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Casper City Council approves first reading of alarm ordinance

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05/13/2014

CASPER, Wyo.—The City Council here recently approved the first reading of its nuisance fire alarm ordinance, according to an article from the website of K2 radio, a local news radio station. The ordinance passed 7-2.

Washington city may begin charging for false alarms

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05/13/2014

MERCER ISLAND CITY, Wash.—Police in this city near Seattle have responded to an average of 858 false alarms annually over the past three years, with about 300 believed to be repeat offenders, according to a report from the Mercer Island Reporter, a newspaper based here.

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.

ESA supports 'balanced approach'

The association wants fire detection systems to be eligible for same tax depreciation status as suppression systems
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05/12/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Electronic Security Association is ramping up efforts in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, a bill that would give installers of fire detection systems the same access to federal tax incentives currently available only to fire suppression companies.

Cook Security Group expands into California

Company now has two facilities in California, and may add more
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05/09/2014

MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Cook Security Group, a full-service security company that does mostly commercial business, has opened two new facilities in California, expanding the company’s West Coast footprint in its number one growth market, Randy Neu, the company’s chief marketing officer, told Security Systems News.

ScanSource to offer security 'on demand'

Distributor to launch new education portal at ISC West
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05/09/2014

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The ScanSource booth at ISC West, which has featured memorable themes in the past, will be dedicated entirely to the launch of its new educational program: ScanSource Security On Demand.

Cyber security a recurring theme at PSA-TEC

Drako: ‘Where was your DVR made? Is it connected to the Internet?’
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05/07/2014

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—The data breach that brought down Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is being used as a cautionary tale here at PSA-TEC.

Readers ponder effects of ADT small business strategy

Most readers say tailoring solutions to specific verticals is the way to go
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05/07/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—When it comes to commercial business, an overwhelming majority of readers—90 percent—says it’s best to provide security solutions that are distinct from security and automation packages offered for the home.

ADS, village settle lawsuit

Private companies can now offer fire alarm monitoring services in Algonquin, Ill. after village agrees to end its monopoly of the service
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05/07/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The village of Algonquin recently agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Alarm Detection Systems accused the village of establishing an “illegal monopoly” on fire alarm monitoring.

World Wide Security changing the PSAP data model for mPERS

The company’s PERS division, Life Button 24, is rolling out a new service that central stations can use to get timely PSAP data
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05/07/2014

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Since the inception of mobile PERS, central stations have faced the problem of getting the devices to cheaply and reliably identify the appropriate public safety answering point during an emergency situation.

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