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New American Security president aims for growth

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02/06/2013

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.—David Cohen, the new president and COO of American Security Systems, comes from outside the security industry. But Cohen is experienced at growing businesses, and he wants to double the growth of the security and fire company, based here.

Telguard communicator meets 2013 NFPA 72 requirements

Does the new sole-path communications requirement mean more opportunities for dealers?
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02/04/2013

CHICAGO—Telular Corp. recently announced that its Telguard TG-7FS cellular communicator is now compliant with the National Fire Protection Association 2013 edition requirements for sole-path communications. The latest edition of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, allows sole-path cellular communications to be supervised for commercial fire systems once every 60 minutes, instead of every five minutes as required by the 2010 edition, the company said.

Thomas Jefferson’s home gets Marioff water mist system

Water mist fire suppression systems find new market in historic properties
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01/21/2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A Marioff water mist fire suppression system is now protecting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s iconic home here. It’s an example of a growing niche market for water mist systems: historic homes and other cultural heritage buildings.

Are water mist and sprinkler systems equivalent?

Proposed changes to NFPA 750 raise questions about the two technologies
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01/18/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Water-mist fire suppression systems aren’t just for ships—they are increasingly used in land-based applications, such as historic buildings and hospitals. But are they the equivalent of fire sprinkler systems? That’s the question being hotly debated as proposed changes to the National Fire Protection Association’s standard on water-mist systems come under review.

For school shootings, first response should be ECS

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01/16/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The nation’s schools need to be armed—with emergency communication systems.

Alarm Tech makes synergetic acquisition

The Maryland fire company combines its resources with a company in its backyard, adding services that enhance its market opportunities
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01/09/2013

SEVERN, Md.—Alarm Tech Solutions, a fire company based here, has acquired SPC Inc. of Jessup, Md. The Jan. 7 acquisition increases Alarm Tech’s work force by nearly 40 percent and provides it with a variety of new and expanded market opportunities.

AFA acquires, puts former NYC fire commissioner on its board

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01/09/2013

SYOSSET, N.Y.—AFA Protective Systems, a super-regional based here, recently added about $45,000 to its RMR with the acquisition of Ready Alarm, a company providing commercial fire alarm monitoring, maintenance and inspection services in the New York City market.

Tribal business is specialty of Oklahoma company

York Electronic Systems is American Indian-owned, but its president says real key to winning jobs is good service
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12/26/2012

BROKEN ARROW, Okla.—Oklahoma has one of the greatest concentrations of American Indian tribes in the nation, and tribal businesses are an important vertical for York Electronic Systems, which is based here.

San Francisco company to upgrade fire system at landmark

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12/21/2012

SAN FRANCISCO—The Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a marvel of modern architecture with an old and outdated fire alarm system. Now, however, U.S. Electric Technologies, based here, has been awarded a contract of up to $2 million to upgrade the system.

Going against the grain: Builder promotes sprinklers

Florida homebuilder offers free sprinkler systems in homes he builds and works with NFPA to advocate for them
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12/12/2012

CAPE CORAL, Fla.—Many homebuilders fight against installing home fire sprinklers, contending they discourage sales by jacking up a home’s price tag. But Sam Davis, a builder based here, believes so strongly that sprinklers save lives that he offers them free in all the homes he builds.

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