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Matlin back in home security, as a consultant

The fired AlarmForce CEO’s noncompete has expired and he plans to help AlarmForce competitors with marketing
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07/23/2014

TORONTO—The yearlong noncompete of ousted AlarmForce CEO Joel Matlin is at an end and now he’s back in the home security business—as a marketing consultant.

SAFE Security shifts

Franklyn will spearhead partnerships with cablecos, branch
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07/23/2014

SAN RAMON, Calif.—Establishing branch offices, bundling services with telecoms/cablecos, and expanded DIY offerings are three initiatives SAFE Security has in its playbook, and it has hired Gary Franklyn, formerly with Security Networks, to spearhead these effort.

CSAA considers nationwide licensing bill

Bill would make licensure process less of a financial and logistical hassle for central stations
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07/23/2014

VIENNA, Va.—Concerned about the burden of inconsistent licensing across state lines, the Central Station Alarm Association's Contract Monitoring Council is measuring industry attitudes toward a bill that would seek to address several licensing-related challenges.

B Safe adds density with Pennsylvania buy

The company is acquiring in 2014, and also enhancing its customer service
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07/23/2014

WILMINGTON, Del.—B Safe, a regional security company based here, has strengthened its position in eastern Pennsylvania with the purchase of Alarm Surveillance Technologies (AST) of Ambler, Pa.

Fight to require home sprinklers ongoing in Massachusetts

Lawmakers just killed a bill to let municipalities require sprinklers in new homes, but more bills expected in 2015
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07/22/2014

HOLYOKE, Mass.—A fatal rooming house fire 30 years ago on July 4 led the Massachusetts Legislature to quickly pass legislation allowing local communities in the Commonwealth to require sprinklers in boarding houses. But today’s lawmakers recently killed a similar bill that would have let communities require sprinklers in new homes.

Feenics ‘built by a VAR for VARs'

Paul DiPeso heads up new cloud-based access control company
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07/18/2014

OTTAWA—Feenics, a new cloud-based access control platform launched earlier this year, has named Paul DiPeso as VP and GM, and is attracting the attention of some integrators who are demoing or getting ready to install Keep, which is Feenics’ first product.

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SSN News Poll September 2014

Some new door-knocking scams recently prompted the Electronic Security Association to update its code of ethics to specifically ban them. Also, ADT this summer is offering up to $25,000 to whistleblowers who expose security companies that train sales teams to use deceptive selling techniques. What do you think are the best ways to combat door-to-door sales scams?

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