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ADT set to 'go it alone'

CEO of The ADT Corp. squelches rumors new entity will be takeover target
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09/18/2012

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Tyco International shareholders voted Monday to approve splitting Tyco into three separate companies—one of them ADT, another a commercial fire and security business, and the third a flow control unit. ADT officials say they’re eager to see ADT become a stand-alone company, providing security and interactive services to residences and small businesses and focused on innovation and growth.

Monroe Capital takes a look at security

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09/18/2012

CHICAGO—Monroe Capital, a private investment company that has about $700 million in assets, does not currently have investments in the physical security space, but it’s interested in taking a look, Monroe managing director Zia Uddin told Security Systems News.

G4S releases RISK360 ‘incident and case management’ software

Cloud-based SaaS solution said to simplify risk for security professionals
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09/17/2012

PHILADELPHIA—G4S Secure Solutions on Sept. 11 announced the release of a new incident and case management software, called RISK360, designed to help security directors analyze risk and better allocate resources.

ESA of Florida to hold inaugural event

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Friday, September 14, 2012

I wrote this spring about the Irving, Texas-based Electronic Security Association launching a state-chartered chapter in Florida. Now ESA of Florida is about hold an inaugural event.

ESA created the new state chapter because Florida is home to so many security companies.

The Sept. 20 inaugural event, which will be a legislative dinner featuring the chairman of the Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board, Ken Hoffman, who will discuss licensing requirements in Florida and the function of the board, according to an ESA news release. Also, updates on ESA of Florida and the upcoming ESA Leadership Summit in Orlando (slated for this Feb. 18-21, 2013) will be shared.

Steve Paley, president of Rapid Security Solutions LLC and chairman of the ESA of Florida steering committee, said a prepared statement: “We're excited to kick off the activities of ESA of Florida with this legislative dinner. We're encouraging everyone interested in helping to grow the security integration and monitoring industry in Florida to attend.”

Hoffman also said in the news release: “The security industry in Florida is primed for growth, and I'm happy to be able to address companies looking to improve their businesses and serve their customers even better.”

The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at
Ruth's Chris Steak House at 2525 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.

The event — which is sponsored by Interlogix, Honeywell, Telguard and Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution — is open to both ESA members and non-members. Registration for ESA members is free; non-member registration is $35.

For more information or to register, visit www.esaweb.org/event/ESAofFLDinner or call ESA's Member Service Center at (888) 447-1689.

PSIM goes mobile with DICE’s Matrix Universal Video

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09/14/2012

PHILADELPHIA—DICE Corp. this week formally launched Matrix Universal Video, a cloud-based PSIM system that allows users to receive alarms and their linked videos simultaneously and access the information with an iPad or Android device.

S&S weathers Isaac, focuses on ‘doing it right’

Alabama-based fire company says AFSA Quality Contractor recognition helps it stand out
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09/12/2012

MOBILE, Ala.—S&S Sprinkler Co. shut down its main office here for a day and also another office in Baton Rouge, La., for more than two days as Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast in late August, said business manager Jeff McCurley.

Jensby back in industry at San Jose-based RFI

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09/12/2012

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Mary Jensby, formerly central station and data entry director for Monitronics, has been named call center director at RFI Communications & Security Systems, an integration and monitoring company based here.

‘Niche industries’ driving growth of new fire technology market

Need for advanced fire detection is rising, as industries that demand it—such as telecommunications and utilities—experience growth
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09/12/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—Laser-based aspirating smoke detectors and multi-sensors are the fastest-growing segment of the fire market and are modernizing the industry, according to a new study from IMS Research.

SW24’s ‘game-changer’: No long-term monitoring contracts

Company will handle residential intrusion with monthly agreements
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09/12/2012

NEW YORK—SecureWatch 24 is entering the residential intrusion market with what it calls a “blast from the past” for the security industry: no long-term monitoring contracts, with customers owning their equipment and paying up front to cover installation costs.

Virginia security provider having ‘best year ever’

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When I wrote about Richmond Alarm last summer, it was having a good year. The Richmond, Va.-based, family-owned, full-service security company had grown its footprint into Eastern Virginia with a new acquisition, making that company the largest locally-owned security provider in the state.

But 2012 is turning out to be an even better year for Richmond Alarm. Not only did the company celebrate its 65th anniversary this year, but it also won Chesterfield County’s business of the year award this summer.

Also, according to the story this week in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper, revenues are climbing since they flattened out during the recession. “The calendar year 2012 will be the best year ever,” company president Wayne Boggs is quoted as saying.

Richmond Alarm, a Honeywell First Alert dealer, was awarded the 2012 First Choice Business of the Year Award in July, according to its website. It says the award “recognizes companies that consistently contribute to Chesterfield County through community service, innovative products and services, job creation, tax revenue and ethical business standards.”

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