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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.

ECKey closes funding round

Investors include industry vet Robert Chefitz
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10/17/2012

LANCASTER, Pa.—ECKey, a startup manufacturer of smartphone access-control readers and systems, has closed its first funding round, Paul Bodell, ECKey president, told Security Systems News.

Two New Mexico security firms merge

New company touts ‘unique model’ of providing in-person response to alarms with its staff of veteran police officers
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10/17/2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Two security companies here, Select Security Systems and Armed Response Team, recently merged.

Security Partners opens Advanced Services Division

Demand for managed video and access control drives new offering
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10/17/2012

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners, a wholesale monitoring company based here, has launched an Advanced Services Division to keep pace with market demand for managed video and access control and to boost RMR for dealers.

Management changes at Avigilon

COO Andrew Martz to step down
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10/17/2012

VANCOUVER—Avigilon, a rapidly growing provider of high-definition surveillance products, announced this week that COO Andrew Martz will resign at the end of the year. The COO position will be divided into two new roles: EVP of product development and EVP of global operations.

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