SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, January 1, 2005

Monitronics okays cellular systems

DALLAS - Third-party monitoring firm Monitronics has endorsed the installation and service of cellular alarm systems by the company’s authorized dealers.

As a result, Monitronics’ authorized dealers are now eligible to receive funding for the accounts that use wireless technology as the primary or back-up means of communication between the alarm system and the central station.

The company said it decided to open cellular-based systems to financing as a result of the popularity of alternative communication technologies. Homeowners have welcomed the cost savings associated with using mobile phones and voice over the Internet protocol compared with traditional landline telephone services.
Alarm company negligent, jury decides

MUNCIE, Ind. - Sonitrol Security Systems of Muncie was found partly responsible for the death of a store clerk by a jury in Delaware, reported The Star Press.

Sonitrol had entered into a contract with a local liquor store. One of the services the company was to provide was a nightly check-up call in the event the alarm system was not engaged by midnight.

The store was robbed, a clerk was accosted and the alarm was never set. He later died as a result. The alarm company did not notify the store’s manager until after 3am.

As a result of the decision, the clerk’s child was found entitled to $1 million in damages.
UCC pushes for national presence
SAN ANTONIO - Strengthening its resolve to be a national third-party monitoring station, United Central Control has created the position of director of national accounts and filled it with Jim Burkey.

“The main priority of bringing him on is to increase our presence on a national level,” said Mark Matlock, vice president of sales and marketing for UCC.

Burkey most recently served as director of marketing at Dice Corp. UCC converted to Dice’s central station software in April, and Burkey worked with the company during the transition.