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New Matrix CEO expanding company presence

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Access control provider Matrix Systems, which in May appointed Holly Tsourides as its new CEO, opened a new sales and marketing office north of Boston in the city of Lowell, Mass. It will serve at the company base for marketing and other strategic initiatives to drive sales, new technology partnerships and customized service options. Matrix has hired two employees to staff the Lowell office, and plans to hire more.

Matrix Systems is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio.

In a prepared statement, Tsourides said the new location has "strategic advantages" as the company seeks technology partnerships and recruits talent.  “Suppliers located in the Boston area include some of the industry's best, and we look forward to working alongside them – and with them – to further boost our immediate and long-term business strategies," she said in a statement.
 
In the past several months the company has been focused on "continuing to innovate its products and services."  In June, it "deployed Lean education and methodologies as part of an overall goal to foster a culture of continuous improvement."  It is also adding new "features and functionalities to its Frontier access control software platform and seeking new partnerships to boost the value of its open-standards approach to security. "
 

Massachusetts city fights to control fire alarm monitoring

The city of Lowell requires businesses to use one type of fire alarm system despite a court ruling against such a mandate
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05/29/2013

LOWELL, Mass.—Massachusetts’ highest court ruled last year that municipalities can’t require businesses to install just one type of fire alarm system when the state building code allows for four choices. But the city of Lowell contends that decision doesn’t apply to it.

Security system scam moves across the U.S.

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05/28/2013

ESSEX, Mass.—A scam that plagued Arizona earlier in 2013 has crept east, according to an article from the Gloucester Times, a newspaper based in Gloucester, Mass.

Faulty fire alarm prompts investigation

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04/03/2013

HOLLISTON, Mass.—At a restaurant in this suburb west of Boston, a fire alarm was pulled but did not trigger a response from the local fire department, according to an article from The MetroWest Daily News, a newspaper based in Framingham, Mass.

Systems integrator start-up in Mass.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A new systems integration company has opened its doors in Burlington, Mass. A2 Systems, founded by security industry veterans Pat Connors and Matt Leonard, opened its doors after the first of the year and just completed its first job for an energy company. It’s now delving into two more jobs—one in the pharmaceutical vertical and one in retail.

Connors, who is in charge of operations, and Leonard, who does sales and marketing, previously worked for Massachusetts-based Team AVS. They left there last spring and began planning to launch A2 Systems.

“We took the time to research different products,” Connors said.

A2 Systems does access control, video, intrusion, fire alarm, intercom and emergency call boxes. Its mantra is “Keep it simple and extreme customer service,” Leonard said. A2 will offer Red Cloud, Honeywell, Exacq Technologies, and Axis Communications products among others.

Its first job was an IP-based surveillance system at a solar farm in Massachusetts. “Each panel is about five feet by eight feet and there are thousands of them,” Connors said.

The solar farm is owned by a national solar energy provider that is headquartered out of state. The surveillance systems allows the security officers at headquarters to keep an eye on the solar array and other electronic systems at the 40-acre Massachusetts location.

It's already come in handy. “The solar array feeds power into the grid,” Connors said. “During a recent snowstorm the system went into alarm because it wasn’t producing any electricity,” he said. The security operation at headquarters was able to view the solar array remotely and found out there was snow covering many of the panels.

A2 Systems will focus on job in Massachusetts and New Hampshire initially. “We carefully select our customers and offer a high level of customer service,” Leonard said.

The company’s business plan calls for “a good amount of growth in 2013. Connors expects to add another three to four techs by the end of the year. The company also plans to offer “Lunch and Learn” for end users this year to show them “what technology is out here and what they should use for different situations,” Connors said.