Security Systems News

DEC 2018

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S ec U r ITY SYST em S N e WS December 2018 suppliers 21 Continued from page 1 SMOKE THE COMPETITION WITH UCC MORE THAN MONITORING. Texas License B20576, ACR-2215/Florida License EF20001361/California License: ACO6132, ACQ5175 © 2017 United Central Control DEALERS UCC 1 UNPARALLELED DEALER SUPPORT Since 1982, UCC has provided high quality contract monitoring services to alarm dealers throughout the country. Having the right monitoring partner is critical, but having a partner that does MORE THAN MONITORING can give you a greater competitive advantage. The UCC DEALERS FIRST program brings value to your company through experienced industry veterans who provide useful business insights, expert training, personalized support, and value-added services – all of which will help you succeed in your competitive marketplace. Women in Security: Lisa Roy a champion for transforming infrastructure to facilitate ser- vice, growth and innovation," she explained. "Earlier in my career and prior to the inte- gration with Tyco, I was vice president and general man- ager for Johnson Controls North America Security and Fire, so I have first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing the security industry." In regard to the evolution of women in security, Roy is proud to work for a company that "wholeheart- edly believes i n d i v e r s i t y, inclusion and support- ing women in their roles," she said. "A significant demonstration of this was in 2012 when the company supported myself and six other women to start a field-based Women's Resource Network for our direct offices. The network was significant to our business since the offices spread across 120 locations throughout the United States, some in metro areas and many in smaller cities, all predominantly occupied by men. We had a small number of women in those locations, serv- ing in roles from engineering, administration and sales that were eager to figure out their career path, wanted the oppor- added. "The incredible thing for me is that the organization is continuing to grow and expand throughout the company with an entirely new group of women leaders." She is also seeing a shift in the focus to have diversity across the highest levels of leadership from the executive level to the board. "We recently added three new women executives to our board and have increased the number of women in the leadership ranks. I also see trade associa- tions, like SIA and ASIS, leading by example. I recently sat on a panel at GSX with other senior female executives to talk about our own experiences and critical strategies for women, such as finding and being a mentor." SSN tunity to grow and learn, and they were looking for support from leadership." The network, which start- ed with a handful of people, has since grown to nearly 800 women across an organized net- work that provides "a meaningful voice in our organization," she In regard to the future of security, Burton sees AI play- ing a key role in how we leverage big data. "Done are the days when surveillance was just about catching the bad guys, as there is a lot more value with AI technology, which you can use to recognize trends, improve efficiency and grow profit margins," she explained, noting that retailers are using AI to rec- ognize previous customers, and provide valuable info to sales people on the floor, for example. "A lot of what is being built out today is based on big data and AI combined, and so I think that is going to be critical in the future of not just businesses but also consumers, and it will touch every part of our lives," she said. "I see AI being used with computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, vehi- cles and much more. In the future, that greatly expands opportunities for data stor- age from our perspective and makes life easier, and people are able to be more efficient and make smarter decisions." SSN Continued from page 20 Bu R ton

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