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Stranded in the South Atlantic

Industry vet Bob Bonifas spends 10 days on remote island
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04/27/2012

AURORA, Ill.—As a veteran of the alarm industry, Bob Bonifas knows how important redundancy is for central stations. As a global adventurer recently stranded on a sub-Antarctic island, he now knows it’s crucial for passenger ships, too.

Will the Real Cloud Security Please Stand Up?

Steve Van Till, president and CEO of Brivo Systems, talks about what a cloud solution is – and isn't
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04/18/2012

Steve Van Till, president and CEO of Brivo Systems, a provider of software-as-a-service applications for security management, says it's clear that many people still don’t understand the difference between real cloud solutions and products that merely connect to the Internet. It’s equally clear that many vendors are not helping matters, and are in fact actively confusing the market, he says.

ACA has new PE partner

Alarm company seals deal with Norwest Venture
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04/11/2012

MEDIA, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance, a national alarm company with $3.7 million in RMR, has a new financial partner, Norwest Venture Partners, which manages $3.7 billion in capital, Amy Kothari, CEO of Alarm Capital Alliance, told Security Systems News.

ESA launching Florida chapter

New chapter to focus on business development and lead generation for members
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04/09/2012

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association, based here, is launching a state-chartered chapter in Florida.

Judge rules Virginia Tech did not violate Clery Act, waives fines

Expert says decision also sets precedent for how DOE determines Clery Act violation
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04/04/2012

WASHINGTON—In a decision that experts say could have far-reaching implications on campus security nationwide, an administrative law judge at the Department of Education has ruled that Virginia Tech was not in violation of the Clery Act for not sending a timely warning to the campus community in the early hours of the 2007 shooting that left 32 dead. The judge also dismissed a $55,000 civil penalty the DOE levied on Virginia Tech for the alleged violations.

IMS Research acquired for $46 million

Deal will not affect security research division
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03/23/2012

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—An international research firm headquartered here has acquired IMS Research, provider of research and analysis within the security realm, for approximately $46 million.

Mission 500 honors Monitronics volunteer with humanitarian award

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03/21/2012

DALLAS, Texas—Mary Jensby, central station and data entry director for Monitronics, is well known in the industry for her work with the CSAA and ESA. Now she’s been recognized for service outside of security that she calls “near and dear” to her: helping the less fortunate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Meet the editors of SSN and SDN

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03/16/2012

LAS VEGAS—Start your ISC West show with a stop by the ISC West Media Studio (booth number 27065) and meet the editors of Security Systems News and Security Director News.

New offerings at PSA-TEC 2012

Registration is open to all security industry members
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03/13/2012

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA-TEC 2012, which will take place here May 14-18, will include the extensive training, certification, educational and networking opportunities that attendees have come to expect in the more than 30 years PSA Security has presented this event.

Vivint closes $762m refi

Deal includes nine new investors, most new to security
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03/07/2012

PROVO, Utah—In a deal that includes 20 lenders, Vivint announced Feb. 29 that it has closed a new $762 million senior debt financing, $72 million more than the residential security and home automation provider’s previous financing.

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