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SIA’s Education Interest Group to become SIA PASS

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11/06/2014

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced that its Education Interest Group, formed in 2013 to address school security issues, is now the SIA Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS).

Introduction and CSAA's rescheduled meeting

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To formally introduce myself, my name is Spencer Ives and I’m the new associate editor here at SSN. I’ll primarily be covering the central station monitoring beat. I’m brand new to the security industry and am looking forward to getting to know you. I'm excited about writing about new developments in your businesses, the evolution of monitoring technology and general trends in the monitoring world. 

The first notable item that has cropped up under my watch has been the 2014 CSAA Annual Meeting being cancelled due to a hurricane in Bermuda. However, bouncing back, the CSAA has found a new time and place for the event: It will now be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at The Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.

Elizabeth Lasko, VP of marketing and communications for CSAA International told me, “The difficulty was that we had two-and-a-half days of solid information sessions. Those can’t be rescheduled. ...We can’t get all 25 to commit to a second two-and-half day segment of time.” While, it may be scaled down, the meeting will go on. The CSAA Board of Directors Meeting will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the General Membership Meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The "Monitoring Matters" blog is meant to be a forum for discussion. Please feel free to comment, and if you have news tips, suggestions for stories or if you simply want to introduce yourself, feel free to call me at 207-846-0600, ext. 254, or email me at sives@securitysystemsnews.com.

 

 

Protection 1 shines up its HALO

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Protection 1, responding to consumer demand to combine home security, home automation and energy efficiency, has added central alarm operator video alarm verification and other features to its HALO home automation platform.

Using a mobile app, residential users can control and manage interactive security, video monitoring and energy management solutions along with other connected devices. It’s powered by Alarm.com’s cloud-based software platform.

To reduce energy costs, sensor information learns a home’s activity patterns and creates “Smart Schedules” for efficient energy management, Protection 1 said in a prepared statement. That includes adjusting the thermostat to save energy when the customer is not at home and turns the heat back up when the customer is on the way home.

Customers also have the option of integrating solar energy into the system.

Five Questions: Josh Cummings

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11/03/2014

Josh Cummings recently was promoted to director, engineering services, for Minneapolis-based VTI Security. He is charged with engaging and coordinating the engineering activity in all VTI offices. He will report to Rick Allan, chief technology officer, and they will identify best practices, lead VTI’s technology decisions and guide the technical training needs for the company.

American Alarm’s N.H. move promotes its growth plan

Customer service, jobs should increase as a result, president says
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10/29/2014

ARLINGTON, Mass.—In keeping with its plan for aggressive growth, New England security provider American Alarm and Communications expects to increase its customer service capabilities and add jobs with a new and bigger New Hampshire office.

CSG buys two in Texas

Deal brings in 4,000 customers, $120,000 RMR; CSG also has new $325m credit facility
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10/29/2014

TULSA, Okla.—Central Security Group has added nearly 4,000 customers and RMR of $120,000 with its recent acquisition of two security and home automation providers, Dallas-based Fort Knox Security Services and SW Security Services.

Two new accolades for Genetec

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10/28/2014

MONTREAL—Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, has recently received two honors.

New resi dealer eyes Southern California market for growth

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Monday, October 27, 2014

LONGVIEW, Wash.—Aaron Wenner, the owner of Universal Security and Alarm Inc., which got up and running here in April as an authorized Monitronics dealer, is looking to the Southern California market to expand, primarily because of “its nice, big retirement community.”

“Those door-knocking companies only work four to five months out of the year, but we need to work year round, especially when it gets darker earlier; these (retirees) are home during the day,” he said during an introductory phone call with Security Systems News.

Universal “doesn’t do a whole lot” of door-knocking,” although Wenner did when he worked for Utah-based NorthStar. He got tired of coming in “behind others who had totally ripped off customers,” he said.

The company, which promises “no sneaky fees,” has been doing well since its start-up, he said.

“We have a unique opportunity with Monitronics. We can sell our contracts to them or keep them for ourselves—it’s totally up to us which ones we keep,” he said. So far he has kept 200.

The company offers residential and commercial alarm systems, medical alert buttons and fire monitors to customers in Washington, Oregon and California. The wireless systems also provide remote access.

Judge dismisses patent infringement lawsuit against Mobotix

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10/22/2014

NEW YORK—A patent infringement lawsuit against Mobotix Corp. has been dismissed.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery dismissed the suit, filed by San Antonio, Texas-based e-Watch Inc., according to Mobotix, a provider of network-based surveillance systems.

‘20 under 40’ 2014—Brett Springall

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10/21/2014

Brett Springall, 40
Managing director, Security Central, Statesville, N.C.

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