MILWAUKEE--In the July issue of Black Enterprise magazine, Johnson Controls was named one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and ranked in the top 15 for supplier diversity. Black Enterprise is a monthly business and investment publication, which created its list by surveying and evaluating 1,000 of the largest publicly traded companies in the Unites States, plus another 40 global companies with significant presences in the United States.
CHICAGO--Building on shows put on for years by 2005 acquisition Video Master, Initial Electronics (now a property of UTC Fire & Security; see accompanying briefs, this page) will host its first IE Expo on Aug. 17, at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago.
PORTLAND, Ore.--Security systems integrator Selectron has teamed with mass notification software firm Vasona Technology to launch a Campus Public Safety Case Study Program, which will include free installations on select college campuses following a mid-July campus security seminar.
HARTFORD, Conn. - On July 2, UTC Fire & Security, a business unit of United Technologies Corp, announced a share purchase agreement to acquire a stake in India-based Alba Control Systems, one of India's premier security systems integrators.
HOUSTON--ASAP Security Services, a security systems integrator based here, has begun devoting considerable resources to the manufacture of the Cam-V Mobile Security System, veering from its traditional installation business to serve a need the company saw as part of its work with construction firms. The self-contained system contains a DVR, PTZ cameras atop a 23-foot pole that are remotely accessible via Sprint's cellular broadband network, and batteries that keep the system running for 30 days before a backup generator kicks in to recharge them.
CINCINNATI, Ohio--In a model relatively new to the security industry, MonitorClosely.com has established a franchise network, totaling 53 franchisees by May of 2007, that provides IP-based video surveillance services for small businesses.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?