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New resi dealer eyes Southern California market for growth

Monday, October 27, 2014

LONGVIEW, Wash.—Aaron Wenner, the owner of Universal Security and Alarm Inc., which got up and running here in April as an authorized Monitronics dealer, is looking to the Southern California market to expand, primarily because of “its nice, big retirement community.”

“Those door-knocking companies only work four to five months out of the year, but we need to work year round, especially when it gets darker earlier; these (retirees) are home during the day,” he said during an introductory phone call with Security Systems News.

Universal “doesn’t do a whole lot” of door-knocking,” although Wenner did when he worked for Utah-based NorthStar. He got tired of coming in “behind others who had totally ripped off customers,” he said.

The company, which promises “no sneaky fees,” has been doing well since its start-up, he said.

“We have a unique opportunity with Monitronics. We can sell our contracts to them or keep them for ourselves—it’s totally up to us which ones we keep,” he said. So far he has kept 200.

The company offers residential and commercial alarm systems, medical alert buttons and fire monitors to customers in Washington, Oregon and California. The wireless systems also provide remote access.

Judge dismisses patent infringement lawsuit against Mobotix


NEW YORK—A patent infringement lawsuit against Mobotix Corp. has been dismissed.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery dismissed the suit, filed by San Antonio, Texas-based e-Watch Inc., according to Mobotix, a provider of network-based surveillance systems.

‘20 under 40’ 2014—Brett Springall


Brett Springall, 40
Managing director, Security Central, Statesville, N.C.

Vanderbilt Industries to acquire Siemen’s Security Products

Deal expected to be complete end of 1Q 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany—Security systems provider Vanderbilt Industries has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemen’s Security Products business, part of Siemen’s Building Technologies Division.

Goldman Sachs names Eagle Eye Networks founder one of '100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014'


AUSTIN, Texas—Goldman Sachs recognized Eagle Eye Networks founder and CEO Dean Drako as one of its “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014” at its Builders and Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Hurricane threat cancels CSSA annual meeting in Bermuda


YARMOUTH, Maine—Hurricane Gonzalo has forced CSAA International to cancel its 2014 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Oct. 17-22 in Bermuda.

Google’s Brian Katz to keynote TechSec 2015

TechSec 2015 educational program line up, speakers announced

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Safety in the cloud, the battle for decision-making with video surveillance and the affect of retail-focused security technology on other vertical markets are among the topics that will be examined and debated at TechSec 2015, the security industry’s p

Market Trends: Audio-video monitoring on the rise, with cautious approach


YARMOUTH, Maine—There are good reasons for the inclusion of audio applications in video monitoring—just as there are reasons for hesitation on the part of integrators and end users.

Ackerman Security donates to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


ATLANTA—Ackerman Security has donated $5,000 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter.

Promotions at SAFE Security


SAN RAMON, Calif.—Randy Perkins has been named EVP and COO at SAFE Security. Also, Jess Alvarado has been appointed CFO for the company, which acquires and provides customer account management services for monitoring contracts.