VIZpin Inc. News

VIZpin appoints Wendi Grinnell as Vice President

VIZpin, designer and manufacturer of the VIZpin smartphone-based, Bluetooth-enabled access entry system, has announced the appointment of Wendi Grinnell to the newly-created position of Vice President, effective immediately. Grinnell, of Elizabethtown, is a graduate of Rutgers University and has 20 years of marketing and sales leadership experience. She joined VIZpin in January 2017 in the role of marketing director. Wendi’s extensive industry experience in customer-focused technology so...

VIZpin’s smartphone access control solution increases safety for Advenir apartment communities

Access control solution provider VIZpin recently released a case study, ‘VIZpin eliminates unauthorised access issues and reduces resident complaints for Advenir Living property managers’. The study details the challenges property managers faced at two multi-family apartment communities in Florida, and how they addressed them by installing VIZpin's smartphone-based access control solution. Both Biscayne Shores, a North Miami community of 240 units, and Advenir Polos East, an East Or...

VIZpin announces launch of VIZpin ROLES, simplifying access control administration

VIZpin, a provider of Smartphone Access Control, has announced the launch of VIZpin ROLES. This major update to the popular Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) greatly simplifies system administration for small, medium and large access control applications. With VIZpin ROLES, you can grant access to large groups of users using a pre-defined list of readers with unique schedules for each reader so managing complex operations is now fast and convenient. It also provides significant savings by eli...

What motivates customers to buy more security systems?

The obvious reason to buy security systems is to promote greater security. But in some cases, there are more specific and/or immediate motivators that lead to a security purchase. Everybody wants more security in the abstract, but how willing are we to pay for it? Security is sometimes seen as a “grudge purchase,” competing for tight corporate dollars with other investments that may seem more appealing or urgent. But other times an event occurs that moves security to the top of the l...

How is data changing the physical security market?

Big data is a buzzword, and data – presumably of all sizes – is a driving force in the physical security market. As systems become more sophisticated and expand their capabilities, the result is more data; in some cases, a lot more data. But a key question is: What do we do with the data? How do we use it to provide value? How do we interpret it, and transform it into useful information and/or intelligence? We presented the topic of data to our Expert Panel Roundtable and came away w...

What technology will have the greatest impact in the second half of 2017?

Technology is changing at a break-neck pace, and the security marketplace is currently being bombarded by a wealth of new capabilities and innovations. But what will be the impact? Which of the currently-hyped new innovations will have a major impact, and which will fade over time? And even acknowledging the long-term significance of various technologies, what can we expect to be the more immediate effect? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What new security technology is poised...

What surprised you most at ISC West 2017?

Once again, ISC West has come and gone. The show continues to please exhibitors and attendees. Reviews are generally glowing and enthusiastic. For all its successes, however, there is a certain repetition from year to year – a lot of the same players, the same technology trends (not to mention the same venue every year, but who doesn’t like Vegas?) But even among the repetition, there is usually at least one element that is surprising. Perhaps it’s the unexpected elements that...

What are the new opportunities for RMR in the security industry?

Lower equipment prices (with less margin) are one industry trend leading more integrators to seek out new sources of revenue. With margins shrinking on lucrative, but unpredictable, “project-based” business, integrators are looking for more revenue stability. One solution is recurring monthly revenue (RMR), which is already common in the related field of alarm monitoring. But where does RMR come from? Creating more RMR also requires that integrators change how they do business, from...

How are smartphones impacting the physical security market?

Rapid changes in technology span both the consumer and the physical security markets. In the consumer market, technology innovation is nowhere more apparent than in the palms of our hands, where we all hold the latest smartphones and mobile devices. Simply put, the unprecedented power and capabilities of today’s smart phones have changed our lives. No wonder they are also having an impact on our business of physical security systems. Although a consumer product, smartphones increasingly pl...

What are the security industry’s newest buzzwords?

Changes in our industry’s technologies are reflected in the language we use. Over the years, more than one industry trend has been tied to associated buzzwords – for better or worse. As the technologies change, so does the language. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the industry’s newest “buzzwords” and what do they reflect about the changing market?

What is an open system? Is there a consensus in the marketplace of the definition of “open?”

Open systems are great at providing freedom for end user customers. But does the term “open system” mean the same thing throughout the industry? In the bad old days before the introduction and broad acceptance of open systems, security vendors produced proprietary systems that used only their own hardware and software. This locked in a customer to a specific vendor’s product line, and if another vendor offered a better product, the only way to get it was to switch to that vendo...

VIZpin appoints Wendi Grinnell as Director of Marketing

Wendi will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics that drive growth VIZpin, the provider of Commercial Smartphone Access Control, announces that Wendi Grinnell has joined the company as their Director of Marketing. Wendi will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics that drive growth and increase brand awareness. Previous experience Grinnell is a marketing and digital communications professional with...