Security Systems News

JUL 2018

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Children and families in crisis across the USA need our help – and yours. And as a 501(c)(3) organization, Mission 500 now has even greater flexibility to work with local charities to better support existing and new sponsors and volunteers. But even with over 1100 children sponsored and many acts of charity performed to date, there's still a great deal of work to be done. Get involved today! Visit mission500.org for more information. Supporting Families Across America NEWS By Spencer Ives YA R M O U T H , M a i n e — T h e EU General Data Protection Regulation—better known as the GDPR—became enforce- a b l e a s o f M a y 25. This regula- t i o n a d d r e s s e s how personal data o f E U c i t i z e n s is handled, with GDPR fines that could amount to more than 1 mil- lion euros per vio- lation. A s p ro f e s s i o n a l s e c u r i t y handles personal information through a variety of systems— video surveillance, video data storage, access control, etc.— the industry stands to be wide- ly impacted by the regulation, SSN News Poll gauges reader familiarity with the GDPR p a r t i c u l a r l y a s t h e G D P R addresses how information is gathered, stored, and who can access it. Security Systems News decided to ask its reader base about their levels of awareness and preparedness. SSN first asked its readers wheth- er they were fol- lowing the GDPR. F i f t y - e i g h t p e r- cent said that they knew a little about it and were learn- ing more, at the time of the poll between mid-May and early June. Twenty-nine percent said they were staying on top of it, and 12 percent said that SSN's poll was the first they were hearing of the GDPR. Readers were pretty close- ly divided when it comes to whether the GDPR will affect them. Thirty-eight percent said that they expect the GDPR to affect their business, and they are already compliant. Twenty- nine percent don't anticipate t h e G D P R w i l l a ff e c t t h e m much, but the company is still preparing. Thirty-three percent said the regulation won't affect them. F o rt y - s i x p e rc e n t o f p o l l respondents said that their business is entirely contained within North America. Some re s p o n d e n t s — 3 3 p e rc e n t — reported that most of their busi- ness is outside of North Ameri- ca. Another 21 percent said that some of their business is outside of North America. SSN Have you been following the GDPR? Will GDPR guidelines impact your company? Does your company do much business outside of North America? News Poll based on answers provided by respondents in May and June. Due to rounding, figures may not add up to 100 percent. Vivint's Brian Brower talks home security B rian Brower, Vivint's VP of product man- agement, has 20 years of experience in product development. He is also the VP and GM of core services at the company. A big focus for Brower is the apps that they've been developing, such as its new Streety neighborhood-focused app. Security Systems News talked with Brower in mid-May about his home security system. What kind of security system do you have? Surprisingly, I have a Vivint system at home. It's interesting—because I started at Vivint, … we built a new house and for awhile I was in between systems. And, I used that time to test some of the other things that are out there. Ultimately, I couldn't wait to get my Vivint system back. Why this particular setup? Our set up: we have the thermostat, we have the locks, we have a few cameras around the outside, we have our doorbell camera, and then we have the traditional security sensors, where we have … every exterior door has a sensor, as well as windows, and then we have motion sensors on each floor. … We use the features of the system that make our lives easier, and we've tried to set up the system to make that as easy as possible. What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn't want to live without? Security. For us, we've got our system now sched- uled so that every night at 10 o'clock our home arms. We also use Vivint's intelligence in the background. I mentioned that we have motion detectors on every floor; so, I know within minutes of leaving my house that the house is empty and it will remind me that things like locks are open or lights are on or my house isn't armed. Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends? I think it's all about the neighborhood aspect of it. For example, one of the things that just happened this weekend in my community here in Utah: we had a rash of garage break-ins. People had been leaving their garage door open … and were discovering things were getting stolen out of the garage. If we had all had Streety and just quickly notified each other … all of us would have made sure that our garage doors were closed every time. —Spencer Ives How I Use My s yste M Brower has a Vivint system at his home. As of early June, most respondents know a little bit about the GDPR but are learning more Readers were pretty closely divided when it comes to whether the GDPR will affect them. Together we can Educate Inspire Heal Nourish Children and families in crisis across the USA need our help – and yours. And as a 501(c)(3) organization, Mission 500 now has even greater flexibility to work with local charities to better support existing and new sponsors and volunteers. But even with over 1100 children sponsored and many acts of charity performed to date, there's still a great deal of work to be done. Get involved today! Visit mission500.org for more information. Supporting Families Across America SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS J U l Y 2018 www.securitysystemsnews.com NEWS 5

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