is undergoing major change. According to the report, “the traditional, one way security systems are giving way to innovative solutions that meld remote monitoring and control as well as automation capabilities with notifications of security breaches and events homeowners want to be alerted about. These innovations are creating new options for consumers and driving changes in the way monitoring services
and first responders react to emergencies. ”Steve Schmit, engineering manager – alarm certificate services with UL’s Building and Life
Safety Technologies division, Northbrook, Ill. , also notes this trend. “We are seeing the industry approach the market with services. Technology is such that users can interact with the security system in ways that weren’t possible before, which opens up all kinds of opportunities. We see folks not only introducing new security type services such as video, but that same pipeline enables your security system to help out with things like personal emergency response and home automation sorts of things. ”This is exactly what led East Hartford, Conn. based dealer Faraz Rehman, vice president of information services, Associated Security Corp. featured on this month’s cover to call 2016 a “great” year.