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Photos from Brink's/Broadview event

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Monday, July 6, 2009
Finally have a few minutes to post some photos that I took at the bell-ringing event at the NYSE. I took them with my iPhone, so the quality may not be totally up to snuff. [caption id="attachment_2085" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="There was a professional photographer at the event, taking better photos than me, no doubt. Here\'s Bob Allen infront of the Exchange."]There was a professional photographer at the event, taking better photos than me, no doubt. Here's Bob Allen infront of the Exchange.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2094" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bob Allen chats with some of the eight Broadview employees (dealers, technicians, customer service reps) who were chosen to travel to NY for the event."]Bob Allen chats with some of the eight Broadview employees (dealers, technicians, customer service reps) who were chosen to travel to NY for the event.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2090" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="[caption id="attachment_2092" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Shon Mellow, a technician from Sacramento, in the NYSE boardroom before the event, with a new Broadview Security Lawn Sign. Bob Allen said the new lawn signs will be used on all new installations. The old Brink\'s signs will be replaced upon request or when dealers go out for service and inspection calls."]Shon Mellow, a technician from Sacramento, in the NYSE boardroom before the event, with a new Broadview Security Lawn Sign.  Bob Allen said the new lawn signs will be used on all new installations. The old Brink's signs will be replaced upon request or when dealers go out for service and inspection calls.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2098" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Brink\'s employees infront of the exchange. Those chosen to attend the event included: Thomas Maye of Tampa, Fla. Kurt Strothenke of Milwaukee; Dennis Stricklin of Little Rock, Ark.; Karen Dunkley of Irving, Texas; Fredrick Watson of Irving, Texas; , Genice Perkins of Irving, Texas; Shon Mellow of Sacramento, Calif.; Deborah Stabosz of Chicago; Senglany Phetsadasack of Tampa. Also attending, but not on the podium were two general managers Tony Cervantes from Los Angeles and Kevin Oaks"]Broadview employees infront of the exchange. Those chosen to attend the event included: Thomas Maye of Tampa, Fla.  Kurt Strothenke of Milwaukee; Dennis Stricklin of Little Rock, Ark.;  Karen Dunkley of Irving, Texas; Fredrick Watson of Irving, Texas; , Genice Perkins of Irving, Texas; Shon Mellow of Sacramento, Calif.; Deborah Stabosz of Chicago; Senglany Phetsadasack of Tampa. Also attending, but not on the podium were two general managers Tony Cervantes from Los Angeles and Kevin Oaks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2099" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Broadview employees are excited to be in NYC."]Broadview employees are excited to be in NYC.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2100" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Brink\'s employees, along with some people from Ketchum, the PR group, and Landor Associates, the branding company."]Brink's employees, along with some people from Ketchum, the PR group, and Landor Associates, the branding company.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2101" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gary Samberson, left, Shawn Lucht, Bob Allen, Steve Yevich, Dwayne Sigler"]Gary Samberson, left, Shawn Lucht, Bob Allen, Steve Yevich, Dwayne Sigler[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2102" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="getting ready for photographs"]getting ready for photographs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2103" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Dennis Strickin, of Best Security, a Broadview dealer from Little Rock, left, and Shon Mellow, a technician from Sacramento in the NYSE boardroom before the bell ringing ceremony. That\'s the urn someone told me was from Czarist Russia. Hmm? Wonder who re-gifted it?"]Dennis Strickin, of Best Security, a Broadview dealer from Little Rock, left, and Shon Mellow, a technician from Sacramento in the NYSE boardroom before the bell ringing ceremony. That's the urn someone told me was from Czarist Russia. Hmm? Wonder who re-gifted it?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2111" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Table in the boardroom. Ever see the old movie Citizen Cain? I half expected to see Orson Wells at the head."]Table in the boardroom. Ever see the old movie Citizen Cain? I half expected to see Orson Wells at the head.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2105" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Broadview employees in the boardroom holding new signs"]Broadview employees in the boardroom holding new signs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="After the bell ringing ceremony, we went back into the boardroom to watch Bob Allen be interviewed from the trading floor by Fox News. Some reporter--can remember if it was the FOX report or not-- lamented that Allen wouldn\'t be able to get him a ride in a Brink\'s truck. Bob Allen told him he\'d be happy to get him a ride in a Broadview van."]After the bell ringing ceremony, we went back into the boardroom to watch Bob Allen be interviewed from the trading floor by Fox News. Some reporter--can remember if it was the FOX report or not-- lamented that Allen wouldn't be able to get him a ride in a Brink's truck. Bob Allen told him he'd be happy to get him a ride in a Broadview van.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2107" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="View of the entrance of the NY stock exchange on July 1"]View of the entrance of the NY stock exchange  on July 1[/caption] The folks from Ketchum, the PR group that worked for Brink's on the transition to Broadview, sent me some photos of the event. Here they are:[caption id="attachment_2077" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Me, Steve Yevich CFO Broadview, Dennis Stricklin Broadview dealer (Best Security, Little Rock, Ark.), and Shon Mellow a Broadview technician from Sacramento, in the NYSE boardroom before the bell ringing event"]Me, Steve Yevich CFO Broadview, Dennis Stricklin Broadview dealer (Best Security, Little Rock, Ark.), and Shon Mellos a Broadview technician from Sacramento, in the NYSE boardroom before the bell ringing event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2073" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bob Allen, president and CEO of Broadview Security (center) surrounded by Broadview Security employees after ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange."]Bob Allen, president and CEO of Broadview Security (center) surrounded by Broadview Security employees after ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2075" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Me, Steve Yevich, CFO Broadview Security, Shawn Lucht, Broadview SVP, strategy and corporate development, watching trading of Broadview stock on the floor of the NYSE after the bell ringing ceremony."]Me, Steve Yevich, CFO Broadview Security, Shawn Lucht, SVP, strategy and corporate development, on the floor of the NYSE watching trading after the bell ringing ceremony.[/caption] And here is an analysis of Broadview by someone named raytoei, (no idea who this is, but I thought it was a good analysis)

Ringing in Broadview Security at the NYSE

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Thursday, July 2, 2009
I was on the subway early yesterday morning on my way to Wall Street to watch Bob Allen and eight employees ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the launch of Brink's Home Security's new name: Broadview Security. I haven't been to the Exchange for a long time, but I knew I was in the right place when I saw, above the entrance, a huge banner that said Broadview Security. Things have changed considerably since the last time I visited. That was years ago, back in the days before electronic trading. What I remember most was a lot of people yelling and people waving pieces of paper. Last time, there wasn't heavy security to get in the place, and I most definitely didn't get to eat breakfast in the boardroom at the Exchange. It's quite a room, with a stained-glass skylight roof, a big ole vase, which someone told me was from Czarist Russia, and the biggest boardroom table I've ever seen. It's giant. I had a chance to meet in person a few key people like Bob Allen, Gary Samberson (VP investor relations), Steve Yevich, (CFO), Shawn Lucht (SVP, strategy and corporate development). While everyone knows what a valuable brand name Brink's has been, the executives were talking up the benefits of losing the word 'home' from their brand name. They've already expanded their commercial business quite a bit, and they expect to expand it more.Here's a story I wrote about that in April, Bob Allen said commercial makes up about five percent of overall revenues, but accounts for about 10 percent of new installs. Now Michael Dan (CEO of former parent company, The Brink's Company) has been talking about making acquisitions in the commercial space on earnings calls for as long as I can remember. Will Broadview, which is debt-free and flush with cash, finally follow through? Don't hold your breath. As one insider said, laughing: "We've been acquisition-free since 1983!" Both Shawn Lucht and Bob Allen told me that Michael Dan was right--they've been looking all along, they just never found the right fit. Shawn and Bob say they're still looking, but the fit's got to be perfect--the right company, technical capabilities, footprint and price. On the resi side, look for Broadview to introduce interactive services--email and PDA alerts from home, the ability to remotely program your home alarm system--in the near future. They're testing and retesting systems, they say, but the introduction is imminent. They're also looking at video surveillance for the home, but they're cautious because it's got to be easy for the installer and homeowner, reliable and, most important, not too expensive. Notice a theme here? Easy does it for Broadview Security. I also had a chance to talk to some of the eight employees who were on the podium with Bob Allen for the bell ringing. Dennis Stricklin of Best Security in Little Rock said he's excited about the name change. Dennis has been a Brink's dealer for 10 years, and like most, he was worried about losing the Brink's name initially. He's changed his tune over the past several months though, and now he's fired up about the new brand. Dennis Strinklin is planning to expand his company's commercial services, and believes the new brand will help him do that. (Commercial accounts for about five percent of his business now, but he'd like to have it be about 25 percent in the future.)

NBFAA swears in new Executive Committee members

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Thursday, July 2, 2009
Just got an email concerning NBFAA's swearing in of new Executive Committee members. A portion of the release follows:
IRVING, Texas--The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association swore in three new Executive Committee Members during the General Membership Meeting at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) on June 25. "Officers, elected and appointed, are guardians of the reputation as well as the property of the association, and play vital roles in its preservation and progress. It is their obligation to act for and on behalf of the association and to maintian and adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct," said NBFAA Immediate Past President George Gunning, who swore in the new members. The three newly elected officers are: * Charles "Dom" D'Ascoli, Smoky Mountain Systems Inc., elected to one-year term as vice president/president elect * David Koenig, Capital Fire & Security Inc., re-elected to two-year term as treasurer * Ralph Sevinor, Wayne Alarm Systems, Inc., elected to two-year term as vice president.
More information on NBFAA and ESX co-founders CSAA can be found by clicking each clickable word.

Broadview Security: The next generation of Brink's Home Security

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So what do you think about the news, announced this morning, that Brink's Home Security is changing its name to Broadview Security? Here's my story It's growing on me. The first thing that struck me was that the word "home" was conspicuously missing in the new name. I asked Bob Allen (president and CEO of Brink's/Broadview) about that and he said it's no mistake. The new name is meant to reflect the wide range of services the company offers to both businesses and homes. He also said the name, and logo, are meant to convey the "active protection" provided by Brink's. The tagline on the new logo is "The next generation of Brink's Home Security." LandorPrint Stay tuned for more on the Brink's Broadview transition. I'm on my way to NYC right now. I'll be on Wall Street at the New York Stock Exchange bright and early tomorrow morning to watch Bob Allen ring the opening bell in celebration of the birth of Broadview. In the meantime, I'm eager to hear what you think of the new name.

I'm back! Plus, SIAC needs some support

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Monday, June 29, 2009
Well, I'm back from my staycation, which is, of course, where you don't go to work, but you don't really go anywhere... What that meant for me was checking my work email, and the Security Systems News website, but not doing anything with or about them. I also did nothing about the guilty feeling I had every time I looked at my last blog post about the last minute CSAA @ ESX tweet service, which is obviously outdated now... and has been since Friday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. Oh well, time to post. I got an email from Mike Miller over at NBFAA on the 19th. The email is a plea for support from those of us in the industry on behalf of SIAC. From the email:
SIAC works for you whether you're a member of NBFAA or not. We know that good policies for the security industry are essential to ensure our industry progresses. We all need their help and, in return, they need our help. SIAC is a nonprofit that operates solely off of donations from y ou, the security industry. Their work has saved the industry millions of dollars by ensuring that workable policies are put in place. We need to ensure they can continue to support our causes. You can help by making a contribution.
Donations to SIAC can be made at their website or can be snailmailed to: SIAC 13541 Stanmere Drive Frisco, Texas 75035 SIAC has put together some info, found here, that explains how they help the industry. More info on SIAC can be obtained from SIAC executive director Stan Martin

Sam's on vacation - but these posts will tide you over

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Friday, June 26, 2009
I'll be taking a vacation next week (enjoying some rain and clouds by the lakeside even farther north of here), so don't expect any new posts until after the Fourth. However, since many of you just got on the blog bandwagon recently, let me introduce you to some of my better posts - and by better, I mean most ranting and overly critical, but also pretty funny, I think. Oh, and informative and interesting, too. Here's one on camera sales and whether they are or aren't really skyrocketing. Here's me being a grammar/syntax geek and going off on the compliment/complement wrongness that infests our industry. Remember the pain beam? Here's the coverage of my trip to Israel to visit security installations. I'll never get enough of the guy who volunteers to be tasered at ISC West. Never. My all time favorite press release. And, finally, Gosh, I almost forgot about the guy who got his lawnmower stolen. Seriously, this one's a classic. So, read one of those each day, get caught up on the blog in general, and pretend like I've been blogging all week since it's all new to you. See you on the other side of the Fourth.

In the near future, LILIN will be ONVIF compliant

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Friday, June 26, 2009
These are the kinds of releases you've been waiting for: Companies announcing they are making standards-based (or, in this case, specifications-based) products in the IP video world. Five days from now, LILIN will announce it has ONVIF compatible cameras and an encoder. (The press release, which came up on my Google notifications for ONVIF, is dated July 1 - not sure why.) Here's the canned quote you've been waiting for:
Jason Hill, LILIN UK Managing Director reported “This is a significant milestone for LILIN and the future IP CCTV market worldwide. I believe that standards have now positioned IP to take the market share from traditional analogue in the very near future and pave the way for making HD CCTV a reality in the next year or two. As an industry we now have to communicate the benefits that this and other standards are bringing to the End User and move the technology forward and upwards.”
That might be a bit bright and shiny, but standards are certainly nice. Analog already has some pretty standard standards (they're called NTSC and PAL), so IP is playing a bit of catch up here... Encouraging, nonetheless.

Will the NBFAA change its name?

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Some breaking news from the show floor: Just spoke with Jon Sargent, past president of the California Alarm Association, and he said there's a movement afoot to change the NBFAA's name to the ESA - the Electronic Security Association. This would come into line with ESX itself - the Electronic Security Expo - and would encompass more of what the industry actually does, Sargent noted. This comes a couple years after another considered name change, when the organization almost went to ELSSA - the Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association. You'll see from the linked story that people weren't too keen on that. However, that was before ESX, and that was a much worse name. Apparently, the state associations will be considering the name change pretty seriously later today. We'll keep you posted.

ESX Expo Day 1

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Getting for Day 2 of the ESX Expo and my 10 am ssnTVnews interview. I'm ready thanks to a nice run this morning around the Inner Harbor with my running buddy Gene Szatkowsky of Secure i. We saw a couple industry people out running yesterday, Dave Simon from Brink's and I think I saw Shandon Harbor from SDA Security as well. Didn't see any industry people this morning. Day 1 was good. The show floor was definitely bigger and busier than last year, though some thought the educational sessions, which were packed last year, lost out somewhat to the show floor. Hard to find the right balance I'm sure. We'll see what people have to say about that today. There was lots of action at the Security Systems News booth #1102. I interviewed former NBFAA president George Gunning, Peter Orvis of Security Solutions in Norwalk, Conn., Rick Sheets of Brink's Business Security, Mike Ferro of Anderson Fire Protection, and John Kochensparger, president of the Virginia Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. Check out the videos on our Web site home page, and there'll more reporting from the show in our newswire today. The rest of yesterday was busy with committee meetings and talking to people on the show floor. Last night was the Big Bash and Club Crawl. Both were fun, but, honestly, Baltimore just isn't the same as Nashville. It'll be interesting to see what Pittsburgh is like. I've never been, but Sam's tells me it's great.

Merger? We don't need no stinkin' merger

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Remember how the National Retail Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association were going to "speak with a single voice" and merge their organizations? Yeah. Not so much. So there's still going to be two big loss prevention shows, etc., etc. It was too good of an idea to work, probably.

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