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Qolsys, new home security/automation manufacturer, launches in Vegas

‘All in one’ IQ Panel, made by Foxconn, works on and Android

LAS VEGAS—The home security and home automation space has a new player: Qolsys. Based in Silicon Valley, the company introduced its first product, the 7-inch touch-screen IQ Panel, at ISC West today.

Security expertise ‘not paramount’ for next Diebold CEO

Thomas Swidarski steps down amid poor earnings forecast

CANTON, Ohio—Diebold CEO Thomas Swidarski resigned Thursday and a search for a replacement is under way. In that search, security industry expertise may be a plus, but it is "not paramount," a Diebold spokesman told Security Systems News.

HID Global completes NFC-enabled smartphone pilot at two enterprise businesses


IRVINE, Calif.—HID Global on Sept. 25 announced the completion of two pilot programs validating how Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones allow employees to open doors with a mobile device.

Stanley president Jim Cannon talks vertical markets, insights, standards

Cannon would like ‘one-third of future recruits to come from the military’

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Now in its “post acquisition chapter,” Stanley Security is making progress on its vertical market strategy and other internal performance and hiring initiatives, according to Stanley Security president Jim Cannon.

Per Mar gains resi clients

Acquisition of Minn. firm brings in thousands of accounts

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security Services has acquired 2,000 accounts with its purchase of Northern Safety and Security of Bemidji, Minn.

Vivint latest big player to go ASAP

Company hopes to encourage more PSAPs

PROVO, Utah—Vivint in late September started planning its ASAP to PSAP adoption.

Was Umpqua’s mass notification system working?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The mass notification systems at Umpqua Community College in Oregon may have failed when a gunman killed nine people and injured another nine on the campus, according to a newspaper account.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported that three associate professors said they did not receive a notification on their computers, and two of them said that, even being enrolled in campus alert system, they did not receive any text messages as promised under the system. They said they did receive one warning “sent manually” from a secretary after police arrived, the newspaper said.

Umpqua college leadership told the paper it is too early to tell about the extent—if any—of emergency notification malfunctions.

If we’ve heard anything, time and time again, especially from end users at our TechSec conference, it’s that all the best security equipment in the world is for naught if proper protocol is not in place.

Granted, this mainstream media article doesn’t get into the details, and I truly hope an emergency notification meltdown didn’t happen. It’s just such a tragedy, and this is where emergency notification comes into play in such an important way.

Security Systems News sends its condolences to those affected by this terrible event.



Lenel and AlertEnterprise now allies

Lenel VARs can now resell PIAM and compliance solution

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Access control provider Lenel and physical identity and access management (PIAM) software provider AlertEnterprise on Sept. 28 signed a strategic alliance that will enable Lenel VARS to resell AlertEnterprise’s solution to its customers.

Good news for dealers: Consumers still disappointed with DIY cameras

Satisfaction with other smart home devices slowly rising, Argus Insights says

LOS GATOS, Calif.—Consumers’ disappointment with DIY home security cameras could become a “renaissance” for traditional dealers, according to John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights. Customers need some help, he said, and dealers are positioned to do just that.

Icontrol says it is victor in patent fight with

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Icontrol Networks says it has won its patent fight with says the solution to the "fight" was the result of a settlement with icontrol dated Jan. 1, 2014.  

In the latest activity, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this month canceled claims to’s claims to a patent about the use of a mobile app in smart home systems, saying the system was developed instead by icontrol.

Icontrol has been issued a new patent, covering methods and systems for interacting and synchronizing with home security and automation systems using mobile applications, according to icontrol.

“Recognition of icontrol as the inventor of this key mobile application technology for home control is a testament to the strength of our intellectual property, “ Richard Mosher, icontol’s general counsel, said in a prepared statement. “Early investments in developing our intellectual property portfolio have resulted in some of the earliest patent awards for cloud- and mobile-connected home solutions.”

The new icontol patent defines the mechanisms needed to deliver a mobile application that synchronizes with a premise security system, presents security system state information to the user and enables the user to in some way control the system.

“We focused on delivering home automation and remote control for mobile and cloud long before they were technology buzzwords, and we’re happy to see the USPTO recognizes our early leadership,” Bob Hagerty, icontrol CEO said in the statement.

Icontrol, contacted by Security Systems News, declined to comment further on the ruling beyond its prepared statement. announced in 2014 that it had and settled and dismissed all patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies, including litigation involving Telular Corp. and FrontPoint Security.

"As part of the agreement, and iControl each retain all ownership and rights to their respective patents and have also expanded their respective portfolios of licensed intellectual property via certain cross-licensing agreements. The patents included in the cross-license agreement represent some of the earliest, seminal intellectual property for Connected Home technology today. The respective CEOs of each company commented that they were pleased to reach resolution around these serious intellectual property matters and each company is looking forward to refocusing on its customer’s deployments," said in the prepared statement. declined to comment further.