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Richard Walker to help monitor Monitronics M&A possibilities

Brings acquisition experience from IHS
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04/20/2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ascent Capital Group, Monitronics’ parent company based here, has appointed Richard G. Walker as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.

News Poll: Cloud is security’s future

Opinions vary on whether cloud is good for the industry
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04/13/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Cloud offerings are proliferating in the security industry. Recently, Dice and IBS launched cloud-hosted monitoring and 3xLOGIC acquired cloud-based access control provider Infinias. In the latest News Poll, Security Systems News asked readers whether cloud is here to stay. Just over half of respondents—52 percent—said yes.

Back at it: School security technology ‘main priority’

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04/09/2015

WASHINGTON—They’re not giving up. Advocates for federal funding for school security technology have taken their case to Congress for the past two years to no avail; a measure last year got caught up in the gun control debate and fell victim to politics. Now, the fight begins anew.

North American access control market approaches $5 billion

Biometrics to remain the largest technology
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04/08/2015

DALLAS—The North American access control market will rise to about $5 billion in 2020, up from $2 billion in 2014, while the global market will reach $10.3 billion, according to a Marketsandmarkets report.

How I Use My System: Matt Cooper

Director of field operations, Protection 1
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04/07/2015

Matt Cooper is the new director of field operations for Protection 1. He sees this role incorporating elements from his previous role as a regional operations manager. The main difference being, he said, that his new role is on a national scale. Among other responsibilities, he is working to “create a bridge” between the regional branches and the national accounts. Cooper, an ex-Navy man, talked with Security Systems about the system he has at home.

ESX starts TechVision Challenge for Innovation Award winners

‘Shark Tank’ of industry leaders to judge
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03/27/2015

BALTIMORE—The top 10 ESX Innovation Awards winners will compete in the new TechVision Challenge, what ESX Chair George De Marco describes as “a Shark Tank-style contest” at the show here June 23.

Emergency communications systems not mainstream—yet

Regulations and social media may quicken ECS buy-in
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03/26/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It’s not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it’s difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.

Proprietary vs. open systems: Open is preferred, but it’s harder to sell

Integrator, consultant and manufacturer discuss the drivers and limitations of both types of systems
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03/25/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The debate over open systems versus proprietary systems is usually not a debate in the physical security industry. Open systems are generally thought of as better.

PSIM market growth projected in North America

Consumer awareness expected to drive trend
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03/25/2015

DALLAS—The PSIM market in North America will grow from $3.6 billion in 2015 to around $4.9 billion in 2019, according to a new TechNavio report.

News Poll: Cybersecurity is becoming a physical security matter

Though, some readers say more ‘definition’ is needed
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03/25/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—As cybersecurity becomes a common topic of conversation among physical security systems installers, Security Systems News asked its readers whether they’re concerned about cybersecurity threats and what their companies are doing to safeguard themselves and their customers.

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SSN News Poll July 2015

Studies show a correlation between having women in the boardroom and profitability. And yet, there remains a dearth of women in the security industry. Some organizations, including SIA and the Women's Security Council, are actively working to expand the number of professional women in the security industry. What is your company doing? Why do you think there are so few women in the industry?

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