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Specifically Speaking with Andrew Wartell

Principal, Wartell Consulting: Security Analysis, Technology and Operations in Vienna,Va.
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12/31/2015

Tell me about your professional background before you started Wartell Consulting.

Industry gives thumbs-up to private equity

Only 12 percent pessimistic about PE
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12/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Private equity has a foothold in security, owning companies like Vivint, Protection 1 and CSG Security, but how does the industry really feel about private equity? Security Systems News’ latest poll showed that half of respondents have worked with private equity and most would consider selling their business to a PE group.

Panel: Biz can learn lessons from smart home tech

It should be easy to enter commercial market, they say
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12/15/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Smart home technology can and should bleed over into commercial market, especially for small business, according to three platform providers who spoke at the Cloud+ conference, held here.

Microsoft tells Cloud+ attendees to find the right cloud

Keynote Monica Hopelian cloud should be flexible, enterprise grade, secure
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12/09/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—The cloud is here to stay, and physical security pros would be wise to get on it.

In the Big Easy, it's not always easy

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Just days before the 50th Super Bowl will take place, the assistant chief of public safety for New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which has hosted many of those spectacular games in the past, will discuss what goes into protecting thousands upon thousands of spectators.

Ross Bourgeois will speak at the TechSec Solutions conference on Feb. 3 in Delray Beach, Fla. The conference, presented by Security Systems News, will be held Feb. 2-3 at the Marriott there. The conference brings together security directors, integrators, installers, industry experts and advisors, manufacturers and consultants to look at where physical security is headed and how businesses can seize new opportunities.

Bourgeois, a former New Orleans police officer, will talk about what it takes to ensure safety at a decades-old venue in the heart of a “small big city.”

Bourgeois also is in charge of security for the downtown Smoothie King Center, home to Final Four college basketball championships and more, and Champion Square.

What does he seek to secure his urban facilities? What are his frustrations with the security industry? How does he meld customer service with making sure fans stay safe?

This interactive session will offer valuable information for those who work in other verticals.

Bourgeois is a 2015 SSN “20 under 40” End User award winner and will be honored, with his fellow awardees, at the conference.

Specifically Speaking with Jeff Spivey

President of Security Risk Management in Charlotte, N.C.
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11/30/2015

During our conversation you mentioned the “new security model.” Can you explain what you mean by that?

10 ways security integrators can make money from cloud

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Can you make money from cloud-based video and access control? Are cloud-based systems more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks? Is it too early to embrace cloud-based technology?

These are just three of the many questions that we'll be answering at Cloud+, a new conference that I've been putting together over the past several months. The conference is around the corner: Dec. 7-8 in Silicon Valley, but it's not too late to sign up!

Over that past two weeks, I've had conference calls with a very cool lineup of speakers who will be looking at cloud-based technology in a way that our industry has not previously done. We'll give you many more than 10 ways to make money from cloud. 

--The educational sessions will cover everything from basic definitions to the implications of central station infrastructure sitting in the cloud and the possibilities of cloud-powered biometrics.

--Our keynote speaker from Microsoft will talk about which industries are doing a good job taking advantage of cloud and how they're doing it.

--Leading integrators will give you expert advice and real-life examples of how to make profit and provide ROI from cloud-based access control and video.

--We’re excited to have Rodney Thayer, who’s adept at both security consulting and hacking, doing a presentation about cybersecurity and how to ensure safety in the cloud.

--The exhibit hall will be educational too. It's the first venue ever to showcase cloud-based physical security technology side-by-side in one place.

Hope to see you in California Dec. 7-8! Here's a link to the program and registration.

The IoP(ets)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

I am one of the 60 percent of reported Americans who own pets. Apparently, this will drive me to be a smart home customer.

I have two cats. One is older, one is a kitten. I love them to death. Do I need to watch them 24/7? No. They wake up after hours of sleep about 4 a.m., jump on my sleeping head and clamor for breakfast. After they eat, they are rambunctious, then they go back to sleep. For hours. How do I know where they are without a camera? I see their inches-deep hair on my living room sofa.

They greet me at the door when I arrive home about 6 p.m., run around for a few minutes and then go back to sleep. This is no insightful news to cat owners.

But according to Vivint, we should be using smart home technology to take better care of our pets’ “safety, health and overall care.” We can monitor their activity level and food intake. 

The “passion people have for their pets … means a large market opportunity for those companies connecting pets and smart home technology,” the study says.

I get the IoT thing to find lost pets. What I don’t understand is people wanting to check in on their indoor pets, including monitoring their eating habits. One of my cats, the older one, is very fat. “Pet management,” including “smart pet food monitoring,” could become a driving force in the IoT market, the study said. I just prefer to give my fat cat less food.

I’m skeptical, but also interested in who uses this technology. I’ve heard it’s mostly Millennials, but Vivint says the use of smart home tech for pet care “is likely to be one of the strongest demand drivers for the smart home in coming years.”

Pet owners’ passion “could be a significant entry point for many into the smart home,” it said. I have passion for my pets, but they are, afterall, pets. I don’t feel the need to watch them all the time and see where they’re sleeping. I will spare you my opportunity to post photos of them here (but they are both cute, trust me); they don’t need me watching them around the clock. 

Who has another view?  Am I just a bad pet owner?

How I Use My System: Robert Forsythe

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11/23/2015

Robert Forsythe is the president of US Monitoring, a wholesale monitoring company based in Oklahoma City. He is also the president of C & C Products a rep firm for security products, also based in Oklahoma City. He started in the industry in 1989 as a service manager with Rollins Security.

Specifically Speaking with Walter 'Skip' Adams

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11/23/2015

What kinds of customers/projects do you work with?

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