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Talking keypads and panels with Chip Shiver

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07/07/2014

DAYTON, Ohio—It’s safe to say that Chip Shiver, president of Sonitrol SW Ohio and Shiver Security Systems, got into the industry a bit earlier than most. “I guess you could say I was born into it,” he told Security Systems News. Shiver’s father started Sonitrol of Southwest Ohio in 1971, based here, and since then Shiver has been involved “on and off since day one.”

PPVAR completes video verification best practices in time for ESX

The best practices identify three different threat levels for video verification
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07/02/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Meeting the ESX deadline it set for itself late last year, the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response has completed a best practices document for video verification, which distills feedback from more than 30 security companies, 12 law enforcement agencies and four insurance industry associations.

Force Security: Audio and video verification essential

DC-based commercial security company grows with verified systems
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07/02/2014

MANASSAS, Va.—Force Security president Ken Kocher is a former cop who believes audio and video verification are essential elements of an effective security system.

Metrodial to go live with trio of mobile apps

The central station is the first adopter of SmartTek’s trio of personal protection apps, which includes an app-based mPERS service
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07/02/2014

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—With several different mobile PERS models gaining traction in the monitoring space, it’s not yet clear what type of device and what combination of features will be the winner in the marketplace.

'Timing is perfect' for Honeywell upgrade solution release

Dealers can offer the cost-effective VISTA Automation Module (VAM) when they do radio upgrades as the 2G sunset approaches
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07/02/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Honeywell just introduced a new solution enabling dealers to offer affordable home automation upgrades to more than 10 million customers—and a company executive says the release of Honeywell’s VISTA Automation Module or “VAM” couldn’t have come at a better moment.

SafeStreets celebrates its 500,000th ADT customer

‘Megadealership’ created when three ADT dealers merged, SafeStreets may expand again
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07/02/2014

GARNER, N.C.—SafeStreets USA, ADT’s second-largest dealer, recently secured its 500,000th customer and has set its sights on adding more.

Five Questions: Lynde Bailey

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07/01/2014

Lynde Bailey is the new Midwest regional sales manager for SDI Specialized Fire Products, a New Jersey-based fire company that specializes in fire and security testing solutions. She has more than 10 years experience in the fire alarm industry. In her new position, she is charged with spearheading expansion and growth in the market and she also will play a key role in developing innovative industry initiatives and offerings from SDI. Security Systems News caught up with Lynde in May and asked her five questions:

Monitronics, eDist Security team up

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07/01/2014

MAHWAH, N.J.—eDist Security, a wholesale distributor of surveillance and intrusion hardware based here, recently announced a new partnership with Monitronics, according to a news release.

CSAA launches pair of surveys

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07/01/2014

VIENNA, Va.—The Central Station Alarm Association has launched a pair of surveys, one dealing with the proposed “Alarm Monitoring Model Licensing Act,” and another with industry compensation practices, according to separate news releases from the CSAA.

PlateSmart takes license plate recognition to the cloud

‘Software-only solution’ uses existing equipment
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06/30/2014

OLDMAR, Fla.—PlateSmart, which bills itself as the first “software-only license plate recognition solution,” is in growth mode as it prepares to launch a SaaS-based LPR solution, company CEO John Chigos told Security Systems News.

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