The Way Technology Changes Our Lives.

Since the mid 40’s  when technological discoveries began to really make great strides, our lives have changed for better in one way or the other, examples of this are communication (Television, Cell Phones, Computers, Internet), travel, (Aircraft, Ships & Trains), health care (Medicine, Medical Procedures), education (Teaching, Tools, Services) and safety (Equipment, Devices,).

Even our lifespan has increased from a life expectancy of 67.8 years in 1945, to 78.4 today (2012).

There is not a single aspect of your life today which has been changed with the innovations technology has provided and continues to provide.

  

We can ask ourselves was the invention of some of these devices man made resulting from divine intervention or were they reverse engineered from captured alien technology.  I am sure we could spend countless days arguing and debating the endless possibilities of what or how and not to mention the divine argument as well.

Now back to the main topic technology, let’s look at one particular industry that has changed immensely. Cell Phones; one of those technologies which have changed our life’s, freed us up and not locked us down to a land phone.  We can now travel mostly anywhere in the world and talk to anyone we want, whenever we want. 

  

We do not have to drive around looking for and stopping to use pay phones, they use to exist on every street corner, now look around they are hard to find. Today’s society is now one of ease, where the phone is in your pocket or part of the car, we do not worry as much about being stranded on some highway waiting for someone to happen upon us, we pick up our phones and call for assistance.

In Canada as with many nations wireless cell phones continue to grow each year in popularity with more than three-quarters (78%) of Canadian households now indicating they had a cell phone in 2010, up from 74% in 2008.

The proportion of households with cell phones was highest in 3 western provinces, Alberta (87%), Saskatchewan (83%) and British Columbia (82%), followed closely by Ontario at (81%), and the lowest rate of cell phone usage goes to Quebec at a mere 69% of households.

In addition, more households are abandoning their traditional landline telephones in favor of wireless phones only. In 2010, 13% of households reported they used a cell phone exclusively, up from 8% in 2008.

This was particularly the case for young households. In 2010, 50% of households in the 18-to-34 age bracket were using “ONLY” cell phones, up from 34% two years earlier. Among all other households, 8% used a cell phone exclusively, up from 5%.

Among households comprised solely of people aged 55 and over, 4% used a cell phone exclusively in 2010. So “MA” bell it is needless to say as the older population dwindles, the land line will soon be antiquated to the past as a form of communication.

Among households that used only cell phones in 2010, two-thirds (68%) were renters rather than homeowners.

In contrast, the proportion of households that used only traditional landlines fell from 22% in 2008 to 17% in 2010. About 38% of households comprised solely of people aged 55 and over had only a traditional landline compared with 7% for households comprised of people 54 and under.

The proportion of households that had one or more traditional land lines fell from 83% in 2008 to 67% in 2010. The remaining 33% of households had various non-traditional forms of telephone services, or had no telephone service at all. In 2010, 13% of households in Canada were cell-phone only, while 3.6% were serviced exclusively by cable or voice over internet providers. Approximately 16% had various combinations of phone services which exclude traditional land lines.

The proportion of households without any phone service rose from 0.9% in 2008 to 1.1% in 2010.

Among households comprised solely of people aged 55 and over, 80% had at least one landline in 2010, compared with 56% of households comprised of people aged 54 and under.

Note: This Residential Telephone Service Survey monitored residential phone penetration rates across all provinces in Canada. It surveyed about 19,000 households in December 2010 as a supplement of the Labour Force Survey.

Will the landline phone become obsolete?

Inevitably the landline phone for households will disappear, but for companies it is still a must have utensil.  Unless people are willing to walk with the phone 24/7 /365 then the landline phone will stay around for sometime yet. 

There is also an added benefit of a landline versus cellular and that is land lines are not affected by solar interference which can disrupt your service or are not prone to failures of servers, hubs or virus attacks or hacks.

Did you know that during a prolonged power outage your digital devices (home phones) connected to those land lines will be rendered useless, so keep an analog phone handy, it may come in useful someday.  Cell phones will continue to work as long as the battery has a charge but after that unless you have a way of charging your device you are land locked again.

How consumer habits are shaping the modern security system.

Let me summarize the best example in the way we communicate:

Initially it was land lines, but these are out

Next came Cell Phones and VoIP was in

Now, Smart Phones are all the rage and cell phones are “so five years ago.”

“I noticed it more this year than last, and last year I noticed it more than the year before. More and more people are opting out of land lines and going “High Tech or Digital” with smart phones & cell phones only,” in North America and if you look at European and Asian countries you will see these rates are much higher with some having 100% saturation as cell phone use only.

As a result, forward-thinking dealers are even opting to include IP capabilities right away, whether or not the customer demands it in the first place.

“In the past, people have called up and wanted to make the switch to VoIP solutions, and it would leave many dealers scrambling to keep up. Now by installing panels that use Internet communication, they can activate that portion of the panel when customers are ready to make the switch to IP – without having to charge for an add-on or issue a new agreement,”.

Customers are finding these options to be incredibly attractive due to access to services like remote monitoring which keeps them connected to their homes while they’re away.

“With the home automaton aspect, customers being able to get a text message from their security system really upped the interest for them to have it,”

“The older generation has already bought into security systems, and the younger generation is now meeting the older demographic in terms of seeking security with remote access solutions.”

Curiously that same younger demographic is now demanding more smart-phone capabilities, but it’s a trend the older generation is starting to seek out as well.

“Twenty-to-40-year olds are used to having that information at their fingertips,” They want smart-phone capability to remotely access these systems. And now, with baby boomers beginning to retire, they like the new toys as well with the option to check in on their vacation homes while they’re away.

There are apps for everything today in terms of smart-phones; it’s an app-filled world. Security vendors are starting to catch on with apps to help customers access their security systems on their Smart Phones, tablets, and similar devices to virtually transform the screens on their devices into fully functional keypads.

This is a tremendous opportunity for residential users. Remote monitoring services allow for lighting control and viewing surveillance cameras from your mobile device. Through the Internet, we can take our homes with us on the road,

As technology like remote monitoring services improves, many dealers are noticing that the price point decreases, which only increases the buy-in for the younger generation.

Things like video monitoring used to be a high-end solution only, but it’s becoming more and more affordable, causing growth in both the residential and commercial spaces. Customers who would originally shy away from these systems due to expense or price are now entering the marketplace.

Control at your fingertips. On top of implementing new technology to meet their security needs, customers are paying more attention to more esthetic features of their systems.

If you have a powerful system, but the keypad looks generic or average, the customer is less likely to buy in. It gives the impression that the system isn’t as powerful, people are looking for the ‘wow factor’ with touch-screen keypads.

Not only is there an improved esthetic quality with these touch-screen devices, dealers are also noticing that it adds to the ease-of-use for their customers.

Customers like reading well laid-out graphical interfaces. They’re used to being on computers throughout the day, and are comfortable with systems that look similar to that, the touch-screen takes it to the next level.

The increased usability of a touch-screen panel versus some of the older models comes down to the intuitive screen and easy setup for customers.

People who aren’t technical don’t have to be with these touch-screen keypads. Customers change codes every three months, or even just once a year, and it’s a big deal for them to have to go through that process. They always have the fear that they’ll accidentally set off the alarm in the process, who finds his customers gravitating toward newer touch-screen interfaces.  This existing interface is so intuitive; if you can use a computer, you can use a touch-screen panel.

RMR (Remote Memory Reference), labour-saving, and value-add opportunities. Customers aren’t the only ones seeking easier-to-use technology like touch-screen keypads. Installers and dealers alike are reaping the benefits. When I saw my first Touch screen phone, I was very impressed by the touch-screen interface; it was the first keypad I could program and play around with ease, without a manual. Everything is graphical, so it was the easiest I’ve ever used.

It can also be argued that more technology providers need to focus on the keypad itself.

Most alarm companies don’t focus enough on the keypad, and I think that’s a mistake, it doesn’t matter how powerful the system is under the hood. If a customer doesn’t know how to use it, it’s useless.

In addition to that, touch-screen technology is a way for dealers to increase the retention rate of their customers and boost RMR.

Another key opportunity lies in the initial installation, especially when a homeowner or small business owner is building a new house or facility or moving into something new.

There’s a market today for environmentally-friendly consumers, allowing dealers to leverage things like Z-wave technology (wireless communications protocol designed for home automation,) to not only increase energy efficiency in the home or business, but create a value-add opportunity in a sale.

Customers really want to do it all, and I think there will be a lot of growth in that as an add-on, we’re always looking for something that will add profit on the initial installation, in addition to the RMR.”

The ability to “do it all” is what today’s consumers are ultimately demanding.

We’re still seeing a transformation, changes in the economy. A year ago, these types of services were a want.  Now that the economy is getting back on track, it’s becoming more of a need.

When was the last time you memorized someone's home number? It's probably been a while, as more people are beginning to make the majority of their calls on cell phones. In the U.S. and Europe, roughly 75 percent of the respective populations are wireless subscribers. Some European countries even expect to exceed 100 percent wireless penetration soon, due to people purchasing multiple devices.

As of late 2007, 16 percent of U.S. households had no landline whatsoever, compared to just 5 percent in 2004. If that rapid trend of ditching land lines continues, half of the U.S. could be without one in about 10 years.

Among the people who have land lines in the U.S., 13 percent nevertheless rely on their cell phones for the majority of their calls. Across the country, people are hanging up their home phones:

  • In New York State, the number of landline subscribers has fallen by 55 percent since the year 2000.

  • New Jersey landline subscribers have decreased by 50 percent.

  • Similar trends exist Down Under, where industry analysts expect 1.4 million Aussies to cancel their land lines by the end of 2008.

Even businesses are ditching their wires for more economical options, like WiFi and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol). Ford's Detroit headquarters, for example, recently purchased 8,000 wireless phones for the staff and ripped up its land lines. Eighty-five percent of the company's business is now conducted wirelessly. It's not just major players like Ford who are embracing the new technologies, either. In New Jersey, sanitation distributor Laymen Global also has abandoned its land lines, except for a few it's keeping for emergencies.

People who have made the switch cite several benefits. Wireless communication saves money on local and long distance phone charges, frees people up from their desks and prevents having to lay new cables. Laymen Global, the New Jersey company, saved $4,600 on its phone bill by forgoing land lines.

Yet other people aren't convinced that land lines have outstayed their welcome. Learn why land lines may stick around on the next page.

Travel, how will we travel I the future?

Time & Space, Space Travel (Virgin Galactic), portal & Dimensional.

Where will the car be, gas, solar, electric, hybrid, other or do we go back to horse and carriage.

What will we watch TV on, will TV still be around and is the cinema going to survive.  Even more so in the wake of the deadly shootings in Colorado. Movies no longer are sent on huge reels, they are now sent to the cinema complex digitally and one day may come straight to your home for viewing instead of going to the cinema.

But alas, What about the buttered popcorn, junior mints, soda pop and hotdogs, I guess I will have to buy machines for home use to make this the old fashioned theater way.

But that is life forever evolving and changing, eventually everything at one point gets relegated to the past, to be consigned to a museum where we look at it in awe and wonder how we ever survived that way.

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