Author Archives: Paul Ragusa

ASIS Media Tour

ASIS Media Tour As managing editor, Paul helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news, concentrating on the residential beat. He focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Paul joined the company in March 2016, having previously worked for

Read More

Guard merger to produce $4.5b ‘AlliedUniversal’

Guard merger to produce .5b ‘AlliedUniversal’ CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America on May 3 announced a plan to merge, creating AlliedUniversal, a guard company with $4.5 billion in revenues and 140,000 officers. AlliedUniversal is expected to realize “approximately $100 million in synergies,” according to the announcement. The

Read More

Outsmarting the smart home

Outsmarting the smart home Talked about heavily at ISC West in April, cybersecurity is the buzzword in the industry right now, as manufacturers and dealers on the residential side try to figure out how to navigate the potential minefield of new smart home products and devices that may leave their security systems vulnerable to hacking.

Read More

The resi buzz at ISC West

The resi buzz at ISC West At this year’s ISC West, the big theme on the residential side was the connected home, and all of the possibilities now available to dealers who are looking to provide interactive services, including some DIY options, to the homeowner. The DMP Owners Forum, a daylong training event for dealers,

Read More

ISC West Report

ISC West Report Monday, April 4 I made it—Vegas, baby! But it wasn’t easy. Starting with a de-icing of my plane in Maine, followed by a gate change that added a few thousand extra steps to my airport stroll, a delay in Charlotte, and a long flight sitting next to some women who were more

Read More

Hey Siri …

Hey Siri … The other night while activating my new phone, my son overheard me setting up the voice-recognition feature, dutifully repeating the set-up phrase, “Hey Siri,” which prompted sarcastic questions from him like, “Hey Dad, are you sure you know how to do that?” and “You want me to help you set that up?”

Read More

Smart homes—all is not golden?

Smart homes—all is not golden? While the “smart home” may be a vision of the future—with the rise in interest and demand for these technologies and services continuing unabated—all is not golden in this quickly emerging world of interconnectedness. Potential concerns include cost, ease of set-up and self-service, and support services. Following data released in December

Read More