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NewsPoll: Recession abating, growth to come

SSN readers signal good times ahead

YARMOUTH, Maine—The recession shows signs of letting up and there are better times to come in 2015, Security Systems News’ readers said in response to this month’s NewsPoll.

Specifically Speaking with John E. Harrington

President of Red Hill Security Consulting

You launched your consulting business four years ago, what vertical markets do you work in and what types of systems do you design?

Five Questions: Chad Swain


Chad Swain is the new general manager of Protection 1’s Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, markets. His experience elsewhere ranges from commercial sales and installation manager to executive sales trainer, senior vice president of sales and regional general manager. Swain also owned and operated his own company as a manufacturer and distributor of security products including video, IP and HD cameras and DVRs. In November, Security Systems News caught up with Chad and asked him five questions.

CFATS reauthorization, at long last

Four-year extension will benefit industry

WASHINGTON—After a long wait for those in the industry, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) have been extended for four years.

Security investment and finance in ’14

New players and investors enter security industry, show interest in innovative pricing and business models, expanded services

YARMOUTH, Maine—Valuations, at least for smaller security deals, were generally higher in 2014 compared to 2013. That is one area of agreement among three security finance and investment experts who participated in a Security Systems News virtual round table.

News Poll: Casual and ‘fun’ is prevalent, helpful in the office

Some ‘focus on productivity over structure’

YARMOUTH, Maine—John Loud, owner of LOUD Security believes that without a positive company culture, “nothing else matters.” SSN readers discuss Loud’s approach and issues such as cellphone policies and casual working environments in the latest SSN News Poll.

Mega-brewery protects 700 workers with Eaton MNS

Great Southwestern Fire & Safety installs ALERiTY platform

SARASOTA, Fla.—When MillerCoors sought a new integrated emergency communications solution for its 150-acre mega-brewery in Fort Worth, Texas, it went with Eaton.

Global market for mass transit security to grow 76 percent by 2018

Railroads projected to be key growth area

LONDON—The global mass transit security market will grow 76 percent from 2013 to 2018 according to a TechNavio report that assesses the value of this market through examining surveillance, infrastructure, and identification.

SIA’s happy new year hinges on federal funds for schools, train surveillance rules

Other ongoing efforts remain on its agenda, too

WASHINGTON—Federal funding for school security technology and surveillance requirements for train cars are among the Security Industry Association’s top priorities for 2015, according Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations.

Specifically Speaking with Charles LeBlanc

Principal, Director of Engineering for BLW Security Group

Tell me about the origin of BLW and why you describe BLW’s approach to security consulting and engineering as holistic?



SSN News Poll December 2016

Some companies take a focused approach to breaking into­—or growing within particular—vertical markets; "We are really heavy on the casino side, so we decided—let’s be the No. 1 gaming integrator in North America,” said Surveillance Systems Inc. president Todd Flowers. Where do you see the next big opportunity?