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Solar is hot commodity—but can pose fire risks

Security companies branching out into the solar business should be aware of photovoltaic fire hazards
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08/18/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—As security companies get involved in solar panel installation, they should be aware of potential fire hazards posed by solar panels.

New Systems Depot president Scott Hay says distributor is ‘on the rise’

New National Technical Sales Center will be integral to efforts
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08/15/2014

HICKORY, N.C.—The Systems Depot in August named Scott Hay president of the distribution company.

Firstline outgrows headquarters

Integrator moves to larger HQ, and larger facility in San Diego, sets sights on being $25m company
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08/14/2014

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Systems integration firm Firstline has more than doubled in size since 2009, and company founder Steve Morefield anticipates that growth to continue.

Pivot3 closes $12 million round

Hyper-converged infrastructure provider adds new investor S3 Ventures, new CFO Mike Dansby
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08/13/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Storage provider Pivot3 on August 7 closed a $12 million funding round which will be used for “product development, sales and marketing," Pivot3 CEO Ron Nash told Security Systems News.

Report: PERS market to double by 2019

IHS: Younger average PERS user will drive growth, but just how young those users will be up is still up for debate
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08/13/2014

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—It’s a simple formula: A younger PERS user means a longer account life, and a longer account life means lower rates of attrition. Over the next five years, the North American PERS market is poised to grow on the strength of that proposition, rising from $700 million in 2014 to $1.5 billion by 2019, according to a recently published report from IHS.

Emergency Response Systems makes backyard buy

The California company adds a new vertical to its mix when it acquires some new monitoring and servicing accounts
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08/13/2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—In a move expected to enhance both companies, Emergency Response Systems, based here, has acquired the monitoring and servicing accounts of Corona, Calif.-based FSS ALARMS.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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