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UL certifies first cloud-based automation platform, SBN Cloud

IBS: Product can dramatically reduce UL certification cost
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01/28/2015

DALLAS—Innovative Business Software, a provider of central station software, says its SBN Cloud could reduce the amount of infrastructure needed for a UL-listed central station, cutting costs of building a new monitoring center by up to 75 percent.

Defender’s Boyce promoted to CEO

Continued growth, philanthropy, training his main aims
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01/28/2015

INDIANAPOLIS—Jim Boyce has been promoted from president to president and CEO of Defender, a provider of residential security and home automation services and the largest ADT dealer in the country.

Creating the perfect image

Women in security technology profile: Ellen Cargill, CTO, Scallop Imaging
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01/28/2015

BOSTON—She’s been creating imaging systems for more than 25 years, but Scallop Imaging CTO Ellen Cargill says doing this kind of work in the security field is different.

Five Questions: Melissa Hansen

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01/27/2015

Melissa Hansen, the director of training for COPS Monitoring in Williamstown, N.J., started her career with the wholesale monitoring provider as a dispatcher 19 years ago. She now oversees COPS’ complete training program across its six central stations, including educating new employees, CSAA Five Diamond certification, proprietary training for dispatchers, customer service and disaster preparedness instruction. She also is one of this year’s Security System News’ 20 under 40 winners. In early January, Security Systems News caught up with Hansen and asked her five questions.

U.S. Cellular gets into security

Telecom has rolled out its DIY security system; Iowa and Tulsa, Okla., are first test markets
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01/26/2015

CHICAGO—U.S. Cellular, the newest telecom player to enter the security space, has launched OnLook Digital System, a self-installed security and home automation system.

World Trade Center consulting firm acquired

Ross & Baruzzini buys DVS
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01/23/2015

ST. LOUIS—Ross & Baruzzini, based here, has acquired Ducibella Venter & Santore, a consulting firm currently working on the World Trade Center and the new Sandy Hook School.

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SSN News Poll March 2015

Many gadgets aimed at the home automation market were showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show—some look useful while others sound farfetched. What's your input on the latest home automation widgets?

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