Protection One, BellSouth team to wire new community

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

ATLANTA - Imagine a community where with a touch of a button, residents can activate their home security systems, adjust the temperature of the house, and even turn the lights on and off.

While that scenario may seem futuristic to some, it is coming to fruition just outside Atlanta.

Protection One and BellSouth have teamed up to provide all of the electronics for the 550-home Governor’s Towne Club, which is currently being developed by the Kenneth G. Horton Development Corp.

According to Scott Madden, district manager of BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One, his company has been working on the project, which is the first of its kind for Protection One, for a little over a year.

“We’ve been working on everything from the infrastructure to individual home technologies,” Madden said.

Madden said every home in the development will be completely wired with integrated systems that will be controlled from a single controller.

“The security systems are fully integrated with all of the other automation components in the homes,” Madden said. “In that when someone walks out the front door of their home, they’ll be able to hit one button on a keyfob and arm the security system (along with the home’s other systems).”

Amy Marascelco, a spokesperson for the Kenneth G. Horton Corp., said when planning the development, the company wanted to make sure all homes received state-of-the-art technology.

“What we wanted to do was create a community that had unsurpassed technology,” she said.

Unlike some other communities that make state-of-the-art technology an available option, Madden said all homes in the Governor’s Towne Club have a mandated minimum level of technology.

“What that does is it guarantees that every single home in the community meets a minimum technology standard which includes extensive security coverage, a structured wiring system, and closed circuit monitoring capabilities,” he said.

Madden said since the alarm systems are included with the homes, homeowners will not see a separate bill for monitoring services. Those fees will be included as part of the homeowner’s dues.

The project is the latest collaboration between Protection One and Bell South.

Under the terms of the marketing agreement, Protection One and BellSouth jointly market security products as BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One, but Protection One provides the monitoring and also retains ownership of the accounts, according to Madden.