When you think of the security industry, home security is probably the first thing that comes to mind. This is well earned top-of-mind awareness as the home security industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the recent innovations and technology they have implemented for their customers. Smart doorbells, locks, and surveillance cameras can be controlled wherever you are through an app on your phone.
Are commercial security companies competing against home security companies? Will our industry eventually become obsolete? Our answer: not anytime soon! Last week we wrote about what the future of business security might look like and why we’re excited about what’s to come. While last week’s blog focuses on the future, we want to come back to the present and focus on where the commercial security industry is and all the exciting changes that are currently taking place.
Kimberlite Corporation Featured In Security Magazine
In last week’s blog, we mentioned Security Distributing and Marketing (SDM), which is a magazine dedicated to all things in the security industry. We are extremely proud that our very own Joey Rao-Russell, President & CEO of Kimberlite Corporation, the largest independent Sonitrol franchise, was not only featured in an article in March’s magazine, From Chaos to Opportunity, she was also featured on the cover as well!
The article, State of the Market: Security and Monitoring 2018, discusses how “technology changes, major shifts in the market, and evolving customer expectations bring a wealth of opportunity the commercial and residential security markets.” In the article, Joey states that “more and more people do not want to manage things for themselves. Their IT people are doing too much already. This is the greatest opportunity as an industry that we have right now. There are lower installation costs on technology such as access control with a cloud-based service attached. It is a win-win all the way around.”
While the greatest opportunity is working with companies who want to out-source security, one of the biggest trends in commercial security is integrating security devices and technologies. This is something that we are proud to say we have been doing for a long time and meant we were able to apprehend 1,421 criminals in 2017. This integration of technology saves lives and enhances our ability to detect threats, apprehend criminals, and prevent break-ins and property theft and damage.
To read the full article, click here.
Commercial Security Trends 2018
We talked about why we’re excited about the future of business security last week, but these are the reasons we are currently excited to see what’s happening in the industry!
It’s a growing, competitive industry. Residental security dealers have been increasingly coming into the small commercial security space likely driven by “competition and pricing pressure from MSOs and DIY players, as well as small commercial owners looking for the same connected and interactive services they now enjoy at home.”
More well-rounded and interactive services are being offered. Joey says, “customers want these interactive services that help them manage their business as well as their security.” These interactive services have a surprising number of benefits. They protect your property, your people, and can also help you achieve end business goals such as becoming a greener company.
Security technology can help business owners in their never-ending desire to minimize costs and maximize profits. For example, surveillance cameras can monitor areas where employees might leave unnecessary lights on when they close down for the evening. Technology advances in commercial security mean that you can now manage energy consumed throughout your daily operations and adjust energy used.
As mentioned earlier, we are excited about the opportunity to partner with many new clients this year as outsourcing security increases. Few companies have the luxury of being able to support an in-house, full-time security team. You shouldn’t be expected to either. Outsourcing your security is easier than you might think. Start with a free business security assessment and let our security professionals take it from there.