Home Security 101

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Home Security 101… It wasn’t so long ago that when an intruder broke into a home, the home security system would sound an alarm. If it was a monitored system, the central station would call the police to report the intrusion. This assumes, of course, that you armed the system, the batteries were still good and the intruder wasn’t quick enough to disable the system before it sounded the alarm or dialed the central station.

The revolution brought on by wireless technologies, smart phones, and mobile apps have changed all of that. Today, home security systems can still sound alarms, but are much more difficult to forget about or foil. A software-supported security system can send you a text message every time a door or window is opened, whether you’ve armed it or not. It can stream live video or send still images of what’s happening in your garage, living room, backyard or wherever you deploy a security camera. You can even be alerted before the break-in, the moment the burglar pulls into the driveway!

And that’s not all. Home security has teamed up with home automation so the same interactive service can give your home the appearance that someone is home. Lights, TVs and radios can be turned on and off at random intervals, or according to the schedule you choose. Even motorized blinds can be raised or lowered upon your command.

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The Mighty Mule wireless driveway alarm.

Home security systems can give you peace of mind in other ways, too. Whether you’re home or away, they can inform you of hazards like fire, elevated carbon monoxide levels, and power outages.  They can alert you if someone is tampering with a safe, a locked tool chest, or a medicine or gun cabinet. You might even use it to check on the safe arrival of a child returning home from school. Or, if you lose sleep wondering whether the water heater is flooding your basement, you can have your system set up to alert you of that as well.

With interactive systems come other benefits as well. Prefer not to hand out house keys to housekeepers, or other service providers? You can unlock a door for them from wherever you are, whether you’re at work or on a trip, with systems such as Kwikset’s SmartCode.

You can also use the system to program your home’s temperature so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling your home unnecessarily. During cool seasons, it can automatically lower settings when you’re sleeping or away—and raise them just before you wake or return home.

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Electronic Locks

Electronic Locks for All Market Niches

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In 2014, providers of locking and identity systems generally found the security landscape to be less chaotic and more receptive than in recent time. The year was led, interestingly enough, by stocks that performed strongly at opposite ends of the technology spectrum.

ASSA ABLOY (OM: ASSA B) saw demand recover from previous quarters, mainly in the United States, but recently also in its biggest market, Europe, where the debt crisis weighed on demand for years. ASSA ABLOY’s stock has been on a growth spurt for almost three years. Part of that is due to scarcity value in Europe for companies that are exceeding expectations.

Several factors at the commercial/industrial enterprise level, among other larger verticals, are driving demand — not least of which is an uptick in capital expenditures. But the locking sector’s more rosy performance in 2014 can also be attributed in part to the networked-based technology evolution hitting the residential space, as well as the commercial monitoring arena.

Clearly, these are not your father’s locks. There has been impressive growth in the amount of electronic interoperable locks that will eventually be commonplace on doors. These devices, for example, can be controlled from a central location in the wake of shootings at institutions and similar scenarios.

The number of companies that can design, manufacture and market electronic locks really well is small compared to the wider pool of lock companies. Among the firms solidifying a presence in the electronic and wireless lock market are privately held SaltoSystems, Kaba (FRA: KABN), Stanley Black & Decker(NYSE: SWK) and others.

In terms of wireless digital lock manufacturers, analysts are bullish on the long-term prospects for companies such as Allegion (NYSE: ALLE), which is the second-largest provider of locks and access control systems in the world. The company is targeting 4%-5% top-line growth and 10%-12% bottom-line growth. Its U.S. sales, which accounted for 62% of FY14E revenues, appear to be picking up with increasing backlogs in institutional, education and health-care markets.

Previously moribund through the recessionary years, these verticals are now forecast to accelerate into 2016. As an example of how far locks have progressed, Allegion markets a Schlage-branded electronic device that can provide audit trails for cost-sensitive school systems to migrate from nonelectronic to electronic locking systems. Allegion’s “Engage” wireless technology provides an easy path to those small- to medium-size businesses (SMB) trying to find a cost-effective and uncomplicated way of moving to electronic locks, replacing a $300-$4,500 lock at significantly lower price points.

The use of Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth are also projected to surge in the next three to four years. These keyless technologies, along with biometrics, are finally catching up with marketing hyperbole and allowing access control to be much more easily used by both the end user and monitored by the corporate security department and other stakeholders.

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Alarm Integration Sectors Need IT IQ

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Alarm/Integration is the way of the future.

For ADT Corp. (NYSE: ADT), the alarm industry’s largest publicly traded company, 2014 was a wild ride to say the least. The company reported disappointing first-quarter results and the market’s reaction was instantly vehement: Performance was bad enough to trigger the biggest price decline in the company’s history.

In short, ADT executives had to assuage investor concerns that it was not a dinosaur in danger of being slayed by telecoms, cablecos, DIYers and other deep-pocketed newbies with disruptive technology. ADT has been proselytizing about its own IT IQ sophistication and a portfolio of interactive, cloud-based systems that meet the needs and expectations of a new breed of residential and small business customers. It’s working. Subsequent, more favorable quarterly reports helped ADT’s share price recover and it has mostly been steadily pushing upward since.

The same cannot be said for the stock price of Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) whose primary subsidiary is Monitronics Int’l. A portion of Ascent’s metrics likely may not have met investor expectations following its whopping $507 million acquisition of Security Networks in 2013. Attrition and subscriber acquisition costs have gone up and are projected to increase the next two to three quarters. Nevertheless, this is a temporary setback after which Ascent’s growth outlook is positive.
Overall, companies involved in systems integration performed better than the U.S. economy as a whole. Integration did not fair quite as well as the locks and access control arena, although it is projected to have had growth in the 10%-12% range. In fact, since 2010 there really hadn’t been much of any growth in systems integration until 2014 arrived.
Notably, those integrators that poured money into gaining IT/IP skillsets during the economic downturn began to experience a strong return on their investment in 2014. They are now sitting at the table in C-level suites, conversing with executives who are strategizing to future-proof their companies. This indicates large end users are beginning to allocate capital resources for security/business intelligence spends and becoming more discerning as to whom they want their trusted integration partner to be going forward.
Tyco Integrated Security and Stanley Security Solutions each experienced moderate growth in 2014. TycoIS’s consistency derived from its position of strength and discipline, and Stanley’s from a position of recovery. Stanley’s margins are beginning to recuperate following a choppy period while the rest of Stanley Black & Decker has done well in the midst of the housing recovery. As another example of large firms with positive performance, the integration division of Diebold (NYSE: DBD) grew roughly 10% year-over-year.
It’s not just large providers experiencing growth with recessionary repercussions fading in the rearview mirror. A various group of small- and medium-sized integrators, some of them highly vertical-market specific, also did well in 2014 and are primed for success in 2015. Trouble spots arise for those firms without the necessary IT IQ or those overexposed in struggling verticals such as the oil and gas industry. In 2015, if that is the case, they will have to make it up in other areas. The best performing companies find a balance both in terms of vertical market positioning and geography.
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Video Price-Point Pressure- Arm Raised

Video Price-Point Pressure Intensifies

Video surveillance may be one of the most valuable segments in the security industry, but it is not without significant disruption as well as forces that are eroding equipment margins. In the first half of 2014, the sector grew faster than most others in security yet not at the rate analysts forecasted at the beginning of the year.

Imperial Capital estimates the video surveillance equipment market (excluding services, which roughly doubles the market size) grew about 14% to $12.5 billion. Networked video, in particular, continues to grow on a unit basis in the mid-teens to around 20%. Yet for all the gains in unit growth, the industry is increasingly experiencing a falloff in average equipment pricing. It’s difficult to gauge just how much, but the decrease is thought to be in the 5% to 10% range, and perhaps more.

So, are the valuations of higher quality, higher priced vendors taking a hit due to the low-cost competition in the eyes of public investors? Anecdotal evidence would suggest the answer to be yes for the time being.

During ASIS 2014, Imperial Capital hosted tours of leading public and private companies for public investors. Time and again throughout the show investors inquired about the potential pressure on gross margins from Asian camera vendors. They wanted to know the ramifications for leading video companies such as Axis Communications (OM: AXIS), Avigilon (TSE: AVO), FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), Mobotix (DB: MBQ) and Vicon Industries (NYSE MKT: VII), and private companies such as Bosch, Pelco, DvTel, and Arecont.

Hence, Imperial Capital reasons if a manufacturer depends on cameras alone to drive value to the channel and to the customer, then it makes sense to expect gross margins will indeed come under pressure. “Good enough” is a tough competitive hurdle for higher priced manufacturers to contend with, but a firewall of sorts has materialized in the industry to protect market share and strengthen positioning.

Enter value proposition.

Price becomes much less of an issue for manufacturers and integrators alike if they can provide critical value to the end user through broader video solutions. Solutions, for example, that combine superior clarity, analytics that enhance security measures and business intelligence as well as installation efficiencies for the integrator. Also key, fostering trusted, long-term relationships with channel partners and end users.

Taking this concept even further, those companies that can successfully provide the marketplace with a holistic solution that combines software (VMS, analytics, etc.) and hardware (cameras, storage, etc.) in one integrated system are primed to become leaders in the space. Recent M&A activity (see sidebar) by former standalone companies demonstrates the rise of integrated video solutions.

In the year ahead and beyond, the industry can expect even more consolidation as companies jockey for market share by bringing broader solutions and functionality to bear.

The pricing turmoil is due to competition from China-based firms, namely Hikvision and Dahua but also Infinova, Vivotec and others. These firms are hit-ting a sweet spot by supplying the marketplace with lower-priced cameras that may not include all the feature sets as more expensive brands but are considered good enough by some end users, primarily in the residential and small- to medium-size business markets.

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