Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts
Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts

Friday, February 19, 2021

ASSA ABLOY and Allegion discuss #COVID19-related #technology options and strategies at virtual event

ASSA ABLOY and Allegion discuss #COVID19-related #technology options and strategies at virtual event | #TpromoCom | The future is touchless – that was the message from security industry heavyweights ASSA ABLOY and Allegion at the recent virtual ISC West show [last November]. (Will Christensen)

Representatives of both companies delivered presentations during the event that covered much of the same ground with a few slight differences; however, the big takeaway is that touchless door openings will be a major part of each company’s strategy for the foreseeable future.

Noting how the COVID-19 pandemic has led more than 60 percent of the U.S. and Canadian workforce to work from home, “it demands a great amount of creativity and innovation to navigate this crisis,” said Mark Duato, executive vice president of Aftermarket Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. (read more)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

24% of US broadband households with fixed broadband service likely to upgrade in the next six months

24% of US broadband households with fixed #broadband service likely to upgrade in the next six months | #TpromoCom #Trending | New research addresses continuing impact of #COVID19 on broadband usage, CE product adoption, OTT service stacking, and churn rates

Parks Associates today released a new Quantified Consumer study, COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment, which reveals that in 3Q 2020, more than 50% of US broadband households reported that their broadband usage has increased since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. While consumers report broadband performance is keeping pace with the increased demand, in Q3 2020, 24% of fixed broadband households reported plans to upgrade their speed in the next six months, compared to 18% in 2Q 2020.

“Broadband upgrade plans indicate many households see some COVID-19-related changes as permanent,” said Steve Nason, Research Director, Parks Associates. “For video services, OTT service stacking has been particularly pronounced, with 45% of US broadband households subscribing to three or more OTT services. Many consumers are planning to add new services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Peacock as a permanent part of their OTT service portfolio, beyond the traditional Big 3: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.”

COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment examines the impact of COVID-19 on service providers and consumer adoption and satisfaction throughout the communications, consumer technology, and entertainment and home services sectors. The research reports COVID-19 continues to widen the OTT/pay-TV gap. As many across the US remain homebound, households are continually relying on video content to fill their time outside of work and school. Within video services, COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of video viewers accessing OTT offerings at much higher rates than a pay-TV service via a traditional or online provider.

“Many traditional pay-TV subscribers are migrating to online pay-TV offerings or standalone OTT services,” Nason said. “Traditional providers, who still comprise the majority of the pay-TV market, have to continually seek ways to integrate online video services into their offerings either through homegrown solutions or external partnerships.”

For more information on COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment and other studies, contact To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Rosey Ulpino at, 972.996.0233.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Healthcare's New Normal

#Healthcare's New Normal | #TpromoCom #NewNormal #Technology #COVID19
| Integrators and end-users have pivoted with the times as security work must go on despite COVID restrictions (

Providing security in a healthcare setting has often been called diverse and complex – this type of environment presents numerous challenges to security systems integrators due to patient privacy concerns, the need to constantly maintain a clean workspace environment, and also because hospitals are open 365 days a year.

COVID-19 has made this environment even more complicated, as healthcare security directors shift gears to address the security issues immediately in front of them – ensuring patients, staff and contractors are safe to enter the premises, implementing measures to support a touchless environment, and leveraging existing technologies to patrol areas and support contact tracing.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Virdee and SALTO Systems Partner to Deliver Contactless Arrival and Entry Solutions Across the Built Environment

Virdee and SALTO Systems Partner to Deliver Contactless Arrival and Entry Solutions Across the Built Environment
 | #TpromoCom #AccessControl #EAC #Security | Integration accelerates the roll out of Virdee’s industry-leading API-first, contactless check-in and check-out solutions.

Virdee, a SaaS company serving the lodging, multifamily and commercial real estate industries, has announced a partnership with SALTO Systems, a leading manufacturer of electronic access control solutions. The integration provides a powerful answer to the market’s demand for contactless arrival options by leveraging Virdee’s advanced ID verification module and the ability for guests to video chat with a remote agent before accessing a property.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19

29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19 | #TpromoCom #COVID19 #Business #Financial | New research examines the shifting SMB landscape caused by COVID-19 and assesses new technological and communication needs

Recent research from Parks Associates’ New SMB Landscape: Devices, Communication, Security, Support reveals nearly 29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19. The public health crisis and months of shelter-in-place orders have had a dramatic impact on SMBs in particular. New SMB Landscape: Devices, Communication, Security, Support, a primary study of US SMBs, provides insights on technology adoption and needs among SMB owners and IT personnel and examines the changes taking place as a result of reduced budgets and broad-scale shifts to work from home.

“SMBs at risk of going out of business are spending on technology products and services to transform their businesses to new conditions and overcome the existential challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates. “SMBs need their IT device vendors and service providers to be supportive and flexible, becoming trusted partners in pivoting their operations to new market realities.”

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

COVID-19: When the Numbers Simply Don't Add Up!

There are times in life when truth is stranger than fiction. Truthfully, the COVID-19 Pandemic is exactly that--stranger than fiction. In fact, the issue of a pandemic IS FICTION. 

It's my firm belief that unless we as business people do not gain a firm understanding of what's going on here with the COVID-19 Lockdowns, that we're NOT going to have a business in the end with which to earn our livings as well as help our employees do the same. You must look at the numbers and frankly, we're not and the popular news media aren't either. 

By the CDC's own numbers: