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How I Use My System: Trey Alter


Trey Alter, CEO of Dynamark, has been with the company since he was in high school. He is a Security Systems News “20 under 40,” Class of 2014. “I spent my early years just trying to learn all of the different aspects of the security business, from installing to selling to inventory control. I’ve had pretty much every position you can have in the security industry on my way to where I am today,” he said. Alter talked with SSN in July about the system he has at home.

Eyewitness Surveillance secures $15 million

Funding aimed at strategic growth, market penetration

HANOVER, Md.—Eyewitness Surveillance, a provider and installer of video monitoring solutions for auto dealerships and metal recyclers, has received $15 million in new financing from The PrivateBank.

Five Questions: Tom McNeil

VP of sales at Security Partners

Tom McNeil, former middle linebacker and team captain for the Purdue University football team with security industry experience at United Central Control and CMS, is the new VP of sales for Security Partners, where he will oversee the company’s national sales force. Security Systems News caught up with McNeil in Chicago to ask him five questions.

Matlins' new gig includes e-commerce

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Think Protection, the mass market home alarm company launched by industry veteran Joel Matlin in June, is preparing for another launch next month: an e-commerce store.

“The launch is incredibly exciting as potential customers can order an alarm system through the store 24/7 from anywhere in the world," Matlin's son, Adam Matlin, Think Protection's COO, told me.

"With us operating throughout the U.S. and Canada, we believe the e-commerce store will present a fantastic opportunity to dramatically expand our brand and our high value/low cost value proposition,” he said.  

Joel Matlin is CEO of the company, based and Toronto and Florida. He previously founded AlarmForce and Frisco Bay Industries.




News Poll: Millennials love technology

Industry divided on whether to change training techniques

YARMOUTH, Maine—Millennials have entered the workplace, but are they fundamentally different from previous generations? Security Systems News readers said yes in this month’s News Poll: Generation Y is noticeably more tech savvy, they said.

There’s a bright side for traditional dealers with DIY/MIY, really

UCC's Mark Matlock discusses opportunities in the market

First and foremost, I am careful not to plant any stakes in the ground regarding the future of this industry. I have been in the electronic security industry for 30 years, and I have never witnessed anything like the sweeping changes in the industry today, especially regarding DIY/MIY.

New Viscount CEO Sieracki looks to commercial market

Sieracki touts cybersecurity benefits of ‘panel-less’ architecture

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Scott Sieracki, newly named CEO of access control provider Viscount, believes the company offers an economical alternative to traditional access control and also addresses current cybersecurity concerns.

New product debuting at ASIS?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Do you have a new product to introduce at ASIS next month?

If so, get it in gear, folks, and submit relevant information for Security Systems News’ ASIS New Show Products section. Just giving a shout out for your benefit and for your last chance. The SSN show issue is always popular and space is limited, so please get in touch asap! We want to know, and so do our readers!

All companies exhibiting at the show can submit a product that is making its debut at ASIS 2015 in September. Companies that have more than one product division may submit one product for each division.

To take advantage of this free editorial opportunity, please send an email with the following information in the body of the text to

1.  Company name
2.  Company website
3.  Product name
4.  Three bullet points that describe your product, each 12 words or less
5.  ASIS booth number (essential; you must be exhibiting at ASIS)
6.  Image of product (JPEG file with a DPI of 300 or greater. No PDFs, please.)

We can wait until Friday, but that’s it.

Space in the issue is limited, so submitting early ensures you a place in the section!

Hope you all have a great show!


Specifically Speaking with Bill Jacobs

Principal consultant, Jacobs Group Consulting, San Diego, Calif.

What's the specialty of Jacobs Group Consulting?

How I Use My System: Eric Garner


Eric Garner is the COO of family-operated Mountain Alarm, an installer based in Ogden, Utah. He has worked full time with the company for eight years, and manages the relationship between the company’s offices in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Montana. Security Systems News caught up with Eric and talked about his home system…