EYESTHERE Watches Over Tampa
EYESthere to Open Country's First Franchised Location in Tampa,
Plans for at least 20 Locations in Florida
August 28, 2007 // Franchising.com // (Tampa, FL)--- With more businesses and homeowners looking to take advantage of digital surveillance technology, the demand for new locations from innovators in the digital video security market grows.
The number of people interested in purchasing smart cameras has given EYESthere, a high-quality provider of turn-key, customized digital video security, the impetus to open four new locations throughout Tampa Bay by 2010. Smart cameras not only increase safety but also act as a valuable tool for owners looking to increase efficiency and help them to manage their business more productively. The first franchised location will open in mid-October in Tampa under the watchful eyes of Doug and Vicki Dunbar.
The Dunbars are no strangers to the business world. As the former vice president of marketing for Sprint Nextel, Doug has a handle on all things corporate while Vicki, the owner of a catering company, brings entrepreneurial expertise. Looking for their next challenge, the Dunbars decided to pool their efforts and leverage all their past experience. Though Vicki had started her business from scratch, the Dunbars were intrigued by the idea of franchising and the wealth of options to choose from. After exploring everything from outdoor lighting installation to doggy daycare, the Dunbars set their sights on EYESthere.
"We tested everything out and the features and functionality were unlike anything we'd seen before and could be tailored to each client's individual needs," said Vicki, 42. "As a business owner, I know how hard it is to keep an eye on everything so Doug and I knew it would be a welcome service to local businesses."
With two corporate-owned locations in Portland and Dallas, EYESthere launched its franchising program in March 2007. The company's plans for the greater Tampa Bay area are in line with their goals for the rest of the country. EYESthere expects to have 210 locations in major markets throughout the country by 2010. There's a vast opportunity awaiting: countless businesses across the country still rely on VCR tapes, low-quality cameras or off-the-shelf systems for their security needs. According to IMS Research, the world market for network video surveillance products increased by 41.9 percent in 2006 and by 2010 the market for such services is expected to exceed $2.6 billion.
The market for digital video security systems has become gradually more competitive with locally owned, large regional and national chains vying for customers, but only EYESthere has a dedicated focus to be an original solutions provider of digital video security. EYESthere offers a tool that makes a business owner's job easier and more efficient. Features include the ability to review entire days of recordings in minutes since cameras only record motion and offer high-speed point-and-click review. Live video is accessible 24/7 from any web browser or supported PDA. Full-service installs can be completed in days and EYESthere includes 30- and 90-day performance tuning and support assistance.
Most competitors offer only a mixed bag of programs and services. But because EYESthere will also focus heavily on improved employee and management productivity through creative uses of simple video conferencing, remote training, and the reduction of travel for business owners and managers, it provides solutions that are used constantly to not only protect, but also empower a business.
EYESthere has identified 530 potential franchise markets throughout the country. Territories are determined by the number of households and/or businesses within a given Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), but generally equal about 500-700,000 in total population. Major metropolitan markets are capable of supporting multiple EYESthere franchises. The estimated initial investment for an EYESthere franchise ranges from $187,350 to $294,950, including a $45,000 franchise fee, which is reduced to $35,000 for each subsequent EYESthere business. Though they are not yet open for business, the Dunbars are already hopeful about the future.
"If our business is as well received as I think it will be, we hope to be servicing all of Tampa within a few years," said Doug. "EYESthere is focused on continuous improvement and the staff that supports us on a day-to-day basis has been invaluable in efficiently and effectively assisting us get our business off the ground – just another case of how an extra set of eyes can't hurt!"
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