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Emergency communications systems not mainstream—yet

Regulations and social media may quicken ECS buy-in
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03/26/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It’s not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it’s difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.

LOUD Security to acquire three

Credit revolver fuels company’s growth
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03/25/2015

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security Systems plans to acquire three companies by June, according to owner and president John Loud.

Axis introduces Zipstream for more compression

New technology reduces storage, bandwidth by half
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03/25/2015

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—In what Axis’ Fredrik Nilsson called a “major innovation that will fuel the growth of the [network video] market” Axis Communications launched Zipstream, a new compression technology, that it says consumes half of the storage and bandwidth of H.264.

News Poll: Cybersecurity is becoming a physical security matter

Though, some readers say more ‘definition’ is needed
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03/25/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—As cybersecurity becomes a common topic of conversation among physical security systems installers, Security Systems News asked its readers whether they’re concerned about cybersecurity threats and what their companies are doing to safeguard themselves and their customers.

PSIM market growth projected in North America

Consumer awareness expected to drive trend
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03/25/2015

DALLAS—The PSIM market in North America will grow from $3.6 billion in 2015 to around $4.9 billion in 2019, according to a new TechNavio report.

Proprietary vs. open systems: Open is preferred, but it’s harder to sell

Integrator, consultant and manufacturer discuss the drivers and limitations of both types of systems
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03/25/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The debate over open systems versus proprietary systems is usually not a debate in the physical security industry. Open systems are generally thought of as better.

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SSN News Poll May 2015

It seems that another cloud-based security product or service comes out every day. Do you believe, as 3xLOGIC’s Matt Kushner said, “[Integrators] who continue to offer conventional access and video are going to be adding to a shrinking market. The new, growing market is cloud-based managed services.”? Is 2015 the year that cloud will finally have its security industry day in the sun?

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