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ADT enhances Pulse with new Home View application

New software allows Pulse customers to remotely interact with home devices via personalized floor plan
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06/06/2012

BOCA RATON, Fla.—A new free feature for ADT Pulse enables customers to create a virtual floor plan of their home to control smart-home devices through a mobile device or on the Web.

Identisys buys Claritus ID division

Integrator expects to have $40 million in revenues in 2012
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06/06/2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Systems integrator Identisys on June 1 acquired the identification division of Claritus, an integrator based in Lincoln, Neb.

Alarm Detection Systems acquires Norshore Alarm

Deal includes 2,100 accounts and about $80K in RMR
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06/06/2012

AURORA, Ill.—Alarm Detection Systems, based here, has expanded its footprint in northern Illinois by acquiring Norshore Alarm Co. and its 2,100 accounts, ADS announced on May 29.

New Bold module monitors Twitter, Facebook

Tracking social media could mean more revenue for central stations, company says
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06/06/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies is rolling out software that will allow customers to monitor traffic on Twitter and other social media sites, potentially opening the door to a new revenue stream for central stations

AFA Protective buys in Philly

Purchase of Sera Security will yield $50k in RMR in mostly commercial fire accounts
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06/06/2012

SYOSSET, N.Y.—In a deal that bumps the company’s RMR to more than $2.5 million, AFA Protective Systems on June 1 acquired the alarm business assets of Sera Security of Southampton, Pa., in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

LifeShield customers to be ‘monitored by Protection 1’

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yardley, Pa.-based LifeShield Security offers wireless digital home security systems that are easy to install and are professionally monitored. And now monitoring and installation for LifeShield customers is going to be provided by Protection 1, the second largest security company in the United States.

LifeShield today announced a new partnership with that industry leader. Here’s more from the company’s June 6 release:
 

LifeShield Security is pleased to announce a new strategic relationship with Protection 1, the second largest security company in the United States, that will leverage the five fully redundant UL certified central stations of Protection 1 by offering their services to LifeShield customers as "monitored by Protection 1."

With customers in all 50 states, LifeShield has built a significant national brand using innovative products, value pricing, and strong endorsements from Dan Marino and John Timoney, America's top cop. Protection 1 is known for its highly rated customer service and local presence in 60 key markets. The relationship will leverage the best attributes of both companies and accelerate residential subscriber growth.

"LifeShield Security has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, but we believe we need a local presence to expand our opportunity to grow even faster. Protection 1 has one of the industry's best reputations for local service," said Michael Hagan, CEO of LifeShield. "This relationship with Protection 1 is a win-win-win for LifeShield, Protection 1, and our customers. We both have an over 95% customer satisfaction rating, and together we give customers peace of mind with LifeShield's superior technology and Protection 1's state of the art monitoring centers."

"We are thrilled to partner with LifeShield Security," said Tim Whall, President and CEO, Protection 1. "They have brought affordable interactive services to the industry through their IP- and cellular-based products and mobile applications. Their team has a great track record in high growth Direct-to-Consumer Marketing. We think this industry is entering a new phase of growth and these types of strategic partnerships help both companies gain larger market share in a growing industry."

LifeShield also is known for making innovative use of popular culture to promote home security. Check out my blogs on the company's partnering with Airbnb and also the wide-ranging ways it taps into social media.

Kratos personnel moves

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kratos announced  this morning that Jack Turley has joined the company as VP of Strategic Development, responsible for all marketing, vertical market development, and strategic alliances for systems integration business. .

Most recently, Turley was the VP of Sales & Marketing for Gallagher Security, and before that, he was VP of Sales & Marketing for Aronson Security Group, the West Coast ASG.

In a prepared statement, Kratos PSS president Ben Goodwin said: "Jack has a strong background in marketing with many innovative programs for various facets of the security sector in his previous roles and will work to enhance the Kratos|HBE brand to support our key initiatives."

In other Kratos news, Kratos CTO Chris Peckham has joined the TechSec Advisory Board. We have a couple other new members of the board as well; we'll be making a formal announcement before the end of the month.

Alarm industry keeping pace with PERS

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

With baby boomers reaching age 65 and more of the elderly population living independently, personal emergency response systems have become the safety net of choice for millions of Americans. While central stations have been dealing with PERS for a few years now, the stakes are rising and the game keeps changing—think of GPS and two-way voice from a pendant. Technology has come a long way from “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” and training and procedures must keep pace.

The developments haven’t been lost on the Central Station Alarm Association. It has been working on establishing a standard for PERS technology and monitoring through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is in the final stages of the process, Executive VP Stephen Doyle says in the latest edition of CSAA Dispatch.

“The CSAA board recognized that education and training on PERS would be needed if there is to be long-term credibility in the marketplace and with the AHJs,” he writes.

Few would disagree, but technology doesn’t sleep and people don’t always see eye to eye on where it is taking us. Looking farther down the road, who will serve as the gatekeeper for issues that emerge as PERS devices evolve beyond where they are today?

“With the formal promulgation of the … PERS standard and the training of PERS monitoring operators in the probable near future, it seems as though the time has come to consider forming a PERS Council,” Doyle says.

The council’s role would be to “help shape issues” specific to the interests of its members pertaining to PERS monitoring. Doyle said that the mission would be a natural for the CSAA.

“With the growth of the aging population, PERS monitoring and dispatch will become an increasing issue for the AHJs and the PSAPs,” Doyle says. “And who better to deal with the issues attendant to this technology than CSAA—as we have done very successfully with public safety entities for so many years.”

Council membership and other details are likely to be discussed at the CSAA’s midyear board meeting at ESX on June 25, according to Doyle.

Last call for ESX discounts: It’s not too late to get the early-bird discount for ESX Nashville. The deadline has been extended for one week, with lower registration rates available until Friday (June 8). To cash in, go to www.esxweb.com/register.

Rush bust-cam manufacturer not disclosed

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

You've probably heard that radio personality Rush Limbaugh has been memorialized in the Missouri state house with a bronze bust. Click here to see a photo.

Limbaugh was inducted into the “Hall of Famous Missourians” a couple of weeks ago in a closed-door ceremony, which, according to this AP report, had police posted at the door to prevent any disruption of the event.

Worried about vandalism of the bronze sculpture, the House spent $1,100 on a security camera to keep an eye on Rush’s bust. While the Limbaugh statue was paid for with private funds, taxpayer funds were used for the camera.

There was an existing security camera in the state house rotunda, but Rush’s is the only bust with its very own camera, according to the story.

Missouri House Clerk Adam Crumbliss, who signed off on the purchase, is quoted as saying that the Rush bust-cam is serving as a beta for possible future video purchases. He’s quoted as saying that the House is considering installing cameras to broadcast its sessions live and the Rush bust-cam perfomance will help House leaders assess resolution and picture quality.

Curious about the manufacturer of the Rush bust-cam? About who installed the camera?  I spoke with Missouri House communications director Trevor Fox last week, and he said he’d get back to me. Called him again today.

Will let you know when I get a call back.

Cooper Notification: New LED appliances are ‘industry’s first’

A Florida fire company likes the devices because they’re energy efficient and have a smaller profile than traditional ones
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06/05/2012

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Advanced Fire & Security, based here, is eager to start installing Cooper Notification’s new LED notification appliances for reasons that include energy efficiency, ease of installation and a smaller profile, according to the company’s owners.

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