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ADS vs. village in lawsuit

After wins in court saying public fire districts in Illinois can’t monopolize monitoring, the industry is fighting a municipality attempting the same thing
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12/31/2013

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The industry is fighting back against an Illinois municipality’s attempt to do an “end around” of a recent court ruling barring public fire districts from monopolizing fire monitoring in the state.

Firing up residential security companies

Getting into commercial fire can carry lucrative benefits for security companies but they should know the liabilities too
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12/20/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Today’s security alarm dealers face tough competition from new players like telecoms and cablecos and DIY products sold by big box retailers. So it makes sense for dealers to expand into the lucrative fire alarm market—as long as they gain an understanding of the requirements and liabilities of that code-driven business.

Former FDNY commissioner: Mass notification would have helped during 9/11

Tom Von Essen, former FDNY commissioner, now a safety consultant for Honeywell’s Gamewell-FCI division, believes today’s technology could mitigate casualties
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12/11/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—It has been more than a decade since two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, changing the lives of Americans forever, and resulting in the deaths of 2,750 people.

Anderson Fire benefits from minority business status

The Maryland company also stands out for its commitment to educating its employees
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12/11/2013

ELKRIDGE, Md.—Anderson Fire Protection President and CEO Maria Garcia Anderson recently won an award for being an outstanding minority and woman entrepreneur.

Potter: New flow switch a first

The self-testing device for wet sprinkler systems saves water, eliminates pollution and reduces corrosion, company says
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12/10/2013

ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal Co. recently introduced what it says is an industry first: a self-testing flow switch for wet sprinkler systems that requires no discharge of water.

Wind turbines new vertical for ABCO Fire

Ohio company augments its hospital projects by protecting wind turbines in various locales
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11/26/2013

CLEVELAND—This city is home to many hospitals, including the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, so health care is a major vertical for ABCO Fire Protection, based here.

Tyco’s Westfire buy to enhance SimplexGrinnell

SimplexGrinnell regional offices expect to pick up work previously subcontracted
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11/20/2013

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—The addition of Westfire to the Tyco family will complement and enhance SimplexGrinnell, another Tyco business, and bring it more customers and RMR opportunities, according to SimplexGrinnell officials.

Tyco acquires Westfire

The $80 million company brings technical expertise, expands footprint
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11/14/2013

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—Tyco’s acquisition of fire protection company Westfire, announced this morning, “aligns well with the company’s internal strengths,” Jeff Kessler, managing director of institutional research at Imperial Capital, told Security Systems News.

SafeTech Alarm offers free home fire installation

All customers of the Canadian company need to do is sign up for a three-year monitoring contract
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11/13/2013

TORONTO—Installing an alarm system for free to entice customers to sign up for a multiyear monitoring contract is a common home security mass marketing strategy.

Voluntary approach to home fire sprinklers works in Canada

Still, some efforts are underway to encourage provinces to mandate them in new homes
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11/11/2013

MARKHAM, Ontario—Incentives for builders, as well as encouragement and education. Without governmental mandates requiring residential fire sprinklers in Canada, advocates are using such voluntary approaches to persuade homebuilders to install the life-saving devices in new homes.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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