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7 Software Breakthroughs of 2012

2012 may end up being known as the “Year of Software” because of the game-changing solutions that hit the market for integrators.


RTI's APEX software, introduced at CEDIA Expo 2012, supports remote programming and project management. Projects can be stored in the cloud so anyone in the company can access the most current file from any web browser.

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Hardware gets all the hype in consumer electronics. Big TVs. Speakers. Home theater components. They seem to dominate the “best of the year” lists from the general media.

And it used be that way for integrators; a popular piece of hardware with a 50-point margin boosts revenues and profits.

But, of course, integrators know margin-laden categories are few and far between these days. For custom integrators, those whiz-bang products can sometimes be less valuable than a solid piece of software.

I know what you are thinking: “Software is boring (and so are you to be writing about this stuff).”  But if you can program equipment faster and keep a handle on your overall business, it means more money in your pocket.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled seven breakthrough pieces of software introduced in 2012 that will help your custom installation company.

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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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