Residential



Big Box Companies Hit the Home Control Market with In-Home Sales Efforts

Serge Lombardi

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On September 27th In Home Control,System Sales Tips & Marketing Concepts
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As you may have seen in the news or on social media recently, big box stores have begun to hire sales teams and are training them to become field representatives to sell many of their products and services which include Home Control, A/V, and Security.  These deep-pocket companies believe that having sales personnel who can [...]

Upgrading Your Clients’ Connectivity to Accommodate Home Control Systems

Serge Lombardi

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On July 17th In Home Control,Intrusion,IP Tech Tips,Networking
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It is becoming increasingly apparent that we have entered a networked world where we are surrounded by devices that are connected to the local network via Wi-Fi. Whether it’s a smart door lock, thermostat, lighting controls or a mobile device that can control them all, almost every system has the need for access to a [...]

Increased Efficiency can Help Sell Home Automation alongside Security Systems

Serge Lombardi

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On June 29th In Intrusion
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In a crowded marketplace with non-traditional companies and DIY products being pushed into prospective channels, residential security dealers and low-voltage contractors may be questioning how they can differentiate their system offerings and help their businesses stand out in the market. One facet of residential installations that can provide concrete value for end-users is the addition [...]

DIY Brake Jobs?

David Engebretson

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On November 24th In Intrusion
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As you are likely aware, there are a number of companies such as Simplisafe, Iris, Canary, and Oplink to name a few, who advertise “Do It Yourself” (DIY) alarm systems, primarily aimed at residential and small commercial customers. This influx of DIY alarm systems into the market raises an inevitable question; as security professionals, how [...]

Household Hot Spots for Intrusion Detection

Stu Tisdale

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On November 17th In Installation & Cabling,Intrusion
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The current methods and devices used for the installation of intrusion detection systems in homes has evolved over time to help reduce false alarms while providing a reasonable level of security for homeowners. Because most residential burglars enter houses through the doors, these openings typically are monitored with the installation of door contacts, whether hard [...]

Tips for Choosing a Home or Commercial Intrusion System

Stu Tisdale

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On May 27th In Intrusion
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According to the FBI, every 15 seconds a burglary is committed in the United States. It’s no wonder that home and business owners are installing increasingly sophisticated intrusion systems to help protect their properties. And while today’s intrusion systems offer progressively robust life-safety features, many now include lifestyle and convenience functions such as remote controls [...]

Are Your Customers’ DVRs and NVRs Working?

Kavita Boodram

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On April 1st In IP Solutions,Video Surveillance
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In my house I have a number of IP cameras set up from various vendors. A few of the cameras are set to send video streams to an NVR connected to my LAN. We recently had a power outage that lasted about six hours, after which the power was restored. I checked my cameras and [...]

Pick Up Your Copy of the AV Solutions Catalog

Andy Morra

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On September 24th In ADI Corporate Messages,Audio/Video
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It’s a great time to be part of the residential and commercial AV markets as new technologies are evolving, and the opportunities continue to grow. At ADI, we are committed to making sure you have the top products from the best brands in the industry, and we are extremely excited to release our 2014 – [...]

Managing Client Expectations for Internet Surveillance Video – Part Two

Joe Loucks

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On August 22nd In IP Tech Tips,Networking,Video Surveillance
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Surveillance video is different from other IP communications such as emails and file transfers in that the video stream is supposed to be “real-time” or just slightly delayed. Any packets lost will result in choppy video, missing sections of the image, etc. So the client who wants to watch their cameras using typical “smart” devices [...]

Managing Client Expectations for Internet Surveillance Video – Part One

Joe Loucks

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On August 20th In IP Tech Tips,Video Surveillance 2 Comments
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Today’s consumer is more connected to the Internet than ever before. Smartphones and tablets have opened a new dimension of mobile information that is driving a new, more sophisticated customer that expects the technology in their residence to be accessed by simply launching an App. The challenge this new customer faces is with their type [...]