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Stay connected to us in 2010

For many of you, the focus of last year was probably all about the economy — keeping things steady as the recession took us for a roller coaster ride. For some, it meant staying lean and making tough choices to stay in business. For others, like some Canadian branches of multi-national manufacturers who surprised their companies and actually grew last year while their U.S.-counterparts floundered, 2009 was a banner year that has now set the bar for 2010.


February 2, 2010
By Jennifer Brown

The security industry continues to grow and we try our best to follow the trends, but we know that sometimes what you need to know more about isn’t always the latest technology release — often it’s information about how to run your business better or how to approach a conversation with a customer about new technology. Maybe you want to know more about how to use online tools to promote your business.

For that reason, we’ll be adding more columns and articles this year on how to boost RMR (recurring monthly revenue) and how new technology can help you keep customers and solve some of their pain points. We know not everyone has a use for the latest video analytics or IP camera release.
To keep on top of what you want to read about in the pages of the magazine and on our website, we will be launching a Reader Survey to determine what’s on your wish list. By attending trade shows and events we try to keep on top of the trends, but often the trends are ahead of where you are with your business and your customers. Watch for the survey and please let us know what we’re missing in our coverage.

Editorial Advisory Board
: We have a couple of spots open on the SP&T News Editorial Advisory board. If you are an active member of the security industry with experience in the alarm sector, security system design or security integration and are interested in providing your input to us, we want to hear from you. The time commitment is not huge — we have two roundtables a year that bring the board together and throughout the year we call on you for advice and input on issues we are researching.
SP&T E-news: Many of you already receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter but now you will know when to expect us — every other Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. we send it out. In the newsletter you will find our latest video reports, articles and opinions from industry participants. If you’re not getting it, sign up to receive it at our website sptnews.ca.
Video: We post weekly video reports to SP&T News and often these are interviews with industry experts or serve as news reports on stories in the headlines. If you are in the Toronto area and have something you want to talk about give us a call — our studio allows us to bring the industry in to our offices just north of Toronto.
Twitter:  Don’t forget to add us as a Twitter follow at twitter.com/SecurityEd. Here we post news, articles and re-tweet what others in the security industry are talking about. If you carry a smart phone such as a BlackBerry or iPhone, there are free downloadable applications you can add to your phone that enable you to follow Twitter easily when you’re on the road. So stay in touch, we want to know what you’re interested in as the industry continues to move forward at a rapid pace.