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PointCentral integrates with Hostfully for seamless, contact-free access to vacation rentals

PointCentral announced a new integration with Hostfully, an end-to-end property management platform, that improves keyless access and smart property automation management. Property managers use PointCentral’s cloud-based property automation platform to remotely monitor and control access and energy use at their connected rental properties. Now, property managers can offer contactless check-in to incoming guests through an automated data transfer between PointCentral and Hostfully that crea...

What will be the biggest security trends in 2021?

We are several weeks into 2021, and it is already shaping up to be an eventful year. The happenings and trends from 2020 will likely carry over into the new year, but in a fast-moving industry such as ours, there will also be additional trends to watch. Looking toward the year ahead, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What will be the biggest security trends in 2021?

Alarm.com develops a Flex IO sensor with no range limitations for monitoring valuable property and assets

Alarm.com has developed the first cellular sensor with virtually no range limitations for monitoring valuable property and assets. The Alarm.com Flex IO™, a battery-powered device that is weatherproofed for outdoor durability, uses the latest LTE-M technology to operate anywhere there is LTE coverage and without a panel, hub or even Wi-Fi. The one-of-a-kind sensor works as a standalone solution or as an expansion of a person’s existing Alarm.com-powered system. The Flex IO™ se...

Alarm.com releases Touchless Video Doorbell with live HD video and two-way audio

Alarm.com has released the first commercially available video doorbell that rings without requiring any contact to reduce public health risks and make home visits and deliveries safer for all. The Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell is the next generation of video doorbells, combining sleek design with some of the most advanced video intelligence available to consumers for touch-free operation. It is the latest technology innovation from the company that pioneered smart home security. Touchless...

Looking back at 2020: Security industry goes virtual – and cancels trade shows

An impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to accelerate change. In 2020, the security industry was among many others that sought to adapt to shifting norms. In the process, we grabbed onto new opportunities for change and, in many cases, re-evaluated how we have done business for decades. If necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps crisis is the mother of acceleration. This article will reflect on how these themes impacted the physical security industry in 2020, based on content we publ...

Alarm.com acquires Shooter Detection Systems and adds gunshot detection to business security solutions

Alarm.com has acquired Shooter Detection Systems, LLC (SDS), a renowned provider of indoor gunshot detection technology. SDS was founded in 2013 to address the growing active shooter threat to the public by advancing proven military gunshot detection technology. SDS developed the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System, a unique combination of acoustic and infrared sensors and proprietary algorithms that accurately detects gunshots and communicates shooting incident details rapidly to b...

Alarm.com provides Smart Water Valve+Meter to protect connected homes from water emergencies

The Alarm.com Smart Water Valve+Meter is now available to service providers partnered with Alarm.com and its subsidiaries to help protect connected homes and businesses from unexpected water emergencies and steep water bills. The award-winning device, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, is an affordable, Z-Wave water shutoff valve that combines innovative technology with high-quality plumbing hardware. Leveraging critical system and occupancy data helps the Smart...

Security Industry Association discloses the winners of the 2020 SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected 12 recipients for the inaugural SIA Women in Security Forum Scholarship – a program developed by the SIA Women in Security Forum designed to further educational opportunities and promote advancement for a diverse security workforce. Through this new scholarship – open to SIA members and student members – each awardee will receive $6,650 to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, conferences or w...

Security Industry Association announces the winners of the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Awards

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program in partnership with ISC West recognising innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners – who were recognised on July 9 during a virtual awards show – was Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, receiving the 2020 Best New Product Award. Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security indust...

Alarm.com adapts during pandemic to enable partners to ‘succeed remotely’

As a cloud-based platform for service providers in the security, smart home and smart business markets, Alarm.com has adapted quickly to changing conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. In the recent dynamic environment, Alarm.com has kept focus on supporting their service provider partners so they can keep local communities protected. “We moved quickly to establish work-from-home protocols to protect our employees and minimise impact on our partners,” says Anne Ferguson, VP of...

PointCentral expands smart residential property management portfolio with Doorport Inc. acquisition

PointCentral, an Alarm.com company, has acquired New York-based Doorport, Inc. With the acquisition, PointCentral will add a unique smart intercom capability to the PointCentral Smart Property Management solution. Doorport‘s innovative smart intercom solution improves building access security and convenience at multifamily properties for residents, guests, property managers, and delivery personnel. The acquisition accelerates PointCentral’s push to provide a complete IoT solution th...

SecurityTrax launches customisable customer relationship management platform with powerful integrations

SecurityTrax, an Alarm.com company, has launched an all-new, customisable cloud-based platform that unites the business operations of security and automation providers, including customer relationship management (CRM) and more.   The completely redesigned interface streamlines workflows, and provides a single, intuitive and user-friendly experience on any device or web browser.   Enhanced APIs let businesses customise the platform to fit their specific operational needs and processes...