It’s like you don’t even need to be there to live your own life.
Need the hot tub ready in 30 minutes? Forget to turn off your flat iron?
No need to rush home. Just control household functions and appliances via the app on your Apple iOS device. Or Android, if you’re into that.
Remote access and convenience are a big theme at the 2012 International Security Conference West, which runs through Friday at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, bringing with it the latest in security technology. More than 900 international and domestic security product manufacturers and 23,000 security professionals are expected to attend, bringing an estimated nongaming economic impact of $24.2 million to Las Vegas.
Among the products on the show floor was ADT North America’s Pulse, a remote-access home management system that operates via smartphone applications or through ADT’s website. Through the system, users can turn on lights, turn off appliances and access in-home cameras from any Web-enabled device. Pulse works alongside the company’s typical security centers that control home or office temperature, doors and windows.
While not new to the industry itself, the service is relatively new to ADT, which launched it 18 months ago. In its first six quarters (almost), more than 100,000 customers have subscribed to the service.
To help get the word out, ADT exhibited, for the first time, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in January to reach industry analysts and retailers. The company is using ISC West to reach its network of authorized dealers.
“This is an exciting time right now,” said Steve Shapiro, group director of product management for ADT North America.
As smartphones become ubiquitous, ADT, and other traditional security-focused companies hope to capitalize on the technology, Shapiro said.
A report from comScore shows there were 101.3 million U.S. smartphone subscribers in the three-month period ended in January, a 13 percent increase from October. The security industry wants to capture more of that audience.
“We’re able to leverage the traditional security system to help manage lifestyle,” Shapiro said.
Elsewhere at ISC West, 125 new companies exhibited within product categories including access control, CCTV and network security solutions. FAA International, DORMA, Rosslare Security Products, ICRealtime Security Solutions, NEC Corp., D-Link Systems and Lutron Electronics Co. were among the newly initiated. Veteran security manufacturers such as Axis Communications, Bosch, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand and Panasonic also exhibited.
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