Briefs

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

CSAA to hold seminar later this year
VIENNA, Va. - The Central Station Alarm Association, a trade association representing providers of central station monitoring, will sponsor an operations management seminar in October.

San Antonio, Texas-based United Central Control will host the three-day event, starting on October 3, that will be open to people involved with central station operations, including those either working at or providing services for central stations. The goal of the event is to promote dialogue of industry issues, including new technologies and management styles and a forum for networking opportunities.
IASG announces quarterly loss
ALBANY, N.Y. - Integrated Alarm Services Group, an alarm monitoring company, reported a first quarter loss of four cents a share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was $18.2 million, up from $12.6 million in the previous quarter and up from $8.8 million during the first quarter in 2003. During the first three months of the year, the company said it acquired or created about 8,000 contracts.

IASG owns approximately 120,000 retail alarm contracts, monitors 500,000 alarm contracts for dealers and operates three alarm monitoring centers. The company completed its IPO last July, and employs more than 500.
Block reports positive first quarter
TOLEDO, Ohio - Block Communications, a diversified media company and owner of a corporate protection service, announced net revenues of $104.5 million for the first quarter, up from $4.1 million from the first quarter of 2003.

The company’s home security unit reported $128,000 in revenue, an increase attributed to recurring revenue and increased number of unit sales. Increased consumer spending resulted in additional security alarm sales and monitoring.