Dealer’s Edge

Welcome to Dealers’ Edge, a bi-weekly collection of what caught our eyes this week on the web.

As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we dedicate a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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CES 2017 Recap – A Bright Outlook For The Connected Home

By Thread Group

The Smart Home Marketplace at CES 2017 was dominated by the sheer volume of connected devices on display, affirming the need for an IP-based convergence to help connect and control these products in the home, and beyond.

>>Read more here.

Visions for Security in the Year 2020

By Laura Stepanek and Meg Psiharis

In just three short years, the year 2020 will be upon us — a year that is increasingly holding special significance for its connotation with 20-20 eyesight or symbolic “clarity of vision,” as well as the fact that many people, organizations, and countries alike are reportedly setting lofty goals to achieve by 2020.

>>Read more here.

Resolution Products Case Studies

We’ve added a new section to our site to feature case studies from our customers. Check out our first case study from Lafayette Locksmith and Security.

>>Read more here.

 

Tech Talk: Z-Wave schedules keep homes safe for the holidays

kyle-fosburgh-training-support-specialistWelcome to Tech Talk, a monthly series with Kyle Fosburgh, training and support specialist at Resolution Products. In this column, Kyle covers the topics that he encounters every day in his work with professional security dealers. If you have suggestions for Tech Talk topics, leave a comment below for a future post.

 

The holidays are a time when many of us look forward to being with friends and family which often means spending time away from home. Here are some great suggestions not only for yourself but your customers as well.

Z-Wave schedules can be a great solution to minding an empty home for the holidays. Nothing signals you’re out of town like auto-timed lights turning on around the house. Z-Wave schedules get around this challenge with highly-customizable timing options. To help you and your customers secure your home for the holidays, we’d like to share a few tips on keeping your home well-lit using Z-Wave.

Before configuring your lights, be sure to choose lights that aren’t easily seen from the outside. This can give off the opposite effect if someone can see you’re lighting an empty room. Try to use rooms with blinds or that are on upper levels of your home.

Conserve energy Z-Wave outlets and appliance modules can also help automate and schedule the on and off of your Christmas lights and Christmas tree. Simply creating a schedule to turn on around sundown and turn themselves off in the middle of the night to conserve energy.

Easily configurable Schedules can be easily configured by the end-user from their web portal. Schedules can be updated at any point to find their needs. It can be as simple as configuring one light on a timer to alternating lights.

Customizable Schedule lights to turn on and off at different times, in different areas of the house. This gives the impression of movement around the house. You can also mix up the schedules so that each day your lights are turned off and on at different times and in different locations than the day before.

Z-Wave scheduling is a great way to deter a prowler, but your security efforts shouldn’t stop there. The biggest deterrent for a burglar will be the alarm system itself. Make sure you arm your system every time you leave your home.

Wishing you a safe, secure, and happy holiday season!

Click below to talk to our team to learn more about how you can use Z-Wave scheduling with the Helix platform:

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Universal Translator Named by Security Sales & Integration as a Top Innovation of 2016

We’re excited that our Universal Translator has been chosen by Security Sales & Integration as one of its Top 30 Technology Innovations of 2016! The top 30 innovations are a compilation of the year’s top electronic security industry products and solutions handpicked by SSI’s tech editors.

“Resolution Products has been doing so many exciting things the past few years it is sometimes hard to keep track. One of its products that really caught my attention recently is the Universal Translator. Alarm dealers that have the opportunity to take over an existing wireless security system account can now offer a special deal to their new customers.” – Bob Dolph, of Security Sales & Integrations’ Tech Talk column

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Click the image above to learn more about Resolution Products’ Universal Translator

Some key benefits of the Universal Translator are:

  • A selector switch making it compatible with almost any panel the dealer is installing
  • The hardwired system provides power to devices using the integrated power supply and backup battery, and is fully UL compliant
  • The RE508X has a well-designed, spacious wiring area simplifying installation

Click below to get in touch with our team to learn more about the Universal Translator or here to find a distributor.

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Dealer’s Edge: Must-Reads of the Week

Welcome to Dealers’ Edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.

As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we dedicate a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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Here are the five interesting articles we found this week:

Connectivity Where We Live And Work

By Thread Group

Today, there are many business applications that are driving the expansion of IoT in commercial buildings and the professional sector. Thread provides an IP-based reliable, low-power, secure and scalable mesh networking solution – making it a natural choice for connectivity beyond the home. From building security to energy management and lighting Thread Group’s President, Grant Erickson explains Thread’s role in the commercial building domain.

>>Read more here.

On Millennials, DIY, Smart Homes, Professional Installation and the Business of IoT Things

By Julie Jacobson

In a CE Pro article not too long ago, I said it: the DIY trend is starting to get scary. I addressed some challenges in the pro channel considering the new world order — one that includes very good, very inexpensive smart-home solutions for do-it-your-selfers, along with an entire ecosystem that makes it simpler for people to purchase and install their smart devices, whether by themselves or with a little guidance from a pro.

>>Read more here.

Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

By Stacey Higginbotham

Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return.

>>Read more here.

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

By Steve Lohr

The vision of the so-called internet of things — giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover — has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

>>Read more here.

Smart-Home and Other Convenience Updates That Add Resale Value

By Anne Machalinski

Whether it’s a new state-of-the-art kitchen, a landscaped front yard or the addition of a top floor and roof deck on a townhouse, some updates can translate to real value on the resale of a luxury property, while others can fall flat.

>>Read more here.

Winter 2016 Technology & Security Industry Events Not to Miss

The next few months are full of exciting events to dig deep into the security industry and all of the new opportunities that the latest and greatest technology has to offer. We hope to see you at one or more of the events below.

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Security Sales and Integration Total Technology Summit | November 2-6, 2016
Omni Atlanta at CNN Center & Georgia World Congress Center
Resolution Products booth 1025

ISC East | November 16-17 2016
Javits Center North
New York, NY
Resolution Products booth 619

Louisiana Alarm Association Convention | November 16-17, 2016
The Pontchartrain Center – Kenner
Kenner, LA

Consumer Electronic Show (CES) | January 4-7, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
The Thread Group Booth
Sands, Halls A-D Number 40343

A Great Product Must Meet the Needs of Customer, Technology and Your Business

Anyone in the business of designing a product should know that a key feature, a very important feature is the ease-of-use of that product. Designing a product that’s easy to use is not just nice but it’s a must in today’s competitive world. Consumers have plenty of choices and they don’t tolerate less than superior products that are hard to use.

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A Professional Security Dealer’s Edge: Must-Read for the Week

Welcome to our professional security dealers’ edge, a bi-weekly collection of the five articles this week that caught our eyes on the web.

 

As professional dealers, you’re busy focusing on your business, dealing with daily activities to keep your existing customers happy and to find more opportunities with new ones. Oftentimes, you just don’t have the time to keep up and be in-the-know of everything that’s happening in our industry. Yet, you know how important this is to stay competitive.

This is why we’ll be dedicating a post every other week to include links to articles that are interesting for our industry. We’ve done the homework so you won’t have to search for what’s important and what’s not.

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Secret to Success in New Security Market: 70% Decrease in System Install Time

Can you install a home security system in 30 minutes? Lafayette Locksmith and Security can. Here’s how.

 

Every professional security dealer strives to do more in less time while decreasing costs. That’s why we want to share what Lafayette Locksmith and Security in Louisiana has been doing. Lafayette has been successful in decreasing account creation costs and optimizing installation process, allowing system setups in record time.

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Smart Home Technology to Help You Save Energy and Cut Cost

Welcome to our home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

 

Are you interested in improving your carbon footprint or just save on your energy cost? If so, you may want to consider the Neurio Home Energy Monitor.  It can help you understand energy consumption at your home in great detail, real-time. By installing this device to your electrical breaker panel, you’re able to see where energy is being used and how much by logging onto their website or using their smartphone app, available for both Android and IOS.

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Are Your Plugs Smart and Beautiful?

Welcome to our home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

 

You’ll need to throw away those old fashion, dial-type electric outlet timer. That’s old school! Meet Zuli Smartplug: “It’s smart, attractive — and talented.”

 

It’s smart because with Zuli Presence™, a Zuli Smartplug will know when you’ve walked into the room. It’ll adjust the lighting and temperature just the way you like it. There’s no need to manually turn on any switch or dial any thermostat on your own.

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