YARMOUTH, Maine—News today that the Blackstone Group, a $180 billion private equity firm, will acquire home automation and security company Vivint in an agreement worth more than $2 billion is another “huge shot of support for the industry,” Michael Barnes, founding partner of Barnes Associates, a consulting and advisory firm that specializes in the security alarm industry, told Security Systems News.
NASHVILLE—Connected services are changing the industry and creating new business opportunities but are also posing some challenges, such as enticing telecom and cableco players into the market, a panel of industry experts said at the Electronic Security Expo here last week.
YARMOUTH, Maine—What’s worse than a false alarm? A moving false alarm, according to panelists at a recent ESX webinar, who cited a growing challenge for monitoring companies as they move deeper into the world of GPS and mobile PERS devices.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Popular demand is bringing the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) back here to the city where it started four years ago—for 2012 and 2013.
Ralph Sevinor, chairman of the board of ESX, which is owned and sponsored by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), said the board listened to exhibitors and attendees in returning the educational and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies to Nashville.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Two of the security industry's biggest national associations, the Central Station Alarm Association and the Electronic Security Association, held their annual awards ceremonies at this year's Electronic Security Expo here.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Electronic Security Expo is scaling up from the 2010 event, according to current ESX chair George De Marco.
“There will be over 200 exhibitors at ESX 2011 in Charlotte this June, which is a 20 percent increase over the 2010 event,” De Marco told Security Systems News. “The registration numbers are running 50 percent-plus over the same period last year. We expect to reach our projections of 2,500-3,000 total attendees.”
LOS ANGELES—The idea of mobile security has been around for a while, but according to some security industry observers, the proliferation of smartphone use and technology may signal the real advent of the mobile security market.