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Carter Brothers to build new security business with new partner

After selling its fire business to Tyco, Carter looks to collaborate with a cableco or telecom
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10/31/2012

ATLANTA—Now that he’s sold his fire business to Tyco, John Carter, president of Carter Brothers, plans to partner with a large company to provide security services on a national basis.

Tyco completes acquisition of Industrial Safety Technologies

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03/24/2015

CORK, Ireland—Tyco International has completed its acquisition of Industrial Safety Technologies, a manufacturer of gas and flame detection gear, from Battery Ventures for $329.5 million in cash. 

The biggest and the newest at ISC West

IDIS, a newcomer to ISC West, has one of the ten largest booths at the show
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03/18/2015

LAS VEGAS—At the 2015 ISC West show, exhibitors put a lot of thought into their booths—rather literally with Hikvision’s “Thought Theater”—and some companies, like IDIS, are using big booths at ISC West to introduce themselves to the industry.

Tyco joins Thread Group leadership

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02/13/2015

SAN RAMON, Calif.—Tyco now has a seat on the Thread Group’s board of directors.

First stop for biz intelligence? Retail security pros

TechSec 2015: With Big Data, security not just about preventing bad things, but aligning with company goals
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02/09/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Leveraging Big Data establishes retail security professionals as business enablers, according to four experts at TechSec2015.

Tyco’s Long named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Long honored for leadership, support of women in business
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02/02/2015

TORONTO—The Women’s Executive Network (WXM) has recognized Tracy Long, president of Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, Canada, as one of its 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Jay Hauhn retires

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Monday, November 24, 2014

This week is the first week in 37 years that Jay Hauhn is not reporting to work at Tyco (or former sister company ADT). Hauhn's last day was on Friday. I had a chance to catch up with Jay last week at ISC East.

Jay said he's looking forward to taking the next 6 to 12 months to "decompress" from the day-to-day corporate world. But he'll stay connected to the security industry in a volunteer capacity: Hauhn serves as president of the Central Station Alarm Association, and he's also looking forward to "re-engaging with SIA [in some volunteer capacity.]"

Jay began his career with a temporary job at ADT as a "key runner," where he literally carried a metal keybox to businesses when there was an alarm. After six months, he moved to an engineering position where he worked on the "very beginnings of computerization of central stations." He later worked in the World Trade Center in New York where did further work with ADT central stations (There were 165 at the time; today there are fewer than five.)

In the course of his career, Hauhn has worked on the systems integration side of the business, has been responsible for products, and has worked as CTO.

Asked about the most important technological change he witnessed in his career? The digital dialer, he said. "The digital dailer created the residential businesses' ability to cost effectively protect homes. That was a paradigm shift," he said. Many security companies are about 70 percent residential, he noted. "[The digital dailer] led to the growth in this industry."

More recently, an important technological advancement has been managed services and in particular hosted access. Where previously a security company that did card access and video "was lucky to get a maintenance contract," hosted access changed that.

"Steve Van Till [Brivo CEO] did this," Hauhn said. "He showed this industry how to sell card access and get RMR out of every sale."

The industry is not there yet with hosted video, he said.

Hauhn said he's a huge believer that workable video analytics will be the key to hosted video.

"That's where managed video is going to finally get traction," he said. Then, only important snippets of video will be sent to the cloud.

Then that video data will be mined. "It will be more about business operation improvement as opposed to security. That's where the ROI [for end users] would be—in improved business metrics."

I asked him about the most fun stuff he's done working in the security industry.

Hauhn spent some time in the late 80s and early 90s working for ADT's federal group. "I got to design security systems for some places that don't exist," he said. "I'm still not allowed to talk about those, but to go to those federal DoD locations and know the importance of those places, and I got to design the security systems to protect them. That was neat," he said.

Hauhn also really liked some work he did with the Navy SEALS. He declined to elaborate beyond: "I got to play with some of their toys—boats and vehicles. That was fun."

Hauhn said he may do some consulting after a year or so, but he also may decide not to.

"Tyco and ADT have been very good to me," he said. "I know it sounds corny, but I've really met some fantastic people in this industry," he said. "There's a lot of cameraderie and people care about what they do—protecting assets and property."

 

 

Proximex debuts ‘entry level’ PSIM

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08/04/2014

WESTFORD, Mass.—Proximex, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, on Aug. 4 introduced Surveillint Essentials, an entry-level PSIM solution.

Small new fire panel has big capabilities

Designed to be affordable for the small commercial market, Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s new panel has features and functions of high-end systems
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06/18/2014

LAS VEGAS—If Goldilocks were a small business, the smart, new Simplex 4007ES fire alarm panel would be just right for her.

Emergency messaging explained

New guidelines to help installers and end users in all 'rapid onset events'
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05/13/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—Emergency communication systems (ECS) were developed because a fire alarm alone is not always sufficient to tell building occupants what to do in case of an emergency. But what exactly should an ECS message say? There have been no guidelines for that—until now.

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