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Hurry!! Still a couple hours to sign up for CSAA's ESX tweets

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Friday, June 19, 2009
I got my latest edition of the CSAA's Signals yesterday, and I noticed that there's still time (but only just) to sign up for CSAA tweets during ESX. If you already have a Twitter account (and who doesn't these days?), all you need to do is text "follow CSAAintl" to 40404 by close of business today (that's Friday, June 19, 2009) and you'll be all set. If you don't already have an account get going! It's free so there's no excuse. Have a good weekend all ... Try to stay dry :-( Hurray for summer in New England.

Congratulate Bob at ESX

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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Going to ESX next week? When you go by the ASG Security concession booth (ASG is Baltimore-based and one of the sponsors of this year's event), you'll definitely see ASG marketing guru Bob Ryan. Make sure to congratulate him on the arrival of his twin girls. With my new photo-posting ability, I thought you might like to see a shot of Bob's kids.[caption id="attachment_2031" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Elizabeth and Ava Ryan"]Elizabeth and Ava Ryan[/caption] One thing, when you see Bob at the booth, you may have to wake him up before you can congratulate him. He told me Elizabeth and Ava are keeping he and his wife, Angele, very busy. "I go to the office to get some rest," he told me today.

Do you think this is a legit request?

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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Today I received a letter. That's sort of news in itself, since no one sends mail anymore (except for a few PR people who've either not been introduced to the Internet or who think hard copies make their emails more noticeable - they don't). But, also, it was hand-written on notebook paper and contained the following message: "I am interested in the 'Security Systems News' trade journal that you offer. Please send me any info I need to obtain your journal. Thank you! for your time. Sincerly, Stephen Faye 1 Administration Rd., Bridgewater, Mass. 02324" Hmm, I thought to myself - an enterprising high school student looking toward a career in the security biz? I guess you don't really have to know how to spell "sincerly" to install systems, right? Then I looked at the back of the envelope: "This correspondence is forwarded from a Massachusetts Correctional Institution. The contents may not have been evaluated and the Department of Corrections is not responsible for the substance or content of the enclosed material." So, do you think they're a good fit for our subscription base? Also, here's what Google pulls up for 1 Administration Rd.:

View Larger Map Looks like they've got a nice ballfield. I wonder if Stephen can turn the double-play...

More on HDCCTV

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So, like savoir faire, HDCCTV is everywhere. I haven't really seen a ton of information that's not in the story I wrote, but here are a couple of posts that offer a little more background or a different way of explaining it, and maybe have more links that I was too lazy to put out there. John Honovich's take is that there still isn't actual product to test and use, and that it's going to take a big push by the major manufacturer's to derail the current IP camera growth and takeover of the market. I think this is going to be the conventional wisdom for the time being: wait and see. Steven Titch interviewed all the same guys I did, but went a little longer form. If you can't get enough of this, it's worth reading. I even had a guy from the EE|Times call me to get some background on it. (They ended up talking to Honovich instead because I was too scattered to call the guy back, since he was on west coast time and I kept remembering to call him at 10 a.m. Eastern, and, then, well, I forgot by the later part of the day when it would appropriate to call him.) Network World wrote about it, too, actually breaking the embargo they requested. Why they would bother to break the embargo with a one-source story that doesn't tell you anything more than a press release, I'm not sure. And, well, actually, that's pretty much it. I think there's something at securityinfowatch, too, but it didn't come up in google and I'm not going to go look for it. So maybe it's not EVERYWHERE, but more people are talking about it than normally talk about stuff in the security industry. We'll see how the actual installers and integrators react. If they push their vendors to get on board, that's where the difference will come.

Intergraph and City of Richmond, Va. implement CAD-to-CAD ANS

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I just found out the City of Richmond, Va. has moved beyond the testing phase for the External Alarm Interface Exchange project I wrote about earlier in the year. The two year pilot program saw more efficient handling of data transmission from alarm panels to centrals to PSAPs and eventually led to the computer aided dispatch system being designated as an American National Standard. Vector helped with the program, and now Intergraph has put the program into practical application in Richmond. Proponents of the alarm signal automation standard say two to three minutes per alarm signal could be saved, allowing emergency responders to get on the scene of the emergency much more quickly, improving the chance of saving lives and protecting property. Look for a story on this at Security Systems News.

Stop the presses, I can post photos

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I received the good news today. I can now post photos in this here blog. To celebrate, here's one you missed:[caption id="attachment_2020" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="It\'s Bart Didden as he appeared in the New York Times yesterday and May 28."]It's Bart Didden as he appeared in the New York Times yesterday and May 28.[/caption]

HDCCTV Alliance details

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
For those of you wondering about this amorphous HDCCTV Alliance, check out my full story here. I've known about this stuff for a couple weeks, but I was honoring an embargo until they got their web site ready and the specification posted. You can find further information at their web site. Since this is the blog, I'll say that some of this HDCCTV stuff does sound attractive. Certainly, if the picture is as good as they say it is for live viewing, people are going to dig that. I've yet to see something on a show floor that's as good as a high-def TV viewing experience, and they say they can deliver that. End users will eat that up. And for upgrading a current analog system to HD or "megapixel" capability without having to rewire? That does seem like a no-brainer in some instances. As long as the DVR is still addressable, there are a lot of places were an IP camera would just be overkill if you could get two megapixels with analog. It's going to be interesting to see how this shakes out.

Watch Bart on FOX TV, (Didden not Simpson)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Assuming you're not like me, one of the very few in the U.S. who has neither cable, nor the newfangled converter needed to watch TV, you can watch Bart on FOX TV today. And I'm not talking about Bart Simpson, I'm talking of course, about Bart Didden. And by the way, have you heard just about enough from Bart already? (Bart, if you're reading this. I'm kidding.) Bart along with photo was in the New York Times today and a couple weeks ago, and now this. If you're in the security industry and don't know Bart yet, you will soon enough. And if he has your email, you probably got a note from him today about his appearance on FOX. From the email:
The last time I announced I was going on Fox News’s Hannity & Colmes in December 2006, I was preempted by the death of President Ford. So barring any national or international catastrophe in the next 3 hours, I am confirmed to appear with “Your World w/ Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel today. As a way of background, many of you knew that I was the target of what I called an extortion attempt that involved eminent domain and the taking of my property that had obtained all of its governmental approvals to build a CVS drug store but instead was given to another private individual, over my objections and numerous court actions which included a filing to the United States Supreme Court, to build his own Walgreen’s drug store. My loss at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was presided over by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is now President Obama’s nominee to The United States Supreme Court. My comments today will not revolve around her education, life’s experiences or her race. My comments will center on how after 54 weeks of deliberation she issued a 4 paragraph ruling, (unsigned just like the one for the New Haven, CT Firefighters), that upheld the lower court that violated (in my opinion) the Court Rules (rule 12(b)) and how she does not meet the standard for being a Supreme Court Justice as set forth by President Obama. The President said in his introduction remarks of Judge Sotomayor that –A Supreme Court Justice must command the, “ability to hone in on the key issues and provide clear answers to complex legal questions.” A Supreme Court Justice “means seeing life from the perspective of the powerless” A Supreme Court Justice must ”be able to stand in somebody else's shoes and see through their eyes and get a sense of how the law might work or not work in practical day-to-day living." I surely was powerless against a private person standing in the shoes of government with the full use a such a powerful process, to take someone’s property, regardless of just compensation. In recognition of the President’s standards for what makes a person qualified, I don’t believe that Judge Sotomayor comes close to this standard based on the decision she issued in my case. I call on both sides, Democrats as well as Republicans to have an effective Voir Dire with this nominee and if she does not meet the standards as set by President Obama there is only one way to vote. I invite you (barring other events) to tune in.

Platinum vs. Pinnacle, and what about Absolute?

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Monday, June 15, 2009
I got a comment on Friday's blog about Pinnacle Security telling me that I was way off base calling Platinum one of the two dominant players. This reader said Pinnacle ate Platinum's lunch in 2008 and was going to do it again in 2009. (Specifically the commenter said Pinnacle doubled Platinum's business in 2008.) So setting the record straight here. I spoke to Jeremy Pixton, partner at Platinum, and he said Platinum sold about 60,000 accounts in 2008. I have a call into Pinnacle President Kelly Walker to find out the official numbers for Pinnacle, but haven't heard back yet. (It's still early in Utah right now, I know!) However, the word on the street is that Pinnacle sold about 66,000 or 67,000 last year. I fall on the sword for saying that Pinnacle is smaller than Platinum. I was wrong. My dear reader, however, was not correct in saying Pinnacle doubled Platinum's business last year. And I think you'd find lots of folks at Platinum who'll be willing to argue with that reader's assertion that Pinnacle will double Platinum's business this year. Jeremy told me: "Because most companies in the summer sales industry are concerned with recruiting sales reps for the upcoming year, there is much said about production that's not entirely accurate. From what sources have told me, Pinnacle's production was about 5% more than Platinum's last year. This is far from double." I'd say Platinum and Pinnacle are both in the running for the number two spot--with Apx clearly number one --for summer model alarm companies based in Utah. I have to say, I love the competition and I wish you all well. One word of advice though. You might want to keep your eye on Absolute Security in Virginia. I wrote about Absolute in June. Click here to see the story. Both Curtiss and Jeremy (from Platinum) will be featured in our July "20 under 40" feature (where we choose 20 leaders in the industry under the age of 40.) Curtiss runs the second largest ADT dealer in the country and Absolute derives 60 percent of its sales through door knocking. Curtiss said he'll soon be expanding his door knocking operations to all regions of the country where he does business. On an entirely different topic, (see Friday's blog) Bart Didden was back in the New York Times again today. The story--more on his connection with Supreme Court Justice nominee Sotomayor--is on page 13, along with another photo of Bart.

Get in the access control source book

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Monday, June 15, 2009
Hey, if you work for an access manufacturer, or do PR for one, see the below: It's time again to start putting together the Access Control and Biometrics Source Books for Security Systems News and Security Director News. In order to be listed in our product grid, you must be a manufacturer of an access control or biometrics product and fill out the survey here: http://vovici.com/l.dll/JGs83D783D7C7lnfD9U240550J.htm The deadline for filling out the survey is June 24. If you do not fill it out by then, you will not be included in the source books.

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