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I am currently working with Resolution Products to develop a broad range of security solutions for the professional security industry. Previously, I worked at Digi International, helping build new business in the Internet of Things (IoT) market - with an emphasis on solutions to deliver energy efficiency programs. I also spent a number of years at ITI/Interlogix/GE Security developing partnerships to introduce interactive security and home automation solutions.

Smart Phones Don’t Exist

It’s probably in your hand or sitting next to you right now. That thing you call a phone, it goes everywhere with you because it does anything you need it to. Ironically, you probably use it to talk less than all of the other activities you do on your “smartphone.” Think about it– these devices are used for everything but talking.

I’ll open with a few statistics that I invite you to verify on the device you are likely using to read this story.  As you may have guessed by now, I find this label restricting and inaccurate.

It took 39 years for the telephone to reach 40% of U.S. households, but only 10 years for smartphones to reach the same adoption level. [Source: United Nations’ telecommunications agency via Quartz] Further, 79% of people ages 18-44 have their smart phones within an arms-reach 22 hours a day.  The average American spends approximately 162 minutes per day using this device, and 80% of this group will reach for the smartphone upon waking before doing anything else. [Source: Flurry Analytics (Yahoo!), ComScore, NetMarketShare]

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Home Security Systems & the Play in the Internet of Things

In “How Home Security Companies are Making a Play for the Internet of Things” on ITProPortal, Guy Wright discusses how more traditional security companies are playing in a world where Google, Apple and Samsung are now competitors.

Security in IoT

Here’s what Guy says:

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Sales Sizzle Without The Screen: Connect to People, Not the Wall

There are many people in the security industry that believe a wall mounted touch screen drives consumer adoption of security and automation services.  But, there are a couple of little companies out there—like Apple, Google, and Samsung—that have a different opinion.  Successful delivery of security and home automation services need to connect to the consumers’ life, not to their wall. Especially in this new “age of the customer”, it’s about optimizing user experience, not about the way things have always been done.

A quick review of the popular features of these new and advanced security platforms highlights why this new experience will drive the market.  Many widely-installed systems from companies like Honeywell®, 2GIG®, Qolsys® and Interlogix® all promote being able to easily review the weather, turn on lights, or view the latest news from the convenience of the hallway where your security system is installed.  But today, people already have this information in the palm of their hand.  How?  They grabbed their phone or tablet off the nightstand, and did a quick review on the latest news and other topics of interest.  People groan enough, just being asked to go change the thermostat; why will they be delighted to go check the weather in the hallway?  If “automation” means going to that screen over there, how carefree is that going to be?

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Consumer Concern: Are Some Security Systems Vulnerable?

blog photo 1Security systems are designed to keep people safe, of course, but recent reports discuss the vulnerabilities of today’s mainstream systems. Though security system hacking is generally unlikely and not a tangible risk, there is an increasing awareness among consumers about encryption methods and the exposure of sensitive data.

A recent piece on Security Sales, “How Intruders Can Disable Home Security Systems” explains that false alarms could be set off from up to 250 yards away using a software-defined radio. Disabling an alarm would require closer proximity of about 10 feet from the home, but can still happen. These false alarms and vulnerabilities can occur because the alarms depend on radio frequency signals to the panel. The problem? The systems don’t encrypt or authenticate signals– so they could be coming from somewhere else.

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