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FDNY approves network and cell communications for primary fire signaling

DMP products believed to be first to gain the approval, which is expected to result in a speedy, cost-saving choice for end users
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08/22/2012

NEW YORK—For the first time, the City of New York Fire Department has approved the use of cellular and network communicators for primary fire alarm signaling to central stations—and Digital Monitoring Products is said to be the first manufacturer to win the approval for its network and cellular products.

Hospital secured for patients, employees and a robot

Williams Electronics provides access control for more than just humans
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08/22/2012

ANGOLA, Ind.—In addition to configuring and installing hundreds of cameras and card readers, Williams Electronics techs had to figure out how to ensure that a robot could get on and off elevators and through doors at the new Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Protection 1 acquires two commercially focused companies

'Siteview' App newest offering for national accounts customers
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08/22/2012

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Protection 1 acquired two commercially focused companies in August, deals that build density in Alabama and New Mexico and fit into Protection 1’s drive to grow its commercial/national accounts division into a $100 million business.

Cox to expand home security

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First, Cox Communications began trialing its new home security/home automation in Tucson, Ariz. last summer. Then, it expanded the service to customers in Phoenix this April. Now, the Atlanta-based cable company announced yesterday, the pilot project has been such a success that the company plans to launch Cox Home Security—which is professionally installed and monitored by a third-party provider the company has declined to name—to other markets later this year.

Where? That’s still anybody’s guess. Todd Smith, director of media relations for Cox, told SSN that the company "plans to expand its Home Security service to several additional markets later this year, following a successful pilot over the last 12 months in Arizona. We’ll announce specific markets as we get closer to launch.” The company also is not saying exactly when that will be.

But Cox did say that it has appointed a new general manager for this new growth area: Vince Groff, formerly the company’s director of video product development.

Here’s more from a company news release:

“Cox Home Security provides advanced features not found in most traditional alarm systems with time-saving, cost-saving, and worry-saving features to help customers manage their family’s safety. The reliable, 24/7 secure monitoring systems feature: intrusion and home safety monitoring (includes fire, gas and flood); remote access so the system can be controlled away from home via a secure online site or Smartphone app; email/text alerts to notify customers of occurrences at the home; safety sensors to detect hazardous conditions such as carbon monoxide and smoke; secure video monitoring available via smart phone or a web browse; [and] control of home functions such as lighting and temperature.

One of Cox’s competitive advantages with this product is the ability to offer to customers through a Cox bundle. With the addition of home security services, all of a customer’s Cox services will appear on one bill …
 
As Cox moves to the next stage of deployment, the company has appointed Vince Groff to the new role of general manager of this new business. Groff led the initial Cox Home Security development and trial execution and will now be responsible for the broader rollout and ongoing management of this new business.

Groff joined Cox in 2000 and was a director of video product development before his promotion to executive director of new growth and development. Vince began his career in systems engineering at Delta Air Lines, and also spent time in strategy consulting and venture capital before coming to Cox.

Cox’s launch in 2011 made it a leader among the telecoms and cablecos entering the security market. Check back here for more developments on this new industry player.

 

Department of Redundancy Department: Five for COPS

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Make it five for COPS.

The wholesale monitoring company, headquartered in Williamstown, N.J., has opened its fifth central station, an 8,000-square-foot facility in Lewisville, Texas. The new center will share live alarm traffic with the company’s centrals in New Jersey, Florida, Arizona and Tennessee.  

Four-year COPS veteran Derek Kopko will manage the new facility, which has 26 employees. Kopko relocated to Texas from COPS’ headquarters in December 2011 and has been hiring and training new dispatchers for the past seven months, the company said in a prepared statement.

Gene Reed, an industry veteran and COPS’ newest account executive, will oversee sales in the region.

David Smith, director of marketing and communications for COPS, told Security Systems News that adding central stations benefits the company in two key ways.

“First, because all five of our central stations are hot-redundant and actively share the signal load of the entire company, each central station we bring online reduces the probability that adverse local conditions [such as weather] will affect our response times,” he said. “Second, we believe that each geographical region presents its own benefits and challenges to alarm dealers. By operating central stations and having employees in these different regions, we have the opportunity to become more involved with our dealers and better understand how we can support them and help grow their business.”

Smith said the commitment to redundancy proved its worth last August during Hurricane Irene.

“When (Irene) went up the East Coast and actually hit our New Jersey headquarters, it only added about a second to our response time because we were able to overstaff all our other central stations,” he said. “The more we do that, the more that we diversify our staff, the more stable and dependable our fast response times become.”

Integrator options at ASIS

A special track geared to the physical security integrator will be included
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08/21/2012

PHILADELPHIA—For the second year in a row, the educational program at the ASIS International Conference will include a special track geared to system integrators. The conference will take place here Sept. 10-13.

Remote monitoring market exceeds $29 billion in 2011

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08/20/2012

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The world market for remote monitoring services was worth more than $29 billion in 2011, equivalent to $2.4 billion in recurring monthly revenue over the course of the year, according to a new report by IMS Research.

Ruling in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case ‘positive’ for industry

But decision in lawsuit brought by ADT over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring will be appealed
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08/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The latest decision in a lawsuit brought by ADT and other alarm companies over public entities taking over fire alarm monitoring in the state contains “a lot of positive things for the alarm industry," according to the executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

ASSA ABLOY buys Alarm Controls

Alarm Controls valued for customization, price point of products
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08/15/2012

STOCKHOLM, Sweden and DEER PARK, N.Y.—In acquiring Alarm Controls Corp., ASSA ABLOY is gaining a company that has the “ability and willingness to do custom work,” said Scott Baker, president of ASSA ABLOY Electro-Mechanical Specialties and OEM Group.

Verint to become independent, public company

Deal announced to ‘buy out’ parent company in share exchange
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08/15/2012

MELVILLE, N.Y.—If the merger deal with its parent company, Comverse Technology Inc. (CTI), goes through as planned, video surveillance provider Verint will be a 100 percent independent public company as early as February.

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