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Pinnacle sells 93,000 accounts to Monitronics

Pinnacle says the $131 million transaction reduces debt, putting it in a better growth position
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10/31/2012

OREM, Utah—Pinnacle Security, a leading summer-sales-model company based here, recently announced an alliance with Monitronics International in which Pinnacle has sold Monitronics about 93,000 accounts and made an agreement for future account sales. The accounts represent $4.4 million of gross RMR, according to a news release.

Top eBay security specialist, other experts to present at TechSec Solutions 2013

Twenty young professionals will be honored at the February conference
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10/31/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Organizers of TechSec Solutions 2013 have announced the educational program for the conference, which will take place Feb. 5-6 at the Westin in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

NFPA’s annual conference to colocate with new expo

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be held in Chicago in 2013, from June 10 through 12.

And the NFPA just announced that it will be colocating the annual event with a brand new expo, one featuring information and products designed to improve safety for people with disabilities. For a conference that’s all about how to save lives, it sounds like a great match. Here’s more from an NFPA press release on the event, to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place:
 

The inaugural Accessibility Expo: Beyond the ADA will colocate with the annual. The three-day event will inform building designers, builders, managers and safety executives, and promote the idea of moving beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“With each passing day I marvel at new innovations and advancements, particularly those that improve access to information, communications and the ability of people with disabilities to be more empowered with respect to their own safety,” said Allan Fraser, NFPA’s senior building code specialist.  “It’s time to shine a light on innovations so that building designers, suppliers, facility and safety managers, and first responders can connect and interact.”

Conference sessions will address life safety in five categories of disability, including mobility, vision, hearing, speech and cognitive, as well as creative and common sense best practices and solutions. The exhibition will feature enhanced alarm systems, directional sound devices, voice-to-text/text-to -voice devices, video phones for American Sign Language users, power wheelchairs, accessibility training and employer preparedness programs.

The NFPA Conference & Expo is the premier industry event for fire protection and life safety and attracts more than 5,000 professionals whose work involves code compliance, fire, building and life safety. To learn more, visit www.nfpa.org/conference.

 

Southwest Surveillance and the gaming market comeback

Focus on IP, HD capabilities, promise of analytics, meta data on the horizon
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10/24/2012

DESTIN, Fla.—Talking with Security Systems News at the PSA Security Convention here this week, David Pettit, president of systems integrator Southwest Surveillance, described the comeback his company experienced in the past five years.

ADT sues Flo Rida

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This recent news item from the Toronto Sun newspaper recently caught my eye, even though I’ve never heard of this rapper and singer songwriter, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, but is known as Flo Rida. It sounds like Flo Rida has a bit of a legal problem over security at his home in Florida.
 

Here’s what the news report said:

Flo Rida has been sued by bosses of a security company who claim the rapper failed to settle a bill for an alarm system at his Florida home.

Executives at ADT allege their operatives installed a state-of-the-art security system at the star's Miami mansion in 2009 and received the full deposit of $19,366 US but Flo Rida failed to hand over the remaining balance of $38,733.

They have filed a lawsuit demanding payment plus interest amounting to $47,134.

However, the rapper claims he never authorized the deal and the contract was signed by a man called Lee Prince, who reportedly worked as the star's manager, according to TMZ.com.

A judge has yet to rule on the case.

 

2G sun starting to set in Arizona

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Looking for signs of the 2G sunset? Don’t blink.

That was the message today from Telguard’s Shawn Welsh, who notified CSAA members via the group’s ACCENT email service that AT&T has begun to pull the shade on Arizona’s Pinal and Gila counties.

“For those of you with cellular customers in Arizona, AT&T has announced that there will be no roaming network available to 2G GSM/GPRS-only cellular devices using [the company’s] 410 SIMs—they are often yellow in color—in Pinal and Gila counties starting on Nov. 1, 2012,” Welsh wrote.

If you struggle to keep pace with the calendar—and I am among you—that means next Thursday.

Welsh said he and his counterparts at other cellular equipment companies made a promise at the CSAA’s annual meeting, held Oct. 12-17 in Hawaii, to keep the industry informed about pockets of lost 2G coverage “as soon as we were notified by our carrier partners.”

“Having just returned this week, this one is beating the official CSAA process,” he wrote.

Welsh advised anyone with customers in the two counties to contact their cellular manufacturer for official confirmation from AT&T and a coverage map to determine if their units are affected.

“Only your cellular device manufacturer (or waiting until next Thursday—not recommended) can advise you of your potential loss of service,” he said.

Welsh said Telguard customers should not notice a change “as we do not use 410 SIMs in our [legacy] 2G or 3G devices.” For those affected by the AT&T announcement, “you’ll need to roll trucks next week and replace the units with a device operating on a 3G/4G network,” he said.
 

Lame ducks and partisan muck: Security bills await action in D.C.

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10/22/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Can the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress get off the ground, or will the nation’s business—and legislation of interest to the security industry—continue to grind along in the jaws of partisan gridlock?

ADT's new hire to create 'a culture of innovation'

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Monday, October 22, 2012

The new ADT has just created a new position—that of chief innovation officer—and today announced that Arthur Orduña has been appointed as the new CIO. He’ll report directly to ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney, the company said.

Here’s more from a news release from The ADT Corp., which is based in Boca Raton, Fla. and is newly independent after splitting off from Tyco International:
 

Mr. Orduña will be responsible for technology vision and strategy across the entire company. He will create a strategic roadmap for the full lifecycle of new and existing solutions; help define future solution and product architecture and functionality; and strengthen ADT’s relationships with key technology companies to position the company as a partner of choice.

 “Arthur brings a fresh perspective and deep technology and product management expertise to ADT’s bench of senior talent. He will play an integral role in spearheading the long-term vision for our portfolio and creating a culture of innovation at ADT," [CEO Naren Gursahaney said in a prepared statement.]

Mr. Orduña, 47, recently served as a consultant to PayPal, a division of eBay Inc., in a business development role in their Emerging Opportunities group. Prior to this, Mr. Orduña spent several years as the chief product officer and chief technology officer at Canoe Ventures, an advertising technology company founded by the top six U.S. cable companies that provide software and services to national television programming networks. Mr. Orduña has also served as senior vice president of policy and product at Bright House Networks where he was responsible for all new video, broadband, voice, and wireless product development and deployment. He has previously held senior roles at Vivendi-Universal and Integrated Systems Inc. A former dramatist and journalist, Mr. Orduña received a B.A. degree from Cornell University.

 

Prism Skylabs raises $7.5 million

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prism Skylabs has raised another $7.5 milliion in funding, the company announced today. Here's a link to the story. I've put a call into founder Steve Russell, (also founder of 3VR) and expect I'll get a chance to speak to him in the next few day. Prism Skylabs, which offers a cloud service that "leverages data from existing video surveillance cameras to unlock information on customer patterns, trends and behaviors",  was launched just before ASIS 2012. Here's an ssnTVnews video interview I did with Steve Russell at ASIS 2012, where he talks about the company, and its first investment round ($1.5 million from the SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Eric Schmidt, Aaron Patzer, Brad Garlinghouse, CrunchFund and others)

 

ADS growth plan: ‘one branch a year’

The company achieved that in 2012 with purchase of Mississippi security company; now looks toward 2013
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10/17/2012

NASHVILLE—ADS Security’s recent acquisition of a Mississippi security company not only gave ADS an entry into a new state but also fulfilled the company’s growth plan of adding a new office each year, according to John Cerasuolo, ADS president and CEO.

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