketed alarms and self-monitoring via smartphones, iPads and other connectivity devices? Have we diluted our value proposition? Not if...
  • Don’t let Fast50 pass you by!!

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Friday February 1, 2013
    This is the second year of the SD&I Fast50 and I’m excited to bring you this ranking and best practices awards program. Fast50, which results in the Top 50 of America’s Fastest Growing Systems Integrators, is open to all alarm dealers, systems...
  • Out with the old and in with the new

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Tuesday November 20, 2012
    Some 70 percent of the Mobotix reseller partners come from the IT/networking side of the business. But that doesn’t mean a traditional security dealer or systems integrator can’t become more successful in this and other similar niches—with the...
  • Your livelihood is at stake

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Wednesday October 17, 2012
    Most of the systems integrators and dealers I know are focused on the day to day activities of running a business. Many are smaller companies, with 1-10 employees and yes, these companies actually make up the majority of the alarm systems installing...
  • PSA-TEC 2012 wraps winning conference

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Monday May 21, 2012
    PSA-TEC wrapped up its 2012 conference and educational sessions in Denver with some 800 registered guests and more exhibitors than ever before in the history of its event. With some 50-plus educational sessions, including certification classes, there was...
  • SD&I Fast50 a hit!

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday March 29, 2012
    It was a first, and definitely not the last, as SD&I magazine presented its inaugural Fast50 awards and best practices celebration today during ISC West 2012 at the Special Events Stage. The crowd included manufacturers, distributors, the advisory...
  • AMAG continues mission to integrate

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Tuesday March 6, 2012
    AMAG Technology Inc., Torrance, Calif., kicked off its 11 th Annual Engineering Symposium in Florida with new consultant-specifier attendees and vendor partners. The event is the largest to date, said Robert Sawyer, president and CEO of the company...
  • BICSI is hot; the weather, not so much

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Monday February 13, 2012
    Arriving in Orlando late yesterday and yearning for warm weather, I was greeted by a cold slap in the face—30 degrees in what is generally known as sunny and warm Florida. Coming in on the tail end of a cold snap, the sun revisited today and warm...
  • WSC Awards at ISC West

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Thursday January 19, 2012
    Women of the Year awards—call for nominations The Women’s Security Council’s (WSC) Women of the Year Awards deadline has been extended until January 31, 2012. Nominate your colleague today!! There is no cost to enter. The WSC Women of the Year...